Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993): At 10-years-old, I was a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series. With its gorgeous art-design, dark storylines, and wonderful storytelling, this was the Batman I most fondly remember. When a theatrical film was announced and released on Christmas Day in 1993, I was out of my mind to see. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint and—thanks to a new Blu-Ray release—still holds up 24-years later. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a fun combination of a Batman origin-story and a conflict with both a new foe and a familiar one. Basically, you get a lot from this 76-minute feature. You could walk into this thing blind and still enjoy it but fans of the character were also given plenty to sink their teeth into. Voicework here is just splendid with #kevinconroy as Batman, #staceykeach as the mysterious Phantasm, #danadelany as Andrea Beaumont, and an amazing perfomrnace from @hamillhimself as The Joker. There are plenty of other familiar voices here with the filmmakers pulling out all the stops for their cast. The movie is a dark affair with lots of death and violence throughout—I’m surprised this thing was given a PG rating—although there is nothing that feels truly PG-13. The Phantasm character is just badass with a great design and a horror film look. His appearances feel like something out a horror movie—in particular, a chilling stalk sequence in a cemetery that scared me as a child—and is still freaky today. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of origin stories so, when the film flashes back, I tend to feel a little removed from the main action. That being said, the origin story isn’t exactly what we’ve seen before. Everything is rectified in a slam-bang finale involving Batman, the Phantasm, and The Joker. There is action aplenty, many explosions, and a great conclusion. The climax is worth the price of admission alone! Credit to #shirleywalker for an insanely amazing score mixing in operatic vocals to give the entire film an air of epic drama. I love this movie and am so happy to have it on Blu-Ray! #movie_mattinee @oscarwatchpod @samenightmovie
It seems that comic books and superheroes are more popular today than ever in its history, especially in the medium of film and television. Since I am a cartoons/animation lover, I want to acknowledge two universal comic book characters and their T.V. shows. "Spider-Man", debuting in September 1967 on the ABC television network, is 50 years old. This original animated series ran for three seasons ending in 1970, but remained in syndication for many years thereafter. Though not officially documented as far as I know, "Spider-Man" was a spin-off of the 1966 "Marvel Superheroes Anthology" series which comprised of "The Incredible Hulk", "Captain America", "Iron Man", "The Mighty Thor", and "The Sub-Mariner". In fact, many of the same animators/voiceover talent were used on both shows. One shared voiceover talent was veteran character actor John Vernon, known famously for playing "Dean Vernon Wormer" in the film "National Lampoon's Animal House". Also, animator/director Ralph Bakshi of "Fritz The Cat" fame worked on "Spider-Man" too. It helped that the theme songs for these programs were extremely catchy and unforgettable, composed just like commercial jingles. I so enjoyed these shows growing up, as they were shown on WPIX in New York. Even though the animation was done cheaply, "Spider-Man" had an endearing quality to it. Years later Vernon would voice the character "Rupert Thorne" on "Batman: The Animated Series", which celebrates its 25th anniversary. 1992 was its debut on the new, fledgling Fox television network lasting four seasons until 1995. The show revolutionized animation and storytelling with its cinematic depth along with exceptional casting. "BTAS" was heralded a critical and commercial success, stabilizing Fox's Sunday night lineup. Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano among a host of other very talented people are owed a debt of gratitude for creating a program whose influences and impact on pop culture has been far reaching more than anyone could've ever imagined.
#JazzInfluences ; #Spiderman ; #BatmanTheAnimatedSeries ; #JohnVernon ; #NationalLampoonsAnimalHouse ; #RalphBakshi ; #FritzTheCat ; #PaulDini ; #TheBruceTimm ; #AndreaRomano
I'm weak!!!! I've been eyeing these for weeks and I cave today lol if you know me you know that Batman is my favorite DC hero and the animated series back in the 90's was my show I'm actually really happy that I Scarecrow as my first Pop keychain out of this set now to get the other nine 😁😁😁 oh and can anyone help me remember who the dude between Harley Quinn and Sandman is I can't remember him to save my life!!!! #nerdgirl92#batmanpopkeychains#scarecrow#batmantheanimatedseries#batmanobsessed
Today's BTAS episode is titled "P.O.V." it is the 7th produced and 13th to air. It shows us 3 cops, Bullock, Renee Montoya, and a rookie cop named Wilkes, in trouble for a failed bust and having to give their sides of the story on how it went down. Bullocks makes him look like a hero when in reality he wasnt, Montoyas was more accurate, and the rookie cop thought Batman was something otherworldly. After hearing the stories Gordon and his Lieutenant must review the case and ask the officers for their badges in the mean time. Renee goes after the villains feeling she knows where they'll be. She runs into Batman and together they must take down illegal smugglers. Have a great Sunday!