This is the complete "Superman: The Animated Series" on DVD. It features 54 episodes, as originally aired between 1996 and 2000. The show was hugely popular, and forms part of the wider DC Animated Universe (which includes the Batman series, e.g. Batman: The Animated Series - Volume One [DVD]). This boxset consists of 7 discs - and, unfortunately, they're region one coded (and, having tried them, only some of them will work on British players), so you'll need a multi-region player to watch these DVD's.
This show presents fantastic voice work (with Tim Daly as Superman, and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor). The animation is superb, under the guidance of artist Bruce Timm; and the storytelling is entertaining and imaginative, led by writer Paul Dini. Additionally, the music is excellent - with the score composed by Shirley Walker. The show lasted for three seasons (each 18 episodes long), and it develops a continuity that links to both "Batman: The Animated Series" and "Justice League". As season one starts, infant Kal-El is sent from the planet Krypton, just as that world is destroyed. Arriving on Earth and raised by the Kent's, Kal-El grows up to become the super-heroic Man of Steel. As the show progresses, Superman finds himself faced with ever-more powerful threats - especially from outer space. Ultimately, the evil despot Darkseid invades Earth ...
The DVD's are packed with special features. This show was, for the most part, lighter in tone than it's sister-show (Batman) - and it's suitable for everyone, from young children to adults! It's one of the finest incarnations of the character, and I fully recommend it.
This box set consists of all 3 seasons of the 'Superman: the animated series', as originally aired in the mid-to-late 1990's. Each season has 18 episodes (54 in total), and there are plenty of extras on the DVD's.
Season 1 tells the story of Superman's origins - and provides a 3-episode story-arc portraying the lasts days of Krypton, the journey of baby Kal-El to Earth, his being raised on a farm in Smallville, and his eventual appearance as Superman in Metropolis. Then, the season progresses with one-shot episodes, each providing us with an adventure in which Superman must save the day. There is a season story-arc, and the continuity develops throughout the 3 seasons (and beyond).
Season's 2 and 3 continue the adventures ... only they tend to get a little darker in tone as the show develops. Most of the major villains of the Superman saga appear in the show. Lex Luthor is the central protagonist, although Brainiac is a major re-appearing villain. And it's Darkseid who's the real threat.
There are plenty of other DC characters included - such as Green Lantern, the Flash, and Supergirl.
The artwork is simple yet highly effective. In many ways, it represents a piece of art work! The voice work is spot on, as is the musical score. This show was made by the creative team behind 'Batman: the animated series' (B:TAS) - and the skill and expertise developed in that show is continued here in Superman. Indeed, the two series are set within the same fictional universe - and form part of the DC animated universe.
I'm a fan of Superman. And this is my favourite incarnation of the character. While this show isn't quite as good as B:TAS, it's still excellent.
Fully recommended for both adults and kids.
While the price for this complete box set is a tad expensive (and the seasons might be cheaper is bought separately), it's nice to have the collection as a single item.
When the critically-acclaimed "Batman - the Animated Series" premiered on Fox in the early 90's, it was obvious that the same production team would take a stab at DC fellow stablemate, Superman. "Superman - the Animated Series" ran on the WB from 1996-2000 and had the same top quality writing, animation, and use of top name acting talent as had its predecessor.
The series is especially notable for assembling some of the best "voices" for any animated series. Dana Delaney is great as Lois Lane while David Kaufman perfectly assays the role of Jimmy Olsen. Just like Kevin Conroy is the definite Batman/Bruce Wayne, appearing in five episodes of the show, Clancy Brown is perfection as Superman's nemesis, Lex Luthor.
The last, but certainly not least of the main characters is Superman/Clark Kent, voiced by Tim Daly. The former "Wings" star does a good job of bringing "Ole Blue" to life. However, it is the actor's turn as Bizarro in three installments that is a treat for the ears. It's hard to imagine that Daly voices both Superman and his not-too-bright Doppelganger. That is a testament to Daly's skills as an actor.
In addition to the main characters, recurring and guest villains are also brilliantly portrayed by the likes of Mike Farrell and real-life wife Shelley Fabares (Pa and Ma Kent), Malcolm McDowell (Metallo), Brad Garrett (Bibbo and Lobo),Corey Burton (Braniac), Gilbert Gottfried (Mr. Mxyzptlk), Michael Dorn (Kalibak and John Steel), Ed Asner as the deliciously wicked Granny Goodness, and Michael Ironside as the despot Darkseid.
Speaking of the latter two, Asner and Ironside appear as their respective characters in the best episodes of the series, which include "Little Girl Lost,Parts I and II," "Apokolips, Parts I and II," and "Legacy, Parts I and II." These installments not only are inspired by legendary Jack Kirby's Fourth World series but demonstrate a more intense look at the Man of Steel as he faces what is arguably his greatest foe in the form of Darkseid.
"Apokolips, Part II" also features one of the most surprising deaths of ANY television series, bar none.
In addition to the series 54 episodes, this compilation has some really good audio commentary on several episodes, interesting looks at the myth of Superman, and a short piece on Darkseid.
While some may decry the fact that there are some double-sided discs in the set, the bargain price makes up for that marketing strategy.
I won't repeat what has been said about this series: its great.
However, a lot of people don't know that this product is not region locked although it is labelled as a region 1 product here and on the box. I have tested it on a variety of DVD players: Mac Pro, Sony BDP-S760, S360 and a Panasonic (can't remember model name). I also own Batman Volume 3 and can play it on said players as well here in the UK.
Only gripe about this set is that the DVDs are rather strange. The first disc in every season looks great - a graphically decorated DVD but the second disc of every season is a mysterious blank two sided DVD but it does work on both sides.
The same team of talented group of individuals who created the early 1990s classic Batman Animated Series! And what a team! Yes, I can wish that a so-called "teen-directed" animation was written with more adult-orientation and sensibilities. It seems that the adult-themed American animations like the Batman and Superman 1990s shows were "one-offs" - today's versions are backward regressively poorly and ill-judged re-boots. Just by this DVD and enjoy.'Nuff Said.
This series is a must-watch for any fans of Superman, or of animation in general. This is part of the DCAU series, and leads directly in to the Justice League cartoons. I picked this up and was not disappointed, although the hefty customs charge was an annoyance (I wish they would release this, and the Justice League DVDs, for the UK market).
Most of the DVDs are double-sided, so the label art is limited and basic where it is present. The set really shines in its content: the full series, several commentaries, and a few extras. The series features stylised animation that has held up well, and the voice acting is superb. This is definitely worth the money.