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Fleischer and Famous Studios Superman cartoons (1941-1943)
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Custer
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see that my dvd just has the nine Max Fleischer entries — well, it does call itself "Max Fleischer's Superman." Fully restored, with a Dolby digital soundtrack, and classic Fleischer bonus "Play Safe," plus a restoration demo. That was released by WinStar Home Entertainment - back in the days when I bought US "region 1" dvds, which means that a UK "region 2" player needs a special chip added, to be able to play such imports. When still wrapped, US dvds tend to have a label on the top edge, which is useful when browsing at marts etc.

It's nice that all the cartoons are available on the 'tube - probably not all the Bruce Timm Batman ones, which I really ought to re-watch some time!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Guys, you're gonna LOVE these! Very Happy

The first one is less than eight minutes long, but it's beautiful done. I love it.

The second is twelve minutes and also quite good.

Enjoy!__
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_______ Superman - The Golden Age of Animation


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_ Max Fleischer Superman Cartoons - documentary


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The production designers for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow said that they based the robots in their film upon the robots from The Mechanical Monsters.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2021 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be the Fleischer Brothers Superman cartoons that would give him the power of flight before the comic books did. In the comic books Superman only had the ability to "leap tall buildings in a single bound," but he did not fly through the air.

The Fleischer Brothers were concerned about tackling a Superman animated series of shorts because they knew that such a project would require more realistic designs than they were usually used to with their productions.

The series had three different opening narrations.

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!
Used for episodes one through seven.

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to soar higher than any plane!
Used in episodes eight through ten.

Faster than a streak of lightning! More powerful than the pounding surf! Mightier than a roaring hurricane! Used on episodes eleven through seventeen.

In these shorts there is not any reference to the Kent family. Only an orphanage that Superman was raise in.

The description of Krypton is that it "burned like a green star."

Episode number one, "Superman" aka "The Mad Scientist" which debuted on September 26, 1941 was nominated for an Academy Award under the category of Short Subjects: Cartoon.
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They were wise to add that power to Kal-El's abilities, because if he had to get from one place to another by making giant hops like a Krptonian kangeroo, he'd look pretty silly.

Concerning the two different groups of cartoons — the nine by Fleischer Studios and eight by Famous Studios — the Wikipedia article accurately describes the difference this way.
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The first nine cartoons had more of a science fiction aspect to them, as they involved the Man of Steel fighting robots, giant dinosaurs, meteors from outer space, and other perils. The later eight cartoons in the series, which were all Famous Studios productions, dealt more with World War II propaganda stories . . .
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Actually, only a few of the eight Famous Studios cartoons are WWII related, and one of them (The Underground World) is science fiction. The rest are pretty much action-adventure stories somewhat similar to the George Reeve TV serious.

I've decided to add the Superman cartoons to All Sci-Fi's Saturday Live Chat (<— link) to give the events more of the feel of a Saturday Matinee from the 1950s!

I hope we'll see more of All Sci-Fi's members will join us this coming Saturday.
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