Monday, July 26, 2010

FELIX THE CAT / Trans-Lux TV - 1959

Welcome to Moldie Oldie Monday here at the Dungeon, with yer knotty old host Tabonga and lil' Dungeon helper, Rufus the Gnat!! This post is a special request from our little pet pals, Ralphie and Rufus!

To put this great series in perspective, here's an excerpt from Wikipedia... "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. 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 any shape and characteristic Felix wished it to be."

The program is also remembered for its distinctive theme song written by Winston Sharples, and performed by 1950's big band singer Ann Bennett...

Felix the Cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat!
Whenever he gets in a fix,
He reaches into his bag of tricks!
Felix the Cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
You'll laugh so much your sides will ache
Your heart will go pitter pat
Watching Felix, the wonderful cat!
Felix the Cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
You'll never know what he'll do next
So don't even try to take a guess
Felix the Cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
He's so much fun for everyone
No one can question that
Cause he's Felix, the wonderful cat!

Okay then, Rufus sez, let's get this show on the road! Check out our Eariffic Earclip for... FELIX BABY-SITS!

Felix is out wandering around at night when he notices that The Professor is looking for a baby-sitter for his nephew, Poindexter, so that he can go to a wrestling match!

I guess there's no fuel like an old fuel!

Poindexter's full of laffs!

This was 1959!!

How can they do this to kids?!

Poindexter concocts a 'little' drink for Felix!

And, it works!!

Being a true scientist, Poindexter inspects his handywork with, what else, a microscope!

Felix meets The Blob Sisters, they multiply by dividing!!

Then, Gulpo, King Of The Blobs shows up!

Poindexter comes up with an enlarging serum, but some gets on Gulpo when he administers it to Felix with a eye dropper!

Felix throws the entire glass of shrinking serum at Gulpo, who then dissolves into nothingness, and Felix saves the day once again!!

Then, Poindexter blows himself into a flask!..

Which makes it easy for Felix to corral him til The Professor returns!


Christopher said...

grrrab him Rock!

Prof. Grewbeard said...

man i miss this cartoon, that whole thing with the Master Cylinder was weird!...

TABONGA! said...

The next Felix cartoon we post will feature Master Cylinder! - As far as I can remember, Master Cylinder was found on Venus, Mars and the Moon!!

Pokey said...

THanks...Too bad on YouTube MANY are not only dubbed in foreign language *I mean, comon, Feli is AMERICAN) but are TRUNCATED down to 2-3 minutes *the epic SEA SERPENT/.FELIX, at only 2:31-SERIOSULY?-as an example.

I still enjoy it..!

Pokey said...

You shoiuld do a regular one on all the Fleix's in this version.

Poindexter was introduced in the one posted..Win Sharples's stock music here, came from, among others, "OUT OF THIS WHIRL"[Nov.1959], when Felix and Poinsy meet for the first time, "NOT GHOULTY"[June 1959 Casper/Ghostly Trio short], when the Blob sisters appear, and several from "FELINEOUS ASSDAULT"[Feb.1959, Herman and katnip], when Felix returns to full size and truns out of the microsope, followed by King Blob! Jack Mercer plays every charatcer!

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