Film

Felix the Cat

Felix has to be seen to be believed:

My favorite thing about Felix’s 1920s cartoons is that he operates by a straight forward and immediately logic, that is completely different from what we in the real world usually call logic. Partially that’s “Cat logic” (lets go on a date at the back fence), partially that’s cartoon logic (lets use my tail as a gocart), and it all makes a whole lot of sense despite not resembling human logic in any shape or form. The cartoons are also quite adult at times, as seen in the one above.

The six shorts shown at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival had slightly less surprising endings than the film shown above. But this is still 1920s Felix, who was primarily interested in dates, adventures and dancing the Charleston. Just like most everyone else in the 1920s.

The Toychestra performance was great when the didn’t draw too much attention to themselves (by singing for example). The band’s instrumentation is reminiscent of the Music Tapes, except with three musicians instead of one. They also brought in a pianist, who could play a mean Charleston.

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