The Arctic Giant (1942)
Article 5599 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dave Fleischer and Willard Bowsky
Featuring the voices of Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck
What it is: Fleischer Superman short
When the refrigeration unit on a giant frozen dinosaur goes on the fritz, the beast thaws out and goes on a rampage. Can Superman stop him?
Here’s another helping of typical Superman thrills, and though it’s colorful and well animated, I do wish a little care was taken with some of the other aspects of the production. For one thing, it would have been nice if the dinosaur had indeed resembled the Tyrannosaurus it’s supposed to be rather than a snaggle-toothed generic dinosaur. It would also have been nice if Lois Lane hadn’t been quite as dim-witted about getting into danger; with a rampaging dinosaur on the loose, there’s no point in her pointlessly putting herself in peril. Maybe Superman should have defeated the dinosaur first rather than rescued her from the rubble of the museum. Still, since I’m more of a dinosaur fan than a superhero fan, this one has a little more appeal for me.