The Mechanical Monsters

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.wikipedia
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Kerry Conran

The Mechanical Monsters is referenced in works such as Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Castle in the Sky and the more modern short World of Tomorrow (2004) by director Kerry Conran, and his 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, also released by Paramount), based on the short film, in both cases, in which an army of robots attack New York City.
He modeled the tone and visuals of the short on the cinematography in The Third Man, and based the look of the robots featured in the short on those in the Superman cartoon The Mechanical Monsters.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

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The Mechanical Monsters is referenced in works such as Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Castle in the Sky and the more modern short World of Tomorrow (2004) by director Kerry Conran, and his 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, also released by Paramount), based on the short film, in both cases, in which an army of robots attack New York City.
Additionally, both the Miyazaki film and Sky Captain pay homage to the 1941 Superman animated short The Mechanical Monsters.

Superman: Doomsday

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A mechanical monster is seen on display in Superman's Fortress of Solitude in the 2007 animated film Superman: Doomsday.
Others are from the Fleischer Superman cartoons of the 40's including the Bullet Car from The Bulleteers and one of the robots from The Mechanical Monsters.

Seymour Kneitel

Kneitel wrote several Superman episodes with Isadore (Izzy) Sparber, and directed one short, The Mechanical Monsters (1941).

Animation

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.

Technicolor

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.

Short film

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.

DC Comics

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.

Superman

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The Mechanical Monsters (1941) is the second of seventeen animated Technicolor short films based upon the DC Comics character Superman.

Fleischer Studios

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Produced by Fleischer Studios, the story features Superman battling a mad scientist with a small army of robots at his command.

Paramount Pictures

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It was originally released by Paramount Pictures on November 28, 1941.

Robot

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A robot flies into a scientist's secret lair and unloads a pile of cash into a vault.

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A robot flies into a scientist's secret lair and unloads a pile of cash into a vault.

Daily Planet

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The front page of the Daily Planet reports the "mechanical monsters" robbery right alongside an announcement for the display of 50 million dollars of the world's rarest gems at the local museum.

Lois Lane

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Later, as Lois Lane and Clark Kent are covering the museum's exhibit for the Planet, a mechanical monster lands in the street outside.

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Later, as Lois Lane and Clark Kent are covering the museum's exhibit for the Planet, a mechanical monster lands in the street outside.

X-ray vision

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Flying high above the city, Superman spots the robot and uses his X-ray vision to see Lois inside with the jewels.

Foundry

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The next time we see her, she is bound and gagged on a platform held over a pot of boiling metal in part of what appears to be an industrial foundry.

Telephone booth

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The Mechanical Monsters is the first story (from any medium) that features Clark Kent using a telephone booth to discard his street clothes and change into Superman.

Hayao Miyazaki

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The Mechanical Monsters is referenced in works such as Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Castle in the Sky and the more modern short World of Tomorrow (2004) by director Kerry Conran, and his 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, also released by Paramount), based on the short film, in both cases, in which an army of robots attack New York City.

Castle in the Sky

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The Mechanical Monsters is referenced in works such as Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Castle in the Sky and the more modern short World of Tomorrow (2004) by director Kerry Conran, and his 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, also released by Paramount), based on the short film, in both cases, in which an army of robots attack New York City.

Toon Disney

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The film was parodied in the 1995 Toon Disney series The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show in the short "Darkness on the Edge of Black".