SUMMARY: Superman takes on a scientist and his army of robots.
WHY IT’S HERE: The second of the Fleischer Superman shorts more than lives up to the promise of the first. ‘The Mechanical Monsters’ is often chosen as the best of the series by critics and noticeably influenced Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky’. The slightly extended length and more realistic animation (Betty Boop and Popeye this ain’t!) continue to make the Superman series an impressive exercise in great action/adventure filmmaking.