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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
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.
'Christmas with the Joker' was never one of my favorite episodes; I
mean, I'll watch any of 'em, but every show's got its share of
clunkers. For the most part, the animation's iffy and a lot of it plays
like filler; the train rescue is more distraction than anything else.
And the mentions of "It's a Wonderful Life" feel forced.
But like I said, every episode maintains a degree of watchability, and it 's thanks here to Mark Hamill. He's why the Joker's always entertaining, even when the episode's fairly lackluster. I remember giving an audible groan whenever this one would rerun, and I thought for sure this would be at the bottom of the barrel when revisiting it as an adult. But I don't dislike it as much as I used to. It's not bad, but there are much better Joker stories.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In case you're wondering, I will be watching the episodes in production
order, not original air date.
So this is the debut of The Joker, voiced by the one and only Mark Hamill. Also it was nice of Robin to just appear out of nowhere and be in this episode. I'm guessing the slight error in continuity is because the production order and air dates are different, but whatever. The plot's still straight-forward, but enjoyable, mostly due to Hamill's performance. I have no idea how he got a rocket disguised as a Christmas tree in order to escape Arkham, but you gotta have a little suspension of disbelief with shows like this. A funny episode that's easy to sit through.
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