The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

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The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
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Series Title Card
Genre Animation
Series
Comedy
Fantasy
Surreal
Created by Pat Sullivan
Otto Messmer
Joe Oriolo (characters)
Directed by Lynne Naylor
Milton Knight
Doug Lawrence
Voices of Thom Adcox-Hernandez (Season 1)
Charlie Adler
Theme music composer Don Oriolo
Nathan Wang
Composer(s) Club Foot Orchestra
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Don Oriolo
Phil Roman
Producer(s) Timothy Björklund
Running time 25 min.
Production company(s) Felix the Cat Productions
Film Roman
Distributor DIC Entertainment (2001-2008), Cookie Jar Entertainment (2008-2012), and DHX Media (2012-present)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (U.S.)
YTV (Canada)
CITV and TCC (UK)
ABC (Australia)
Clan TVE, Cartoon Network (Spain) and M6 (France)
Picture format 4:3
Audio format CBS Stereosound
Dolby Surround
Original run September 16, 1995 – August 30, 1997

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat is an animated series starring the classic 1919 feline character, Felix the Cat produced for television by Film Roman. It aired from September 9, 1995 to November 25, 1997 on CBS.[1] Unlike the original Felix the Cat shorts, this version was given a TV-Y7 rating due to moments that may be too scary for children under 7 years old. The first season consists of 13 episodes and the second season consists of 8 episodes.

History[edit]

The show was a modern take on the original 1958 series produced by Otto Messmer's former assistant, Joe Oriolo. His son, Don Oriolo, was involved in the creation of this series as well. In many ways, the show reverts to the silent era of shorts with surreal settings and offbeat character depictions. Felix is also more like his original mischievous adult form, rather than the young and innocent depiction from the 1930s, 1950s and the 1988 film Felix the Cat: The Movie. It does, however, contain some elements from the 1950s series such as Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks and the character Poindexter. The series used Fleischer Studios style.

The series starred Thom Adcox-Hernandez as the voice of Felix the Cat. Later on in the series though, he was replaced by Charlie Adler for unknown reasons. It was produced by Phil Roman and Timothy Berglund and is reputed to have been one of the most expensive cartoons ever made by Film Roman.[2] Martin Olson and Jeremy Kramer, two comedy writers known for pushing the envelope into the bizarre, wrote both outlines and scripts for the series. The main theme was composed by Don Oriolo, while the musical score and closing theme were composed and performed by the Club Foot Orchestra.

A number of episodes have been released on VHS by BMG Video and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and several DVD releases of episodes were available in Hong Kong under the title "The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat II".[3] A 3-DVD box set of the entire series was released on April 26, 2013[4] containing 21 episodes or 58 individual segments, this release being the first complete collection with an English soundtrack.

List of episodes[edit]

Season 1

No. in
series
No. in
season
Titles Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Space Time Twister
Guardian Idiot
Don't String Me Along"
Craig Kellman Timothy Björklund September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
2 2 "The Sludge King - Part 1
The Sludge King - Part 2
Mars Needs Felix"
Timothy Björklund
Craig Kellman
Timothy Björklund September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
3 3 "Step Right Up
Now Playing - Felix
Jailhouse Shock"
Craig Kellman Timothy Björklund September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
4 4 "The Manhattan Triangle
The Petrified Cheese"
Timothy Björklund
Craig Kellman
Timothy Björklund October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
5 5 "Middle Aged Felix
Felix in Psychedelicland"
Pamela Stalker
Robin Steele
Timothy Berglund
Susan Crossley
Jeremy Kramer
Pamela Stalker
Martin Olson
Christian Roman
Robin Steele
October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
6 6 "Forever Rafter
Now Boarding
Felix Breaks the Bank"
Craig Kellman Timothy Björklund October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)
7 7 "Order of the Black Cats
Noah's Nightclub
Felix's Gold Score"
Craig Kellman Timothy Björklund October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
8 8 "The Earth Heist
Attack of the Tacky"
Craig Kellman November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
9 9 "Felix in Nightdrop Land
Shocking Story
Space Case"
Craig Kellman
Mr. Lawrence
Timothy Björklund November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
10 10 "Love at First Slice
Peg Leg Felix"
Russell Crispin
Craig Kellman
Chris Moeller
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier
November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
11 11 "Felix's Big Splash
Gross Ghost
The Underwater Kingdom"
Craig Kellman November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
12 12 "Shell Shock
The Big Hunt
News Blues"
Craig Kellman Timothy Björklund December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
13 13 "Wet Paint
News Blues
Copycat"
Timothy Björklund
Craig Kellman
Timothy Björklund December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)

Season 2

No. in
series
No. in
season
Titles Directed by Written by Original air date
14 1 "Surreal Estate
Phony Phelix
Five Minute Meatball"
Russell Crispin
Doug Lawrence
Chris Moeller
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier
Doug Lawrence
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
15 2 "Bet A Billion Bill
Background Details
Viva Lost Wages"
September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
16 3 "The Punderground
Nightmare on Oak Street
Star Trash"
Chris Moeller
David Preston
Christian Roman
Mark Evanier
Craig Kellman
Chris Moeller
Christian Roman
1996 (1996)
17 4 "The Fuzzy Bunny Show - Part 1
The Fuzzy Bunny Show - Part 2
The Milky Way"
1996 (1996)
18 5 "Black Magic Bag
The Maltese Milkshake
Attack of the Robot Rat"
1996 (1996)
19 6 "The Extraterrestrial Robot
Battle of the Superbrains
Full Screen"
Doug Lawrence
Chris Moeller
Pat Shinagawa
Mark Evanier
Doug Lawrence
Chris Moeller
Pat Shinagawa
1996 (1996)
20 7 "The Golden Whatnot
The Mountain of Evil
Auto Biography"
1996 (1996)
21 8 "Comicalamities
Superfelix
Dueling Whiskers"
1996 (1996)

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