- SKU: 15150881
- Release Date: 07/24/2006
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Directed by Dave Fleischer, brother of the legendary Max Fleischer (who serves as producer), this animated short film was the first cinematic adaptation of the classic comic book Superman. Long before George Reeves or Christopher Reeve donned the famous red cape, voice-artist Bud Collyer was Superman, providing the superhero's dialogue in dozens of shorts and television programs over the course of three decades. In this first adventure, Clark Kent must turn into his alter-ego Superman and save the people of Metropolis from certain doom at the hands of a maniacal scientist with a deadly energy cannon. Joan Alexander provides the voice of Lois Lane. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
The Magnetic Telescope
An excited astronomer presents to the world his new creation, a magnetic telescope that exerts tremendous pull upon objects in outer space. Daily Planet reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent, along with Planet editor Perry White are present at the initial presentation, and witness how the telescope succeeds in capturing a meteor and altering its path. Unfortunately, the telescope cannot adequately control the meteor, and fragments plummet down upon the city of Metropolis. The astronomer is forbidden to continue his experiments, for fear that greater destruction could come, but the stubborn scientist refuses to listen and tries to next capture a passing comet. The police try to thwart his efforts by disrupting the telescope's power supply, but it is too late -- the comet is now on a collision course with Earth. While Lois calls for help, Clark slips away and changes into Superman. The comet is too powerful for even the Man of Steel to send back into space on his own, but by welding together the telescope's power source and reversing its polarity, Superman is able to force the comet back into space and save the day once again. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
The city of Metropolis is under siege by a nefarious group of terrorists that go by the moniker of the Bulleteers (because of their innovative Bulletcar). They've already struck some of the city's famous landmarks and the utility stations that are part of its lifeblood. Now they are making their demands known: Metropolis has 48 hours to hand over the city Treasury. If the city refuses, they will bring ruin upon Metropolis. The Mayor says that their demands are totally unreasonable and absolutely refuses to comply, prompting the terrorists to launch their attack (targeting the Daily Planet for special abuse). This prompts Lois Lane to take off after them, hoping for a scoop, and it prompts Superman to engage them in a final battle, during which he succeeds in destroying the mighty Bulletcar, capturing all of the Bulleteers and saving (once again) both Lois and the entire city of Metropolis. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
There are no volcanoes near the great city of Metropolis, but when word comes that a long-dormant volcano in the South Pacific is headed for a cataclysmic eruption, Daily Planet editor Perry White quickly dispatches ace reporters Lois Lane and Clark Kent to cover the big event. White hopes that the two rivals can put aside their differences and work in tandem, but Lois is not about to give away her chance at a solo byline on a story as big as this. She slyly purloins Clark's press pass. While he goes through the red tape of acquiring another, she takes off for where the action is. And there's a lot of action, as the volcano has entered into its full-strength convulsions. Lois finds herself in mortal danger, trapped aboard an overhead tram, the cables of which are breaking. Meanwhile, Clark has seen that the volcano has blown its top and changes into Superman. The Man of Steel uses his incredible strength and ingenuity to force the lava flow into the sea and away from populated areas, then manages to save Lois and the cable car in the nick of time. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
Billion Dollar Limited
The third in series of classic Fleischer Superman cartoons, Billion Dollar Limited starts with heavily armed guards keeping watch as a billion dollars of gold is loaded onto a train, to be taken to the mint. Clark Kent is also at the station, bidding farewell to fellow reporter Lois Lane, who has won the prize of accompanying the train to its destination and writing a story about the trip. As Kent leaves, he is almost swideswiped by a strange looking car. Inside the car is a gang of masked thugs, intent on getting that gold for themselves. In their technologically advanced car, they are capable of catching up with the train, and several sneak on board. They quickly turn loose the car that contains most of the guards, then climb over the train cars to the engine and seek to gain control of it. Lois, hearing noises, travels to the engine, just after the engineer and his assailant fall from the car. Lois grabs a machine gun left behind by one of the crooks and opens fire on the still-pursuing car, then tries to control the train, with little success. Kent, reading over the wire about the danger to the train, changes into Superman and flies off to the rescue. He saves the train from being diverted into a carload of TNT and rescues it as it falls off of a bridge dynamited by the gangsters. Although he almost succumbs to a tremendous load of tear gas, he finds the strength to overcome the villains and deliver the train to its final destination. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
The Mechanical Monsters is the second in the famous Fleischer series of Superman cartoons and contains two notable "premieres" -- the first time Superman uses his x-ray vision and the first time Clark Kent uses a phone booth to change into Superman. In this short, Metropolis is the scene of a series of strange crimes. Giant robots, under the control of the Mad Scientist that created them, are robbing establishments of money and jewels. Naturally, the Daily Planet's top reporters, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, are after the story behind these robberies and the mechanical monsters that are perpetrating them. They arrive at the scene of a robbery in progress at a jewelry store; trying to intervene, Lois somehow gets trapped inside one of the robots. Kent makes the switch to the mighty Superman and follows the robots as they make their way back to the scientist's lair, but he gets waylaid by some pesky power lines. While he deals with this distraction, the Mad Scientist discovers Lois, ties her up and plans to get rid of her by pouring a cauldron of molten steel on top of her. Superman arrives with barely a second to spare, rescues the intrepid girl reporter, makes mincemeat of the robots and brings the Mad Scientist to justice. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
As Electronic Earthquake opens, the viewer sees a strange cable that flows into the harbor near Metropolis. The cable slinks along the harbor to the underwater lair of a brilliant Native American scientist. The scientist visits the Daily Planet, where he demands that Metropolis be returned to his people, who settled there long ago. Editor Perry White refuses to print the scientist's demand, at which point the scientist tells him that he will destroy the city if his demand is not met. He returns to his secret lab, followed by Lois Lane, who smells a good story. Unfortunately, Lois is discovered and captured, and the scientist proceeds with his plan. Utilizing his cable, he sends enormous surges of electricity under the ground, triggering a terrific earthquake. Superman finds the source of the earthquake and breaks the main cable, then begins dismantling various other cables from the lab. This unfortunately causes the lab to start flooding. Superman saves Lois in the nick of time, and succeeds in capturing the evil scientist as well. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
The Arctic Giant
Explorers near the North Pole make a startling discovery: a perfectly preserved prehistoric dinosaur-like animal, frozen in ice. This invaluable discovery is brought to Metropolis, where the experts at the city's museum can study it more closely. Lois Lane, a reporter with a nose for news, is of course on the scene. Although she's all business, the engineer to whom she is speaking gets distracted by her shapely gams as she climbs the stairs in front of him. Not noticing what he is doing, he sets his oil can down precariously on a ledge; it gets knocked off into the engine which controls the museum's freezing unit and knocks the unit out altogether. The engineers work to restore power quickly, before the temperature rises and the ice surrounding the monster melts -- but to no avail. Freed from centuries in his frozen prison, the giant goes on a rampage throughout Metropolis. Fortunately, Superman is quickly on the scene, and although he gets sidetracked rescuing Lois -- who is determined to be in on the action so that she gets the best story -- he eventually defeats the reptile and all turns out well. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi