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Director:
Writers:
Jerry Siegel (characters) and
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Release Date:
26 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Plot:
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Fleischer Studios did a decent job on a series of Superman shorts See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
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 ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dave Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Jerry Siegel (characters) (as Jerome Siegel) and
Joe Shuster (characters)

Seymour Kneitel (story) &
Izzy Sparber (story) (as I. Sparber)

Jay Morton  uncredited

Produced by
Max Fleischer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Winston Sharples (uncredited)
Sammy Timberg (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Schettler (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Milton Lustig .... sound effects (uncredited)
Maurice Manne .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Frank Endres .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animator
Steve Muffati .... animation director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sammy Timberg .... music arranger
Lou Fleischer .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
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10 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer were reluctant to take this assignment because it would require much more realistic designs and animation than they usually used. They tried to discourage the studio by stating they would need a budget of around $100,000 per short, four times the budget of an average Walt Disney cartoon, which then had the highest budgets in animation. To their shock, Paramount executives agreed to at least half the amount, which made the Superman series - in adjusted dollars - the biggest-budgeted animation series in film history.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Fleischer Studios did a decent job on a series of Superman shorts, 14 March 2001

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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