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(1958 TV Pilot)
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This is a
way campy spinoff inspired by the fame of the legendary "The Adventures
of Superman" TV series. I usually don't like campy shows, but
this was good because it was meant to be stupid and not an official
Superman portrayal. It didn't make it past the pilot. The
idea of it was cute, but it could've been done much better.
Limited technology in TV back then was a big reason for this show's
failure. Instead of people, the entire cast dressed up in dog
costumes. The dog heads were just big masks so they couldn't move
their lips. You'd have to hear their voices without seeing any
facial expressions or movements. That was one big drawback.
If there was such a thing as animatronics in TV and film back then, it
would've made the character concepts a lot better. So you heard
their voices, and they would overexaggerate their body movements to
make things funnier, and that was about it. This would've been
great as a daytime kiddie show for small children. Trying to make
this a primetime feature was another mistake for them, because it just
isn't going to look good next to the real Superman show.
According to the story, Professor Sheepdip kidnaps
Pamela Poodle. Bark Bent changes into Superpup and saves the
day. And Perry Bite...well he's just in there because who doesn't
like a cranky boss? The very name of Professor Sheepdip seems not
right for little kids. Plus, anybody is going to get tired of
hearing that name after awhile. Billy Curtis, who played a Mole
Man in the "Superman and the Mole Men" 1951 film played Bark
Poodle/Superpup in Flight
Why the producers of this show wanted to make
"Superpup" live-action is beyond me. They had to have known that
there was no way this was going to come out with outstanding
results. Animation would have been a much better way to go.
TV animation was already around at that time, and "Superpup" could've
been a great show with cute stories. A regular animated series of
its own would have worked, or at least cartoon shorts featured on
kiddie shows like "Captain Kangaroo" and some of the others from around
that period. It definitely would be more endearing than a bunch
of midgets in dog costumes running around like clowns at the circus.
I thought this show was worthy of mention because
the idea is cute. It's an all-dog version of Superman which isn't
a really bad idea. There is no real plot and from the way it
looks, I don't think a "Superpup" series would have changed much.
A lot of crazy stuff just happens. An idea like this would be
ideal for a sketch comedy show or a childrens' program. It
definitely couldn't have been broadcast regularly for several seasons
without getting on everyone's nerves. Maybe someone, someday,
will come up with a better lighthearted spoof of "The Man of Steel".
That Stays in Bark Bent's Desk. A Jimmy Olsen Type Character.
The narration at the
beginning of the show:
Faster than the speediest jet.
More powerful than the mightiest
Able to fly around the world
faster than you can say "Superpup".
Yes, it's Superpup and only you
and I know that Superpup is really Bark Bent,
star reporter for the Daily