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Superman (Superman: The Introduction) (The Death Ray) (The Mad Scientist) Reviews

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March 8, 2016
The Mad Scientist started off a series of excellent Superman cartoons.
I love the look of them! The art deco superhero seems to have inspired greats like James Bond and Batman: The Animated Series, 20 and 50 years later!
Super Reviewer
½ December 2, 2015
Fleischer Studios was basically brothers Lou (Music Supervisor), Max (Producer), and Dave (Director). This is the animation studio that brought us Betty Boop and Popeye. The brothers specifically worked on the first nine of these brilliant Art Deco styled series of Superman shorts. Bud Collyer embodies the dual voices of Clark Kent and Superman so well. Lois Lane is illustrated as a truly intrepid reporter, who is not afraid of danger. Getting back to the essence of the original comics, this Superman can leap tall buildings, but not fly. He still has super strength and speed in midair, so it isn't long before jumping and falling turns into what looks like full-blown flight later in the series. This short, which launched Superman's cinematic career, is also known as The Mad Scientist or The Death Ray, so you know both of those things are featured in the plot. Most of this series has a good mix of adventure and just a touch of humor. In this one the villain has a comic sidekick vulture.
May 9, 2014
Short, but loving every minute of it (and it's only 10 of them). Fleischer's Superman is a superb animated short and one of the best examples of cartoons that works then and today.
July 18, 2013
Unbeatable in everything. Animation and drawings of the highest quality that had not been surpassed, story, although simple for today standards is catchy, excellent top-voice acting, epic score and a giant production taking the Fleischer's to their peak. Superman (AKA The Mad Scientist / AKA The Death Ray) it is the ultimate example of quality and perfection.
½ July 7, 2013
Classic Fleischer animation. The Story is lacking, but this is all about the visuals.
January 22, 2013
Classic, classic, classic. Superman is America's mascot.
July 25, 2012
Unbeatable in everything. Animation and drawings that had not been surpassed, story, simple for today standards but catchy, excellent voice acting and everything else. Superman (AKA The Mad Scientist / AKA The Death Ray) it is the ultimate example of quality and perfection.
½ June 17, 2012
so nice and great animated
April 10, 2012
Perfectly animated and with all of what Superman can do, The Fleischers' Superman is pure delight and still fun to date.
½ April 2, 2012
Dave and Max Fleischer directed this Superman cartoon, the very first to feature the character. The Fleischers would create 9 more Superman cartoons in the early 40s, before the theatrical shorts would be taken over by Famous Studios. This cartoon is pretty good, featuring a mad scientist reaping havoc on Metropolis and Superman having to save Lois Lane, who goes off to interview the scientist like a mad woman. I love the animation style of these old cartoons, and while the stories and the characters are all pretty one dimensional...there is something inherently charming about them.
½ March 27, 2012
Worthy of watching, if only for the top nptch annimation. Stories are a bit silly, but only for today's standards, but the annimation is way beyond its time.
½ December 1, 2011
Worthy of watching, if only for the top nptch annimation. Stories are a bit silly, but only for today's standards, but the annimation is way beyond its time.
December 18, 2010
Behold, the greatest animation that has ever been produced by mankind. The Fleischer brothers (Max and Dave) really outdid themselves with this incredible film series. The first cartoon, Superman (A.K.A The Mad Scientist)first aired in theaters in 1941, it was unlike anything anyone has ever seen before. The animation is incredible and astounding, it holds up really well even to this very day. This film series was so great that it has had profound influence on animators who were producing, Batman: The Animated Series. When I first saw this as a kid, I was instantly hooked to Superman. The comics, the movies you name it. The first Superman cartoon was nominated for the Academy Award for best short subject in 1941, but unfortunately lost to Mickey Mouse and Pluto's "Lend a Paw" cartoon. In my opinion, Superman got robbed during those Academy Awards, but nonetheless this cartoon series certainly had changed animation forever. And I don't think that another cartoon could be better than Superman.

-High Historical Importance
-High Artistic Quality
-High Budget
-High Production Values
½ November 4, 2010
Golden Age Superman.....and you can't go wrong with Golden Age. Back in the day when Superman was more simplistic, it just had that certain charm that you can't get anymore what with the over-blown stories and massive amounts of enemies in the comics.

This is what superheroes were based around and even though I'm not a Superman fan, you can't argue with results.
October 1, 2008
When I first saw these Superman cartoons, I was blown away. A great fantasy series .
July 3, 2008
Though being somewhat formulaic, this and the following series of cartoons are still the apitome of classic, high-quality, American animation which (sadly) has never been surpassed in recent memory. The production design and artwork went on to inspire just about EVERYTHING in mass media today. Really freakin' good for what it is.
June 2, 2008
These are some of the best and most classic of the Superman cartoons, still great to this day.
May 9, 2008
The animation contained here has never been surpassed. Watch it and then weep at what we get now.
March 19, 2008
Best animated series for the time! These cartoons are some of the great "originals". See for yourself!
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