Felix the Cat

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Joe Oriolo's Felix the Cat
Felix on television.

Felix the Cat is a cartoon character created in 1919 by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer during the silent film era, and is one of the earliest examples of funny animal animation from the silent-film era. Felix first appeared in the 1919 short film Feline Follies from Paramount Pictures, Felix originated from the studio of Australian cartoonist-film entrepreneur Pat Sullivan. Either Sullivan himself or his lead animator, American Otto Messmer, created the character. The arrival of talking cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse soon eclipsed the popularity of Felix.

Joe Oriolo, the creator of Casper the Friendly Ghost and the protegé of Messmer, struck a deal with Sullivan's nephew to bring a new series of Felix cartoons to television through Trans-Lux in 1958.

In 2000 the Baby Felix animated series was launched by Oriolo's son Don for Japanese television.

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