The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
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GenreSurreal comedy
Created byPat Sullivan
Otto Messmer
Joe Oriolo (characters)
Directed byLynne Naylor
Milton Knight
Doug Lawrence
Timothy Björklund
Creative directorTimothy Björklund
Voices ofThom Adcox-Hernandez
Charlie Adler
Phil Hayes
Jennifer Hale
Cree Summer
Tony Pope
Susan Silo
Frank Welker
Jane Singer
Cam Clarke
Tony Jay
Kevin Schon
Jim Cummings
Brad Garrett
Jeffrey Tambor
Jeff Bennett
Tom Kenny
Pat Fraley
Billy West
Theme music composerDon Oriolo
Nathan Wang
Opening theme"The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat"
ComposersClub Foot Orchestra (season 1)
Nathan Wang (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (58 segments)
Production
Executive producersDon Oriolo
Phil Roman
ProducerTimothy Björklund
Running time22 minutes (7–11 minutes per segment)
Production companiesFelix the Cat Productions
Film Roman
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture format4:3
Audio formatCBS StereoSound (season 1)
Dolby Surround (season 2)
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1995 (1995-09-16) –
April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)
Chronology
Preceded byFelix the Cat (1958–1960)
Followed byBaby Felix (2000–2001)

The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat is an American animated television series starring the character Felix the Cat, produced for television by Film Roman. The series first aired on September 16, 1995[1] on CBS lasting for two seasons with the final episode airing on April 12, 1997. The first season consists of 13 episodes and the second and final season consists of 8 episodes.

This is the second television series featuring Felix the Cat; the first was the 1958–1960 series Felix the Cat.[2]

The show has Spanish-dubbed episodes of the series aired on Univision in the United States from September 16, 2000, to September 8, 2001, as part of the ¡De Cabeza! during Saturday mornings as Los Nuevos Cuentos de Felix el Gato.[3] It also has Spanish-dubbed episodes of the series aired on Telefutura from 2003 as part of Toonturama during Saturday and Sunday mornings as Las Nuevas Aventuras de Felix el Gato along with Bruno the Kid and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.

History

The show was a modern take of the original 1958–1962 series produced by Otto Messmer's former assistant, Joe Oriolo. His son, Don Oriolo, was involved in the creation of this series as well.[4]

In many ways, the show reverts to the silent era of shorts with surreal settings and offbeat character depictions. Felix is also more like his original mischievous adult form, rather than the young and innocent depiction from the 1936 Van Beuren shorts, the 1959 TV series and 1988's Felix the Cat: The Movie. It does, however, contain some elements from the 1950s series such as Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks and the characters Poindexter, the Master Cylinder, the Professor and Rock Bottom (though the latter two are actually parodies of the original characters, with their names being the Mad Doctor and Lead Fanny, respectively). The series had a Fleischer Studios-inspired art style.

The series starred Thom Adcox-Hernandez as the voice of Felix the Cat, but since Adcox-Hernandez's voice was apparently a temporary role while the producers kept looking for a more suitable actor by the first season's run, he was replaced by Charlie Adler in Season 2. It was produced by Phil Roman and Timothy Berglund and is reputed to have been one of the most expensive cartoons ever made by Film Roman. Martin Olson and Jeremy Kramer, two comedy writers known for pushing the envelope into the bizarre, wrote both outlines and scripts for the series. The main theme was composed by Don Oriolo, while the musical score and closing theme were composed and performed by the Club Foot Orchestra.

Characters

Allies

Villains

Cast

Crew

Home media

Some of the episodes were released on VHS and DVD by BMG Video in North America, and several DVD releases of episodes were available in Hong Kong under the title "The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat II".[7] A 3-DVD box set of the entire series was released on April 26, 2013, exclusively in Germany, containing 21 episodes or 58 individual segments, this release being the first complete collection with an English soundtrack. As of 2020, the series is available to stream on the NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock.

Episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
13413September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06)
2248September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)April 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)

