Picks and Pans Review: The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat

updated 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Saturdays, 9 a.m. ET)


This is not your parents' Felix the Cat. This new version of the famous feline's series looks like the animators drank a little bit too much Kool-Aid at a Grateful Dead concert. Its vivid colors and bizarrely drawn characters make the rest of the Saturday morning competition seem as tame as stick figures. Story lines are essentially irrelevant. But each episode features two or three cartoon shorts that masterfully mix the animation style of Max Fleischer cartoons with the postmodern humor of Peewee's Playhouse. Unlike other animated shows with adult appeal, like Fox's The Tick and The Simpsons, the grown-up charm of Felix the Cat comes not from its sense of humor but from a brain-spinning visual style that manages to be both retro and futuristic at the same time.

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