About Don Oriolo’s Felix the Cat
Since the silent film era of the early 1920’s to being the first animated character balloon to be featured in the Macy’s Day Parade, Felix the Cat has been a beloved icon in American culture. Felix the Cat was created by Otto Messmer, in which he began as a curious and mischievous character. In 1953 when Felix cartoons began airing on TV, Messmer’s protégé, Joe Oriolo, redesigned Felix to have a new appearance, new personality and a gang of new friends. Joe’s son, Don Oriolo then took this character and interpreted him in his exclusive original artwork. These artworks feature Felix in various themes and situations such as, sports, music, holidays and various everyday activities seen from Felix’s point of view. Original works of art will be available along with 100 limited editions of each piece. All artwork is signed and numbered by Don Oriolo and is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity.
In 2015 look out for a new Dreamworks TV series and feature film introducing Felix and friends to whole new audience.
Soho will also feature Don’s exclusive range of guitars and banjos that are themed on Felix the Cat and let’s not forget an array of framed original film cells that will be available exclusively through sohoprints.com.
If you were to ask Don in what direction Felix the Cat is going, he would say, “ on the same straight and narrow path that has paved by my uncle Otto Messmer and my dad, Joe Oriolo”.
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