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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Matt Hagen: [Approaching Annie] Do you know how long I've been looking for you? You were supposed to come right back.
Robin: Who are you? What do you want?
Matt Hagen: I'm her father, punk. Stay out of it!
Robin: Oh, I don't think so.
Matt Hagen: I said, out of my way!
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References Batman: The Animated Series: Mudslide (1993) See more »


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Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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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.

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