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Superman Versus Perverted Science

Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA
7 April 2000


Three evil inventors have developed a fantastic `bullet car' - shaped like a rocket, it can fly and destroy any building by simply crashing through it. After smashing the Metropolis Police Headquarters, the extortionists demand a huge payment, which the mayor refuses to pay. In fury, the bullet car begins the destruction of the city. With intrepid reporter Lois Lane now a prisoner of the villains, can the Man of Steel possibly stop the incredible technology in the hands of THE BULLETEERS?

This was another in the series of excellent cartoons Max Fleischer produced for Paramount Studio. They feature great animation and taut, fast-moving plots. Meant to be shown in movie theaters, they are miles ahead of their Saturday Morning counterparts.

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Author: utgard14 from USA
13 December 2013

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 voice work is superb. They're fun, accessible, enduring animation classics.

The fifth in the series is about a group of costumed criminals known as the Bulleteers. They have a bullet-shaped rocket car and are terrorizing the city, destroying buildings and thumbing their noses at the law. They also have the coolest secret lair on top of a mountain outside of town. The mayor tries to organize the police to stop them but it's no use! As the Bulleteers' rampage continues, Superman shows up. But, as he fails to stop them, we have to ask: are the Bulleteers too much for the Man of Steel?

Another great Fleischer Superman cartoon, although a step below the previous entries in the series. The Bulleteers' rocket car and awesome mountaintop hideout are cool visuals like you expect from this series. I also loved the scenes of the police scrambling to fortify and fight back against the seemingly indestructible rocket car. Those little touches are prime examples of the beauty of the Fleischer cartoons. There's so much going on that's just fun and exciting to watch.

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More fun

Author: mutty-mcflea from Lincolnshire, UK
7 July 2013

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Although it's routine by the standards of this series, 'The Bulleteers' is colourful fun and has some excellent design work in the mountain lair of the villains, their bullet-shaped helmets, and the plane they use to terrorise Metropolis.

As in 'Billion Dollar Limited' I like that Superman has to physically work to win the day: at one point he suffers a setback when a building collapses on him, and later he struggles to keep a grip on the plane mid-flight. The highlight for me, though, is Superman picking up the crooks with one arm and stuffing Lois under the other before leaping to safety; I love it when he does this in the early comics and it tickled me here too.

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Quit Picking on Lois

Author: Hitchcoc from United States
27 December 2016

This is quite fun. Three more mad scientists (why are they mad; perhaps they are just talented with a different agenda) create a threat. They are extortionists and have developed a car/rocket, shaped like a bullet. They threaten Metropolis, and when the Mayor refuses to give in, they start by destroying city hall. This device is really quite the destructive machine. They want the city to turn over its treasury or they will continue to reek havoc on the fair city. Fortunately, Superman is around. Of course, Lois Lane again paints herself into a deadly corner and need to be rescued. Some have criticized her for her inherent stupidity. Of course, it is part of the formula. She is an overzealous reporter, a contrast to Clark, and sometimes Superman needs a little push because we know he likes her. Solid episode.

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Author: Thomas ( from Berlin, Germany
5 May 2016

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I must say I am a bit baffled by the antagonists in some of these Superman cartoons from the days of World War II. In this one here, he goes up against a gang of extortionists. let us keep in mind. He is basically unkillable and has major superpowers and a random bunch of crooks keeps him busy like that. I don't believe it. Also I personally find it repetitive how Lois gets constantly kidnapped. And we are still supposed to like her? Despite how she constantly acts naive and dumb and gets caught and relies on Superman saving her? This 8-minute film here has several problems (more than they usually do) and that is also why I do not recommend it. Inferiot to other cartoons from 75 years ago. Thumbs down.

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beautifully animated, but with an average plot at best

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
23 July 2015

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This is a cartoon in the Superman series produced by the Fleischer studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

Like all of the shorts in the series, the animation is beautifully done in this cartoon. The principal problem with this and the other shorts in the series after the first one is that it's a formulaic series and the character of Superman is one-dimensional, which make the shorts resemble one another.

This short opens with a mysterious object destroying city hall. A blackmail message is sent demanding all the city's monies or further destruction will follow. Lois Lane and Clark Kent are assigned to the story.

The city rejects the ransom demand and the villains climb in a bullet-like aircraft (hence the title) to wreak havoc. Superman makes a late appearance in the short and rescues Lois more than once, because she has a knack for making unfortunate or all too often foolish decisions (done to increase tension, which is silly, because Lois is a regular character, so her survival is never in doubt).

Superman thwarts the bad guys again and saves the day again. In other news, water is wet.

This short is available on disc, with multiple options and is worth watching.

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The Bulleteers is perhaps not as interesting as the previous four of the Fleischer Superman cartoons

Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA
5 June 2011

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Just watched this, the fifth Superman cartoon from Max and Dave Fleischer, on YouTube. In this one, there's a bullet car that crashes into federal buildings. One of the men goes on the radio ordering a ransom or else. Naturally, Lois goes in to investigate and gets herself kidnapped as a result. So, as usual, Clark Kent turns himself into Superman in order to rescue her. The only unusual thing that happened here is that Supes for once seems defeated when a building falls on him. That only lasts a few minutes though so it's business as usual in these series of shorts. So on that note, this wasn't as entertaining as the first four but there's still some interest in seeing how the animators keep things moving with more realistic illustrations as opposed to the more usual cartoony images they're used to. So that's a partial recommendation of The Bulleteers.

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Once again, Lois is an idiot.

Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
20 October 2013

In the Fleischer Brothers Superman cartoons, Lois Lane is unusually stupid. Even compared to the 1950s Lois from TV, this one seems bent on getting herself killed. And, like in almost all the cartoons, she is saved and doesn't learn a darn thing!

The cartoon begins with a weird bullet-like car/airplane destroying things and then the leader of some weird criminal gang announcing to Metropolis that they must pay him or he'll destroy the town (you'd THINK he'd pick on some town OTHER than the one in which Superman lives!!). Soon, the Bulleteers appear and begin unleashing terror. Not surprisingly, Superman comes to the rescue AND Lois gets herself nearly killed in the process.

Like the other Superman cartoons of the era, this one is beautifully animated but the story is very, very simple. One reviewers loved how the action never let up--I just thought it lacked depth. Mildly interesting.

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Starts off quick and never stops

Author: preppy-3 from United States
16 October 2004

Right at the very beginning we see a bullet-shaped aircraft smash right through the Police Headquarters, demolishing it. The evil masked men on it demand all the money from the town hall or they'll attack. The mayor refuses to pay and the police brace themselves for an all out attack. It begins and they're no match. Good thing Superman is around. And Lois Lane is held captive (again).

It's sort of amusing to see Lois always being captured and tied up in these cartoons. Still, this is quick, tight, full of action and has the incredible animation that we expect. Fun with incredible sound effects (in the restored DVD version).

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Superman #5

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
17 May 2009

Bulleteers, The (1942)

** (out of 4)

A maniac scientist creates a "bullet car", which is pretty much just what it sounds like. Criminals can drive this car, which flies like a bullet, into any building and knock it down. Naturally Lois finds herself trapped by the bad guys and only Superman can save her. I'm new to this series and watching them in the order that they were released and there's no question, even only five shorts in, that they all follow the same plot outline with just a new villain added. The build up is always the same as is the way Lois gets herself involved. With that said, this short was pretty boring from start to reason. One reason is that I was disappointed with the animation, which wasn't anything to write home about. Another reason was the actual story because it just wasn't that good or entertaining. The villain was the biggest problem because it too didn't add any excitement.

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