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cognitivedissonance - 2013-03-17

The legend is that the Japanese director volunteered to work for free on airbrushing every single frame of the mist inside Mr. Freeze's helmet until it was done, due to the enormous cost that would've been incurred. This put the production behind schedule and forced Warner Brothers to seek another animation firm to work with, which then resulted in that house being forced to retool and went on to make "Big O", which is clearly very Batman in design.

If you'll notice in none of the subsequent appearances of the character did he have that mist in his helmet.

As for favorite episodes? I'm rather partial to the Mad Hatter episode, if only because Victoria Jackson plays Alice and has hilarious ties to the maddest Tea Party of them all, but really, only in hindsight (and also because Mad Hatter was played by Roddy MacDowell, who I adore).

words, words, words.

Screwtape - 2013-03-17

That wasn't Victoria Jackson (thank god). It was Kimmy Robertson, whom you'll remember as the airheaded police dispatcher/secretary from Twin Peaks.

cognitivedissonance - 2013-03-17

REALLY? 20 years of thinking that! Thank you, Animation Magazine, for a misprint.

Bort - 2013-03-17

Mr. Freeze had been a Batman villain for decades when this cartoon came out, but this was the first time he'd been made interesting in any fashion. This cartoon was received so well that the comics adopted this as his new origin.

Recently this was undone in the comics: new story is, Victor Fries fell in love with a woman in a cryogenic chamber and concocted the fantasy that she was his wife. I think they went that route because, in the comics, Mr. Freeze was tons more murdery than on the cartoon, and it's pretty difficult to reconcile a highly sympathetic character with one who has zero respect for life.

By the way, that's Mark Hamill as whatshisname; his voice acting here led to him becoming the Joker.

Quad9Damage - 2013-03-17

He is/was genuinely concerned with helping his sick wife, but being a nutjob doesn't help his cause. Like in "Batman: Arkham City," where'd he rather try to murder you in a difficult and kinda shoehorned in boss fight rather than compromise.

James Woods - 2013-03-17

That freeze incarnation where he falls in love with the already cryogenically frozen woman sort of reminds me of the episode Galaxy's Child from TNG in which Commander Laforge falls for the holodecks representation of the engineer who designed the enterprises engine.

I just want to be part of the gang.

Pillager - 2013-03-17

"Perchance to dream" is also one of my faves.

'Oh, but it is! It's a beautiful story! You have love, wealth, a family, all you ever wanted! Your own private Wonderland!'

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-03-17

For me, the Clayface episodes were always the best. This episode, though, was the one that made me a fan of the series in the first place.

Seven Arts/H8 Red - 2013-03-17

I've always been partial to "The Demon's Quest." Ra's plan was to reboot most of the earth, at the cost of two-plus billion lives. Ra's also constantly cheats death. Those are things a lesser show would make hammy as hell, especially since eco-awareness cartoons were still prevalent.

Tying into Mr. Freeze, I'm surprised the DC cartoons haven't adapted Nora Fries' becoming Lazara yet. For DC's sake, I hope that never happens.

fluffy - 2013-03-17

I like how in the cartoon it's strongly implied that Matt Hagen is gay and living with a long-time partner and it's just portrayed as wonderfully normal.

But yeah TAS was amazing and it's hard to choose a favorite episode.

TheOtherCapnS - 2013-03-17

There are too many great episodes in the original 65 episode run to pick a favorite. If I was forced to choose, mine would be the one where Joker scares the guy into helping him "Joker's Favor"

The Mothership - 2013-03-17

ooooo, that is a good one.

B. Weed - 2013-03-17

That was the episode that made me realize BTAS was going to be something special. It depicted the scary side of the Joker's craziness so well.

I also liked that leitmotif for Charlie, which I started to call "Fanfare for the Luckless Schmuck."

Nikon - 2013-03-17

This was such a good show. This is my favorite episode and the one that convinced me to keep watching the series.

garcet71283 - 2013-03-17

I appreciated the who Freeze arc. The wrap-up in Batman: Beyond was satisfying as well.

Mister Yuck - 2013-03-17

It's probably heresy, not being from the original run, but my favorite BTAS episode is another Freeze one: Cold Comfort. Freeze decides that misery loves company and begins taking out people's life works by freezing them. It's pretty bleak, Freeze as a nihilistic world hater is believable even during his naked exposition, and the whole episode is gorgeous.

fatatty - 2013-03-17

Bruce Timm would be proud of all of your nerdery.

Louis Armstrong - 2013-03-17

Really hard to put a favorite on this series. Clayface, The Gray Ghost, Jokers Wild. This show was just perfect.

MacGyver Style Bomb - 2013-03-17

Taking one of Batman's lamest silver age villains and making him genuinely interesting and memorable will always be this series' greatest triumph. They also did a good job with re-imagining the Clock King, but it's a shame that it never caught on outside the show.

Oh, and Freeze's design here? Mike Mignola.

Wander - 2013-03-17

No, I'm sorry everybody, the best episode is "Critters"

Batman ramming a mutated chicken into a vat of BBQ sauce, then later being taken captive in a SECRET UNDERGROUD FARM SIMULATION might just be everything I want out of Batman.

Bort - 2013-03-18

No love for the episode with the Fagin-like guy keeping an army of orphans in the sewer? He also had two pet alligators.

I guess even BTAS was allowed a clunker or two.

SDAusmus - 2013-03-19

Batman suplexed an alligator in that episode. Instant classic.

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