Superman (1942)





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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.
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Bud Collyer
as Clark Kent/Superman

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The title should read The Arctic Giant. This is the most ridiculous of the series. Eleven years before Harryhausen's The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, which itself was the inspiration for the whole Japanese Kaiju genre, this animated short has a goofy Tyranosaurus Rex like beast from the arctic causing chaos in Metropolis.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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A frozen dinosaur is brought to the city, and just when Lois is interviewing the people at the museum about the monster, an accident causes the freezer to break down, and the dinosaur melts and comes back to life. If you ask me, it looks like a job for Superman. It is another wonderful animated short from the Fleischers, anyone who enjoys Superman or old animation is bound to enjoy this one.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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