Animated History of Superman

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, an animated short runs through 80 years of Superman, started with his comic origins and soaring through his most recent big screen adaptation. Plus, a video essay takes a closer look at the toxic masculinity in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson, and a movie trailer parody imagines what it might be like if Matt Damon bought Jurassic Park.

This animated short quickly flies through 80 years of Superman. Of course Superman began in Action Comics #1, but he has seen countless iterations, including the 1950s serial version played by George Reeves, that young Smallville version, and even some weird ones in between.

Next up, a video essay from The Discarded Image takes a closer look at the toxic masculinity on display from characters in almost all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films. Boogie Nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love, The Master, and Phantom Thread are featured, but what is the point of this common theme? Watch the video essay for an in-depth examination.

Finally, a movie trailer parody from Funny or Die perfectly blends footage from the cheesy family drama We Bought a Zoo with clips from the Jurassic Park franchise to create the completely necessary mash-up We Bought a Jurassic Park. There’s some truly clever editing at work here.

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