Batman: The Animated Series

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  1. broke dick dog

    broke dick dog Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't believe in cartoons, but even though it's drawn, I've been in love with this show ever since I was a kid. Even 25 years later, it still holds up as a great show in general. Some episodes are definitely dated and obviously kids' show-y. But others, like Two-Face and Read My Lips, are great 20+ minute works of art.

    Actual actors were often used, rather than generic voice actors, and they helped bring the many of the characters to life. The orchestral scores were another a highlight, both on their own and in the actual episodes. Title cards were also used for every episode, and they typically gave the show a film noir feel like old movies.
    http://anbat.toonzone.net/galleries/index0.html - with the accompanying music
     
  2. Someone In A Tree

    Someone In A Tree Well-Known Member

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    I, too, loved this as a kid and have been having a great time using it to introduce Batman to my son since the recent movies have been too dark for a young kid. It's shows like this that help me understand why cartoon spergs exist.
     
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  3. Descent

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    La-La-Land records has been releasing the soundtrack over several volumes (they just released Volume 4) over the past few years. I highly recommend it, especially since pretty much all of Shirley Walker's work is unreleased.

    Clayface had the best theme.

    Although I'm not fond of them having Batman find out Catwoman's identity so soon in the show, and Cat Scratch Fever is a shitty episode, Adrienne Barbeau is my favorite version of Catwoman.
     
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    Hellblazer Autism on the rocks Staff Member

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    "Heart of Ice" is a damn fine Batman story.
     
  5. broke dick dog

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    I need to get those one day. Some of them are on YouTube and Spotify and stuff, but there are still a couple dozen episode scores that haven't been released yet (hopefully soon).

    I loved how many characters had their own theme and how they're incorporated without being intrusive or repetitive. All of the different nuances in the music is something I never really appreciated until recently.
    - a decent example

    Like with Clayface in your video, the music at 1:10 reflects the grand, self-centered hubris that turned the actor into a literal piece of shit, only now it's showing on the outside with the other, more monstrous part of his theme at 0:52.
    - this shows that as well
     
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  6. Descent

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    The audio commentary for it is great because it's Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and someone else pointing out all the times they broke some censorship rule they were supposed to follow, but no one caught.
     
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  7. Count Olaf

    Count Olaf Famous hansome actor, totally not a villain.

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    Always have loved this show and always will. I just wished there could have been more Riddle episodes. He was always my favorite villain as a kid. But I admit he makes a better side character than a main villain.
     
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  8. Cyan

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    Mask of the Phantasm is probably the most underrated Batman film and also Mark Hamil will always be my favorite Joker.

    Also this series have us Batman Beyond and the Justice League series which were also pretty good shows.
     
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  9. KingGeedorah

    KingGeedorah Look upon ye works and sperg

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    Paul Dini is a god. To put out a kids show that dark and get away with it with critical success (well at least among comic book people).

    DC had some of the strongest animated shows, and still puts out something good once in a while.
     
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  10. Adamska

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    It also completely rehabilitated and changed Mr. Freeze as a character. Originally, he was very much like the Batman and Robin version with Arnie; a pun making jokester. They took that and made a genuinely compelling character.

    It's pretty much a diamond standard for shows IMO.
     
  11. Cyan

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    This series also put out some neat original characters too.

    Not to mention Harley Quinn.
     
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    True that! Even Siskel & Ebert agree on that:
     
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  13. Mouseberger

    Mouseberger Ground Lolcow on White Bread

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    Not only is this the best part of the DCAU, it's the reason we have a DCAU.
     
  14. Descent

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    Speaking of using actors, Bif Tannen as Tony Zucco was a great choice.

    Also, Andrea Romano was the casting director for the show, and whenever I hear her name, I always think of how the background is set up for her scenes in the "I Know That Voice" documentary and laugh (1:19 in).
     
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  15. The Mysterious Stranger

    The Mysterious Stranger An Angel named Satan

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    This is my favorite cartoon, hands down. Mark Hamill IS the Joker, as far as I'm concerned, and anyone else who has attempted the role simply falls short. Ditto for Kevin Conroy as Batman.

    One of my favorite episodes is the one with the Gray Ghost, Batman's childhood hero, that partially inspired his own life as a crime fighter, which even got Adam West himself to play the Ghost.

    I'm admittedly a big Batman fan, and I have no shame in admitting that this series is what got me started. Oh, I had seen the Tim Burton movies beforehand, but I didn't truly begin to love Batman until I started watching this series
     
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    The Mysterious Stranger An Angel named Satan

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    Sorry for the double post, but I do want to point out now is a great time for fans of the Batman Animated Series, if you're a collector. Several companies have been bringing out merchandise paying tribute to the show, such as new action figures meant for adult collectors, statues, and minibusts.

    My personal favorites are the minibusts, which despite being made of resin, are quite affordable
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  17. Adamska

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    It beats those shitty funko pops or whatever where they look superdeformed. Plus they look shockingly good in 3D.
     
  18. broke dick dog

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    I bought the Two-Face one as an Amazon warehouse deal for like $17 -- less than 1/3 of the normal price. It's pretty good.
     
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  19. The Mysterious Stranger

    The Mysterious Stranger An Angel named Satan

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    Oh yeah, definitely. Funko toys are garbage. They're really only a good option if you want to be a collector, but literally cannot afford something better. Or if there is no other collectible available, I guess. For example, only Funko has released a toy of Stephen King's "IT"

    Yeah, amazon is selling most of them for under their market price ($59.99). Most of them go for around $40, although some are really cheap. Like Bane is like only $25 on Amazon, and he's bigger than most of the other busts
     
  20. broke dick dog

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    Bane looks phenomenal (only the Joker looks like crap) but even at that great price I just wouldn't really want Bane. I might get another, like Scarecrow or Riddler, if they're ever cheap. Do you have any?

    I have a shit ton of the DC Collectibles ones, though, so that's also why I'd only maybe buy a choice few of the busts. I can't wait for the upcoming Croc but I hope he isn't only in that box set.
     
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