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Here's Felix the Cat!

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MOVIE STAR!

HIS MOVIE HISTORY

Felix The Cat Felix the Cat first appeared on screen as "Master Tom" in FELINE FOLLIES released on September 1, 1919.

Due to the enormous popularity of his first Felix film, Paramount Studios signed a two year deal with Pat Sullivan to create one Felix the Cat film per month.

Pat Sullivan credited himself with the creation and animation of Felix., Actually, his employee Otto Messmer had the original idea for Felix and animated all of the Felix the Cat films.

Felix the Cat enjoyed celebrity status and quickly became a household name in Canada, the U.S. and abroad in England, Germany, Australia, and China.

Felix became one of the most famous stars of the 1920's, rivaling Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

The Prince of Wales picked Felix the Cat as his Polo Team mascot and a picture of Felix accompanied Charles Lindbergh in his historic solo-flight across the Atlantic.

In 1923, a Felix the Cat comic strip was created and ran in newspapers until 1943. It was very popular during WWII.

In 1927, the first giant balloon in the MACY*S Thanksgiving Parade was Felix The Cat.

In 1928 Felix's popularity was threatened by the release of the first Disney sound animation film STEAMBOAT WILLIE starring Mickey Mouse. Sullivan and Messmer tried to move Felix into sound pictures, but their attempts failed because their sound effects rarely matched the action on the screen.

By 1930, Felix the Cat had been replaced in popularity by Walt Disney's SILLY SYMPHONIES series of movie cartoons.

It is interesting to note that the very FIRST television transmission in history featured an image of Felix the Cat.

Felix and his Magic Bag

EARLY FELIX FILMS 1919-1936

Felix the Cat starred in many films during his movie career. This listing is fairly complete and is grouped by Film Studio and Year of Release:-

NOTE - Starting in 1922, the full name of any film contains Felix's name, as in, "Felix [+ title of cartoon]" or (from 1925) "Felix the Cat [+ title of cartoon]".

1919 Paramount Pictures
Feline Follies
Musical Mews
The Adventures of Felix

1920 Paramount Pictures
Kill or Cure
Felix the Landlord
My Hero
Felix Hits the North Pole

1921 Paramount Pictures
The Hypnotist
Free Lunch
Felix Goes On Strike
The Love Punch
Out of Luck
Felix Left at Home
Felix the Gay Dog

1922 M. J. Winkler
Felix Saves the Day
Felix at the Fair
Felix Makes Good
Felix All at Sea
Felix in Love
Felix in the Swim
Felix Finds a Way
Felix Gets Revenge
Felix Wakes Up
Felix Minds the Kid
(aka Felix Minds the Baby)
Felix Turns the Tide
Fifty-Fifty
Felix Comes Back
Felix on the Trail
Felix Lends a Hand
Felix Gets Left
Felix in the Bone Age

1923 M. J. Winkler
Felix the Ghost Breaker
Felix Wins Out
Felix Tries for Treasure
Felix Revolts
Felix Calms His Conscience
Felix the Globe Trotter
Felix Gets Broadcasted
Felix Strikes It Rich
Felix in Hollywood
Felix in Fairyland
Felix Laughs Last
Felix and the Radio
Felix Fills a Shortage
Felix the Goat Getter
Felix Goes A-Hunting

1924 M. J. Winkler
Felix Out of Luck
Felix Loses Out
Felix 'Hyps' the Hippo
Felix Crosses the Crooks
Felix Tries to Rest
Felix Goes West
Felix Doubles for Darwin
Felix Finds Out
Felix Cashes In
Felix Fairy Tales
Felix Grabs His Grub
Felix Pinches the Pole
Felix Puts It Over
Felix A Friend In Need
Felix Finds 'Em Fickle
Felix Baffled by Banjos
Felix All Balled Up
Felix Brings Home the Bacon
Felix Minds His Business
Felix Goes Hungry
Felix Finishes First
Felix Foozled

1925 M. J. Winkler
Felix Wins and Loses
Felix All Puzzled
(aka Felix Goes to Russia)
Felix Follows the Swallows
Felix Rests in Peace
Felix Gets His Fill
Felix Full O' Fight
Felix Outwits Cupid
Felix Monkeys with Magic
Felix Cops the Prize
Felix Gets the Can
Felix Done Again
Felix Dopes It Out

