Presenting Felix the Cat

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5 Stars


Specifications:

Bosko Video / Image Entertainment Catalog ID5532BKDVD
Released: April 20, 1999
Running Time: 119 minutes
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
B&W
No region coding

Contents:

  1. Paramount Magazine: "Their Master's Voice" (1919) with Earl Hurd's Bobby Bumps
  2. Paramount Magazine: "Feline Follies" (1919) with Otto Messmer's Felix the Cat
  3. Paramount Magazine: "Down the Mississippi" (1919) with Frank Moser's Bud & Susie
  4. "Felix Saves the Day" (1922)
  5. "Felix in the Swim" (1922)
  6. "Felix Turns the Tide" (1922)
  7. "Felix Lends a Hand" (1922)
  8. "Felix Minds the Kid" (1922)
  9. "The Stone Age" (1922)
  10. "Felix in the Ghost Breaker" (1923)
  11. "Felix Wins Out" (1923)
  12. "Felix Revolts" (1923)
  13. "Felix Gets Broadcasted" (1923)
  14. "Felix in Hollywood" (1923)
  15. "Felix in Fairyland" (1923)
  16. "Felix Out of Luck" (1924)
  17. "Felix Goes A-Hunting" (1923)
  18. "Felix Finds 'Em Fickle" (1924)

Review:

Felix the Cat was the first major cartoon star. Years before Mickey Mouse appeared, Felix merchandise was everywhere, and his cartoons often received top billing. And yet hardly anyone has seen the films that made Felix a star. Most people are only familiar with the 1960s cartoons or the more recent CBS series. This DVD contains 16 of Felix's earliest cartoons, including his debut in "Feline Follies". In fact, the entire program in which that first cartoon appeared -- "Paramount Magazine" of 11/9/19 --is presented here, including two other silent cartoons from other studios. Each of these cartoons is a joy to watch, and much of the humor is still effective. Some highlights include very early use of cel animation in the baseball comedy "Felix Saves the Day", Felix's Egyptian adventures in "Felix Lends a Hand", and Felix's meetings with Hollywood stars such as Charlie Chaplin in "Felix in Hollywood". Compared to other cartoons of the era, it is no wonder that the Felix cartoons became the public's favorite.

The picture quality of these cartoons is generally very good, especially considering how old these films are. All the cartoons on this DVD are presented in window-box format. This means that a black border surrounds the picture, supposedly allowing you to see more of the picture. While this does eliminate the "overscan" effect of most TVs, the fact is that some of the picture is still lost due to incorrect framing in the film-to-video transfer process. The window-box effect may be distracting at first, but turning the room lights off usually makes the border virtually invisible. The organ score is also good; it does its job by enhancing the picture without being distracting.

This is an excellent DVD that should fit into anyone's collection. The entire contents of Bosko Video's two-tape set are on this single DVD. Considering that the tapes cost $30 each, buying this DVD is a no-brainer.

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"Feline Follies"
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"Felix Saves the Day"
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"Felix in Hollywood"

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