Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 52

Birds of a Feather (8 Feb. 1993)

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It's love for the Penguin when socialite Veronica Vreeland hooks up with him, but it's only an attempt to raise her social status.

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It's love for the Penguin when socialite Veronica Vreeland hooks up with him, but it's only an attempt to raise her social status.

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The episode's title derives from the proverb "Birds of a feather flock together". Its avian theme homages the Penguin, but it also deals with two different people being drawn together by a common similarity - in this case, Veronica and Oswald due to their "socialite" attitude. See more »

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Commissioner James Gordon: I assure you, we have every available resource on the street...
Pierce: It's times like these that I wonder why we pay you people at all!
Commissioner James Gordon: [grabs Pierce] Listen, you simpering little twit! You were foolish enough to invite the Penguin, now it's HIS party!
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References Batman Returns (1992) See more »

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Vesti la Giubba
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Music by Ruggero Leoncavallo
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Has close ties to Burton's "Batman Returns"
7 October 2009 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

The "look" of Oswald Cobblepot bears a striking resemblance to Tim Burton's 1992 film "Batman Returns". From the Penguin's bell-like body frame to the flipper hands to the beaked nose, the animators have done a good job to replicate Danny DeVito's image in the movie.

That's wear the similarity ends for Paul Williams' voice-over performance is uniquely his. His Penguin is a faux sophisticate that desires acceptance from high society only to find himself to be the pawn of a cruel joke instigated by two yuppies, one voiced by "Taxi's" Marilu Henner. Just as Kevin Conroy is the definitive Batman; thus, Williams is the definitive Penguin.

The story makes the normal villain sympathetic as The Penguin gets to utter a line about just wanting to have a friend.

This is more a morality play than the average 'toon and receives high marks for the storytelling and high production values.

Lolita Ritmanis delivers a wonderful score, incorporating different versions of "The Penguin Theme" throughout. It is no wonder that the composer is a frequent Emmy nominee.


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