'Felix the Cat: The Complete 1958-1959 Series'
(2-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / Classic Media)
Overview: Whenever He Gets Into A Fix ... He Reaches Into His Bag Of Tricks! Join Felix The Cat and his zany cast of classic characters for tons of fun: brainy Poindexter, his greedy nemesis The Professor, and many more!
DVD Verdict: 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.
Felix cartoons began airing on American TV in 1953. Meanwhile, Joe Oriolo, who was now directing the Felix comic strips, introduced a redesigned, “long-legged” Felix in a new animated series for TV. Oriolo also added new characters, and gave Felix a “Magic Bag of Tricks”, which could assume an infinite variety of shapes at Felix’s behest.
That said, the folks at Classic Media have a different definition of "complete" than the rest of us. Most of us understand it to mean "everything" which in this case would be the entire 264 5 minute shorts produced by Trans Lux in 1958-1959). For Classic Media it means whatever they feel like releasing! With Harveytoons, that amounted to about half of the collection. With Felix it means a mere 31 cartoons which includes the 10 episodes that originally appeared on the 2001 Collectors Edition disc ... and it also duplicates the extras from that disc: Interview with author John Canemaker,Bonus 1920 short Feline Follies, Archival promo reel, plus another 21 cartoons. This is a Full Screen Presentation (4:3) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Original 1920's Feline Follies Film Short
Interview: Through The Ages with John Canmaker
Archival Promo Reel