The Complete Superman Collection
review by James Newman
When Paramount Studios purchased the motion picture rights to Superman in 1941, funny animals ruled the animation world. But due to the phenomenal popularity of the Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel comic book character, Paramount chose to take a chance on a property unlike any other yet animated. As the story goes (reported by Leslie Cabarga in The Fleisher Story and Leonard Maltin in Of Mice and Magic), when Paramount pitched the project to Dave Fleisher, he warily considered the daunting task of animating human anatomy successfully. He doubted that it was economically possible. When Paramount asked for an estimate of the per episode cost, Fleischer threw out an outrageously high number -- $90,000 (according to Cabarga, $100,000 according to Maltin) . Fleischer hoped the studio would become dissuaded and abandon the project. But to his surprise, Paramount agreed to the amount.
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