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Felix the Cat: The Movie

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  •  USA / Germany / Hungary / Poland  •    •  82m  •    •  Directed by: Tibor Hernádi.  •  Starring: Chris Phillips, Maureen O'Connell, Peter Newman, Alice Playten, Susan Montanaro, Don Oriolo, Christian Schneider, David Kolin, Michael Fremer.  •  Music by: Christopher L. Stone.
     In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, ultimately takes over the golden kingdom of Oriana, where Duke has just escaped exile! But Felix the Cat must bravely save Princess Oriana and restore order once again, from her terrible Uncle Zill and his smoke-belching mechanical troops before he can put his sinister plot into action! The Duke has designs on turning the beautiful pastoral kingdom into a profitable. But industrial nightmare!

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Image from: Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)
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I watched Felix the Cat: The Movie for the first time today expecting it to be terrible, as I had heard people say it was bland, uninspired and an insult to children. After seeing the film, I was surprised at how much I liked it, even with its problems. As a lover of animated movies, I will say I have been better, but I have also seen a hell of a lot worse as well.

Felix the Cat: The Movie was overall an enjoyable if somewhat unexceptional animated film. There are some moments when the animation is nice, with some pretty colours and I liked the animation on the robots and Duke of Zill. And I thought Princess Oriana was absolutely beautiful. But it is also rather inconsistent as well, there are parts in the more dramatic parts when some objects become static and the lip synching is sloppy on occasions. I had no problem with the story, I loved the concept, it was original and quite unique and the film started off really well. But it is in the latter half when the film does drag, but the real bummer was the rushed, abrupt and misplaced ending that could have been so much more.

There are many good things though. The music is great, with wonderful haunting incidental music and the music with Oriana dancing in the bubble was gorgeous. The song "Who is the Boss" is also delightfully catchy, it is strange but in a good way and it is intriguing as well. The story moves along quickly, yes there is a plot even if it is rather strange in places, and there are some humorous moments whether visually or audibly. The dialogue is fun, it isn't bland or sappy it has humour and it made me laugh. I liked Duke of Zill's dialogue, and I liked the character as well. He was underused, but I loved how he was animated, how he was voiced and I loved his flashback back story explaining who he was and how he became to be the way he was. Felix is a protagonist who may grate to some, but I think he has a likable and endearing personality and the voice didn't grate on me. In fact, the voice acting was very well done, Peter Newman was superb as Duke of Zill and Wack(who you don't trust at first but you do sort of like later) and Maureen O'Connell at least emotes. Chris Phillips is good as well as Felix, and Alice Playton(Blix from the 1985 fantasy film Legend) is decent as Madam Pearl.

Overall, not a perfect animated film, but even with its problems, it was enjoyable.


Review by TheLittleSongbird from the Internet Movie Database.