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August 01, 2007

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Cambias

Fleischer's Superman cartoons are some of the greatest Art Deco art ever created.

I was exceedingly tickled to see the mechanical monsters in the film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow were homages to some of the Fleischer Superman foes.

David

Yes, it’s heady stuff. I’m tickled by the mix of WWII overtones and Norman Bel Geddes styling. A few years earlier, Geddes had designed the General Motors ‘Futurama’ exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (with badges announcing “I have seen the future”). I’m guessing it had a big effect on the Fleischer brothers.

AntiCitizenOne

I think the style heavily influenced this game I'm looking forward to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaF638MBSAE

David

Dear lord. They’re like a heavily armed Village People from Hell. Why do I suspect AC1 is a hardcore gaming enthusiast…?

AntiCitizenOne

More of a wannabe game developer. You can only do commercial database programming for so long before your mind implodes with tedium.

AntiCitizenOne

Here's the concept art for one of the maps in the game

http://www.intothepixel.com/preview.php?72&year=2007

It's very similar IMHO

Vitruvius

Thanks for those links, David, I remain an unending fan of the manually drawn cells motion cartoons. Indeed, Chuck Jones's "Bugs Bunnny" is one of my top fifty documents - at http://tinyurl.com/ozn46 - filed under 1938.

That said, I retain a certain degree of respect for the early attempts of the Supermarionation folks, as described here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarionation

For your viewing pleasure:

Fireball XL5 (1962)
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-6793075531460196808

Stingray (1963)
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1391221094915607867

Thunderbirds (1964)
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7716471414993063970

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