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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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
The Penguin (voice)
Pierce (voice)
Jake (voice)
Danny Wells ...
Guard (voice)


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 »


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 »


Vesti la Giubba
from "Pagliacci"
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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