Warner Home Video and DC Comics will release Max Fleischer Superman on April 7. Featuring 17 vintage, Technicolor theatrical cartoons from the Warner Bros. vault, the two-disc collection will come with two new documentaries that delve into the history of the beloved animated shorts and the Superman mythology in general.
The Fleischer Superman cartoons were the very first animated productions featuring DC Comics’ Man of Steel. Praised for their stunning animation and beautifully drawn backgrounds, the lavishly produced shorts garnered an Academy Award nomination in the Animated Short Film category.
Among the bonus features is The Man, the Myth Superman, a revealing documentary that defines the tradition of the super-human archetype and why the Superman character resonates with fans on such a deep and personal level. The other documentary is First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series, which features interviews with surviving members the animation and production team, relatives and biographers, as well as contemporary animation leaders including Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) and Paul Dini and Dan Riba (Superman: The Animated Series), who detail the influence these cartoons have had on their own works. The release will offer approximately 170 minutes of entertainment and will carry a suggested retail price of $26.99.