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Superman (1941)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Action  -  26 September 1941 (USA)
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The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Perry White (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ...
The Mad Scientist (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
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When Lois is kidnapped by a mad scientist, she is given a demonstration of his energy cannon as he attacks Metropolis. Only Superman can stop it in his first cinematic adventure Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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26 September 1941 (USA)  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This film series is where Superman "learned" to fly. Prior to this, he was only able to "leap tall buildings in a single bound." It was deemed that leaping would not look right on film. But even when Superman flies it looks as if he needs to make a jumping start, rather than just taking off. 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: [opening narration] In the endless reaches of the universe, there once existed a planet known as Krypton, a planet that burned like a green star in the distant heavens. There, civilization was far advanced and it brought forth a race of "supermen," whose mental and physical powers were developed to the absolute peak of human perfection. But there came a day when giant quakes threatened to destroy Krypton forever. One of ...
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Fleischer Studios did a decent job on a series of Superman shorts

This is the first of a series of Superman shorts done by the Fleischer Studios and the only one of the series nominated for an Oscar. The animation style is different and recognizable as Fleischer work and the cartoons hold up reasonably well, but there's nothing terrifically remarkable or special about this particular cartoon. Worth watching.


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