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Someone disguised as Superman is committing robberies all over
Metropolis. He's doing it under orders from The Boss (that's all he's
ever called--and he sounds like Orson Welles!). Immediately the police
start searching for Superman. One night Lois Lane and Clark Kent are
covering the opera. The fake Superman decides to rob the patrons there
that night. Lois scares him off---but Clark decides to meet him face to
face and get to the bottom of this.
This has to be one of the quickest-moving Superman cartoons I've ever seen. It moves like lightning and (for once) Lois is NOT captured or put in danger. I do love how she casually jumps into the police car (in her beautiful new dress) to join them as they go after the villain. It's never explained how they KNOW where The Boss is though. Who cares? This is fun, fast and beautifully animated. A definite 9.
This is the second Superman cartoon made by the Famous Studios which was an outgrowth of the original Max Fleischer Studios after the ouster by Paramount of him and brother Dave. Being the eleventh overall, this animated short is interesting in that the villain is...Supes himself? Actually, it's someone dressed as him that's doing all the stealing of jewels for his boss. When Lois and Clark are assigned to review an opera, that not-too-convincing-Superman-doppelganger shows up to get more bling. Wanna guess who also shows up? Well, I won't tell but I'm sure you already know. Anyway, this short is unique as for once, Lois doesn't get captured and the robbers aren't anyone wanting to destroy or conquer the world. But that also makes this a little less exciting. Still, Showdown is worth a look for that slight difference in Superman plots.
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. While this is a cartoon from
Fleischer Studios' successor, Famous Studios, it still tries to
maintain the Fleischer style.
In the eleventh in the series, someone disguised as Superman is committing crimes all over Metropolis. Lois and Clark are assigned to cover the opera and, while there, Lois has a run-in with the impostor. Clark wastes no time changing into his red & blues and confronting the fake. Impostor Superman leads the real Supes to his boss, who won't be taken easily. The second Superman short from Famous is their best and one of the most different in the whole series. It's the closest any of the shorts come to being a comedy. The fake Superman is very funny. An interesting note is that Jack Mercer and Jackson Beck, who voice the fake Superman and his boss respectively, also did the voices of Popeye and Bluto in Popeye cartoons.
In this one, the population believe that Superman has turned into a jewel thief. I suppose it's believable in that the poor guy probably has to live on Clark Kent's salary. But it is not true. Clark needs to get to the bottom of this and it turns out a look-alike guy has been doing the pillaging. Clark/Superman sees him at the opera and confronts him. It turns out there is a guy called the "Boss" (that Bruce Springsteen is everywhere) who is really behind all of this and apparently Superman and everyone else knows exactly where he is. This is more of a police episode and that's refreshing. I recently saw the dreadful movie, "Batman v Superman" so we know the poor guy can really be given a bad rap. Oh! Lois doesn't get captured by the bad guys. That should be on the cover of the Dailly Planet.
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"Showdown" is a 1942 8-minute cartoon from the days of World War II again. But it is entirely unpolitical In here, Superman goes up against a man posing as Superman while robbing banks and stealing jewelery. Apparenty his (or better his master's) intention was to change the hero in the public eye. It is really a stupid idea though as, obviously, Superman would do his best to catch him quickly. We are talking about a man here who stops big dinosaurs and volcano eruptions. Anyway, I still kinda enjoyed this one and I believe it is one of the better entries to the franchise, perhaps because Lois is really supporting in here and does not play a great role, also won't get kidnapped this time. This one is Superman's battle and his battle only. I recommend the watch. By the way, this one had Izzy Sparber directing and not Dave Fleischer.
I know this is cruel, but the biggest thing that jumped out at me while
I watched this cartoon was Jimmy Olsen's face. I kept thinking 'Oh,
my....what horrible accident happened to make Jimmy THAT hideous?!'. At
least I assume that was Jimmy--he was the office assistant and seemed
to act a bit like Jimmy!! Let me explain further. In the Fleischer
Brothers Superman cartoons, unlike other Fleischer shorts like Popeye
and Betty Boop, the characters look more like real people. So, when in
the middle of the cartoon a freakish and hideous character who looks
like a cartoon imp appears, it just seems weirdly out of place! Okay,
I've finished my rant about ugly Jimmy. I promise.
As for the rest of the cartoon, it's pretty good stuff. A local baddie is having his dopey assistant run about town committing crimes while dressed up as Superman. Apparently, the town is full of idiots, as they soon believe Superman has turned bad--even though this incarnation of the 'hero' cannot fly, stop bullets or do anything very super. So, it's up to the real guy to capture the two baddies and restore America's faith in its heroes. What a guy! Overall, this was enjoyable (apart from Jimmy) and well done. Worth your time and a decent installment in the series.
** 1/2 (out of 4)
A fake Superman is going around robbing various shops and people but the real one gets a chance to grab him, which leads to another criminal. This isn't the greatest cartoon ever made but it's mildly entertaining simply because it breaks free from the plot lines of previous shorts. The movie mixes it up a little bit and for that I'm extremely grateful considering the previous shorts were starting to go down the same path. What really goes against the film is that the fake Superman is about a quarter the size of the real one so when they finally reach their showdown, it's pretty disappointing because the fake guy is so small and not much of a match.
A SUPERMAN Cartoon.
Someone, disguised as Superman, is pulling off a series of daring robberies throughout Metropolis and it's time for the real Man of Steel to force a SHOWDOWN with the Big Boss behind it all...
This was another in the series of excellent cartoons initially created by Max Fleischer 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.
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