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The Sights and Sounds of Felix
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 08/17/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Once in a while, a public domain gem can be found in the animation bargain bins. This Digiview release emerges as one of the better Felix the Cat compilations from the Pat Sullivan-Otto Messmer period. With the glorious exception of "Woos Whoopee" (1928), the cartoons on this hour-long DVD feature the sloppy post-synchronized soundtracks distributed by Copley Pictures in 1929-30. Felix manages to rise above the turgid audio in classic shorts such as "Skulls and Sculls," "Arabiantics" and "Futuritzy." Unfortunately, the silent-era feline failed to make the talkie transition due to producer Sullivan's poor handling of sound.
The cat with the detachable tail
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 10/14/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DIGIVIEW slimline-housed DVD contains an hour's worth of unrestored silent-era Felix the Cat cartoons. There's no included literature or disc extras. Transfers are fair-to-good budget brand quality.
Otto Messmer's original Felix was cinema's earliest cartoon star. Unlike his later 1930s VAN BUEREN reincarnation and on TV during the late-50s, THIS cat was created for adult audiences. A classic example of mature subject matter in these animations is the very first short (and this disc's namesake), "Woos Whoopee."
Here our feline friend gets so loaded in a 'speak' that he later sways along a city street and hallucinates undulating skyscrapers and other frightening sights. Some shorts include racial stereotypes.
So, if you're considering a purchase of this small collection for a child, maybe you should watch the 'toons yourself and decide if they're appropriate for youngsters.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll ratings.
(6.8) WOOS WHOOPEE (1928) - Felix the Cat gets loaded in a speakeasy and hallucinates on the street.
(5.2) FORTY WINKS (1930) - Silent Felix Cat short with added music track. Jokes about insomnia.
(5.9) ARABIANTICS (1928) - Felix the Cat rides a flying carpet to the Middle East.
(5.2) FALSE VASES (1929) - Silent, with added music track. Felix Cat travels to China to replace a broken vase. Very un-PC.
(5.9) FUTURITZY (1928) - Felix the Cat's visit to a psychic includes a head bonk so the seer can "read his stars."
(5.1) SKULLS AND SCULLS (1930) - Silent, with music track. Felx Cat is the unwitting victim of a fraternal hazing.
(5.1) OUTDOOR INDORE (1928) - Usual Felix the Cat sight gags in this late-silent short about joining the circus."