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Felix the Cat

Felix the Cat could be nominated the founder of the Cat Cartoons history.

His name was created combining the Latin words Felis and Felix, cat and luck.
His creator was probably Pat Sullivan, an Australian cartoonist and the owner of the studio, however his lead animator Otto Messmer was credited as the Felix real creator.

His debut was almost a hundred years ago, in December 1919, starring in “The Adventures of Felix” silent film.
This start was quite unusual as in these early days newspapers used to publish comic strips, however Paramount Pictures took the chance to start with a silent movie; it was a success.

Felix’s great success also motivated the birth of imitators like Julius, Waffles and Krazy Kat.

He has also become a popular mascot and was featured in several places throughout the world (Italy, Japan, USA, etc.).

Felix is still with us, in dolls, NHL Felix Potvin’s helmet (Boston Bruins), as a cat food in Europe, and even in an episode of The Simpsons.

It is amazing how a black cat character with a big smile became an icon in the world culture.

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Felix The Cat - 1959 - The Magic Bag

Chapter 1 the magic bag of felix the cat.

Felix the Cat is a cartoon character from the silent-film era. His black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combined to make Felix one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Felix was the first character from animation to attain a level of popularity sufficient to draw movie audiences based solely on his star power.