Short Films

Superman – The Mechanical Monsters

by Alan Rapp on July 7, 2020

in Short Films

  • Title: Supeman – The Mechanical Monsters
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Superman - The Mechanical Monsters review

Throwback Tuesday takes a look back to one of the earliest appearance of the Man of Tomorrow on film in another of the Fleischer Studios’ Superman cartoons. “The Mechanical Monsters” offers us a nameless mad scientist using a army of robots to steal from Metropolis. The cartoon relies on one of the oldest Superman tropes of Lois Lane getting in over her head while investigating a story and needing Superman to swoop in for the rescue (although Lois does get the story). As with “The Mad Scientist,” the cartoon is most notable for its style while relying on mostly-silent storytelling (which includes the head-scratcher of Superman somehow finding the captured Lois after loosing the robot at one point). The cartoon also features the first animated sequence of Clark Kent slipping into a phone booth and emerging as Superman.

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Superman (The Mad Scientist)

by Alan Rapp on June 9, 2020

in Short Films

  • Title: Supeman – Superman (AKA The Mad Scientist)
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Superman (The Mad Scientist) review

Throwback Tuesday takes a look back to the earliest appearance of the Man of Tomorrow on film. Created by Fleischer Studios and released to theaters to be shown before feature films, the Superman cartoons were highly-stylized shorts. The first, entitled simply “Superman” (although it has been come to be known by the villain’s name) features Lois Lane chasing down a lead about a Mad Scientist threatening to use his Electrothanasia-Ray on the city. When Lois is captured, Clark Kent slips into the stock room and emerges as the Man of Steel to fight off the destruction caused by the ray and then trace it back to its source in order to save Lois.

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Darth Vader – Power of the Dark Side

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2020

in Short Films

Here’s the Galaxy of Adventures short focusing on Darth Vader’s first appearance in Star Wars.

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Luke Skywalker – The Journey Begins

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2020

in Short Films

Here’s the Galaxy of Adventures short focusing on Luke Skywalker taking his first step into a wider world.

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Quota: See Who Made the Cut

by Alan Rapp on May 2, 2018

in Advertisements, Short Films

An intriguing way to promote the 2018 Newport Beach Film Festival, this promotional short film by Jillian Martin features a pair of miners pitted against each other to fulfill the quota which would send them home to their loved ones.

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