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Comicalamities (1928)

by Nicholas Sammond

Felix the Cat engages in several comical gags involving the power of the animators' hand. He first has to complete his own appearance, shaking his fist at the animator who won't make his fur black, then going to a shoeblack instead. He then changes the appearance of a young girl cat who has been crying. He finds her pearls, a dress and a new coat all with the help of the interceding and powerful animator, though drawing her a new face himself. When she won't kiss him at the end of his troubles, Felix rips her out of the cartoon and tears her image up. The cartoon features several themes in early animation, such as the omnipotence of the animator and of animation. This is troubled, however, by Felix's seeming command over the animator and free reign through the cartoon otherwise. For comparison, see the 1953 Merrie Melodie cartoon, Duck Amuck.

Comicalamities (1928)

Felix the Cat engages in several comical gags involving the power of the animators' hand - at first having to complete his own appearance, then changing that of a young girl cat's. He finds her pearls, a dress and a new coat all with the help of the animator.

from Comicalamities (1928)
Creator: Otto Mesmer
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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