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Now This Is a Superhero


 

This makes me feel happy and wistful all at once: Robb Pratt, who worked on many Disney animated movies of the ’90s and ’00s (as both an in-betweener and a full animator; he’s credited with doing some animation on the lead character in Atlantis: The Lost Empire), decided to do a tribute both to old-school Superman and old-school animation. He designed and created a hand-drawn animated Superman segment, about a minute long, set to the music from old Superman movie serials and with all the old-fashioned things in place: Superman in the phone booth, Superman fighting robots, Superman as a good guy around kids. The design for Lois Lane is not what I think of when I picture the character, and the designs in general remind you that Pratt worked on Kim Possible, but the love of real hand-drawn animation and its power to convey personality does come through in the short. It’s followed by a segment where Pratt explains why and how he made the film.


 
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Now This Is a Superhero

  1. Loved it. This cartoon Superman should be a regular weekly series.

  2. Loved it. This cartoon Superman should be a regular weekly series.

  3. The phone booth Clark changed in was so thick and so blue. Doctor Who shout-out, I'm thinking.

  4. The phone booth Clark changed in was so thick and so blue. Doctor Who shout-out, I'm thinking.

  5. A friend once showed me the Fleischer Superman films and and it instantly recognized the giant robots from Mechanical Monsters. Rob Pratt's take on our caped hero was well done and in comparison to the 1940s films his 'Classic Superman' characters were more 'animated' (especially in facial expression). The sound track also was perfect for the tone. Two thumbs up for this beautiful homage to Superman.

  6. A friend once showed me the Fleischer Superman films and and it instantly recognized the giant robots from Mechanical Monsters. Rob Pratt's take on our caped hero was well done and in comparison to the 1940s films his 'Classic Superman' characters were more 'animated' (especially in facial expression). The sound track also was perfect for the tone. Two thumbs up for this beautiful homage to Superman.

  7. Great stuff and it shows how a Superman adaptation should be approached. At its heart, most superhero stories are silly and a little childish. But that's okay! What Spielberg and Lucas got right with Raiders of the Lost Ark was a middle ground between celebrating old serials and tweaking them a little bit for the conventions.

    You can do a more sophisticated take on Superman, but it's really, really hard. See this post for more: http://www.thepopview.com/wordpress/2007/08/30/co

  8. Great stuff and it shows how a Superman adaptation should be approached. At its heart, most superhero stories are silly and a little childish. But that's okay! What Spielberg and Lucas got right with Raiders of the Lost Ark was a middle ground between celebrating old serials and tweaking them a little bit for the conventions.

    You can do a more sophisticated take on Superman, but it's really, really hard. See this post for more: http://www.thepopview.com/wordpress/2007/08/30/co

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