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Pat Sullivan - created Felix the Cat, was a rapist

Discussion in 'Back To The Inkwell - Classic Cartoons Discussion' started by Cartoons90, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Cartoons90

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    Just discovered this a few days ago - sad to think such a fantastic and legendary character was created by a monster. From his Wikipedia:

    "In 1917, Sullivan was convicted of rape in the second degree of a 14-year-old girl. He spent 9 months in prison,[3]during which time his studio went on hiatus."
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Sullivan_(film_producer)
     
  2. Daikun

    Daikun Long Live the Fighter!
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  3. jaylop97

    jaylop97 L Twins

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    This was something that I wish I didn't new. I like Felix the Cat but this is dark.
     
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    19MagiswordLane Toonzone's Crooner of Carnage, babe!

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    Not much different as to what happened to Al Capp (creator of Li'l Abner).
     
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  5. Golden Geek

    Golden Geek Gera Gera Po

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    Let's not go labeling the man a monster for things we don't know exacts on. At least one book states it was statutory rape - and it would've just barely been, considering this was around the time the age of consent age was first getting raised.
     
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  6. BeanoMaster

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    It is disputed if Sullivan did actually create Felix the Cat, some say it was Otto Messmer.
     
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  7. Kevin Mo

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    they cited a book with that bracket 3
     
  8. Revelator

    Revelator In summary then: "Oh no."

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    Pretty much every animation historian and expert believes it was Otto Messmer who created Felix the Cat--Sullivan was just there to collect the checks. And there's certainly no doubt that Messmer was the one who kept Felix running and directed and oversaw the making of each and every cartoon. Read John Canemaker's book on Felix for more.
     
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    Yeesh, you think you know a guy. No wonder no one wants to remember Pat Sullivan as the creator of Felix.
     
  10. hobbyfan

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    Old news. Like, this happened 100 years ago, so why is it being dredged up now? Slow news day?
     

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