Outdoor Indore is yet another disappointment from Felix's late era at the Pat Sullivan Studio. Felix tries to join the circus. He goes to the fire department and gets a hose, attachés it to the fire hydrant, and presents it to the ringmaster (Why, I don't know!). An angry fireman turns on the apparently stolen hose which douses Felix and sends him to India. He encounters a boy sucking on a huge peppermint stick. When Felix encounters him, the stick is now standing on the ground. The boy leaves and Felix grabs the stick which turns into a tiger's tail. The tiger chases Felix who turns into a cactus that the tiger passes. As the tiger stops, the cactus behind him turns back to Felix and takes the tiger's stripes which become a ladder! Felix climbs the ladder and with his glasses spots from afar a man playing a cornet which causes a snake to appear from his basket. Felix detaches his tail and plays it like a flute causing a snake each to appear in the two holes Felix is between. Felix jumps to a tree branch so that the snakes jump out of their holes to form a unicycle. On the unicycle, he sees a man driving a wagon with an exhausted elephant leading. Felix goes to the elephant to offer him a job at the circus where he will get adulation. The elephant accepts and he and Felix boards the next boat available. As the ship leaves, it leans heavily on the side the elephant and Felix are on making the captain on the other side furious. Felix tells the elephant to drink the water so he does. With all the seawater gone, they walk to the customs officer who is greeted by the elephant's seawater from his trunk! Felix and the elephant walk to the ringmaster who offers them a job. They are a hit with the audience as the film iris out. This might have been an attempt to make Felix more of a heartwarming character but it doesn't really work here. And the gags seem to have a "been there, done that" kind of feel, so lacking is the timing. Perhaps the sound era and Pat Sullivan's ailments are contributing factors to these disappointing last shorts. Certainly the competition from Disney and Fleischer couldn't have helped. After a few years, Felix would be gone but would be briefly revived by Van Buren and then fully revived by the late '50s on television for a new audience.
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