The Batman: TAS Effect

A staple of my after school experience. *sniff sniff* Heart of Ice still gets me.

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Timm’s “Batman: Strange Days” – 75th Anniversary Short

Thank You Based Timm! In time for Batman’s 75th Anniversary, Bruce Timm drops an animated short reminiscent of that most important of Batman animated efforts.

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

A highly anticipated part of my weekday from ’92 – ’95,  Batman: The Animated Series is easily grouped with that generally triumphant period in animation, where networks were willing to take a chance on new and interesting efforts. For people weaned on Hanna-Barbara and then the Disney afternoon, shows like the original John K. run on Ren & Stimpy, the initial two seasons of Animaniacs and (dark horse alert!) Rocco’s Modern Life were pretty eye-opening in terms of what animation could be.  I’m not saying that B:TAS was responsible, I’m just saying it’ was part of the vanguard of shows that changed animation (for awhile, at least) for the better.

While we’re on the subject, can we settle, once and for all, a heated argument I had once with a friend of mine (ed.note: way to hold on to grudges)? Was the opening of Batman: TAS computer animated or not?

Stop Motion Goodness: The 90’s X-Men Cartoon Intro

I think the only show I was more obsessed with (at least in the comic realm) was the arguably better Batman: The Animated Series. Quick aside: Because I was as the bowling alley on Saturday mornings (bowling league, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat) I had to learn to program my family’s clunky VCR to record X-Men, otherwise I never would’ve been able to catch it. This skill helped me win a Sega Game Gear from a television station in Philadelphia. More on this later though.

(link via Gizmodo)

The Dark Knight Returns: Returning as an Animated Film

Everyone’s favorite-by-default Batman mini-series, The Dark Knight Returns, is getting new life as an animated film. I’m of two minds on this though: 1) AWESOME! There have been hints of this before, most notably in Batman: The Animated Series:

but now a dedicated, full length version? Sign me up!

2)Slow down. Has anyone else noticed the creeping, naked greed & exploitation of anything ever remotely related to “geek” culture? Breaking up the Harry Potter finale into two parts, doing the same with Twilight, spreading The Hobbit over three films and now breaking up what really should be one animated film into two parts? It’s egregious but it’s not going to stop.

I realize it’s hard to get upset about; now instead of dashing off some quick cash-in, studios & producers are putting serious time and money into these products to really pay homage to the source material, to really bring it to life.  But there are definitely trade-offs for that devotion and this splintering of material is one of them.

Batman: The Animated Series + The Dark Knight Rises Trailer = Nostalgia, Magic

A few years ago, I got into an incredibly serious argument with a friend about whether or not the opening to the original Batman: The Animated Series was hand drawn or computer animated.  I said hand drawn (ed. note: Because it is! Use your eyes!) he said computer, words were exchanged, beers were drank, more words were exchanged, phones were consulted, onward and onward until the eventual destruction of his apartment.  Damage aside, no consensus was ever reached.  Readers, help me win this years old argument by watching the series opening below and then voting (even though I know I’m right).