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|Latest Episode:||Superman - The Mad Scientist | Uploaded: Nov 17, 2014|
|Release History:||Episodes: 17 | Dates: Sep 26, 1941 - Jul 30, 1943|
Superman makes his first animated appearance in this series of animated shorts. The pilot and first eight of which were produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942, the final eight were produced by a successor company, Famous Studios from 1942 to 1943. The first cartoon in the series, simply titled Superman, was released on September 26, 1941, and was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. It lost to Lend a Paw, a Pluto cartoon from Walt Disney Productions and RKO Pictures.
The voice of Superman was initially provided by Bud Collyer, who also performed the lead character's voice during the Superman radio series. Joan Alexander was the voice of Lois Lane, a role she also portrayed alongside Collyer. Music for the series was composed by Sammy Timberg, the Fleischers' long-time musical collaborator.
Rotoscoping, the process of tracing animation drawings from live-action footage, was used minimally to lend realism to the character's bodily movements. Many of Superman's actions, however, could not be rotoscoped (e.g., flying, lifting very large objects, etc.). In these cases, the Fleischers' lead animators-many of whom lacked training in figure drawing-animated "roughly" and depended upon their assistants (many of whom were inexperienced animators, but trained figure-drawers) to keep Superman "on model" during his action sequences.
The Fleischer cartoons were responsible for giving Superman the superpower of flight. When the Fleischers started work, Superman could only leap from place to place (hence the classic phrase, "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"). After seeing the leaping fully animated the Fleischers deemed it "silly looking", and asked Action Comics' (later DC Comics) permission to have him fly instead; the publisher agreed, and wrote the flight ability into the comics. (Source: wikipedia.org)