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The title should say Japoteurs. Though the Fleischers gave this continuing series over to new management director/producer Seymour Kneitel was the son-in-law of Max, so it was kept in the family in a way. The cast is kept intact as is the basic animation style. We can now see the influence of WWII in late '42 with the title combining "saboteurs" with "Japanese." A jumbo aircraft and bomb carrying plane is what the saboteurs are after. Lois stows away and so do three horribly stereotypical Japanese men. Just the sort of unfounded fears that Americans had that led to Japanese American internment.
Suddenly Superman cartoons became part of the propaganda machine. The anti-Jap racist nastiness isn't nearly as bad as the racism seen in the first Batman serial, but it is still there. Superman must face off with Japanese spies in America. This is the first short produced not by Fleischer Studios, as Paramount bought and ousted the Fleischer Bros. and turned the animation studio into Famous. While I think the animation quality doesn't change, I preferred the more fantastic sci-fi/fantasy stories in the series than the angle Famous took...which was primarily WWII propaganda.
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