Some time ago, I preordered the new, remastered, Blu Ray edition of the Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons. This release has been getting mixed reviews. It seems that the remaster restored the original brilliant colors but did so at the expense of some film grain and detail.
But I don’t care!
I love these cartoons. The Fleischers did beautiful, innovative work in animation.
If you don’t know the story, in 1941 Paramount obtained the rights to produce Superman cartoons. They approached their animation partners, the Fleischer Studios, to make a series of color shorts. The Fleischers were busy with other products (and internal strife) and didn’t want to make it. But, they didn’t want to seem unwilling, either. So, they told Paramount they couldn’t possibly do it for less than $500,000 per episode. Paramount countered with $250,000. And for that kind of money, Fleischer couldn’t say no!
The cartoons feature the voices of Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander who also played Clark and Lois on the radio. This series gave Superman many of his familiar abilities including flight. The Fleischer animators thought that Superman jumping just looked goofy.
Anyway, I was notified that the package will arrive on Monday. And I am stoked!
To get ready for Superman’s arrival, I have been rewatching the Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons from 1933-1940.
Who else has these on order? Who else loves the Fleischer Superman cartoons?