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Felix the cat the movie

It's Doug Walker's personal choice for the 4th WORST movie he's reviewed as the Nostalgia Critic.

Felix the Cat: The Movie is a 1988 Hungarian-American animated fantasy film directed by Tibor Hernádi and based on the cartoon and comic strip character of the same name. It was made in Europe during 1986 and 1987, but was not officially released in the United States until 1991.

Plot

In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, takes over the Land of Oriana, prompting Princess Oriana to send a distress signal to another dimension for help. This is picked up by Felix the Cat who must save the kingdom and restore order once again.

Why it Sucks

  1. Ugly, terrible, cheap and obnoxious animation which some other scenes are been reused again and even to many errors (like Wack's shadow moving when Wack himself is holding still) thoughout the movie, and it has very badly editing in section 12 and 16. The character design is also awful.
  2. It has the same problem as The Magic Voyage and even A Troll in Central Park, it's just constant noise without any purpose, but this is far worst as will be expand in section 10.
  3. Way too much story that can be hard for kids to understand what's going on.
  4. While Princess Oriana's character is shown to be "kind and sweet", there are many incidents were she shows her more meaner and dark side in the film, such as how she pushes Felix aside when Felix told her that he can help her get out of the circus (Twice), and even told a story of how her father banished the Duke of Zill after a tragic accident (This was shown in the Electronic Heroes review of the film).
  5. Confusing scenes where you never know what is going on (one example is in a scene after Felix gets kidnapped were Pim is hoping on one of the robots in a very odd matter, another example in the scene the professor's cousin Poindexter pays the ticket vendor with wrenches to capture Felix).
  6. Somewhat misleading title, while Felix the Cat is the main protagonist of the film and gets a fair amount of screen time, the movie mostly focuses on Princess Oriana, the Professor and his nephew Poindexter.
  7. Forgettable and sometimes unnecessary music, like the fox song. There are great songs such as "Face to the Wind" and "Who Is the Boss", the end credits music is also extremely catchy.
  8. One the topic of the fox song, there’s an inappropriate scene after the song where a baby fox tries to pee on Felix's magic bag (This was also shown in the Electronic Heroes review of the film).
  9. One particularly sadistic scene where Felix is both laughing and making faces at dead bodies (This was shown in The Nostalgia Critic review of the film).
  10. Dreadful sound mixing where music and sound-effects are so loud, that have of the time you can barely hear what the characters are saying.
  11. This movie doesn't even explain the origin of Felix's bag. It just shows up with no logic or reasoning. It may be from the 1950's cartoon, but it would have been nice to have it come with an explanation about where it came from and how Felix obtained it.
  12. Poor editing (Such as the scene where Princess Oriana's face just shows up in a random frame of the song: "Who Is the Boss").
  13. Obnoxious nonsense thrown in for no reason.
  14. A very poorly piloted climax where Felix literally kills the main villain by... throwing a book at him.
  15. Creepy, awfully-done, and pointless 3D animation of Felix's head at the start. It even reappears at the start of the credits!
  16. Despite the movie staying in Europe for 4 years until its United States theatrical release, the creators didn't even bother to fix the glaring animation mistakes or make the story less confusing.
  17. The voice acting is annoying.
  18. BAD lip-syncing, Nostalgia Critic found out one scene is in the beginning of the film where Grumper was talking and he doesn't even close his mouth.

Redeeming qualities

  1. It some somewhat loyal to the source material.
  2. There are some good moments here and there.

Reception

When the movie finally did make it to the United States in 1991, it was released around the same time as Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Amblin's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle were in theaters, and as a result, quickly died at the box office, earning $1,964,253 out of its estimated budget of $9 million.

It was widely panned by critics and audiences alike upon its release. The staff of Halliwell's Film Guide called it a "laboured attempt to update the classic cartoon figure." Philip Strick of MFB commented that it was "more likely to bury the ingratiating Felix beyond revival than to stimulate fresh legions of fans". In his 2005 book Television Cartoon Shows, Hal Erickson noted that it "managed to salvage whatever marginal charm the 1960 series has had by dressing it up with first class animation and character design."

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