Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
An evolution of Felix in his silent days.
Lee David Glover | Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom | 07/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is an ideal companion to the excellent "Presenting Felix the Cat" DVD. Although it contains only 7 episodes, it does span from his debut to the end of his silent days.
The first 3 cartoons (Feline Follies, Felix Saves The Day, Felix in Hollywood are available on Felix's other DVD, but they are of a far stunning picture quality with better music.
The other cartoons are presented with added 1920's music and sound effects (when they were re-released), some of which are a bit crude (especially Felix's constant meowing in Futuritzy), but does serve up an idea of how desperate the cartoon studio was to bring Felix into the sound era after losing their lucrative distribution contract in the late 1920's.
All of the cartoons are well chosen, especially my favourite, Felix Woos Whoopee, in which a drunk Felix is constantly haunted by his booze-fuelled hallunications!
Also included is 1940/1950's colour fottage of Otto Messmer at work designing billboard animations.
This DVD is a must for the true animation fan, but will also serve as an ideal introduction to the early days of the timeless feline!"
About time too.
Dennis E. Sisterson | London, United Kingdom | 02/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I read up on these cartoons at college several years ago and this is the first time I've been able to get to see them - it's fascinating to watch these as examples of the best and most popular cartoons of their time, in the years immediately before Mickey Mouse - primitive as they appear now, this only serves to highlight the impact that Disney's work must have had soon after these cartoons were made. They're still witty and entertaining in their own right, predating the insidious idea that cartoons are a kids' medium, but it goes without saying that they should not be judged by today's technical standards. The few minutes of film of Otto Messmer in his later years is a nice extra, but a page or two of text on the historical background, either on-screen or in a leaflet, might have been a good idea."
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 05/17/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Great animation is hard to come by these days, which makes this DVD collection of Felix the Cat cartoons worth having. However, one wishes the DVD had been longer than 51 minutes. Surely the producers could have thrown in a few additional cartoons or some supplementary material. As a result, the DVD leaves you wanting more gems such as "Felix in Hollywood" (1923) and "Felix Woos Whoopee" (1930). The print quality is quite good and the disc includes some color footage of animation pioneer Otto Messmer - the genius behind the cat."