For me Batman The Animated Series was and still is one of the best examples of an animated series. Although it should be said the 90’s X-Men animated series did a hell of a better job of staying true to the spirit of the comics it was based on compared to Fox’s numerous live action films based on the same thing, even if it was unintentionally amusing at times. For sheer impact and demonstrating exactly what a character is about the opening sequence of Batman The Animated Series, complete with orchestral theme, is flawless and masterful. Everything about Batman The Animated Series slotted together perfectly like the pieces of jigsaw, the noir inspired animation style, the more adult tone and writing and the way it made the iconic villains more than just “bad guys” who were on the wrong side of a good versus bad fight. Most of all though it was the amazing voice cast, a voice cast so good that even now years later reading a Batman comic will make me hear Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil’s voices as Batman /Bruce Wayne and The Joker and let’s not forget introducing Harley Quinn to viewers and later comic readers .
Batman The Animated Series is the subject of the latest video essay by Youtuber KaptainKristian, someone who to me has rapidly become one of the best content creators on the site, producing video essays on the timeless magic of Calvin and Hobbes, the importance of colour and costumes in the X-Men and the craft behind Pixar’s hit films amongst others.
Over the span of just several minutes KaptainKristian explains the appeal, the craft and various other elements behind enduring facets of pop culture in well produced but impressively understated style. There’s a distinct talent for condensing subject matter down to its very core, perfect for the time short. Watching these video essays will have you going to the bookstore or checking *insert website here* for the complete Calvin and Hobbes if you don’t already have it (because that’s exactly what I did), or looking at Pixar’s films a different way (and checking what you have in your collection) or wondering what the X-Men films would be like if they were actually written and made by people that were passionate about the comics they’re based on or why Batman The Animated Series isn’t on an extras loaded Blu-ray collection which it really deserves rather than being on some streaming service with all the other flotsam and jetsam.
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