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Dreamworks Acquires The Rights To 'Felix The Cat'

by Jerry Beck
June 17, 2014 1:58 PM
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Don Oriolo, Felix and Jeffery Katzenberg at the Licensing Show in Las Vegas today

Jeffrey Katzenberg said during a speech at the Licensing Expo, in Las Vegas today, that DreamWorks Animation has acquired all rights to Felix the Cat.

Created by Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer, the character was the first big animated cartoon star of the 1920s. The character was used as a test pattern in early experimental television - and became a cartoon star all over again, to a whole new generation, with a TV series produced by Joe Oriolo in the 1960s.  His comic strip and comic book incarnations have been continuous for 90 years. 

“Felix really goes beyond evergreen status and rises to something even more uncommon, as he is a true icon,” Katzenberg said during a speech given to executives from retail, fashion and entertainment.

Felix joins DreamWorks Animation's collection of classic characters acquired from Classic Media in 2012. 

(via The Wrap)

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  • nnn | June 18, 2014 2:52 PMReply

    Does Felix the Scat have anything to do with South Park's character?

  • Geoff | June 17, 2014 10:19 PMReply

    This is a mixed blessing, so far.
    I'm a huge Felix fan (favourite character ever), so I can only hope they do him justice.
    I'd like to see more in the vein of Twisted Tales of Felix The Cat from the 90s... Including a DVD release of hat series.

  • Arnaud | June 17, 2014 8:09 PMReply

    Not too happy about that - Dreamworks barely use the patrimony of classic characters they own. I fear the (rumored) silent shorts boxset handled by Steve Stanchfield is now old news...

  • Nic Kramer | June 17, 2014 6:26 PMReply

    Considering that they already owned the 1960's cartoon, I'm not too surprised. Yes, I'm sure Jeff wanted something like Mickey for his company. Whether Felix is a semi-mascot for Dreamworks, only time would tell. Personally, I was expecting Dreamworks was going to "toy around" and buy something else.

  • Ad | June 17, 2014 4:46 PMReply

    Oh no!

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