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Director:
Writers:
Jerry Siegel (characters) and
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Release Date:
26 September 1941 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
The first Superman animated cartoon was brought excitingly by Max and Dave Fleischer See more (22 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
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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Referenced in The Iron Giant (1999)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The first Superman animated cartoon was brought excitingly by Max and Dave Fleischer, 1 June 2011
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Several months after Captain Marvel was the first comic book superhero depicted on the silver screen, Superman became the second but the first to be animated as opposed to the live action of the previous one. The voices of the leading character and female co-star Lois Lane were the same from the radio series that had already started beforehand: Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander. Collyer, especially, established how different the personalities of Clark and Supes could be by simply changing his voice when he changed to his costume. The story, about a mad scientist bent on destroying the world, is a bit cliché for today but the Max and Dave Fleischer animation is still impressive even now with the way the thing can build excitement especially when The Man of Steel tries to punch that disintegrating ray back to its source. So on that note, this first epi of the Superman cartoon series was off to a good start. P.S. You know this was an early version of Jerome Siegel & Joe Shuster's creation when Supes' origin tale says he was raised in an orphanage instead of the farm of Jonathan and Martha Kent!

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