Everyone loves Felix the Cat, right? And everyone loves those Kit-Cat clocks with the black cat with the big eyes, right? Well, did you ever think they were maybe TOO similar? Well, the Felix folks think they are and have sued the Kit-Cat Clock Co., saying it’s a “blatant rip-off” guilty of violating over 100 copyrights.
The scrap is a bit unexpected. After all, the two fur balls have been sharing the spotlight quite nicely for more than 60 years.
Felix came first, and claims to be the world’s first “true movie cartoon character” because of his 1920s appearance in a short titled “Feline Follies.”
Kit-Cat emerged a decade later during the Depression. Promotional materials boast that it brought “mystery and excitement” to a nation in need of “a smile and friend.”
In recent years, Kit-Cat has made a comeback on the Internet and at upscale retailers such as Restoration Hardware, even putting the image on T-shirts, mugs and watches.
Say that reminds us, we just got the BESTEST t-shirt EVAH!
[Link via Boing Boing, of course.]