24 September 2013 | MartinHafer
I agree with neutrino68, this is 'a charm-free entity of life-sucking power that could make your sweet granny stamp on a kitten'!
I love the review by neutrino68. Despite tons of reviewers saying how much they love this series, they buck the trend and savage the series—a savaging that is justly deserved. I honestly think a lot of folks scored this one much higher than they should have for nostalgia's sake—as it was part of their childhood. However, chicken pox, trips to the dentist and various other traumas were parts of our childhood—that doesn't make them good! Let me digress a bit. Back in 1919, the ORIGINAL Felix cartoons began. They were wonderful—with a zany, surreal quality about them. And, more importantly, they were NOT saccharinely sweet. Felix was a bit of a stinker—a lovable stinker at that. But, when the sound era arrived, the Felix cartoons took a nosedive in quality and were soon discontinued. Then, other folks tried reviving the series over the years—such as Van Beuren Studios in 1936 and Trans-Lux, who created the abomination I am talking about now, in 1959. As you may remember, Trans-Lux also brought us other complete abominations, such as the godawful "The Mighty Hercules" (uggh
make it stop!!!). Trans-Lux was interested in two things—making a buck AND doing it as cheaply as possible. So, following the late 1950s trend, they reduced the cel counts on the animation until it practically looked like a slide show and they allowed brain-addled 3 year-olds to write the scripts. They WERE cheap
but also stuff that no one over age 8 could tolerate. Now I am not quite as hate-filled as neutrino68, but I do hate these cartoons as they are a cynical attempt to push crap onto children. Fortunately, in the last couple decades, cel counts are up and, more importantly, scripts are not so insipid with most cartoons. As for this mess of a show, watch it if you want, but it's only Felix in name only.