In December, a new edition of the 1940s Fleischer Superman cartoons was announced. Now, there’s a short clip available:
I’m astounded by how neat the staging is for this, with the tracking shots and the shadows — it looks more like a classic film than a kids’ show. And I love the bad guy’s retractable microphone!
The new two-disc DVD set will be released on Tuesday, April 7. According to the press release, bonus features include a “documentary which defines the tradition of the “Super Human” archetype of hero and why Superman resonates with fans on such a deep and personal level. Also included in the bonus features are interviews with surviving members, relatives, and biographers of the animation and production team and contemporary animators such as Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series), Paul Dini, and Dan Riba (Superman: The Animated Series) who detail the influence these cartoons have had on their own works.”