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|Batman - The Animated Series Volume Four |
From the New Batman Adventures
Actors: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill
Director: Bruce Timm
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
In the hit show that continues the Batman storyline from the EmmyO-winning Batman: The Animated Series, two years have passed and Batman still protects the streets of Gotham City from the demented criminals that inhabit it... more »
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The New Batman Adventures
Simon | Brampton, ON | 09/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These episodes were produced two years after the original Batman: Animated series ended, and were made for the KidsWB Saturday morning block, which was still relatively new at that time. What's notable about these episodes is that the character designs have been totally revamped, and this was when the "DC animated universe" really began, as Batman stories would often cross-over with the Superman series and vice-versa.
The real shame about The New Batman Adventures is that KidsWB basically stopped production after 24 episodes, so we don't get to see the new revamps as much as we'd like (ex. Riddler, unfortunately, only shows up in minor cameos). A host of new villains and femme fatales appear, including Calendar Girl, Roxy Rocket, and the (dreaded) Farmer Brown and his mutant farm animals. Etrigan and The Creeper make their first animated appearances, but only get an episode each (Etrigan was later fleshed out in Justice League). Most telling is that certain plot threads feel rushed, including the introduction of Tim Drake as the new Robin, the departure and return of Dick Grayson as Nightwing, and even a new twist involving Two-Face. There just weren't enough episode to tell everything the staff wanted to tell (and maybe they told one Joker story too many).
Are these episodes as good as the original B:TAS? Overall, no. It's more about comic book fights and action now. Bruce Wayne's a little stiffer and darker, and the stories have lost that humanizing touch the best B:TAS episodes had (with exceptions of course). Is the quality still there? Yes. This is still excellent entertainment for kids and adults alike, and new viewers may be surprised at how mature these episodes feel compared to the stuff on KidsWB these days.
Definitely pick up vol. 4. It's a nice supplement to the initial 3 volumes, and continues the animated legacy of Batman nicely. Here's hoping Batman Beyond gets the box set treatment next."
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The episodes compiled in this fourth collection of the animated Batman series is from the Kids WB New Batman Adventures, which hit Saturday mornings a while after the classic Batman: The Animated Series was over with. Most of the voice cast was retained (including Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight), but the animation underwent a complete overhaul, which would be seen on the animated Superman series as well as the current Justice League Unlimited. The animation transformation isn't for everyone, but it works for the most part, and the storytelling is still top notch. In the episodes collected here, we learn why Dick Grayson quit being Robin and became Nightwing, and we also see the origin of the new Robin, Tim Drake. DC character the Creeper makes his animated debut, and there's a delicious new, and horrifying, twist and look to the Scarecrow (voiced by Jeffrey Combs). The "World's Finest" episodes are here as well, which is the first (of many) cross overs with Batman and Superman as they team up to take down the Joker and Lex Luthor. However, this volume does have it's share of low points. The attempted new twist on Two-Face doesn't work, and the re-vamped animation is definitely going to be a downer for some. However, the strikingly mature tone of these episodes (including a nightmare-esque scenario where Batgirl is killed and Commissioner Gordon launches a full scale attack against Batman and co.) makes this set worth owning for longtime Bat-fans, and this is most certainly better than what's being passed off as a Batman cartoon these days."
From The New Batman Adventures!
Servo | Atlanta, GA USA | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"New adventures await you and the Gotham Knights in Batman: The Animated Series, Volume Four - The New Batman Adventures! Revamped from the dark deco days of the original series with a simpler yet stylized new look, the New Batman Adventures featured the Gotham Knights: Batman & Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing in some of their most memorable episodes. Introducing the voices of Mathew Valencia as Tim Drake, the new Robin and Tara Charendoff-Strong (replacing Melissa Gilbert-Brinkman) as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, this 4-disc (521 min.) set contains all 24 episodes from the series which include classics "You Scratch My Back", "Old Wounds" and fan-favorite "Over the Edge". Other highlights include "Legends of the Dark Knight" which acknowledges the works of Bill Finger, Dick Sprang and Frank Miller. Not to mention "Never Fear" featuring the most horrific version of the Scarecrow (chillingly voiced by Jeffrey Combs) ever animated. The New Batman Adventures not only refined the designs of the characters (a "taste great/less filling" matter of opinion) but also how the stories were presented to viewers. The show's pacing and even balance of mature melodrama and stylized action would serve as a blueprint for the success of future shows Batman Beyond and Justice League Unlimited. Here are the contents of this set:
Sins of the Father
You Scratch My Back
Love Is a Croc
The Ultimate Thrill
Over the Edge
Cult of the Cat
The Demon Within
Legends of the Dark Knight
Girls' Night Out
Beware the Creeper
Commentary: On "Over the Edge", "Critters" and "Legends of the Dark Knight" by Bruce Timm (Producer), Paul Dini (Producer), Glen Murakami (Art Director), James Tucker (Storyboards), Dan Riba (Director) and Moderator Jason Hillhouse.
Featurette: "Arkham's Finest": Inside Batman's Rogue Gallery.
Worth the wait, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
It's About Time
Jeremy | Burbank, CA | 10/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time!!! WB has finally gotten off of their butts and finally got these episodes out. Now, if we could just get them to release the soundtracks to these episodes, I'd be in absolute heaven.
I, personally, don't get what the thumbs-down reviewers mean by "cheap animation". These episodes were WAY more animated; smoother and swifter. In the previous seasons, you never saw Batman do moves like he does here. Batgirl takes little back-steps to give her some leverage before springing into jumps. Tim Drake (the New Robin) uses his size to give him the edge while taking out huge thugs. Nightwing's combat style is a little more graceful and acrobatic than Batman's. All these little details add to a very realistic animation. These prior reviewers must have been watching this show with their eyes closed.
The story-telling was for a much more mature audience. Just look at the Scarecrow; the guy's got a lynch around his neck! Occasionally, a plotline will take a turn and become almost Hitchcockian. The story-telling stays on the edge throughout, constantly challenging the boundaries of a "normal" animated series.
As far as the visual style, while this version evolved from the previous seasons, WB really showed hesitation in straying at all from (Character Designer) Bruce Timm's rendition of this universe, and with good reason. It works, and it works REALLY well."