Justice League: Season 4, Episode 2

The Ties That Bind (12 Feb. 2005)

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To save Oberon from Granny Goodness, Mr. Miracle, his wife Big Barda and The Flash must rescue Kalibak from the clutches of Vermin Vunderbarr.

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The Flash / Wally West (voice)
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Big Barda / Barda Free (voice)
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Granny Goodness (voice) (as Ed Asner)
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Virman Vundabar (voice)
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Kalibak (voice)
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Oberon (voice)
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Young Scott Free (voice) (as Zachary Shada)
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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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The character of "Virman Vundabar" (Arte Johnson) says, "Ver-r-r-ry interesting," in the manner of the German soldier character he played on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) whose catchphrase was "Ver-r-r-ry interesting... but schtoopid." See more »

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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 »

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The Flash: Come on, Ugly! Move that hairy butt!
Kalibak: It's... humiliating being rescued by your enemy.
Mr. Miracle: As humiliating as being Virman Vundabar's pet?
Kalibak: Well, if it isn't my treacherous stepbrother.
[Looks over at Big Barda]
Kalibak: And his cow.
Big Barda: Arrogant worm. How dare you...
[Big Barda goes to strike Kalibak]
The Flash: Knock it off! What are you guys, twelve? I can't believe I'm the mature one here.
Mr. Miracle: He's right. We've got bigger problems.
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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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