The New Batman Adventures: Season 1, Episode 8

Growing Pains (28 Feb. 1998)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 144 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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

Director:

Writers:

(creator), (story), 8 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 20 Jun 2012
 
a list of 3625 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 5546 titles
created 30 Nov 2013
 
a list of 10 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Growing Pains" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Growing Pains (28 Feb 1998)

Growing Pains (28 Feb 1998) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The New Batman Adventures.
« Previous Episode | 8 of 24 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

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)
Matt Landers ...
Gang Leader (voice)
John Rubano ...
Gang Member (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Annie: Don't you see? I'm not real.
Robin: Yes you are!
Clayface: No, she's not. You know now. You're part of me. Come home.
Robin: [to Annie] Stay behind me. Don't let him touch you.
Clayface: I've warned you once, kid. Stay out of this!
Annie: I... I don't know what to do anymore.
Clayface: Come back to me. It's the only thing you can do.
Robin: No! Annie, run!
See more »

Connections

References Batman: The Animated Series: Mudslide (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Save what? Don't you see? I'm not real.

This episode of TNBA was definitely one of my favorites, also one of the saddest in the series. In it, Robin, who grew up in a broken family himself according to an earlier episode, rescues a lost little girl from a gang of biker punks (I suppose their plan was to beat her up or something), and learns that she has no idea who she s or where she's from. Thinking she's a runaway, he offers to help her get to a police station but she runs away in confusion. Batman offers little help this time. "There's nothing we can do for her. She belongs in a runaway center," is his seemingly indifferent attitude towards the girl. Robin soon rescues her again when she almost gets squished by a truck, and he affectionately names her Annie (after a Raggedy-Anne doll he sees a nearby pedestrian holding). When Robin discovers that Annie has an abusive father out looking for her, things only get more complicated when it's revealed that this father is one of Batman's old foes... and that Annie is destined to lead a very brief life.

Often Batman episodes reflect the depressing, melancholy occurrences of city life, and this episode provides a powerful message about homeless and abused children. As Robin goes out to look for Annie he comes across a group of homeless people where a family is bundled together in front of a pitiful fire on the ground, and he finds a little boy asleep on a dirty, moldy mattress. It's very sad and this whole episode takes on a much darker tone than usual. The ending, when Annie realizes she's inevitably going to die, is probably the most depressing scene I've seen in a kid's TV program in a long time. Robin offers to save her, and she just says, "save what? Don't you see? I'm not real." This show, made for kids, is more popular with adults and it's no wonder why. There are some very disturbing and sad moments in it and it has much more wisdom in it then most adult shows ever have. It's so pathetic that shows like Family Guy and Futurama are so popular when this show has so much more to offer than a bunch of trashy fart jokes and unoriginal stories. Batman will always have its fans and I'm sure they know what I'm talking about because they've all enjoyed watching every episode.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Joker's survival codyhoskins
Dumbed down for kids? teestep
batgirl + nightwing minaoracle
worst new villain + who should have been on more? sillybilly452
The Sins of Revamping InspectorSkins
'Legends of the Dark Knight' episode. joshhafner
Discuss Growing Pains (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?