‘Felix the Cat,’ ’Abbott and Costello” Go Color
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) _ Ninety colorized vintage films, the cartoon series ″Felix the Cat″ and the ″Abbott and Costello″ TV series will be distributed worldwide by Columbia Pictures Television, it was announced.
Color Systems Technology Inc. said Tuesday that its library was part of the long-term, worldwide distribution agreement, which also provides for Columbia to finance the colorization of 12 black-and-white movies owned by Color Systems. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Color Systems titles being colorized for Columbia distribution within eight months include ″The Corsican Brothers,″ ″Kit Carson,″ ″The Man in the Iron Mask″ and ″Black Beauty.″
The colorization process has drawn fire from such Hollywood figures as Jimmy Stewart, John Huston and Frank Capra, who have said the process violates the original films’ artistic integrity.