Felix is reading a book about Fairyland, and decides that it must be a wonderful place to be. Suddenly he hears a cry for help, and finds a fly stuck on a piece of flypaper. He rescues the ...
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Felix is reading a book about Fairyland, and decides that it must be a wonderful place to be. Suddenly he hears a cry for help, and finds a fly stuck on a piece of flypaper. He rescues the insect, only to have it turn into a beautiful fairy princess who, in gratitude for his help, grants him one wish. He wishes he were in Fairyland, and is immediately transported there. Written by
Felix is reading a fairytale book (while standing an box - what's with that?) and decides "Fairyland" must be a great place.
The very next scene is one reason I love cartoon: the outrageous things you see. Felix hears, "help! help!" and discovers a fly stuck to some flypaper. The fly tells Felix, "Gimme a hand. I'm not as stuck on this place as it seems." Since this is a silent film, the fly "says" this in comic-book-like captions.
Anyway, the fly turns out to be a fairy (no, not that kind) and soon transforms into a beautiful lady, complete with magic wand. She tells him, "For your kindness I will grant you one wish." The lady then disappears, Felix runs under the table in fear, comes back out and thinks it was all nonsense. He goes back to his book, wishes he could be in Fairyland and - presto! - he's there.
All of this is in two-and-a-half minutes so the next seven minutes are Felix's adventures in this wild place where he meets Little Miss Muffett, has an encounter with a nasty spider which turns into a flying witch, the old lady who lived in shoe with so many children she didn't know what to do, etc., etc.
These wild fantasy adventures look primitive because the movie is 80 years old but the sight gags are still fresh and fun to watch. In many respects, I think the imagination of writers back then is a lot more vivid than those cartoonists of today. The only negative here was that, at nine-plus minutes and having no audible dialog, it gets a tiny bit slow in spots as Felix shows us many times what he's thinking or going to do, a la Pantomine.
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