Felix Saves the Day (1922)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Felix the Cat and his friend Willie are practicing for the big baseball game against the Tar Heels, an all-black baseball team when Felix's line-drive hits a policeman in the head with the baseball. Felix escapes, but the policeman chases Willie up to the top of a high building. The policeman calls for help, and a flying policeman snatches Willie and puts him in jail. When the game starts and Felix's team is losing, he cannot get Willie out of jail, so he hits the baseball high up into the air where it hits the Greek god Jupiter. Jupiter gets mad and causes it to rain, which causes the game to be cancelled. Felix had been appearing in a series of Paramount cartoon shorts, but Paramount later cancelled his contract. This was the first Felix cartoon for distributor Margaret Winkler, who would handle his films for four years. This film has live-action shots of cars, trains, and baseball spectators intercut with the animation.