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Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)

In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, takes over the Land of Oriana, prompting Felix the Cat to save its princess and restore order once again.

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Complete credited cast:
... The Professor / Grumper (voice)
... Princess Oriana (voice) (as Maureen O'Connell)
Peter Newman ... The Duke of Zill / Wack Lizardi / Pim (voice) (as Peter Neuman)
... Madam Pearl / Poindexter (voice) (as Alice Playton)
Susan Montanaro ... (voice)
Don Oriolo ... Creature (voice)
Christian Schneider ... (voice)
David Kolin ... Felix the Cat (voice)
Michael Fremer ... (voice)
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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! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Though animated mainly in Hungary's Pannónia Film Studio, and directed by Hungarian Tibor Hernádi, the film was not actually released in that country until 1999, 11 years after it had been completed. Since it remained obscure, Hungarian people didn't associate the movie and its overwhelmingly negative reception with their otherwise well-respected animation studio. See more »

Goofs

While in the hair forest after escaping Wack's circus, the princess is overtaken by a Headhunter. She falls and Felix asks if she is all right. In the first frame of her kneeling, she has blood on the shoulder on the left of the screen, but the next frame of her, her dress is white again. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the end credits, a 3-D version of Felix's head appears again as he floats through the credits. See more »

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Referenced in Battle Royal High School (1987) See more »

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Mizzard Shuffle
Written by Don Oriolo
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A terrible, wonderful hot mess of a good time.
21 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I don't know what the scriptwriter was thinking when he scribbled this up. I don't know what the many eyes poring over it once it was conceived thought about it, how the movie even got green-lit, and how anyone that read it could think, "This is the PERFECT movie for Felix the Cat!" What I do know is that they were all high as a kite, and I'm glad that it happened.

Felix the Cat: The Movie was created on acid, and you'll feel like you've dropped some yourself when you watch it. 1950's era Felix and his friends are dragged into a 1980's nightmare. From a purely critical perspective, the movie isn't very good; it's barely passable. From a human perspective, it's a unique, unforgettable experience that is an (poorly) animated smörgåsbord of crazy.

Taking classic cartoon characters and giving them theatrical movies has overstayed its welcome by now, but Felix was one of the first to do it. You're either going to pioneer a bunch of copycats (Scooby Doo) or be hated and resigned from ever trying again (Tom & Jerry). Felix slides under the radar and sits somewhere in the middle. It's my honest opinion that if it wasn't so obscure, it would be a cult favorite.

The basic gist of the movie's plot is that in an alternate dimension, Princess Oriana is forcefully dethroned when her villain-uncle, the Mysterio expy named the Duke of Zill, returns from exile and forcefully takes the throne. Her desperate plea for help manifests as a transdimensional tear that finds Felix and leads him (and the snooping pair of the Professor and Poindexter) to an elevator that takes him to Oriana's world. From there, Felix falls pray to the freakish nature of the land of Zill and is eventually enslaved. Using his magic bag of tricks, Felix finds the Princess and they escape, heading for the castle in an attempt to take down the Duke of Zill.

This movie is such a mixed bag. The animation suffers but the music is great. The story is out of place for something revolving around Felix the Cat, yet the setting is intriguing. The inhabitants of Zill all have monstrous designs, but are otherwise fun-loving people. When you see the state of their world versus the pristine land of Oriana, it makes you wonder if the Duke is really that bad, and just why they were content to see the princess forced to dance in a bubble if they considered her the source of their misfortunes. These are subtleties in the movie you won't see mentioned by people looking to trash it. If Felix wasn't a hopeless optimist with an annoying voice and plenty of crummy jokes, this movie would be a lot darker.

My favorite aspect of this movie, however, are the frequent moments where you just have to stare in disbelief and wonder if that really happened. Besides several bouts of terrible animation that border on hypnotic, there is a scene where the good guys are attacked by flying menaces known as "headhunters" that presumably decapitate (!) their victims, which features a quick frame of a bloody (!!) Oriana that they probably meant to delete. That scene is eventually topped when the characters are suddenly attacked by a man-eating dragon that randomly spouts Marlon Brando lines. I really thought someone had messed with the version of the movie I was watching when that happened, but I gained some respect when I realized it was intentional. Honestly, who *wouldn't* want to be attacked by a man-eating dragon spouting Marlon Brando lines? You're not going to get this kind of satisfaction from Frozen.

This is one of the few movies that I think legitimately qualifies as "so bad it's good."


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