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
Creative director(s) Timothy Björklund
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
UK
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 Paramount Television
Release
Original network 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 release September 16, 1995 – August 30, 1997

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat is an animated series starring the character Felix the Cat, produced for television by Film Roman. It aired from September 16, 1995[1] to November 25, 1997 on CBS. 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. 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.

Home media[edit]

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".[2] A 3-DVD box set of the entire series was released on April 26, 2013[3] 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 "Guardian Idiot
Space Time Twister
Don't String Me Along"
Dominic Polcino
Lynne Naylor
Robin Steele
TBA September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
2 2 "The Sludge King - Episode 1
The Sludge King - Episode 2
Mars Needs Felix"
Timothy Björklund
Milton Knight
TBA September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
3 3 "Step Right Up
Now Playing - Felix
Jailhouse Shock"
Dominic Polcino
Lynne Naylor
Phil "Wild Brain" Robinson
TBA September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
4 4 "The Manhattan Triangle
The Petrified Cheese"
Blair Peters
Chris Bartleman
TBA 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 "Order of the Black Cats
Felix in Calamityland
Felix Breaks the Bank"
Dominic Polcino
John Stevenson
Lynne Naylor
TBA October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)
7 7 "Noah's Nightclub
Felix's Gold Score
Forever Rafter"
Robin Steele
Milton Knight
TBA October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
8 8 "The Earth Heist
Attack of the Tacky"
Blair Peters
Chris Bartleman
TBA November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
9 9 "Felix in Nightdrop Land
Shocking Story"
Jim Schumann
Doug Lawrence
TBA November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
10 10 "Love at First Slice
Space Case
Peg Leg Felix"
Lynne Naylor
Craig Handley
Phil "Wild Brain" Robinson
TBA November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
11 11 "Shell Shock
The Big Hunt"
Blair Peters TBA November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
12 12 "Felix's Big Splash
Gross Ghost
The Underwater Kingdom"
Chris Moeller & Christopher Roman
Milton Knight
Brian Sheeshley
TBA December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
13 13 "Wet Paint
News Blues
Copycat"
Timothy Björklund
Blair Peters
Paul Vester
TBA 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"
Doug Lawrence
Chris Moeller
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier
Doug Lawrence
Russell Crispin
September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
15 2 "Bet A Billion Bill
Background Details
Viva Lost Wages"
Craig Kellman
Pat Shinagawa
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier
Craig Kellman
Russell Crispin
September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
16 3 "The Punderground
Nightmare on Oak Street
Star Trash"
David Preston
Chris Moeller
Christian Roman
Mark Evanier
Chris Moeller
Christian Roman
Craig Kellman
September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
17 4 "The Fuzzy Bunny Show - Episode 1
The Fuzzy Bunny Show - Episode 2
The Milky Way"
Brett Varon
Pete Michels
Mark Evanier
Brett Varon
Craig Kellman
Pete Michels
October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
18 5 "Black Magic Bag
The Maltese Milkshake
Attack of the Robot Rat"
Doug Lawrence
Jim Schumann
Pat Ventura
Mark Evanier
Doug Lawrence
Jim Schumann
Pat Ventura
Craig Kellman
October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
19 6 "The Extraterrestrial Robot
Battle of the Superbrains
Full Screen"
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
Pat Shinagawa
Mark Evanier
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
Pat Shinagawa
October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
20 7 "The Golden Whatnot
The Mountain of Evil
Auto Biography"
Russell Crispin
Jim Schumann
Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier
Russell Crispin
Jim Schumann
Doug Lawrence
October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
21 8 "Comicalamities
Superfelix
Dueling Whiskers"
Pat Ventura
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier
Pat Ventura
Craig Kellman
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)

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