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It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975)

TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

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Superman meets two young students named Jerry and Joe, who idolize him. Joe is an artist who wants to draw pictures of Superman, and Jerry is a writer who wants to write stories about Superman. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel were the artist and writer, respectively, who created the original Superman comics. See more »

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Superman: Lois is in danger, I must split!
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Version of Superman (1941) See more »

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Ooh, Do You Love You!
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Loretta Swit
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Look, up in the sky!
17 March 2010 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This movie could have been awesome, but it misses the mark. It's a Superman Musical, based on a Broadway flop, and aired at 11:30 at night; you know it's not going to be Oscar material. But the fun comes in that the movie knows it's bad, and revels in it. It bears its cheese like a badge of honour, and as such actually comes close to being pretty good. It's cheesy, low-budget, and self-referential: three of my favourite things. Plus, it's narrated by Gary Owens, which makes it hard to go wrong.

But there's two problems: 1. It goes on way too long. There's only maybe 20 minutes of plot, tops, stretched into an hour and a half. This is due largely to 2. The songs. There's a whole lot of them, and they're not very well written. In fact, when you get down to it, some of them are really badly written. The rhyme schemes are haphazard and lackluster, the tunes are decent but nothing special, and in general, they all end up being pretty forgettable.

The songs also tend to repeat themselves a lot, stretching a single point into five or six verses... Then repeating several of those five or six verses over for emphasis. It gets boring very quickly. And since a large portion of the movie is devoted to the songs, the movie also gets old pretty quickly.

Still... For all of its flaws, it ends up being a fairly enjoyable movie. And as bad as it is... It's still not nearly as bad as The Adventures of Superpup.


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