[The character was a take-off based mostly upon Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill . ] It was a landmark film and a big hit – the primary sound cartoon to be a major hit – leading to many more Mickey Mouse films during the late 1920s and Thirties. At the same time, Messmer (and others) started a Felix comic strip in 1923 (debuting in England’s Daily Sketch on August 1, 1923) that was soon distributed in the US by King Features Syndicate – the strip continued in varied varieties till 1966.
Also see this website’s related sections on Pixar-Disney Animations, Visual and Special Effects Milestones in Cinematic History as well as AFI’s 10 Top 10 – The Top 10 Animated Films. The movie received an Academy Award for Special Achievement, in addition to nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Score and Song.
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