Movie Series - Felix the Cat
Felix the Cat is a cartoon character created in the silent film era. His black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combined to make Felix one of the most recognizable cartoon characters. Felix was the first character from animation to attain a level of popularity sufficient to draw movie audiences.
In the early 1920s Felix enjoyed enormous popularity in popular culture. By the late 1920s with the arrival of sound cartoons Felix's success was fading. The new Disney shorts of Mickey Mouse, made the silent offerings of Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer, who were then unwilling to move to sound production, seem outdated. In 1929, Sullivan decided to make the transition and began distributing Felix sound cartoons through Copley Pictures. The sound Felix shorts proved to be a failure and the operation ended in 1930 with Sullivan himself passing away in 1933. Felix saw a brief three cartoon resurrection in 1936 by the Van Beuren Studios.
In 1988, Felix starred in his first feature film, Felix the Cat: The Movie, in which he visits an alternate reality. The film was a box-office failure. Additionally, it was not even released until 1991.
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