EMERGING FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS BACK IN 1919 WITH HIS DEBUT IN FELINE FOLLIES, FELIX THE CAT CONTINUES TO MESMERIZE AND AMUSE AUDIENCES TODAY. HIS SUCCESS IS DUE IN LARGE PART TO HIS TIES TO THE PAST, REPRESENTING FOR MANY... more » A CERTAIN NOSTALGIC LONGING FOR A BYGONE ERA. AS A MODEL FOR TESTING, FELIX WAS THE FIRST IMAGE EVER BROADCAST ON TELEVISION. A TIMELESS SYMBOL OF AMERICANA WITH A REFRESHING GRAPHIC STYLE, FELIX HAS WEATHERED THE YEARS, MOVING FROM SHORT FILMS, TO PRINT, TO TELEVISION. THIS DVD CONTAINS SOME CLASSIC CARTOONS FROM THE EARLY CAREER OF THIS CURIOUS AND PLAYFUL CAT CREATED BY OTTO MESSMER FOR THE PAT SULLIVAN STUDIO. WITH SOME OF THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS AND REMARKABLE ANIMATION OF THE EARLY ERA OF CINEMA, THIS FELIX THE CAT DVD ISTRULY A PIECE OF ANIMATION HISTORY. Episodes:
~Felix in Hollywood
~Felix Doubles for Darwin
~Felix Goes West
~Felix Finds Out
~Felix All Puzzles
~Felix Monkeys with Magic
~Felix Gets the Can
~A Felix Comic
~Felix The Cat & "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg"
"The music accompanying 7 of the 10 cartoons is not just SOME honkeytonk piano player. It is the incomparable JELLY-ROLL MORTON & HIS RED HOT PEPPERS! (16 tracks) There are also 4 tracks by Morton's Trio. All 20 Morton recordings date from 1929-30. They start with "Mint Julep" and "Mississippi Mildred" from a session recorded 11-13-29 and end with "Crazy Chords" recorded 6-2-30. Musicians in Morton's groups include Red Allen, Albert Nicholas, Barney Bigard, Paul Barbarin and Zutty Singleton. The sound quality is exceptional for recordings of that time; very little surface noise. The cartoons themselves mostly date from 1923-25.
Granted, the music has no direct relationship to the cartoon action but I found it greatly enhanced my enjoyment. Such uplifting, fun music. Different music was used on "All Puzzled," "Golden Goose" and "Neptune." Had Morton's music been used on all 10 cartoons I would have given 5 stars.
If you own other Felix dvd's, turn off that horrible organ music and put on some 1923 King Oliver or other early 1920's instrumental jazz recording. You'll be amazed!"
Only for Extreme Felix Historians Only
classicmoviefan | Rancho Mirage, CA | 07/10/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD has attractive packaging, well designed menus and good background on the animations....BUT viewing the shorts is difficult. They are mostly grainy, dark in contrast, and some are so damaged they are painful to watch. There has been no attempt to restore these films on any level and the prints are as rough as I have seen in ANY silent era film on DVD currently available. The music score makes no attempt to compliment the action, but it's just honkytonk piano playing random songs in the background. I give this DVD 1 star for content and historic value, but for viewing enjoyment, its a dud."
The quality is bad, but the cartoons are great!
R. Houck | 08/13/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"FELIX IN HOLLYWOOD Great! This could possibly be the greatest Felix cartoon ever!
FELIX DOUBLES FOR DARWIN Hilarious, Felix TRIES to prove man evolved from monkeys, but finds out monkey comes after us, literally.
FELIX GOES WEST Most Felix cartoons are great, and this is no exception.
FELIX FINDS OUT This one is kind of forgettable. Felix tries to find out why the moon shines. The quality on this cartoon is average, but there is a little squiggle on the top right corner of the pool. It looks like a tornado is coming.
FELIX ALL PUZZLED This is the worst cartoon on the disc. Felix goes to Russia. It's really short, which may be for the best, because it's boring as it is. The quality is really bad, too.
FELIX MONKEYS WITH MAGIC The quality is also really bad on this one too. But the actual cartoon is funny.
FELIX GETS THE CAN Great, as usual.
A FELIX COMIC As you may suspect, the title ISN'T A FELIX COMIC, It's EATS ARE WEST.
FELIX THE CAT AND THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG With color and sound. Felix the cat's voice is awful, but the cartoon isn't so bad.
FELIX THE CAT IN NEPTUNE NONSENSE This time Felix is even worse."
A fine budget Felix DVD.
Lee David Glover | Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom | 06/21/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD mostly contains the Felix cartoons in his middle years (1924-25). This is probably a good choice, as recent DVDs tend to focus on either his earlier or later years. One highlight is the classic "Felix In Hollywood", where Felix aims to have a career in the movies. There are also a host of movie stars appearing in this cartoon (albeit in animated form), including Douglas Fairbanks, Ben Turpin, and Charlie Chaplin (he's impossible not to miss). The quality of the silent shorts are acceptable considering their age, as these are probably the best-looking PD versions available. Despite the print damage, it is still watchable. What I don't like about these silents is the added music. With the exception of "Felix Finds Out", all cartoons have stock jazzy musical scores. These may sound authentic and fit into the era of these cartoons, but they just don't fit into the action, leaving some of the gags in "mid-air". The DVD also contains two of the three colour Felix cartoons produced by the Van Beuren studio. It's not the Felix we know and love, but it is nice to see them included. However, the picture quality of these cartoons is poor. There are better looking prints available, with full original titles. It seems that Delta didn't look further into the PD archives enough. The DVD presentation isn't one of the best, but when you consider the rare silents included in this DVD and the price, the complaints does sound rather petty. It is a worthwhile purchase."
A Welcome Addition to the Classic Felix Library
John G. Geier | Sherman, TX United States | 07/16/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Delta Entertainment's Felix collection is titled "The World's Most Wonderful Cat". It consists of eight silent, black-and-white cartoons created by Otto Messmer for the Pat Sullivan studio between 1923 and 1925, and two sound/color cartoons directed by Burt Gillett in 1936. They are all Felix classics and most of them are not available on other DVD collections.
The quality of prints used for the Delta collection varies greatly. "Felix Goes West" is remarkably good, "Felix Gets the Can" is acceptable, and "Felix Monkeys with Magic" is barely viewable. The Gillett-directed cartoons are available, in better condidion, on the GoodTimes collection.
The music selected to accompany seven of the silent classics sets a good Roaring-Twenties atmosphere but often does not match the action on the screen. "Felix All Puzzled" has a post-production music track which does not work any better and has deteriorated in sound quality with the passage of time. Original music, written to fit each cartoon, would have been more effective.
One cartoon, mistakenly titled "A Felix Comic", is actually "Eats are West" from 1925. The words "A Felix Comic" frequently appeared on closing title cards from the silent era.
Shortcomings notwithstanding, this is a good collection of classic Felix and comes at a good price. Buy it and see for yourself why Felix really is THE WORLD'S MOST WONDERFUL CAT!"