by Amanda Garrett over at Old Hollywood Films
Before there were Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, or even Mickey Mouse, there was Felix the Cat. The black-and-white feline with a detachable tail was a superstar of the silver screen during the 1920s, who appeared in hundreds of popular cartoon shorts, sold thousands of tie-in products, and even became a mascot for British royalty. Felix's popularity waned during the 1930s, but he later had a comeback on TV, and his image is still a recognizable pop-culture staple.
Like many old Hollywood icons, Felix has somewhat obscure and murky origins. Officially, Felix is the creation of an Australian named Pat Sullivan, a cartoonist, chronic alcoholic, and sometime jailbird, who operated an independent animation studio in New York City... want to read the rest of the article? You can over at Old Hollywood Films!
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