A rare behind-the-scenes look at how they made a seminal animated TV series.
DreamWorks Animation has bought the rights to the 95-year-old feline cartoon icon Felix the Cat. The studio acquired the character by paying an undisclosed sum to Don Oriolo, whose father Joe helped revive Felix in the 1950s and later assumed ownership of the character.
For a brief decade-long period in animation history, between the late-1960s and late-1970s, feature animation filmmakers cast aside their inhibitions and created films that aimed to titillate and shock audiences with the novelty of sexual cartoon imagery.
In this visual essay, animation director Darrell van Citters traces the lineage of Jay Ward Productions’ most famous characters and explains the contributions of different animation artists.