Felix the Cat (partially found animated shorts; 1910s-1920s)


Felix the Cat
The cartoon icon, Felix The Cat.
The cartoon icon, Felix The Cat.
Status Partially Found

Felix The Cat was one of the first wildly popular animation series. Created by Otto Messmer and Pat Sullivan in 1919, the series popularized several animation tropes and helped establish animation as a serious medium.[1]

The Felix shorts were released between 1919 and 1928. Paramount helped produce the first 26 shorts before they were passed off to other distribution companies. The shorts were often shown before major motion pictures at movie theaters. The character was heavily merchandised and became the first cartoon character to become a pop culture icon. Felix himself originally started out with the nickname "Master Tom" before having his name and style changed to make him more cute and appealing.

The shorts slowly fell out of popularity as the sound era came. Sullivan stubbornly refused to produce sound shorts, a decision that would hurt the shorts more than anything. By the time sound was finally implemented, Disney was dominating the animation industry. Production costs started running so high that by 1929, production had to be halted.

The series was given a very brief revival by Van Buren Studios in the 30's before fading off into obscurity. In the 1950s, the shorts were purchased by a television production company that added sound effects to them. This led to several Felix the Cat-related TV shows over the decades.

A great deal of the original Felix shorts remain missing, but it's hard to determine how many exist and how many are missing; some shorts that weren't even known to exist have resurfaced in recent years. There are also many missing shorts that collectors have claimed to own but have never proven.

Another interesting Felix-related missing product is the 1928-1938 RCA television experiments. A Felix doll was filmed spinning on a vinyl player and was transmitted on experimental television prototypes. They spent 10 years toning and perfecting the image. Footage from these experiments have never surfaced.

Gallery

Felix the Cat in "Halloween" (1927).
Felix the Cat in "Feline Follies" (1919).

References

  1. Wikipedia page, including a detailed list of the shorts. Retrieved 18 March '16.

Comments


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A Person

15 months ago
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I don't have vids that to me is impossible I think I might know how many are out there and I cna make a sharp guess 3 or maybe even just 1 i'm not showing much off but this is all I got and it seems you have no info in these comments.
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A Person

15 months ago
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And I was also off with my grammar
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Anonymous user #1

13 months ago
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Het
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Anonymous user #2

11 months ago
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HET
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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Het
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Anonymous user #4

10 months ago
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WHAT?! WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?!
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Anonymous user #7

4 months ago
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het
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Anonymous user #5

9 months ago
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well i have that epsoides
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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please upload them :)
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David

1 months ago
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Me too, i have ALL lost media in the world, the only problem is that i am on the iPhone and i can't upload ALL lost media in the world, man!.
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Anonymous user #6

8 months ago
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Funny guy that Felix
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1 1 1 1

7 months ago
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I HAVE THE LOST SHORTS IN MY ROOM RN
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1 1 1 1

7 months ago
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I found every short there was
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1 1 1 1

7 months ago
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They're all on dvd
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1 1 1 1

7 months ago
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Comment about it if you need more info
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JTVLM

5 months ago
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i have a tape of felix the cat cartoons i uploaded a screenshot to the hangout discord server
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ApolloJustice

5 months ago
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I've already tried to tell you multiple times. 1. VHS wouldn't be invented until 50-60 years after these were broadcast. 2. The VHS you have is in color. Color TVs did not become common until the 40s/50s

If anyone wants to see the screenshot he's talking about (since the hangout server is private), it's this: https://cdn...._8-15_PM.png
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David

1 months ago
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Actually that screenshot is from a Felix the cat 30's cartoon...
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Dark Timur

4 months ago
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Having a list of the lost shorts would be nice if such exists
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SonicTheEpic

3 months ago
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Look at the References.
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