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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

I just bought the new DVD of the Fleischer studios Superman series from the 1940s, and to my delight found that they've just been made Public Domain, which means that, in light of all the other locks put onto to seeing work on the web, here's a few precious gems that you don't have worry about be caught about. I could go on and on about how amazing the framing is, that all the backgrounds look like they're shaded with chalk and airbrush, or that even the animation, for a weekly serial, is fantastic. But I don't need to. Just watch them all, and enjoy. Lookee them robots! Wowsa!


jglenn said...

I'm not trying to brainwash you into thinking that children are cool, Joe. But my kids own and love these movies!

Rob said...

Nice find Joe. When the more recent DC cartoons came out, I remember thinking "Oh, wow. I've never seen someone take a sophisticated approach to comic-based cartoons before."

Now I realize, someone had, but it was a few decades before I was born.

Joe Alterio said...

I totally agree: while still striking and wonderful, the 90s Batman cartoons lost a bit of their luster when I realized there was a lot lifted from their predcessors.

And Josh: I'm totally down with having kids... if they're like yours.