YOUTUBE TUESDAY – LIGHT UP THE TREE, MR. PRESIDENT!

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  With Christmas fast approaching (it’s only a week away now) I am in a holiday mood. 

As this is the week before Christmas and Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year there will be no YouTube Tuesday next week.  I have a tradition I have stuck to for the past few years in regards to what I present on Christmas Day, so that’s a lock as far as what I am going to post.  So this week I will do my final Christmas themed YouTube video.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present…Light Up The Tree, Mister President!, a Power Records classic.

Keep an ear out for the moment when the acid Clark took before the record began finally kicks in.  It’s around the 1 minute 39 second mark.

From what my sister Jane tells me I had this record (or at least the compilation record that had the Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman Christmas stories on it) as a kid.  She sent it to me for Christmas around 2005 or so.  I have it around here..somewhere…in the Phantom Zone that is my collection these days.

I really have to get organized this coming year.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – CHRISTMAS VIDEOS ARE HARD TO FIND

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  With Christmas fast approaching (it’s only four weeks away now) I am in a holiday mood. 

The problem is there are very few Christmas/Superman related videos out there and as I post more of these they are getting harder and harder to find.  Next week’s video is a no brainer and kind of a cheat and I really can’t post one the week after that because, well, it’s Christmas Day.  So I am kind of stuck as far as videos are concerned.  Sure I could post some fan videos with Lois and Clark footage against Christmas music but I rarely like those.  I did manage to find this one.

I actually like that episode of Lois and Clark quite a bit.  In all honesty all of the Christmas themed episodes of L&C were a lot of fun.  Especially the Mxyzptlk one.  The cast even wished us a Merry Christmas one year.

And you can even see Dean Cain in several made-for-television Chrismas movies like this one.

All things being equal that movie is fun.  Seriously.  A little chessy but watchable nonetheless.  Then again I have grown quite fond of cheesy Christmas movies.  Some of the ones my wife and I have watched this year have turned out to be quite good.

No, really.  They are.

Stop looking at me like that.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – CHRISTMAS WITH THE KENTS

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  With Christmas fast approaching (it’s only three weeks away now) I am in a holiday mood.  This time out I found a video that compiles all of the Christmas at the Kents aspect of the Justice League second season episode “Comfort and Joy”.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – SUPER POWERS COMMERICALS

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  With Christmas fast approaching (it’s only four weeks away now) I am in a holiday mood.  The problem is there are very few Christmas/Superman related videos out thereLuckily I associate the Super Powers line of action figures with Christmas as I received my first batch for X-mas in 1985 so here’s a compilation of Super Powers television commercials!

My love for the Super Powers line knows no bounds.

No bounds I tell you!

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – SUPERMAN’S TOP 11 PUNCHES

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I present Superman’s Top 11 Awesome Punches Ever.

I’ll agree with the bulk of this list.  This is the first time I ever saw anyone “say” anything positive about the Direct-To-DVD Superman: Brainiac Attacks, so that was a bit of a surprise.  The number one spot is right on the money and is my favorite moment from that entire series.  So yeah…good list.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – PRESIDENT LEX

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I use current events as inspiration.  Today is Election Day 2012 here in the United States and while I won’t climb on a soap box or go into who I am voting for and why (because it just ain’t that kind of party) I will present some videos that show that no matter who is in the White House it could always be worse.

I don’t normally do this but about four years ago I sat down with Big Honkin’ Steve on Views From The Longbox to talk about the whole President Luthor storyline.  They were a lot of fun to do, so if you haven’t listened to them yet here’s your chance.  You can find those episodes here and here.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – SUPERMAN: TAS BEHIND THE SCENES

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I present one of the featurettes from volume one of the Superman: The Animated Series DVD box sets.

Running kind of behind this week so no extended commentary.  Hope you enjoyed the video.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – MORE DELETED SCENE FROM SUPERMAN RETURNS

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I present more deleted scenes from Superman Returns.

I have mixed feelings about these scenes.  The Scrabble game between Martha and Ben Hubbard only works if you include all of the Ben Hubbard material that was cut from the film.  Personally I wished they had left that small, mostly unimportant but character driven sub-plot in.  For those of you not “in the know” one of the many aspects cut from Superman Returns was the fact that not only was Martha in a relationship with Ben Hubbard (a character mentioned by Clark in Superman: The Movie but was never shown) but the two were planning to sell the farm and move away together.  I guess Ben took Clark’s request to look after things to their natural conclusion.  To my mind showing that Martha, like everyone else on Earth, had moved on after Superman left would have given the first act of the film a bit more heft and played into the feelings of doubt Clark was feeling after being gone so long.

Clark waking up isn’t a deal breaker but again it would have given the first act a little more emotional heft.  The Photoshopping of the currents actors faces onto the old photographs looks a little weird.  The scenes showing young Clark learn about his x-ray vision followed by current Clark heading into the cellar and finding Lois’ article works for me but I can also see why it was axed.  It would have changed the dynamic of Clark finding Lois’ Pulitzer win once he returned to the Daily Planet.  It’s a good sequence with some interesting special effects but ultimately it is the one scene that I can look at and say, “Yeah, I can see why they cut that one out.”

That’s it for this edition of YouTube Tuesday.  Next time?  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll talk about Superman Returns some more.  Maybe I’ll move on to something else entirely.  Stay tuned.

