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The Mechanical Monsters (1941)

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Superman battles a criminal mastermind and his robot army.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Superman / Clark Kent / Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
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An inventor has built powerful giant robots that can fly like planes and open banks like cans. Of course, Lois Lane gets into trouble with a robot; can Superman rescue her from the inventor's hideout? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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21 November 1941 (USA)  »

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The Mechanical Monsters  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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After robot #13 has robbed the House of Gems and flown off with Lois Lane in its hold, Superman flies up and attempts to rescue her, causing an "Interference" alarm to sound. It is not explained why this alarm did not sound when Lois climbed inside in the first place. See more »

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[first lines]
Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!
Narrator: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, this amazing stranger from the planet Krypton, The Man of Steel: Superman! Empowered with X-ray vision, possessing remarkable physical strength, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth and justice, disguised as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent.
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Followed by Jungle Drums (1943) See more »

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Take One Step and She's Doomed!
13 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I love the Fleischer Superman cartoons. The animation is smooth and fluid with vivid colors. The distinct art-deco style, vintage science fiction imagery, and use of noirish shadows gave them a look unlike any other cartoons. The music and voicework is superb. They're fun, accessible, enduring animation classics.

This second cartoon in the Superman series is about an inventor who has built giant robots to commit robberies. The robots can fly like planes and opens banks like tin cans. Did I mention they are also SUPER FRICKING COOL!!! Pardon me geeking out but these robots are just awesome to watch. Anyway, back to the plot: Lois gets into trouble (naturally) and finds herself captured by the inventor. This, my friends, looks like a job for Superman if there ever was one. Supes must tangle with electrical wires, giant robots, and molten metal to save the day.

Look at this cartoon! I mean, really, as you watch just take it all in and savor it. The rich details, the creativity, the vibrancy...it's just beautiful.


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