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Recap / Superman The Animated Series S 2 E 13 Monkey Fun

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In her childhood, Lois Lane had a pet chimpanzee named Titano. Being intended as a test subject, Titano was shot out into space and lost when the mission went awry. Then, years later, Superman finds him, alive and well. But all does not stay well for long. Titano has been exposed to a strange gas, which, combined with Earth's atmosphere is sending him through remarkable growth spurts. Can Superman keep Metropolis safe? Can Lois keep Titano safe?


This episode contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Sam Lane is way more nicer than his comics counterpart.
  • Adaptational Job Change: Sam Lane works for the U.S. Army in the comics, here he works for the U.S. Air Force and was involved in the space program.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The original version of Titano from the comics was a super-intelligent giant ape who could fire kryptonite beams from his eyes; this one is pretty much "only" a confused giant ape.
  • Answer Cut: After Superman saves Hamilton and his scientists from the mega microbes, Hamilton theorizes that they grew in response to the space gas and exposure to Earth's atmosphere. He and Superman quickly have an alarming realization as to what that means for Titano...whereupon the camera cuts to Lois' apartment, where Jimmy is dodging objects Titano is throwing around and desperately trying to get Lois to come back.
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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dr. Hamilton and his scientists get attacked by super sized bacteria. Then Metropolis gets "attacked" by an oversized chimpanzee.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: both Lois and Jimmy (who she roped into watching Titano while she took a break), although Jimmy arguably gets the worse end — the chimp throws things at him. Things like the refrigerator.
  • Banana Peel: Jimmy slips on one as he tries to get out of Lois' apartment.
  • Cassandra Truth: Lampshaded. Jimmy says Superman won't believe him when he says Titano grew so much, but Superman (who's already aware of the situation) cuts him off with "Let me guess. Titano's a growing boy."
  • Catch a Falling Star: Jimmy falls several stories, but Superman shows up Just in Time to save him from hitting the ground.
  • Cuteness Proximity: a mild version when Lois reunites with Titano. She speaks in a voice slightly more sing-songy than usual and calls him "[her] pretty baby."
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  • Distant Prologue: The episode begins twenty years ago, with Titano launched on his mission and lost, much to the eight-year-old Lois's dismay.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: During Titano's rampage at the zoo, some monkeys escape and cause mischief.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Dr. Hamilton theorizes that the now-supersized bacteria from which Superman just saved them must have been in the capsule and grew because of exposure to Earth's atmosphere. Cue this reaction when the two remember that a chimpanzee has had a similar exposure.
  • Fearless Fool: When Titano wanders down to the docks and starts making a mess, Bibbo climbs onto a stack of crates to confront the giant chimp, swat him with a newspaper, and call him "bad monkey!". He gets tossed into a garbage barge.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lois and Jimmy are digging through a pile of plush toy monkeys and squeezing each one in an attempt to find one that will play a particular song to calm down Lois' rampaging giant pet chimp, Titano. Jimmy expresses doubt that they will ever find the correct toy; Lois snaps, "Shut up and keep squeezing the monkeys!"
    • It could be more of a Shout-Out to Wizard Magazine which at the time had a recurring character named Keep Squeezin Them Monkeys Lad.
  • Gilligan Cut: Dr. Hamilton voices his opinion that it would be good for Titano to go back to living with Lois. Lois protest, the camera pans to Clark and Dr. Hamilton's faces and then we cut to Titano wrecking Lois' apartment.
  • I'm Not Hungry: Despite being in space for years, Titano doesn't feel like eating when first offered food. He perks up however and takes the banana upon seeing Lois.
  • Ironic Name: Titano was originally named after the rocket he was a passenger in, Titan-0. When he grows to titanic size, something the Air Force likely never intended, his name becomes very fitting.
  • Lab Pet: Titano lives with Lois as a pet until it's time for him to be launched into space.
  • Mega-Microbes: The episode featured a brief appearance by amoeba enlarged to human size.
  • Miracle-Gro Monster: the gas, combined with Earth's atmosphere, turns Titano into a giant.
  • Military Brat: Lois and Lucy were one as kids, which is how Lois knew Titano.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Lois uses an old music-playing monkey toy to calm Titano.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The episode was apparently a remake/homage to a similar episode of The New Adventures of Superman.
    • The toy monkey is named Beppo, which is the name of the Super Monkey.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Titano.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Played for Laughs. Lois screams when she finds that Titano has completely wrecked her apartment in her absence.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Jimmy finally has enough and runs for it when Titano grows so big that he can barely fit in the apartment.
  • Shout-Out: When Bibbo smacks Titano for messing up his dock, he calls him "Cheetah", the name of one of Tarzan's ape friends who debuted in the Weissmuller films and has been retired since the 90's, much to the joy of Burroughs purists.
  • Tempting Fate: The head of the space program assures young Lois that Titano will be okay, until something went wrong.


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