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YOUTUBE TUESDAY – RETURN TO KRYPTON

Welcome back to YouTube Tuesday, the day of the week where I get to be really lazy and instead of posting anything of substance I distract you with a shiny video.  This week I present something that until I got to see this a few months back I had been wanting to see since June of 2006.  Here is the deleted “Return to Krypton” scene from Superman Returns.

Superman Returns is a complicated movie for me to discuss because it brings up so many emotions.  Some good, some bad, some…intense.  One of the many complaints I had and still have with the film is that Warner Bros. used certain snpipets in the various trailers from scenes they would later cut out of the movie.  I don’t know if it was the producers or Singer or a combination of the two that decided to make the cuts and frankly I don’t really care.  If you put stuff in the trailer to sell me on the film and that stuff ends up not being in the film I  feel more than a little bit cheated.

As the opening paragraph suggests the main scene that I was really looking forward to was Superman’s Return to Krypton.  That haunting image of the ship searching through the dead husk of Krypton looked really awesome in the trailer and when it wasn’t in the film I was really disappointed.  Why would they spend so much money on a scene and not put it in the film and then, to add insult to injury, not put it on the DVD?  It didn’t make any sense.

When I finally got to see the scene I had another weird mix of emotions.  On one hand it was really cool to finally see it.  I liked the special effects.  I liked Routh’s performance.  It was indeed a haunting scene (as I had suspected) with a bit of suspense and action thrown in at the end.  On the other hand it doesn’t exactly fit into the cut of the movie that was released into theaters.  It looks as if this deleted scene directly proceeds Ben Hubbard leaving the Kent house, which means you would go through the whole thing with Lex Luthor and Gertrude Vanderworth then head back to Krypton then have the ship crash on Earth which would probably feel kind of weird.

Not that the pacing of Superman Returns isn’t already strange.  The first act barrels through like a freight train, the second act is paced just right and the third act never freaking ends.  I have long felt that if they had done a better job of setting up Superman’s return to Earth, played more with the decision of whether or not he was even going to be Superman again and then tightened up the third act the film would have flowed better.  The way the movie stands it seems like Superman left, came back, reclaimed his job at the planet and then immediately jumps back into the super-hero game.  Adding this scene would have bulked up the first act and given us a better sense of why he left the Earth to return to Krypton in the first place.

I’m going to stop now because I could very easily go on and on about Superman Returns.  In a way the anticipation I felt for that movie is why I kind of want to avoid anything that would spoil too much of the upcoming Man of Steel because we saw so much of Returns before it came out.  That is going to be hard because I am a co-host (along with Steve Younis) on the Radio KAL Live call in show (every Monday at 11:30 EST at the Superman Homepage) and we tend to stay on top of the latest news and hype from the film.  It will be fun to figure out how I can do both and not go crazy.

At least I hope it will be fun and not, you know, annoying.

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DC ANIMATED ANTHEM DAY!

And lo there came a day…a day unlike any other…when bloggers across the Internet that focus their energies on DC characters band together to…well, to show off some cool videos featuring the animated opening sequences of the characters we happen to cover.  This is a Superman blog, so I thought it would be keen to show you not one animated opening for the Man of Steel but a whole bunch of them!

So let’s get to it!

First up is the opening sequence to the 1966 Filmation New Adventures of Superman series.

Part of me thinks I shouldn’t like this series.  Another part of me can’t help but love it.  Sure the stories are kind of simplistic, but so were the comics that were being produced around the same time.  The DVD set had a neat featurette on the creation of this series, so I thought I would throw those in as well.

About twenty years later (in 1988 to be exact) an animation studio called Ruby-Spears decided to take a crack at the Man of Steel.  Marv Wolfman was hired as the head story editor, which was pretty dang cool.   Oddly enough it was because of his animation work and not because he had written Superman in the comics both before and after Crisis on Infinite Earths.  I was 12 years old when this series hit and to say I was excited about it is an understatement.  I had been reading the Superman comics regularly for over a year by the time this show premiered so the fact that there was an animated series based on my new favorite character was a big freaking deal.  The opening sequence to this series is amazing and the YouTube video below really doesn’t do it justice.  Buy the DVD set.  It is worth it.

Flash forward about eight years.  A little show called Batman: The Animated Series does very well in the ratings leading the WB, still a new channel at the time, to ask the people responsible for that series to produce one about Superman.  On September 6th, 1996 the series premiered in prime time.  They took the first three episodes and edited them together into an animated film and I vividly remember having a bunch of people over to my apartment to watch it.  The series lasted until the year 2000 and was, to my mind, one of the best adaptations of Superman ever produced.

Finally I present a series that, oddly enough, I never watched.  I know.  I am a horrible Superman fan.  In my defense I am terrible about following episodic television.  Something always gets in the way.  This series looked interesting, though and originally it was supposed to be about Superboy but legal difficulties threw a monkey wrench into those plans.  The intro is very cool and has a jazzy, seventies vibe to it.  All they needed was some flutes in there and it would have been perfect.

By the way, they re-did the opening credits in the second season.

And that is it for my end of this crossover.  As I mentioned a bunch of us single character bloggers banded together from remote galaxies for this theme so be sure to check out what everyone else did for their particular end of the DCU.  How?  Just follow the dancing links below!

Animated Anthem Day

On a personal note to the regular followers,; I will be back to regular blogging soon, folks.  I have a lot of neat stuff in store as Jeffrey and I head into the final chapter of the Death and Return of Superman saga on our show From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast.  Coming soon…Reign of the Supermen!

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