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
GenreChildren's television series
Comedy
Surreal humour
Created byPat Sullivan
Otto Messmer
Joe Oriolo (characters)
Directed byLynne Naylor
Milton Knight
Doug Lawrence
Timothy Björklund
Creative director(s)Timothy Björklund
Voices ofThom Adcox-Hernandez
Charlie Adler
Cree Summer
Theme music composerDon Oriolo
Nathan Wang
Opening theme"The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat"
Composer(s)Club Foot Orchestra
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (58 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)Don Oriolo
Phil Roman
Producer(s)Timothy Björklund
Running time22 min.
Production company(s)Felix the Cat Productions
Film Roman
Wang Film Productions (uncredited)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution (on behalf of DreamWorks Classics) (current)
Release
Original networkCBS (U.S.)
Picture format4:3
Audio formatCBS Stereosound (season 1)
Dolby Surround (season 2)
First shown in1995-1997
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) –
April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)
Chronology
Preceded byFelix the Cat (1959–1962)
Followed byBaby Felix (2000–2001)

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat is an animated series starring the character Felix the Cat, produced for television by Film Roman. The series first aired on September 16, 1995[1] on CBS lasting for two seasons with the final episode airing on April 12, 1997. The first season consists of 13 episodes and the second and final season consists of 8 episodes.

This is the second television series featuring Felix the Cat; the first was the 1959–1962 series Felix the Cat.[2]

History[edit]

The show was a modern take of the original 1958–1962 series produced by Otto Messmer's former assistant, Joe Oriolo. His son, Don Oriolo, was involved in the creation of this series as well.[3]

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 1936 Van Beuren shorts, the 1959 TV series and 1988's 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 characters Poindexter, the Master Cylinder, the Professor and Rock Bottom (though the latter two are actually parodies of the original characters, with their names being the Mad Doctor and Lead Fanny, respectively). The series used Fleischer Studios' style.

The series starred Thom Adcox-Hernandez as the voice of Felix the Cat, but since Adcox-Hernandez's voice was apparently a temporary role while the producers kept looking for a more suitable actor by the first season's run, he was replaced by Charlie Adler in Season 2. 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.

Characters[edit]

Allies[edit]

  • Rosco: (voiced by Phil Hayes) - Felix's dim-witted best friend.
  • Candy Kitty: (voiced by Jennifer Hale) - Rosco's sister and Felix's love interest.
  • Sheba Beboporeba: (voiced by Cree Summer) - A friend of Felix the Cat.
  • Shamus T. Goldcrow: (voiced by Tony Pope) - An anthropomorphic crow.
  • Skiddoo the Mouse: (voiced by Susan Silo) - One of Felix the Cat's friends.
  • Bermuda Triangle: (voiced by Frank Welker) - He is an anthropomorphic version of the location of the same name. He wreaks havoc because of his stupidity. He caused all sorts of chaos in New York City until he fell in love with Times Square. The two ended up getting married.
  • Nastasshia Slinky: (voiced by Jane Singer) - An actress who Felix is obsessed with.
  • Poindexter: He is the nerdy young nephew of the Professor. He is depicted as a stereotypical scientist; he is very intelligent and always wears thick Coke-bottle glasses, a lab coat, and a mortarboard. A button on the chest of his lab coat acts as a control for whatever device the plot calls for. Despite the Professor being his uncle, he is also one of Felix's best friends. Whenever he talks to Felix, he refers to him as "Mr. Felix". (voiced by Cam Clarke)

Villains[edit]

