This show was arguably one of the best animated programs ever put on T.V. Every episode was like getting a short Batman movie and, with that being said, they didn’t kiddie the show up either. It was dark and atmospheric. The art deco style of Gotham city was perfect for the setting and gave everything a dramatic but yet streamlined appearance. Well, before I go and spill everything I have to say about this show, let’s talk about it a little bit, shall we?
Batman the Animated Series began on September 5, 1992 and was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The show had 4 seasons with a total of 85 episodes and ended on September 15,1995. During the show’s first season, it was one of the first animated cartoons to not have an introduction title. Once the second season rolled around and the show was moved to weekends, it was given the title ‘The Adventures of Batman and Robin.’ The cartoon was so popular that it spawned two animated movies based on its characters. The first was ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm;’ it debuted in 1993. I remember this movie fondly and it also surprised me to be one of the first superhero animated films to get a PG rating. The second was ‘Batman and Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero;’ that movie came out in 1998. I really don’t have much to say about this one because I never got a chance to see it. So…maybe that will be a review in the future! The creators of the show are Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski. Radomski is responsible for the artwork of the show and Timm was the lead designer of the characters’ appearances. They both admitted to taking inspiration from the Tim Burton Batman films, using elements of otherworldly designs and incorporating a noir sense of style. The opening music for the show was a rendition of Danny Elfman’s: Batman theme song. Later in the cartoons life, the theme song was replaced by a similar style song composed by Shirley Walker. Plot-wise, it is exactly what you expect it to be: Batman fighting crime and saving Gotham City every episode. Excellent voice-over work for Batman was provided by Kevin Conroy, and the fantastic and arguably best Joker ever was voiced by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). This show also gave us the character of Harley Quinn. Yes, that is right, Harley Quinn was not originally from the comic books; this cartoon created her. She became so popular that she was eventually introduced into the comics based off the show. From there she was firmly cemented into the Batman cannon of villains. If you haven’t yet, I suggest watching this show! You can get all 85 episodes on the DVD sets that have been released for awhile now. So, here is part one of a lost episode for you guys.
This was another one of those shows that was geared towards girls but also was made bad-ass enough to be for boys as well. From what I remember watching it, it kind of played like a Japanese anime in some senses, but made for American audiences. So what is it about? Well, the show takes place in the fictional city of Townsville, where Professor Utonium has created three super-powered girls in his lab. Blossom (pink), Buttercup (green), and Bubbles (blue) were created using the elements sugar, spice, and everything nice…also, a mysterious substance known as ‘Chemical X’. The basic plot of the cartoon is that the girls defend their town from evil enemies all the while dealing with anything normal life throws at them. The show was created by Craig McCraken and produced by Cartoon Network. Some interesting history about the show: it originally wasn’t called the Power Puff Girls at all. Instead it had a much more unusual title of Whoop-ass Stew. It was called this because instead of Chemical X being the strange substance, it was a can of Whoop-ass. Of course, this was all changed in order for it to be shown on Cartoon Network. The cartoon’s original run was on Cartoons Network’s “World Premiere Cartoons” in 1995 and 96. It wasn’t until November 18, 1998 that the show got its official debut as a Cartoon Cartoon. The final episode aired on March 25, 2005, totaling 6 seasons and 78 episodes. This show was a hit and spawned movies, an anime series (in Japan), video games, and tons of merchandise. I didn’t see much of this show growing up because I was in my early teens when this cartoon came out and, originally, it didn’t interest me. That isn’t to say that what I had seen wasn’t good. Over the past couple of years, my wife has introduced me to the show in greater detail and…it’s pretty good. I am sure this will bring back memories for any of you that tuned into Cartoon Network to watch these girls foil the plans of Mojo JoJo and many others.
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All images and information was gathered from www.wikipedia.org.
Batman the Animated Series was created by: Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, Distributed by: Warner Bros. Animation, September 5, 1992.
The Power Puff Girls was created by: Craig McMcraken and aired on: Cartoon Network, November 18, 1998.