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Episode #21 - Mxyzpixilated
Original Airdate - September 20th, 1997.

An imp named Mxyzptlk comes from another dimension to play mind games with Superman to prove who is more clever and the only way to get rid of him is making Mxy say his name backwards.

Media by Bird Boy
Review by The Flash
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Dan Riba
Music by Harvey R. Cohen
Animation by Koko Enterprise Co., LTD., Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Tim Daly as Superman/Clark Kent
Dana Delany as Lois Lane
Gilbert Gottfried as Mr. Mxyzptlk
David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
Shelley Fabares as Martha Kent
Mike Farrell as Jonathan Kent
Sandra Bernhard as Gsptlsnz
Tress MacNeille as Curator
Frank Welker as Evil Creatures

Screen Grabs


 This is without a doubt the most humorous episode ever. There are so many great moments that if I told them all I'd be telling the whole story word for word. Dini did an excellent job on this one. It is so well written that I had a hard time picking which Screen Grabs (or shots) to use. I think I took 19 and had to lower it down to 10. It was that good! After Mxyzptlk caused a bunch of trouble while looking for "Mcgurk" in the first scene, he appears in the Daily Planet's Comic section of the newspaper. It was a great touch having the comic strip be written by Siegel and Shuster! Shortly after that happened he turned "Ma" and "Pa" into chickens, then ducks, ostriches, and finally two giant lizard type creatures. This is just one of the very funny moments!

They make a deal so that every time Superman will get Mxy to say his name backwards Mxy will go away for 3 months. Of course, Superman tricks Mxy into doing this almost immediately. Then again and again and again. Well, you get the point. One of the many things Mxy tried on Superman was a giant Robot. It took him a long time to make it. So long that they were showing his calendar. A couple of the months were: Pants and Relish. I just thought that was funny. Once he got done with it he went straight to earth. All you can see is Gsptlsnz sitting on her couch. She is counting to 5. Mxy comes back and throws a fit. Then he points to her (still in the robot) and says, "Not one word."

Later, Mxy and Superman come to yet another deal. If Superman gets Mxy to say his name backwards twice he will leave for good. So Mxy ends up chasing Superman all over Metropolis. Mxy becomes a Kryptonite missile and Superman eventually crashes in the Daily Planet (of course it had to be that building!) Mxy brags that he has won. Superman turns Mxyzptlk around. Superman tricked Mxy into writing his name out backwards with the exhaust from the missile he turned into. Mxy and Superman banter back and forth as Mxyzptlk is slowly going back to his dimension, one body part at a time. Once Mxy is finally gone Superman gives a sigh of relief.

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