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Batman: The Animated Series - Volume One [DVD]
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tHE ePISODES Are:
1. On Leather Wings
2. Christmas With The Joker
3. Nothing To Fear
4. The Last Laugh
5. Pretty Poison
6. The Underdwellers
2. Be A Clown
3. Two-Face Part 1
4. Two-Face Part 2
5. It's Never Too Late
6. I've Got BATMAN In My Basement
7. Heart Of Ice
1. The Cat And The Claw Part 1
2. The Cat And The Claw Part 2
3. See No Evil
4. Beware Of The Gray Ghost
5. Prophecy Of Doom
6. Feat Of Clay Part 1
7. Feat Of Clay Part 2
1. The Joker's Favor
3. Fear Of Victory
4. THE CLOCK KING
5. Appointment In CRIME ALLEY
6. Mad As A Hatter
7. Dreams In Darkness
THE DARK NIGHT'S FIRST NIGHT Pilot Promo Hoasted by Bruce Timm
BATMAN'S: THE LEGACY CONTINUES Retrosrective Featurette
TRAILERS disc 4
All in all, this is value for money and this is a fantastic accompaniment to Batman, Batman Returns and the more recent incarnations of the Dark knight, the less said about the efforts of Kilmer and Clooney the better. Yes, characters such as Bat-girl and Robin appear along with more outlandish villains like the man-bat, but this does not take away the brooding and darker nature of the series.
Made in the early nineties, the animation of the series has dated considerably but despite this the actual storylines and characters remain mostly good today. There isn't really any story arc for the series as a whole with the majority of the episodes being stand-alone storylines, with the addition of a handful of two part episodes. Of the episodes included in this volume my favourites have to be 'Heart of Ice' (Mr Freeze's origin), 'Beware of the Gray Ghost' (that guest stars Adam West), the two part 'Feat of Clay' (Clayface's origin) and 'The Joker's Favor' (the first episode to include Harley Quinn). There are a few episodes that I dislike, such as 'The Underdwellers' and the episodes where Robin makes an appearance, but even these are still watchable and relatively entertaining.
The series is also responsible for introducing some characters who are then included in the regular DC Comics canon with the most famous of these being Harley Quinn but also including the police officer Renee Montoya. The series does do a relatively good job of portraying Batman's rogue's gallery, even making some of the more gimmicky characters such as the Clock King and the Mad Hatter into relatively interesting enemies.
The voice acting for the series is very good Kevin Conroy's performance as Batman/Bruce Wayne is great and Mark Hamill's Joker is easily the definitive animated version of the character.
'Batman the Animated Series' is a great show and one that any fan of Batman must watch at least once. This first volume easily deserves a full five stars.
The series was immensely successful for three key reasons. The first is its visual design, which moves away from the traditional primary colour aesthetic of cartoons to something much darker. This was achieved by painting light colours on black backgrounds rather than vice versa and setting most of the action at night. The art style also draws heavily from the Burton movies' mixture of art deco and retro design with modern technology. Stylistically, Batman may be one of the coolest and visually engaging series ever made.
The second key to success is the writing. Whilst the show occasionally fumbles with a fairly obvious cops 'n' robbers story or an episode more suited to the 1960s Batman series, for most of the time the writing is pretty smart. Whilst overt blood or scenes of death are avoided, the show also doesn't hold back on showing the psychological damage the characters have received and even manages to turn certain characters - Mr. Freeze most notably - into tragic figures. This extends to Batman himself, who suffers occasional bouts of trauma resulting from the murder of his parents. One episode imagines a fantasy world in which Bruce Wayne's parents lived and is appropriately tragic.Read more ›
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Amazing series. Not just for kids, lots of dark themes and interesting characters. Introduces all of the famous characters with their origin stories. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Tayler
batman animates series is my Third favourite tv series. the animation is great and dark With great voice preformences by joker (Mark Hamill) and batman (Michael Keaton). Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've loved watching the first volume! It is awesome, I totally recommend it for anyone!Published 29 days ago by Thomas Meehan
Headline says all watched it when I was a kid still as good as it was then great showPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant! This is a fantastic animated show, and arguably the best ever portrayal of Batman.
This is a dark, gritty and serious incarnation of Batman. Read more