The Mechanical Monsters (1941)

Animated short
Article 3993 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-29-2012
Directed by Dave Fleischer
Featuring the voices of Joan Alexander, Bud Collyer, Julian Noa
Country: USA
What it is: Superman cartoon

Superman has to come to the rescue when a giant flying mechanical man steals a fortune in precious gems, and Lois Lane sneaks aboard the mechanical man’s storage area.

I’ve always had a little bit of a problem with the Fleischer Superman cartoons; in order to fit all that action into the short running times, the characters were kept paper thin and the plots were very simplistic. Still, I know that wouldn’t bother most people, and while watching this one, I found myself most captivated by the incredibly fluid and detailed animation and the wonderful use of color. It certainly looks as if everyone was putting their best foot forward in this one, and there isn’t a moment here that isn’t fun to watch. In fact, it’s so fast-moving and energetic, it probably gets my vote as the best of the Fleischer Superman cartoons.

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