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1927-Macys-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-Felix-the-Cat

The Felix Jr. Balloon.

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felix the cat in 1927

Felix the Cat is a funny animal character who appeared in animated cartoons of the silent film era. Created by Pat Sullivan, he was the first cartoon character to attain sufficient popularity among movie audiences. The character later starred in a comic strip, several TV series, and a pair of feature films. In 2002, TV Guide ranked him the 28th-greatest cartoon character of all time.

Contrary to popular belief, Felix was actually the 2nd character balloon to ever float in the parade, the first being the Katzenjammer Kids. His balloon debuted in 1931. After a long absence, he returned in the 90th Anniversary parade in 2016, but instead of switching him to his most recent appearance and the modern balloon design conventions, Macy's decided to recreate his 1931 design, even having the balloon filled with air and held on strings.

Incidents

  • In 1931 Felix got tangled in telephone wires and caught on fire.

Music

  • Felix the Cat Theme Song (Flute Remix) (2016-present)

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