FELIX THE CAT: GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY EDITION 1958-1959
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John Canemaker, in Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat, writes that Joe Oriolo's original plan was to create 260 episodes that could run as four minute individual episodes or a continuing quarter hour, depending on the station format. Many cartoons of the time ran as "cliff-hangers", multi- part stories that dropped off at the end of the episode, including Ruff and Reddy, Crusader Rabbit, and Underdog. This was so that the clowns and spacemen who were the live hosts of kids' TV could sprinkle cartoon shorts throughout their shows, which ran from Fresno to Binghamton. Oriolo's revival cartoon arguably had little to do with the original Pat Sullivan/ Otto Mesmer film shorts, but it was Joe who gave Felix his magic bag along with the show's personnel, which included the Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom, and Master Cylinder. Oriolo tried to follow the Hanna- Barbera successes of limited animation, and deliberately aimed his show at kids, which may be why it has remained such a favorite.
This set is beautifully packaged, with a graphic of the iconic cat on the cover, and includes a list of episodes. The case opens like a book and contains two one- sided discs.Read more ›
The problem with this release is that there is no slipcover to hold the DVD package closed. At least mine didn't have one. So it can easily pop open. The cartoons look excellent and the menu is easy to navigate. If the packaging were better, I would have given it 5 stars.
And what a deliciously weird cartoon this was. The limited animation and UPA graphics become an aesthetic in themselves. Felix is, if we may overanalyze a bit, a fascinating abstraction, an oddly disconnected and almost pathologically happy being who serves only to frustrate "The Professor," who wants this magic bag Felix carries, although we are not told where Felix got the bag or what his purpose with the bag is except to be protected from anything the Professor pulls.
The voice work is also neat. Popeye's Jack Mercer does both Felix and The Professor (as well as later additions Poindexter and Rockbottom). You can hear echoes of Popeye now and then in the rendition of The Professor, and occasionally, Felix speaks without mouth movement a la the ad-libbing in the earliest Popeye cartoons, and The Professor garbles here and there in a way reminiscent of Popeye's "scatting."
At the end of each one, Felix squawks "Righty-oh!" and then does a trademark laugh that anyone who grew up watching TV in the sixties or seventies remembers fondly -- but which is oddly detached from what went on before. Felix is primally attached to seeing his assailant defanged to the point of this ritual celebration of such with us, every single time -- "Righty-o! AH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAH!!!" But "Righty-o" what?Read more ›
Although as I claimed earlier there were indeed 260 cartoons produced, (a fact John Canemaker bears out in the interview included in this set) it appears that the set is indeed complete within the context of the 1958-1959 heading. According to Jerry, Classic Media is working very closely with the Oriolo family on this one and their information about the cartoons in that portion of the timeline (1958-1959) is right.
This means I owe the folks at Classic Media one big apology. Under the circumstances they deserve praise. While, I wish the set were larger, more along the lines of their HarveyToons release, perhaps they have their own reasons for doing it this way. I only hope it doesn't mean that the rest of the collection will remain unavailable. There are still a lot of great Felix cartoons still to come, including VaVoom! and the return of the Master Cylinder!
I defended the HarveyToons set (incomplete though it was)on the argument that while it wasn't really the whole shebang that it was a great value for the price. I will defend this set on the grounds that it is complete for the years prefaced and if not extraordinary value that HarveyToons was, fairly priced none the less.
It shares the same handsome packaging design that HarveyToons did and the cartoons all look great. Though some folks don't like the open book style of the sleeve (w/no outer sleeve) it seems just fine to me. The discs are quite secure in their holders and not likely to fall out. If anything, it takes too much effort to release them.Read more ›
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This was a gift... the grandkids liked it... Personally, not a fan...Published 8 months ago by Richard J. Valley
Love Felix the cat and so does my son he was quite sad when Netflix took it off. I was glad I found this and we watch it together and enjoy it.Published 10 months ago by Dereksmom
A great collection of cartoons from one of the favorite cartoon cats of the "baby boomer"generation, Felix. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JMark
My daughter-in-law collects vintage cartoons and Felix is her favorite. I wanted her to be able to share her passion with my granddaughter.Published on June 26, 2014 by Sarah Hawthorne
Love this collection. Haven't watched it all yet. Hope the VA VOOM guy is there, haven't seen him so far..Published on May 12, 2014 by Martin Gilbert
When I thing Felix I guess I see the original black and white shorts where the plots and his actions were much different than these late modern feeling ones. Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by zray
Felix arrived on time, In great condition. And it was fun to watch. It was nostalgic for me, and a great new discovery for the kids.Published on March 20, 2014 by STAR CROSS