History WesternAnimation / SupermanTheatricalCartoons

19th Jul '16 7:15:39 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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The Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave, had to make similar mental gymnastics themselves at the beginning when they were approached by Paramount to make this series. Already stretched from [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels their ill-fated]] [[WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown feature film projects]] and the terrible falling out between them, they were in no mood to take on this project, which presented considerable demands for a more realistic style. So, they tried to scare off the studio execs by saying they would need around $100,000 per short, an astronomical figure considering the typical Creator/{{Disney}} short, the biggest averaged budgeted company in animation was around $25,000. To their shock, Paramount compromised at $50,000 per short and the Fleischers just could not turn down money like that, making the ''Superman'' cartoons the biggest budgeted (adjust for inflation) animation short series in Hollywood history. And boy, [[EyeCandy does it show in the art]].

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The Fleischer Brothers, Max and Dave, had to make similar mental gymnastics themselves at the beginning when they were approached by Paramount to make this series. Already stretched from [[WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels their ill-fated]] [[WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown feature film projects]] and the terrible falling out between them, they were in no mood to take on this project, which presented considerable demands for a more realistic style. So, they tried to scare off the studio execs by saying they would need around $100,000 per short, an astronomical figure considering Creator/{{Disney}}'s shorts, the typical Creator/{{Disney}} short, most expensive shorts to produce at the biggest averaged budgeted company in animation was around $25,000.time, costed on average $25,000 per short. To their shock, Paramount compromised at $50,000 per short and the Fleischers just could not turn down money like that, making the ''Superman'' cartoons the biggest budgeted (adjust for inflation) animation short series in Hollywood history. And boy, [[EyeCandy does it show in the art]].
22nd Jun '16 4:26:35 AM Adept
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* AffectionateParody: The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Super-Rabbit" by Creator/ChuckJones, as well as the PrivateSnafu short "Snafuperman," which even features a brief snippet of the theme song.

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* AffectionateParody: The WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Super-Rabbit" by Creator/ChuckJones, as well as the PrivateSnafu WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu short "Snafuperman," which even features a brief snippet of the theme song.
19th Jun '16 2:31:22 PM marcoasalazarm
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* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Averted. One of the few weaknesses this version of Superman has is a need to breathe (and which gives him trouble on "Electric Earthquake" and is actively exploited by the villains on "Billion Dollar Limited").
15th Jun '16 6:59:21 PM Mario1995
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Several home video copies of the first short (even Warner's "Authorized Edition" and ''Superman'' Ultimate Collector's Edition [=DVDs=]) cut short the scene where Clark asks Perry White, "Don't you think that's a dangerous mission [[StayInTheKitchen for a woman]]?"

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Several home video copies of the first short (even Warner's "Authorized Edition" and ''Superman'' Ultimate Collector's Edition [=DVDs=]) cut short the scene where Clark asks Perry White, "Don't you think that's a dangerous mission [[StayInTheKitchen for a woman]]?"woman]]?" It's possible that the prints with the line intact are lost.
15th Jun '16 6:43:29 PM Mario1995
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* {{Expy}}: "Showdown" has a cameo by a Daily Planet office boy who is clearly supposed to resemble ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, but he is never named in the cartoon. It's possible Paramount didn't have the rights to the character at that point, but wanted to incorporate him into the cartoons somehow, leading to this character. He never appears again after that scene or in any of the later entries.
15th Jun '16 6:26:26 PM Mario1995
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* GoneHorriblyRight: In "The Magnetic Telescope," you'd think that the professor's counter-warning to the police that any attempt to interfere with his experiments with comets would be disastrous was more of a threat than an honest warning. [[VillainHasAPoint It turns out he had a point all along]] ''after'' the police sabotage his machine, as he soon loses control of his magnet after pulling a comet into the Earth and is unable to send it back to Earth. Disaster ensues.
14th Jun '16 10:57:36 AM Mario1995
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* PublicDomainAnimation: All 17 of the cartoons.

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* PublicDomainAnimation: All 17 of the cartoons. After Paramount's contract for the character expired, the rights to the cartoons reverted to ''Superman'' rights-holder National Comics (now Creator/DCComics), which was a common practice by the publisher to retain maximum creative control of their property. When time came for copyright renewals, National somehow neglected to renew all of the cartoons' copyrights, and all of the cartoons went public domain as a direct result.
14th Jun '16 10:30:02 AM Mario1995
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* AffablyEvil: Unlike all the other villains in this franchise, the Native American villain in "Electric Earthquake" has a [[WellIntentionedExtremist valid reason to want his people]] to regain control of Manhattan Island. Deep down, he's actually a decent being as opposed to all the other villains.
12th Feb '16 6:58:31 PM Eddy1215
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* DeadHandShot: In "Destruction Inc."

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* DeadHandShot: In "Destruction Inc."" and "The Mummy Strikes".
12th Feb '16 5:46:34 PM Eddy1215
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* TakenForGranite: In "The Underground World", the professor and Lois Lane comes across a statue of the professors long lost father, who originally discovered the caves, but disappeared into them. Lois soon realizes that the statue IS him, and the Birdmen of the Underground World intend to turn them into statues as well.

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* TakenForGranite: In "The Underground World", the professor and Lois Lane comes across a statue of the professors professor's long lost father, who originally discovered the caves, but disappeared into them. Lois soon realizes that the statue IS him, and the Birdmen of the Underground World intend to turn them into statues as well.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We never do find out why the villains in "Destruction Inc" plotted to blow up the munitions factory, let alone killed the night watchman.
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