Batman: The Animated Series: Season 1, Episode 38

Christmas with the Joker (13 Nov. 1992)

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On Christmas Eve, Joker broadcasts a pirate Christmas special on television. Batman and Robin have until midnight to fight their way past Joker's traps hidden all over town and rescue ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne / Donner (voice)
Det. Harvey Bullock / Blitzen (voice)
The Joker (voice)
Mari Devon ...
Summer Gleeson / Woman (voice)
Robin / Dick Grayson (voice)


On Christmas Eve, Joker broadcasts a pirate Christmas special on television. Batman and Robin have until midnight to fight their way past Joker's traps hidden all over town and rescue Commissioner Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and Summer Gleeson. Written by crouchbk

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According to Animato Magazine Issue # 26, Kent Butterworth quit in the middle of the production of this episode and went to Universal. So Producer Eric Radomski ended up pretty much redirecting this episode through the layout stage - although he isn't credited as such. See more »


When Batman and Robin enter Joker's lair, Batman pulls his cape together. Yet the cape's shadow does the exact opposite, it expands. See more »


Robin: Come on, Batman, it's Christmas Eve. Let's kick back and get into the spirit.
Batman: The Joker's escaped from Arkham Asylum, Robin.
Robin: And you really think he's gonna make his move on Christmas Eve? Even scums spend the holidays with their families.
Batman: He has no family.
Robin: Okay, I'll make a deal with you. If we go out on patrol and Gotham is quiet, with no sign of the Joker, we come back here, have Christmas dinner and watch "It's A Wonderful Life".
Batman: You know, I've never seen that. I could never get past the ...
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References A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) See more »


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Fantastically Entertaining With Super Visuals
30 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, now I am starting to see why people rave about this animated Batman series. This is my second episode look and I was extremely impressed in only the first few minutes. (This is the second story on the DVD but it's listed as the 38th episode on the IMDb, so, I don't what the story is except to presume the DVD has all the shows in a different order.)

Whatever. The artwork is magnificent with great drawings utilizing light and shadows. The action scenes feature bold colors. This is simply great visuals, but most people are more interested how the stories are, and with The Joker blasting out of Arkham Asylum on top of a rocket-propelled huge Christmas tree, I guess that kind of tells you this episode had a fun story to tell.

The Joker's singing lyrics and dialog were not only humorous but so were some of the things he did - so many sight gags in here that there are too many to mention. I was just pleasantly surprised, after watching the first episode, to see so much humor in this one. Joker hosting his own fake TV program - with canned laughter - was hilarious! Well....he is called "The Joker," after all. I wish all the villains were as entertaining as this guy. Who can get mad a guy - even at Christmas - who sing "Jingle bells, Batman smells.....?"

This was my first look at "Robin," as he wasn't in the first episode ("On Leather Wings") on this First Season DVD package. He seems a lot more cheery and human-like than our morose hero, so he complements Batman's character nicely. It also confirms that the DVD has these episodes out of order, because I haven't seen Robin since this one.

This episode is so crammed full of great material I hope it doesn't spoil me for subsequent episodes. I mean, I can't see how they can be more entertaining than this one.

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