Season 1 (1995–96)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1a1a"Guardian Idiot"Dominic PolcinoMartin Olson, Dominic Polcino,
Christopher Moeller, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
Felix is captured by the owner of Gut Bombs, who wishes to grind him into meat for his customers. A guardian angel is sent to rescue Felix, but ends up putting Felix in more trouble.
1b1b"Space Time Twister"Lynne NaylorMartin Olson, Lynne Naylor,
Stephan DeStefano, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
1c1c"Don't String Me Along"Robin SteeleJeremy Kramer, Robin Steele,
Christian Roman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
2a
2b
2a
2b
"The Sludge King"Timothy BerglundMartin Olson and Timothy Berglund (Also Story)September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
2c2c"Mars Needs Felix"Milton KnightJeremy Kramer, Milton Knight, and Michael Polcino
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
3a3a"Step Right Up"Dominic PolcinoJeremy Kramer, Dominic Polcino, and Chris Moeller
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
3b3b"Now Playing - Felix"Lynne NaylorJeremy Kramer, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Berglund
September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
3c3c"Jailhouse Shock"Phil "Wild Brain" RobinsonJeremy Kramer, Phil Robinson,
Bob Koch, and Timothy Björklund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Björklund
September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
4a4a"The Manhattan Triangle"Blair PetersMartin Olson
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
4b4b"The Petrified Cheese"Chris BartlemanMartin Olson
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
5a5a"Middle Aged Felix"Pamela "Spam" StalkerTimothy Björklund, Pamela Stalker, and Susan Crossley
Story by: Jeremy Kramer and Timothy Björklund
October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
5b5b"Felix in Psychedelicland"Robin SteeleMartin Olson, Robin Steele,
Christian Roman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
6a6a"Order of the Black Cats"Dominic PolcinoJeremy Kramer, Dominic Polcino, and Chris Moeller
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
6b6b"Now Boarding"John StevensonJeremy Kramer, John Stevenson, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
6c6c"Felix Breaks the Bank"Lynne NaylorJeremy Kramer, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
7a7a"Noah's Nightclub"Robin SteeleMartin Olson, Robin Steele,
Timothy Berglund, and Christian Roman
Story by: Martin Olson
November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
7b7b"Felix's Gold Score"Milton KnightJeremy Kramer, Milton Knight, and Michael Polcino
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
7c7c"Forever Rafter"Milton KnightJeremy Kramer, Milton Knight, and Michael Polcino
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
8a8a"The Earth Heist"Blair PetersMartin Olson, Blair Peters, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
8b8b"Attack of the Tacky"Chris BartlemanMartin Olson, Jeremy Kramer,
Chris Bartleman, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Jeremy Kramer
November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
9a9a"Felix in Nightdrop Land"Jim SchumannMartin Olson, Larry Swerdlove,
Jim Schumann, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson and Timothy Berglund
November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
9b9b"Shocking Story"Doug LawrenceMartin Olson, Doug Lawrence, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
10a10a"Love at First Slice"Lynne NaylorMartin Olson, Lynne Naylor, and Stephan DeStefano
Story by: Martin Olson
December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
10b10b"Space Case"Craig HandleyMartin Olson, Craig Handley, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
10c10c"Peg Leg Felix"Phil "Wild Brain" RobinsonMartin Olson, Phil Robinson, and Bob Koch
Story by: Martin Olson
December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)
11a11a"Shell Shock"Blair PetersMartin Olson, Blair Peters, and Timothy Björklund
Story by: Martin Olson
December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
11b11b"The Big Hunt"Blair PetersJeremy Kramer, Blair Peters, and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
December 9, 1995 (1995-12-09)
12a12a"Felix's Big Splash"Chris Moeller and Christian RomanJeremy Kramer, Christopher Moeller, and Christian Roman
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
12b12b"Gross Ghost"Milton KnightMartin Olson and Milton Knight
Story by: Martin Olson
December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
12c12c"The Underwater Kingdom"Brian SheesleyMartin Olson, Brian Sheesley,
Eric Keyes, and Timothy Björklund
Story by: Martin Olson
December 16, 1995 (1995-12-16)
13a13a"Wet Paint"Timothy BerglundMartin Olson and Timothy Berglund
Story by: Martin Olson
January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06)
13b13b"News Blues"Blair PetersJeremy Kramer, Martin Olson, and Blair Peters
Story by: Jeremy Kramer
January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06)
13c13c"Copycat"Paul VesterMichael Ouweleen and Paul Vester
Story by: Michael Ouweleen
January 6, 1996 (1996-01-06)

Season 2 (1996–97)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
14a1a"Surreal Estate"Doug LawrenceMark Evanier and Doug LawrenceSeptember 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
14b1b"Phony Phelix"Chris MoellerMark EvanierSeptember 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
14c1c"Five Minute Meatball"Russell CrispinMark Evanier and Russell CrispinSeptember 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)
15a2a"Bet a Billion Bill"Craig KellmanMark Evanier and Craig KellmanSeptember 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
15b2b"Background Details"Pat ShinagawaMark EvanierSeptember 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
15c2c"Viva Lost Wages"Russell CrispinMark Evanier and Russell CrispinSeptember 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
16a3a"The Punderground"David PrestonMark EvanierSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
16b3b"Nightmare on Oak Street"Chris MoellerMark Evanier and Chris MoellerSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
16c3c"Star Trash"Christian RomanMark Evanier, Christian Roman, and Craig KellmanSeptember 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
17a
17b
4a
4b
"The Fuzzy Bunny Show"Brett VaronMark Evanier, Brett Varon, and Craig KellmanOctober 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
17c4c"The Milky Way"Pete MichelsMark Evanier and Pete MichelsOctober 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
18a5a"Black Magic Bag"Doug LawrenceMark Evanier and Doug LawrenceOctober 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
18b5b"The Maltese Milkshake"Jim SchumannMark Evanier and Jim SchumannOctober 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
18c5c"Attack of the Robot Rat"Pat VenturaMark Evanier, Pat Ventura, and Craig KellmanOctober 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
19a6a"The Extraterrestrial Robot"Chris MoellerMark Evanier and Chris MoellerNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
19b6b"Battle of the Superbrains"Doug LawrenceMark Evanier and Doug LawrenceNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
19c6c"Full Screen"Pat ShinagawaMark Evanier and Pat ShinagawaNovember 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
20a7a"The Golden Whatnot"Russell CrispinMark Evanier and Russell CrispinApril 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
20b7b"The Mountain of Evil"Jim SchumannMark Evanier and Jim SchumannApril 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
20c7c"Auto Biography"Doug LawrenceMark Evanier and Doug LawrenceApril 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
21a8a"Comicalamities"Pat VenturaMark Evanier, Pat Ventura, and Craig KellmanApril 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)
21b8b"Superfelix"Chris MoellerMark Evanier and Chris MoellerApril 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)
21c8c"Dueling Whiskers"Doug LawrenceMark Evanier and Doug LawrenceApril 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)

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