1925 Educational Pictures
Felix Trifles with Time
Felix Busts Into Business
Felix Trips Through Toyland
Felix on the Farm
Felix on the Job
The Cold Rush
Eats Are West
(aka Felix With the Cowboys)
Felix Tries the Trades
Felix at the Rainbow's End
Felix Kept On Walking

1926 Educational Pictures
Felix Spots the Spook
Felix Flirts With Fate
Felix in Blunderland
Felix Fans the Flames
Felix Laughs It Off
Felix Weathers the Weather
Felix Uses His Head
Felix Misses the Cue
Felix Braves the Briny
A Tale of Two Kitties
Felix Scoots Through Scotland
Felix Rings the Ringer
School Daze
Felix Seeks Solitude
Felix Misses His Swiss
Gym Gems
Two-Lip Time
(aka Felix in Dutch)
Felix Shatters the Sheik
Felix Hunts the Hunter
Land O' Fancy
Felix Busts a Bubble
Reverse English
Felix Trumps the Ace
Felix Collars the Button
Felix at the Circus
Felix Picks a Flower
Zoo Logic

1927 Educational Pictures
Felix Dines and Pines
Pedigreedy
Icy Eyes
Felix Stars In Stripes
Felix Sees 'Em In Season
Barn Yarns
Germ Mania
Sax Appeal
Eye Jinks
Felix as Romeeow
Felix Ducks His Duty
Dough-Nutty
"Loco" Motive
Art for Heart's Sake
The Travel-Hog
Jack from All Trades
The Non-Stop Fright
Wise Guise
Flim Flam Films
Felix Switches Witches
No Fuelin'
Daze and Knights
Uncle Tom's Crabbin'
Whys and Other Whys
Felix Hits the Deck
Felix Behind In Front

1928 Educational Pictures
The Smoke Scream
Draggin' the Dragon
The Oily Bird
Ohm Sweet Ohm
Japanicky
Polly-Tics
Comicalamities
Sure-Locked Homes
Eskimotive
Arabiantics
Outdoor Indore
Futuritzy
Astronomeows
Jungle Bungles
The Last Life

1928-29 First National Pictures
Exact releases unknown.

1929 Copley Pictures
False Vases
One Good Turn

1930 Copley Pictures
Forty Winks
Oceantics
Felix Woos Whoopee
Hootchy Kootchy Parlais Vous
Skulls and Sculls
April Maze

1931 Copley Pictures
Tee Time
Backyard Serenade

1936 RKO/Van Beuren Pictures
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
Neptune Nonsense
Bold King Cole

Felix Says HowdyHIS MOVIE CAREER FADES
When his screen career faded in popularity in the mid-1930s, Felix spent a several years in a memorable series of short comic films. During that period, Joe Oriolo rose to the forefront, later to produce the television series about FELIX'S MAGIC BAG OF TRICKS.

RECENT FILMS
Felix most recently lit up the screen again in the mid-1990's in a strange and unusual series titled TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT, produced by Film Roman, Inc. and still shown on television.

For details on FELIX'S MAGIC BAG OF TRICKS and TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT - CLICK FOR PAGE 2

In 1988 Felix starred with other cartoon characters in a future-istic fantasy titled simply FELIX THE CAT: THE MOVIE . His magic satchel played a big part in this film and the manu special effects added greatly to the story.
It is still being shown to new generations of children (and adults) on television.

MUSIC RELATING TO FELIX
Felix Kept On Walking was the most popular song in London in 1923.

Fido Followed Felix was the next Felix song, written in England in 1924.

Felix! Felix! Felix the Cat! was written by Alfred Bryan, Pete Wendling and Max Kortlander in 1928. The first Felix sound films used this primitive theme song. Some later sound edits used a big-band recording of the same song.

1929's "False Vases" was the first Felix cartoon released by Copley Pictures. Iy had an original tune specially written for it .

The Grand Old Duke of York, a traditional English tune, became a theme for Felix in many early-1930s episodes.

Felix the Wonderful Cat was the 1958 theme song written for Joe Oriolo's TV series.

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