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A Native American man says that Manhattan (Metropolis) belongs to his
people and demands that it should be returned to them. Naturally he's
refused. So, he plants something like explosive charges in the water
under Manhattan and sets them off causing earthquakes. Naturally Lois
Lane (as usual) is captured and tied up by him. Looks like it's
Superman to the rescue.
Very good and very interesting in that it has a Native American as a villain. Also bringing up how Manhattan belongs to the Indians was very advanced for a 1942 cartoon. Still it's not really dealt with--this was just for entertainment and the action scenes delivered. I especially liked the elevator that traveled underwater to the villain's hideout.
Lots of fun! A 10.
A Native American Scientist demands the return of Manhattan (Metropolis) to
his people. Rebuffed, he unleashes an ELECTRIC EARTHQUAKE to destroy the
city. With intrepid reporter Lois Lane his prisoner, and destruction
mounting, it sure looks like a job for Superman.
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. Bud Collyer is the voice of Superman; Joan Alexander does the honors for Lois Lane.
This Superman cartoon, the seventh by Max and Dave Fleischer, has the politically-incorrect story of an American Indian (or Native American) claiming to speak for his people when he tells Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Perry White to give Manhatten back to his people and those three refusing (what can they do anyway, they're only reporters!). So he threatens them though Perry doesn't believe him so Lois sneaks away to where this man has his hideout while Clark changes into Superman...Plenty of exciting animated scenes of the title disaster not to mention Supes doing what he does to save the day though it's now par for the course that Lois will be in yet another compromising position with the Man of Steel rescuing her. And really, that villain is willing to destroy his land if his demands aren't met? Talk about inconsistent characterization! Still, Electric Earthquake is worth a look for those exciting scenes of destruction as implied by the title.
I have seen most of the Superman cartoons made by the Fleischer
Brothers for Paramount during the 1940s. Unfortanately, I have never
particularly enjoyed them...that is up until now. "Electric Earthquake"
brings the cartoon series an interesting villain--one you have a hard
time completely hating.
The film begins with a Native American genius planting some sort of electrodes emanating from his underwater lair to Manhattan island. Then, he comes to the surface and announces that the government MUST give the island back to the natives or else! Well, they don't listen and soon he unleashes a wave of electric terror--causing the island to explode bit by bit. Not at all surprisingly, Lois gets caught up in all this and is taken prisoner. And, predictably, Superman comes to the rescue.
As I mentioned above, I liked this one because the story was strong--something not true for most of the other stories in the series. It was very interesting and kept my interest throughout--though I think it's the only time home for Superman was New York and not Metropolis!
Superman is brought in to save the city of Metropolis. A Native American mad scientist (are they really mad or just have a reason to act) wants Manhattan back for his people, but, of course, just like today, there is no chance. Of course, once again, he is defied and needs to show off his strength. He is able to use electricity below the surface to create and earthquake which jeopardizes the future of the great city. Somehow, Lois Lane figures out where he is and gets into his hideout. Not only does Superman have to save the city, he is stuck rescuing Lois again. There are some wonderful earthquake scenes using the talents of the Fleischer animators. This is a pretty well done episode, although the whole Native American issue is never addressed. Of course, even talking about Indian rights in those days was pretty interesting.
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"Electric Earthquake" is a 9-minute cartoon from almost 75 years ago starring Superman in his fight against evil once more. These films usually stand and fall with the main antagonist and the villain here is an interesting one I dare say, visually and also in terms of his evil machine. Of course, Lois getting kidnapped once more is also as random and generic as it is repetitive, but I can live with that as the final rescue plot is something new too. I enjoyed watching this one here more than watching all the other Superman cartoons before this one. I give it a thumbs up and recommend you to check it out. And I am even pretty critical on the whole franchise in general, so my praise is worth even more. See it.
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 seventh in the series is one of the best and most interesting. A Native American scientist demands the return of Manhattan to his people. Everybody but Lois Lane believes his threats to be empty. Lois sneaks onto the guy's motorboat and follows him back to his secret lair, which is a very cool underwater laboratory. After the scientist straps Lois into a chair ready-made to keep someone prisoner, he begins to unleash his earthquake device on the city. He has large electric cables connected to the bedrock of Manhattan island and, when he sends electric surges through the cables, he causes earthquakes. This results in some exciting scenes. Superman is quickly on the job and into the water, where he discovers the cables and proceeds to try to undo them. This proves harder than it looks. The rest of the cartoon is fun, non-stop action as Supes tries to save the city from the earthquake machine.
This is a great cartoon. The plot is a little more detailed than the average entry in the series and the villain is very unique. It's also interesting that the city is explicitly referred to as the real place of Manhattan, as opposed to the fictional city of Metropolis where Superman's adventures usually take place.
Electric Earthquake (1942)
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Seventh film in Paramount's series once again has a wack-o creating an earthquake machine that will make the city fall to its knees. Lois ends up kidnapped by the nut so Superman must save her and the city. This is another decent episode in a not too impressive series. Perhaps I was just expecting more but so far this series has been pretty middle-ground and can't hold a candle to anything out there by Disney, Warner or even MGM. This film does have a fairly decent story but not much is done with it because of the simple way it is carried out and the fact that it plays out just like the previous six films. The action scenes underwater were very entertaining and reason alone to watch the film.
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