Sunday, 14 December 2014
36 Felix the Cat
First watched : Uncertain
Dipping into the TV Times for week commencing April 4th 1970 the thing I'm most likely to have watched is this cartoon feature.
Felix of course made his mark as the first animated character to achieve popularity in the movie era. In the silent movie era he was untouchable and it was his creators' reluctance to leave their comfort zone and adapt to sound technology that allowed Mickey Mouse to steal a march on him and establish his dominance. When Felix did make the transition the results were disappointing and from 1936 he only existed as a comic strip in a newspaper until 1958 when he was resurrected for a TV series.
Felix The Cat took the form of shorts, 10 minutes in length. Felix had a magic bag of tricks which could turn into almost anything he wanted and the plots usually revolved around people trying to steal it away from him. Though compared unfavourably to the original shorts by critics the new cartoons were popular with the children and 260 were made.
I don't remember too much more about it other than a vague frustration that it was never on at a convenient time.