: "The first nine Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942 are a wonder of animated retrofuturism, giving us a peek into a world that not only had a flying superstrong protector, but also filled viewers' heads with dreams of autonomous robots, comet-controlling telescopes, and machines that could shake the Earth. These films are in the public domain and have been available on the Internet Archive," but now Warner Bros. is releasing them (remastered) on YouTube. The first short, "Superman"
(also known as "The Mad Scientist,") was nominated for an Academy Award. Also see: The Super Guide to the Fleischer Superman Cartoons
. Find links to all nine episodes and more inside. [more inside]
Bimbo the Dog never had it easy. First, he was forcefully initiated
into a sadistic, subterranean, won't-take-no-for an-answer, candle-headed cabal. Then he was punched in the face
by his own creation (among others), and summarily run out of town, where he was taunted by tombstones and other undead entities. *all YouTube links* [more inside]
Am I supposed to be laughing or taking notes?
Comic Charles Fleischer, who played Carvelli on Welcome Back, Kotter
and voiced Roger Rabbit, gives a Ted talk
which degenerates into what appears to be a dissertation about the number 37 and its relationship to string theory, delivered in a rapidly shifting sequence of accents; watch the audience get more and more uncomfortable as they try to figure out whether they're watching a stand-up routine, a Kaufmannesque prank, or a guy going crazy right before their eyes. TED should have known what they were getting; Fleischer has been performing some form of this routine for decades
. (Warning: numbered suit.) Transcript of the routine. Fleischer's strange myspace page.
(Warning: strange music/talking on click which I can't figure out how to turn off.)
Einstein TOR DVD
is a mostly animated feature film from the early 1920s, long thought to be lost, featuring animation from the incredible Max Fleischer
(who is responsible for the seriously cool Superman animated cartoons). For $15, looks like a must-have for animation buffs and science geeks.