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Felix the Cat
Genre Cartoon series, Adventure, Comedy
Voices of Jack Mercer
Pierre Guillermo
Mae Questel
Composer(s) Winston Sharples
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 126
Production
Producer(s) Joe Oriolo
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 2, 1958 – May, 1961

Felix the Cat was the first television series featuring the famous cartoon character Felix the Cat and introduced his magic bag of tricks.

In 1954 Otto Messmer retired from the Felix daily newspaper strips, and his assistant Joe Oriolo (the Creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost) took over. Oriolo struck a deal with Felix's new owner, Pat Sullivan's nephew, to begin a new series of Felix cartoons on television. Oriolo went on to star Felix in 260 television cartoons distributed by Trans-Lux and produced by King Features Syndicate and Paramount Cartoon Studios (formerly Famous Studios) starting in 1958 (incidentally, Paramount was one of the previous distributors of Felix's theatrical cartoons). Like the Van Beuren studio before, Oriolo gave Felix a more domesticated and pedestrian personality, geared more toward children, and introduced now-familiar elements such as Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks, a satchel that could assume the shape and characteristics of anything Felix wanted. The program is also remembered for its distinctive theme song written by Winston Sharples:

Felix the Cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat!
Whenever he gets in a fix,
He reaches into his bag of tricks!

The show did away with Felix's previous supporting cast and introduced many new characters. These include the sinister, mustachioed Professor; his intelligent but bookish nephew Poindexter (with an IQ of 222); the Professor's bulldog-faced, bumbling sidekick Rock Bottom; an evil, cylindrical robot and "King of the Moon" named The Master Cylinder; and a small, unassuming and friendly Inuit named Vavoom, whose only vocalization is a literally earth-shattering shout of his own name. These characters were performed by voice actor Jack Mercer.

Oriolo's plots revolve around the unsuccessful attempts of the antagonists to steal Felix's Magic Bag, though in an unusual twist, these antagonists are occasionally depicted as Felix's friends as well. The cartoons proved popular, but critics have dismissed them as paling in comparison to the earlier Sullivan-Messmer works, especially since Oriolo aimed the cartoons at children. Limited animation (required due to budgetary restraints) and simplistic storylines did nothing to diminish the series' popularity.[1]

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Characters

  • The Professor - First introduced in 1959, he's Felix's arch-nemesis and always trying to seize his Magic Bag. He is depicted as a bad guy scientist, as very intelligent yet very bad. But the Professor can be good too. He has been voiced by Jack Mercer in the cartoons, Val Bettin in the 1991 movie and Jeff Bennett in the 2004 movie and TV series.
  • Poindexter - First introduced in 1959, he is the nerdy young nephew of the Professor. He is depicted as a stereotypical scientist; he is very intelligent and always wears thick coke-bottle glasses, a lab coat, and a mortarboard. A button on the chest of his lab coat acts as a control for whatever device the plot calls for. He helps his bumbling uncle concoct elaborate schemes to get Felix and capture his Magic Bag, though at times both are depicted as Felix's friends. He has been voiced by Jack Mercer (1959-1961), Alice Playten (1991), Rob Paulsen (2000-2004), and Cam Clarke (1995).
  • Rock Bottom - The Professor's bulldog-faced, bumbling sidekick, he tries to help the Professor to steal the Felix's Magic Bag. He has been voiced by Jack Mercer (1959-1961), Jim Cummings (in Baby Felix and Friends 2000-2001) and Maurice LaMarche (in the movie Felix the Cat saves Christmas 2004).
  • Master Cylinder - An evil, cylindrical robot who first appeared in the 1960 cartoon "Master Cylinder-King of the Moon." He has been voiced by Jack Mercer. In Felix the Cat: The Movie, Master Cylinder makes a brief appearance. He has been voiced by Frank Welker. He also appears in Baby Felix and Friends. He has been voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
  • Vavoom - A small, unassuming and friendly Inuit with a big mouth who yells "VAVOOM!", who first appeared in "Felix and Vavoom"; he has been voiced by Jack Mercer. In Felix the Cat saves Christmas, Vavoom makes a last cameo appearance with the word '"VAVOOM!".

