Patrick Peter Sullivan

Patrick Peter Sullivan

Birth
Paddington, Woollahra Municipality, New South Wales, Australia
Death 15 Feb 1933 (aged 48)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 19383423 · View Source
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Animator, Illustrator, Film Producer. Real name Patrick O'Sullivan. A native of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, he is best known for his work with Otto Mesmer, and as producer of the first animated silent cartoons of Felix The Cat. Educated at the Art Society of New South Wales, Sullivan worked at various jobs including as a gatekeeper at the famed Toohey's Brewery in Surry Hills, Australia, while doing his first caricaturist assignments. From 1905 to 1907, Sullivan contributed his work to trade union newspapers, and also worked on the Ally Sloper comic strip for almost two years. In 1909, he moved to England, and tried his luck at different careers. He became a lightweight boxer, and sang and acted in dance music halls. Those career moves eventually did nothing for him and he soon returned to his animation work. In 1914, Sullivan again moved, this time to the United States, where he found work designing cinema movie posters. That same year he took a job with the McClure Newspaper Company and he was assigned to work on the comic strip, "The Adventures of Sambo." Over the next few years, Sullivan opened his own studio, and began working on several of his own comic strips including, "Laura", "Johnny Boston Beans", "Obliging "Oliver", and "Old Pop Perkins" (his first actual animated film), among others. In 1917, Sullivan began work with Otto Mesmer, on the silent animated short, "The Tail Of Thomas Kat", an early prototype for Felix The Cat. In 1919, Mesmer took over the Felix The Cat cartoons. The Cat became one of the most popular theatre cartoon characters between 1919 and 1930. In 1930, Sullivan's distributors cancelled his contract because he did not want Felix to move towards sound films. Three years later in 1933, Sullivan changed his mind. He announced that Felix the Cat would be in sound in 1934, but he unexpectedly passed away from pneumonia that same year. Otto Mesmer died in 1983. It is still unclear to this day as to whether Mesmer or Sullivan created Felix The Cat, although Mesmer is usually given credit.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick Peter Sullivan (2 Feb 1885–15 Feb 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19383423, citing Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .