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.,
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
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| 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