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    Felix the Cat ~ Comicalamities (1928) Pat Sullivan Cartoons

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    This cartoon opens with a human hand drawing Felix. The only trouble is that the cat is left incomplete: poor Felix is missing his shading. What must he do to get it? Felix meets a crying girl, who happens to be buck-toothed. Felix takes the artist's pen and draws a pretty face on her! Our hero then heads to a jeweler's for a gift for his new girlfriend, only to find high prices, so he decides to swim in the sea in search of "free" jewelry. He travels to the oyster beds to please his girlfriend with a chain of pearls. To his surprise, Felix runs into nightmarish sea monsters. This cartoon begins with an animator's hand clutching a pen and drawing Felix on a blank screen. The manner in which Felix soon "creates" for himself a pretty girlfriend is unique.

    I have seen a decent number of the Felix the Cat cartoons from the golden age of Felix (about 1919 to about 1928). During this time, Felix was the most popular cartoon character on Earth--and with good reason. The cartoons were funny, very strange and surreal and Felix was a bit of a likable jerk! However, of all the ones I've so far seen, "Comicalamities" is the best--it's not even close! And, while I will try to describe it, the cartoon is so strange you just have to see it for yourself.

    Unlike the typical Felix cartoon, Felix interacts a lot with the animator in this one--and gets a lot of help from him! It begins much like one of the Out of the Inkwell shorts (from Fleischer Studios)--an animator's hand appears and draws Felix. However, Felix is NOT happy--the guy forget the tail and to color him in--so he takes care of this himself! Soon Felix meets a sad cat--she's crying because she cannot find a boyfriend. So what does Felix do? He borrows an eraser and pen from the animator and gives her a pretty new face! However, for this girl kitty, this isn't enough--and she begins asking for jewels, clothing and a fur coat. Again, Felix has help from his friend the animator. What finally happens at the end is priceless--and once again Felix clearly steps outside the normal bounds of a cartoon! You have to see it, as I said above.

    I loved how the fourth wall was violated so often in this cartoon. It never took itself seriously and the ending was priceless. Funny and absolutely unique after 85 years! And, I might add, that this cartoon is better than most animation made since!