Felix The Cat
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Whenever he gets into a fix...he reaches into his bag of tricks! From the original 1958 - 1959 television releases, Felix the Cat - in his greatest adventures, complete and uncut for the first time ever. Now for the first time on DVD Video, you can enjoy the original classic cartoon supercat in a whole new way! Digitally remastered and beautifully restored. 10 unedited and full-color episodes make any collection complete for Felix fans one and all! Felix the Cat is back, still full of mischief, and creating a twist with his provocative bag of tricks. You never know what he'll do next! Join Felix and his zany cast of familiar characters, featuring the brainy Poindexter, his greedy nemesis The Professor, Rock Bottom, and that creepy metal menace from the moon - the Master Cylinder, plus many more.
- 10 unedited and full-color episodes from the 1958-59 television show
- Sing-a-long Felix songs
- Interview with author John Canemaker
- Bonus 1920 short Feline Follies
- Archival promo reel
- Trivia game
- DVD-ROM materials including screen savers & audio clips
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I remember running down the street to a friend's house in the afternoon and tuning in to her early cable just to get a glimps of Felix the Cat.
Back then it was like an old time serial with a continuing episode each day, and ended in a clif hanger every day. If I missed one episode I'd miss seeing how Felix got out of another peril The Professor and his nephew, Poindexter, put him into.
Luckily for me, and for all those who grew up watching Felix and his black and yellow bag of tricks, the whole serial of Felix the Cat in Gold, Gold is available on one vhs video. Yes, the color is a bit faded and the script seems a bit hokey now, but back in the early 1960's Felix was tops in afternoon cartoons.
Gold, Gold puts Felix in more odd fixes, yet without his magic bag of tricks to get him out of trouble.
The Professor and Poindexter are fast on Felix,s heels through out this serial.
So, get out your vcr, grab a box of animal crackers and your favorite pop, and push in Gold, Gold with Felix the Cat and get ready for a fun time.
1. Bold King Cole, directed by Burt Gillett and Otto Messmer (the genius director of all the silent-era Felix cartoons)
2. The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
3. Neptune Nonsense (features one of Winston Sharples' all-time best musical scores)
The rest of the disk is non-Felix filler:
4. Base Brawl, a follow-the-bouncing-ball sing-along cartoon featuring the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Worth seeing if you've never been exposed to this odd social phenomenon from pre-television America. If you have seen follow-the-bouncing-ball cartoons before, you will groan at the prospect of watching another one.
5. Jerky Turkey, a surprisingly UNfunny Thanksgiving cartoon directed by Tex Avery.
6. Jack Frost, a late Ub Iwerks cartoon; one which I hadn't seen before.
7. Tom Thumb, another Iwerks which is included in almost every cartoon collection.
8. The Mild West, another bouncing ball sing-along.
9. The Cobweb Hotel, one of the weirder productions from the Fleischer studios.
10. Molly Moo-Cow and Robinson Crusoe, another Rainbow Parade cartoon featuring a simple-minded cow and a grouchy hermit. Has an astounding racist punchline at the end.
The picture quality is remarkably good, except for "Cobweb Hotel" which is washed-out and blurry, as if it was transferred from a 3rd or 4th generation film print. I have seen better transfers of it ... but the rest of the cartoons on this disk look great. The opening title of each cartoon is matted in a color frame, making it smaller than the screen. I don't understand the purpose of this. The frame zooms out after the credits, and each cartoon is presented full-screen.
Here's a very important feature which they neglect to mention in the promotional blurb: These cartoons have "enhanced sound" which means some audio engineer has monkeyed with the soundtrack in attempt perhaps to clean it up or make it sound a little newer. This in itself wouldn't be bad, but they have added sound effects. The new sound effects are in stereo and are ungracefully dubbed in on top of the original monaurial soundtrack. In an effort to make them blend better, a short delay has been applied to the original track to make it sound "fuller." The actual result is that it just sounds tinny and "hollow" like it's playing inside a coffee can. The added sound effects are louder and more distinct than the original soundtrack. They OBVIOUSLY don't match and do not belong in these cartoons. I found them to be very distracting. I remember those Felix cartoons from my childhood, and the sound was so integral to the experience (everything is timed to music in these cartoons) it seems almost insulting to hear them after they've been tampered with. Maybe if you've never seen these cartoons and you don't know what they are supposed to sound like, you won't be bothered by the change, but it severely diminished my enjoyment of the cartoons ... and I'm taking away a star because of it.
I spent almost 15 dollars at that time to order it by mail.
But i was really disappointed.
Sure it was Felix from the 50s.
But the original title sequence had been replaced by some generic junky looking title, and then an sloppy cut to the original cartoon.
So, I see you can pick it up for cheap now.
And if you're not too picky, then go ahead.
But you were warned!