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The Arctic Giant (1942)

Superman versus a thawed-out Tyrannosaurus.

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(comic strip created by: Superman), (comic strip created by: Superman) (as Jerome Siegel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joan Alexander ...
Lois Lane (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bud Collyer ...
Clark Kent / Superman (voice) (uncredited)
Julian Noa ...
Perry White (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

An expedition unearths a frozen Tyrannosaurus in the Siberian tundra and brings it back to the USA. Naturally, it accidentally thaws and runs amok. Can Superman handle it? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante del Ártico  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this short (as in some of the others) Superman leaps from place to place (like later Marvel's Incredible Hulk), rather than flying. This is from the original comics version, in which he didn't fly either. He was given the ability to fly, in the comics as well as the animated series when the creators realized that what looked good in heroic static drawings made him look like a red-and-blue kangaroo bouncing over buildings. See more »

Goofs

The Tyrannosaurus Rex looks nothing like a real T-Rex, whose appearance was fairly well known by 1942. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Voices: Up in the sky, look! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!
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Connections

Followed by Terror on the Midway (1942) See more »

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It's a bit of a duffer
6 July 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Arctic Giant' burns through half its precious running time setting up a simple plot - defrosted dinosaur terrorises city - in a tediously expository way, and the result is an unexciting entry in the Fleischer Studios Superman series.

It's basically 'King Kong' with an oddly-designed tyrannosaur that shares more DNA with Pete's Dragon than it does the real creature and changes scale throughout, giving this short a sloppy feel at odds with the otherwise high quality animation. Something that's nine minutes long shouldn't be dull, but this is uninvolving stuff and a disappointment after the double whammy of 'The Mechanical Monsters' and 'Billion Dollar Limited'.


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