Mister Miracle and Big Barda solicit Justice League assistance to free Oberon from Apokolips. J'onn refuses, but Flash decides to help out on his own.



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Episode cast overview:
J'onn J'onzz / Martian Manhunter (voice)
The Flash / Wally West (voice)
Farrah Forke ...
Big Barda / Barda Free (voice)
Granny Goodness (voice) (as Ed Asner)
Virman Vundabar (voice)
Kalibak (voice)
Oberon (voice)
Young Scott Free (voice) (as Zachary Shada)


On Apokolips, Vermin Vunderbarr and Granny Goodness are competing for control in the power vacuum left by Darkseid's disappearance. She kidnaps Oberon in order to extort help from Mr. Miracle. Vunderbarr has imprisoned Kalibak, and Granny wants him freed to her control. Mr. Miracle and his wife Barda go to the Justice League for help, but J'onn J'onzz doesn't want to involve the League in helping one dictator over another. Flash wants to help, so he travels with Miracle and Barda to Apokolips in order to free Kalibak. Written by Tony-B4

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Release Date:

12 February 2005 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Big Barda calls Granny Goodness (Edward Asner) a gargoyle. Asner previously provided the voice for Hudson, a gargoyle, on Gargoyles (1994). See more »


In the beginning Oberon and Barda are shown close up backing backwards next to each other, but a more distant shot showing the helicopter shadowing overhead has Barda alone, before the next shot has Oberon returned to his original position. See more »


Kalibak: Well, if it isn't my treacherous stepbrother... and his cow.
Big Barda: Arrogant worm! How dare you...
The Flash: [breaking up fight] Knock it off! What are you guys, twelve?
[sotto voce]
The Flash: I can't believe I'm the mature one here.
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References Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (2000) See more »


Justice League Unlimited Theme
Written by Michael McCuistion
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Inspired vocal casting and witty repartee highlight this episode
29 April 2007 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

When Warner Brothers premiered "Batman: The Animated Series" in 1992, the studio set a precedent for future 'toons by hiring the best vocal talent, writers, and animators. "Justice League," later "Unlimited" continued with that trend and "The Ties That Bind" is one of the best from the show's five-year run.

While the two-part episodes of the series' first two season allowed for more character development/interaction, the self-contained installments had to be equally as involving. "The Ties That Bind" involves the familiar Justice League members but also has characters created by the legendary Jack Kirby in his Fourth World series.

The story centers on Mr. Miracle and his Amazonian-like wife, Barda, being forced to rescue Kalibak from the clutches of the German-accented Vermin Vunderbarr. The wicked Granny Goodness has Miracle's mentor/friend Oberon as her captive and uses him as a bargaining chip. Miracle and Barda seek assistance from the Justice League but are declined help. Only The Flash secretly agrees to aid them as they travel to Apokolips.

During the search and rescue, Miracle relives the tortures that he had endured at the hands of the devious Granny.

The trio rescues Kalibak, returning with him to Granny, and saving Oberon from her dire intentions.

The characters are allowed some really humorous and witty banter, delivered with relish from the talents of Ed Asner (his fifth appearance as "Granny"), Dick Miller (the diminutive "Oberon"), Michael Rosenbaum ("The Flash"), Michael Dorn as the dim-witted hulk Kaliback and Arte Johnson, somewhat reprising his hilarious German soldier persona from the classic "Laugh-In" as he voices Vunderbarr.

Impressive animation, especially the explosions and flashback scenes, is another highlight of this well-crafted installment.

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