The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

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CBS (ended 1997)

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The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

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They say cats have nine lives, and Felix seems to have been no exception. Nearly thirty-five years after his first show, the wonderful, wonderful cat was meowing his way into the 1990's. CBS was so convinced that Felix should be welcomed aboard the Saturday morning lineup that they rushed out 55 five-second bumpers for the 1994 season. Unable to get a whole show out on time, the network was still able to introduce a new audience to the tricky feline by having him appear between established cartoons. But the proud Felix, for whom confidence was never a problem, marched up to the executive in charge of children's programming and demanded his own show. After all, he'd been a star since the 20's. He wasn't going to play second fiddle to a bunch of grungy, slacker 90's toons with no sense of panache. The network gave in—rumors at the time suggested Felix had a couple of connected guys in his bag of tricks— and in 1995, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat debuted. The new series echoed its original, jerky 1920's style, where the characters appeared to bounce as they moved (think early Popeye). Responding to its star's demands of high quality, CBS employed Don Oriolo, son of original co-creator Joe Oriolo, as co-executive producer. The cartoon's look may have been an homage to Felix's silent era roots, but this was a Felix of the 90's, and he now had a speaking voice. In these new seven-minute "talkies," Felix employed not only his magic bag of tricks, but also his magic tail, an amazing appendage that could transform itself from a flashlight to a grappling hook to a sword and more, always coming out none the worse for wear. Felix caught on with 90's kids, but not in the same way he had in decades past. After a successful two-season run, the cat retired again, content to kick back and enjoy the royalty checks from all those creepy, eye-shaking clocks.moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I'm Not 100% Sure Why, But I Like It

    8.0
    Even though this show is kind of strange, there's something about that makes me want to watch it more. Sure it might take a viewer more than once to fully understand a joke or two, but for some reason this show is so appealing that you'll be drawn to whatever you're watching it on.



    Characters: 85% (B)

    Pretty good revival of Felix the Cat



    Plot: 80% (B-)

    The plots are of some interest



    Humor: 77% (C+)

    The humor was decent



    Voice Acting: 69% (D+)

    The people that were in charge of this show weren't able to make up their minds about who they wanted to voice Felix, but at least they didn't choose someone annoying all the 2-3 times they changed it



    Average: 77.75% (C+)moreless
  • Wow. Just wow! What a weird, surreal, and cheesy show about a classic cartoon character. You know what the oddest thing is? I like it. :D

    9.0
    Ah, Felix the Cat has quite a history, doesn't he? First appearing in the 1919 film, Feline Follies (created by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer), Felix became the first cartoon superstar overnight, preceding Mickey Mouse, the Alice Comedies, and even Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. These films would prove to be very successful over the course of theroaring' 20's. However, the advent of sound cartoons diminished the cat's popularity, the last of the silent films released in 1930, before Pat Sullivan died. A colored three-cartoon revival at Sullivan Studios in 1936 tried to revive Felix but that didn't work out well. Then in 1959, a TV series spawned Felix thanks to Otto Messmer's son, Tom Oriolo. This series brought forth some new characters like the Professor and Poindexter and a current staple of Felix animation: his magic yellow bag. That show actually lasted until 1963, so it was pretty successful. As dumb as it is, it's actually entertaining at times. Then the worst part of his history came out in 1988: his first motion picture (see Nostalgia Critic's or Andy Dickman's review to see why.) Then seven years later, this show.

    Phew! Glad I got all that out of the way. Now this show uses some of the 60's elements (mainly the magic bag) and tried to reinvent Felix to be more like the way he was in the 20's: amischievousprankster of sorts. It also introduces new characters like hipster Sheba, simpleton Roscoe, and the villain Peking Duck (voiced by surprisingly Tony Jay!) who wants Felix's bag for his own evil doings.

    After a few episodes on YouTube, I found myself really enjoying this show almost as much as I enjoy the silent era films. (key word is almost!) It's surreal and cheesy, but's a fun, good looking, well animated, and funny kind of cheese. There's a wonderful voice cast and I also love that this show combines the Messmer and even theFleischerstyle of animation to create something modern. They even got a jazz band to do the background music. Gold. Pure gold. I'm sad that I never saw this as a kid, but now I can enjoy itthanksto the magic of YouTube! I personally recommend this show to any Felix fan.

    But just remember kids: nothing beats the classics! ;)moreless
  • A great show, bring it back.

    9.0
    This is truly a great show. I enjoy watching it over and over and over again. I can watch the same episode 2 or 3 times in a row just so I can catch things that I might have missed. I think I have all of the episodes recorded and I watch them whenever there is nothing good on TV. It is always entertaining to me. I will also have my friends and family watch the episodes with me and try and get them hooked. So far everyone has because it is that good of a show. Look for it on the air or come over to my house and watch my DVD's.moreless
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