  • Peking Duck: (voiced by Tony Jay) - An antagonist.
    • Moo Shoo: (voiced by Kevin Schon) - Peking Duck's henchman.
    • One-Ton: (voiced by Jim Cummings) - Peking Duck's henchman.
  • The Sludge King:
  • Fufu Gauche: (voiced by Brad Garrett) - A disgraced fashion designer who tries to get revenge on the city by replacing everyone's clothes with his tacky fish costumes.
  • Oscar: (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) - A minor villain whose sole appearance was in the episode "Phoney Phelix", serving as one of the most pathetic foes Felix has ever faced. A wanna-be cartoon star who met failure at every step of the way, Oscar sought to climb his way to stardom by hijacking Felix's own cartoon, despite being a painfully obvious impersonator.
  • Fuzzy Bunny: (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A cutesy toy rabbit who manages to replace Felix's own show and become a nationwide sensation, thanks to how cute he is. In truth however, he is actually a gruesome thug in a rabbit suit.
  • Bet a Billion Bill: - A smooth-talking and arrogant hotshot playboy gambler.
  • Captain Herman: (voiced by Tom Kenny)
  • Mad Doctor: He is a parody of the Professor from the 1958-61 Felix the Cat series. (voiced by Patrick Fraley)
  • Leadfanny: He is a parody of Rock Bottom from the 1958-61 Felix the Cat series. He is a stereotypically gay dog whose voice is an imitation of actor Harvey Fierstein. Leadfanny is Mad Doctor's assistant. (voiced by Billy West)

Cast[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • Susan Blu - Voice Director (Season 1, ep. 18, ep. 19, ep. 20)
  • Mark Evanier - Story Editor (Season 2), Voice Director (ep. 14, ep. 15)
  • Craig Kellman - Producer (Season 2), Voice Director (ep. 16, ep. 17, ep. 21)

Home media[edit]

A number of episodes have been released on VHS by BMG Video, and several DVD releases of episodes were available in Hong Kong under the title "The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat II".[4] A 3-DVD box set of the entire series was released on April 26, 2013[5] containing 21 episodes or 58 individual segments, this release being the first complete collection with an English soundtrack.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1995)[edit]

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Guardian Idiot
Space Time Twister
Don't String Me Along"
Dominic Polcino
Lynne Naylor
Robin Steele
Martin Olson, Dominic Polcino, Christopher Moeller, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
Martin Olson, Lynne Naylor, Stephan DeStephano, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
Jeremy Kramer, Robin Steele, Christian Roman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
Felix is captured by the owner of Gut Bombs, who wishes to grind him into meat for his customers. A guardian angel is sent to rescue Felix, but ends up putting Felix in more trouble.
22"The Sludge King (Two Parter)
Mars Needs Felix"
Timothy Berglund
Milton Knight
Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund (Also Story)
Jeremy Kramer, Milton Knight, and Michael Polcino
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
33"Step Right Up
Now Playing - Felix
Jailhouse Shock"
Dominic Polcino
Lynne Naylor
Phil "Wild Brain" Robinson
Jeremy Kramer, Dominic Polcino, and Chris Moeller
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
Jeremy Kramer, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Berglund
Jeremy Kramer, Phil Robinson, Bob Koch, and Timothy Bjorklund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Bjorklund
September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
44"The Manhattan Triangle
The Petrified Cheese"
Blair Peters
Chris Bartleman
Martin Olson
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
55"Middle Aged Felix
Felix in Psychedelicland"
Pamela "Spam" Stalker
Robin Steele
Timothy Bjorklund, Pamela Stalker, and Susan Crossley
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Bjorklund
Martin Olson, Robin Steele, Christian Roman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
66"Order of the Black Cats
Now Boarding
Felix Breaks the Bank"
Dominic Polcino
John Stevenson
Lynne Naylor
Jeremy Kramer, Dominic Polcino, and Chris Moeller
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
Jeremy Kramer, John Stevenson, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
Jeremy Kramer, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
77"Noah's Nightclub
Felix's Gold Score
Forever Rafter"
Robin Steele
Milton Knight
Martin Olson, Robin Steele, Timothy Berglund, and Christian Roman
Story by: Martin Olson
Jeremy Kramer, Milton Knight, and Michael Polcino
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
88"The Earth Heist
Attack of the Tacky"
Blair Peters
Chris Bartleman
Martin Olson, Blair Peters, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
Martin Olson, Jeremy Kramer, Chris Bartleman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Jeremy Kramer
November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
99"Felix in Nightdrop Land
Shocking Story"
Jim Schumann
Doug Lawrence
Martin Olson, Larry Swerdlove, Jim Schumann, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
Martin Olson, Doug Lawrence, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
1010"Love at First Slice
Space Case
Peg Leg Felix"
Lynne Naylor
Craig Handley
Phil "Wild Brain" Robinson
Martin Olson, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Martin Olson
Martin Olson, Craig Handley, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
Martin Olson, Phil Robinson, and Bob Koch
Story by: Martin Olson
December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
1111"Shell Shock
The Big Hunt"
Blair PetersMartin Olson, Blair Peters, and Timothy Bjorklund
Story by: Martin Olson
Jeremy Kramer, Blair Peters, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
1212"Felix's Big Splash
Gross Ghost
The Underwater Kingdom"
Chris Moeller and Christian Roman
Milton Knight
Brian Sheesley
Jeremy Kramer, Christopher Moeller, and Christian Roman
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
Martin Olson and Milton Knight
Story by: Martin Olson
Martin Olson, Brian Sheesley, Eric Keyes, and Timothy Bjorklund
Story by: Martin Olson
December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
1313"Wet Paint
News Blues
Copycat"
Timothy Berglund
Blair Peters
Paul Vester
Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
Jeremy Kramer, Martin Olson, and Blair Peters
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
Michael Ouweleen and Paul Vester
Story by: Michael Ouweleen
January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06)

