the animated SUPERMAN series were produced by the FLEISCHER studios in florida, 17 shorts, from sept.1941 until july 1943. they are unusually well done, really well developed stories for mini-8min-features. some of the animation is not bad, some of the backgrounds as well. but what I like the most about them is their staging, the editing. very nice character compositions and camera- angles. a very well translated comic strip series into animation. and we all know how difficult that is! the above recreated beautiful pan is from the 1942 short BILLION DOLLAR LIMITED.
you can see in these few scenes from the first 4 SUPERMAN shorts how well planned they were. camera angles borrowed from live-action films, dramatic staging supported by the right light and dark values, as well as a tasteful choice of color, all that created interesting short adventures. these films are so well timed, the stories edited so well that you forgive the not top standard animation. it is good entertainment and compared to most of the crap my eyes are suffering from today – pure gold!