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Felix Doubles for Darwin (1924)

A famished Felix reads an advertisement telling of a large reward for anyone that can give proof for the theory of evolution. He hurries to South Africa via Transatlantic Cable and ... See full summary »

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A famished Felix reads an advertisement telling of a large reward for anyone that can give proof for the theory of evolution. He hurries to South Africa via Transatlantic Cable and interacts with the local animals. He angers a troop of monkeys by telling them why he's there (they're offended he would suggest they could be related to humans) and they chase him back through the cable to America. Written by jjwbenso

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15 March 1924 (USA)  »

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For 1924, this is terrific!
23 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

You need to be careful when watching the really old animated cartoons. That's because too often you might be tempted to compare them with modern films--and that just isn't fair. So, while "Felix Doubles for Darwin" is a silent and its animation is very simple, you need to remember that for 1924, it was really slick--very cutting edge. Plus, even after nearly a century, it still might make you laugh--I know I did!

Felix is starving and is eager to do anything to get a bit to eat. So, when he learns that an evolution society is offering a huge reward to anyone who can prove evolution, Felix sets off to South Africa to collect. Naturally, the reward is not that easy! I could say a lot about what happens during the course of the film but don't want to spoil it. However, unlike the other reviewer who didn't notice that many laughs, I laughed quite a bit while I watched as the surreal sense of humor in this cartoon was great! Just see the film--you'll see it's actually a lot crazier than the cartoons of the 40s and 50s. Well worth your time.

Oh, and I doubt if the subject of this film was the result of the hubbub about the so-called 'Scopes Monkey Trial' in Tennessee, as this very famous trial was to occur in 1925.


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