Episodes

  1. The Magic Bag
  2. Into Outer Space
  3. Abominable Snowman
  4. Felix Out West
  5. Felix the Cat Suit
  6. Electronic Brainwasher
  7. Do-It-Yourself Monster Book
  8. Blubberino the Whale
  9. Ghostly Concert
  10. Captain No-Kiddin'
  11. Felix in Egypt
  12. Detective Thinking Hat
  13. Balloon Blower Machine
  14. Friday the 13th
  15. Stone Making Machine
  16. Penelope the Elephant
  17. The Money Tree
  18. Oil and Indians Don't Mix
  19. The Glittering Jewels
  20. The Gold Car and County Fair
  21. Sheriff Felix vs. the Gas Cloud
  22. Felix's Gold Mine
  23. How to Steal a Gold Mine?
  24. Private Eye Felix and Pierre Mustache
  25. The Gold Fruit Tree
  26. The Flying Saucer
  27. Felix Baby-Sits
  28. Instant Money
  29. Master Cylinder-King of the Moon
  30. The Invisible Professor
  31. Venus and the Master Cylinder
  32. The Termites of 1960
  33. Moo Moo Island Oysters
  34. The Mouse and Felix
  35. King Neptune's S.O.S.
  36. Relax-a-Lawn Chair
  37. The African Diamond Affair
  38. Felix's Prize Garden
  39. Finally, The Magic Bag is Mine!
  40. Felix and the Rhinoceros
  41. Felix-Finder and the Ghost Town
  42. Snoopascope, A Magic Bag of Tricks
  43. Stone Age Felix
  44. The Gold Silkworms
  45. Felix and Vavoom
  46. The Jubilee Dime
  47. Movie Star Felix
  48. Youth Water
  49. Game Warden Felix
  50. Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter
  51. Atomic Drive Explosion of Master Cylinder
  52. Supertoy
  53. The Jewel Bird
  54. The Atomic Rocket Fuel
  55. The Hairy Berry Bush
  56. General Clang and the Secret Rocket Fuel
  57. The Rajah's Elephants
  58. The Exchanging Machine
  59. The Leprechaun
  60. The Master Cylinder's Spacegram
  61. The Leprechaun's Gold
  62. Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages
  63. The Capturing of the Leprechaun King
  64. Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat
  65. The Professor's Committed No Crime!
  66. The Martian Rescue
  67. The Portable Closet
  68. Redbeard the Pirate
  69. A Museum, The Professor, and Rock Bottom
  70. The Professor's Instant Changer
  71. The Vacation Mirage
  72. Cat-Napped
  73. The Sea Monster and Felix
  74. The Diamond Tree
  75. King of the Leprechauns
  76. The Magic Apples
  77. Oysters and Starfishes
  78. The Haunted House
  79. Gold Digger Vavoom
  80. The Wizard and Sir Rock
  81. The Coal Diamonds
  82. Out West with Big Brownie
  83. Love-Sick Squirt Gun
  84. Mechanical Felix
  85. The Ski Jump
  86. Felix and the Beanstalk
  87. The Milky Way
  88. The Super Rocket Formula
  89. The Weather Maker
  90. The Giant Magnet
  91. The Instant Truck Melter
  92. The Pep Pill
  93. Leprechaun Gold from Rainbows
  94. The Magnetic Ray
  95. The Instant Grower
  96. The Professor's Ancestor? The Wizard
  97. Luring the Magic Bag of Tricks
  98. The Uranium Discovery
  99. Chief Standing Bull
  100. The Strongest Robot in the World
  101. Stairway to the Stars
  102. Cleaning House
  103. Vavoom Learns How to Fish
  104. The Golden Nugget
  105. The Genie
  106. Felix and Poindexter Out West
  107. The Bad Genie
  108. The Rajah's Zoo
  109. The Loan Business
  110. A Treasure Chest
  111. The Essence of Money
  112. Mercury's Winged Sandals
  113. The $10,000 Vacation
  114. Brother Pebble Bottom
  115. The North Pole and a Walrus Hunt
  116. Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets
  117. The Trip Back from the North Pole
  118. The Golden Whale Baby-Sitter
  119. North Pole Jail Hole
  120. Felix the Handyman
  121. Public Enemies Number One and Two
  122. Horse Thieves
  123. Adventures of Felix
  124. Felix the Cat Bottles the Genie
  125. Felix the Cat Finds the Golden Bug
  126. Felix the Cat Finds a Genie

Trivia

Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop animated the Television series.

Notes

  1. ^ Solomon 37.

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