The New Batman Adventures: Season 1, Episode 8

Growing Pains (28 Feb. 1998)

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Robin tries to help a mysterious lost little girl against the equally unknown man pursuing her.



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Episode cast overview:
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Mathew Valencia ...
Tim Drake / Robin (voice)
Francesca Smith ...
Annie (voice) (as Francesca Marie Smith)
Matt Hagen / Clayface (voice)
Gang Leader (voice)
John Rubano ...
Gang Member (voice)


Robin tries to help a mysterious lost little girl against the equally unknown man pursuing her.

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28 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Commissioner James Gordon: [regarding a wanted suspect] Look at those eyes. How does someone get a face like that?
Robin: Luck.
Commissioner James Gordon: [Commissioner Gordon and Batman look at Robin] What?
Robin: Sorry, I was thinking about a girl.
Commissioner James Gordon: Teenagers. Glad my Babara's past her wild years.
[Batman turns to Gordon and raises an eyebrow]
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References Batman: The Animated Series: Mudslide (1993) See more »


Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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The Youkai Ningen Bemu influence reaches its peak.

Im gonna try to keep it short. I grew up in Italy, in the 80's this country bought like every single Japanese cartoon ever made since the early 60's translated this and showed them all in different channels and hours, so because of this if you talk to an Italian that grew up in the 80's they will tell you that their childhood was marked by some of the greatest Japanese cartoons aver made.

My absolute favorite was Youkai Ningen Bemu or like they called it in Italy, Bem the Human Monster.

It was like the coolest thing ever specially to watch when you are like 7 years old and your fantasy its fervid. It is a straight horror show for kids, if you think about it there is nothing like that, there never was the moods the sounds the backgrounds the characters made it look like a nightmarish horror version of Speed Racer, and it was just awesome.

When The Batman animated series came out i spotted the influence right on, the red backgrounds the way to paint skies, buildings and some of the very animation were just like the Bem show. Now i knew they were heavily influenced by the 40's Superman Fleischer cartoons... but hell the way in the beginning of the 2 first opening of the shows even the pan up that shows Batman first and then Batman Robin and Bat girl on the roof of the building looked just like the Bem show...

The this episode came out and it was the confirmation of all of my suspicions, because it is directly taken from an episode of the Bem Show called in Italy The Eye Hunter or The Wish to See. In this show Bero the monster kid makes friend with a girl that ends up non existing and being a projection of a which hiding in the sewers.

Its amazing how Batman here works exactly as Bem and Robin as Bero.

Well then since this show takes so much from such an obscure great cartoon it speak volumes about how really much the makers of The Batman animated series know about the history of animation! Good work.

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