Season 2 (1996)[edit]

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat season 2 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Surreal Estate
Phony Phelix
Five Minute Meatball"
Doug Lawrence
Chris Moeller
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier and Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier
Mark Evanier and Russell Crispin
September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
152"Bet A Billion Bill
Background Details
Viva Lost Wages"
Craig Kellman
Pat Shinagawa
Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier and Craig Kellman
Mark Evanier
Mark Evanier and Russell Crispin
September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
163"The Punderground
Nightmare on Oak Street
Star Trash"
David Preston
Chris Moeller
Christian Roman
Mark Evanier
Mark Evanier and Chris Moeller
Mark Evanier, Christian Roman, and Craig Kellman
September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
174"The Fuzzy Bunny Show (Two Parter)
The Milky Way"
Brett Varon
Pete Michels
Mark Evanier, Brett Varon, and Craig Kellman
Mark Evanier and Pete Michels
October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
185"Black Magic Bag
The Maltese Milkshake
Attack of the Robot Rat"
Doug Lawrence
Jim Schumann
Pat Ventura
Mark Evanier and Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier and Jim Schumann
Mark Evanier, Pat Ventura, and Craig Kellman
October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
196"The Extraterrestrial Robot
Battle of the Superbrains
Full Screen"
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
Pat Shinagawa
Mark Evanier and Chris Moeller
Mark Evanier and Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier and Pat Shinagawa
November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
207"The Golden Whatnot
The Mountain of Evil
Auto Biography"
Russell Crispin
Jim Schumann
Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier and Russell Crispin
Mark Evanier and Jim Schumann
Mark Evanier and Doug Lawrence
April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
218"Comicalamities
Superfelix
Dueling Whiskers"
Pat Ventura
Chris Moeller
Doug Lawrence
Mark Evanier, Pat Ventura, and Craig Kellman
Mark Evanier and Chris Moeller
Mark Evanier and Doug Lawrence
April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO : For fall, a classically restyled puddy tat and Felix the Cat - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-08-27. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 666. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 445. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  4. ^ "The Twisted Tales Of Felix The Cat II (DVD) (Vol.5-6) (Hong Kong Version) DVD - CN Entertainment Ltd. - Anime in Chinese - Free Shipping". Yesasia. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  5. ^ "Felix the Cat - Film, DVD, Blu-ray, Trailer, Szenenbilder". Universumfilm.de. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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