RARA-AVIS: Re: Hard-boiled Cartoons (No, really!)

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@colba.net)
Date: 20 Sep 2000

Juri asked:

>Any other hardboiled cartoons come to mind?

Yes. One immediately comes to mind. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES of just a few years ago. I watched it with my kids. 30-minute episodes, highly stylized, with a neo-retro vibe (computers, blimps, ray guns, cars with running boards), and an often dark, almost noirish feel to it. Big, bold and cartoonish enough for kids, yet subtle and
(surprisingly) psychologically complex enough to appeal to adults willing to meet it halfway.

It was a class act all the way, well-written (by some decent names, in fact. Joe Lansdale was one, and there were others), well-acted, well-drawn -- moody, engaging and imaginative. For my money, the animated THE PHANTOM MENACE, a full length theatrical release, was far superior to any of the big-budget scenery-chewing extravaganzas perpetrated in the name of the Dark Knight. And Mark Hamill's Joker was real acting. I'm not sure what Nicholson's was, but it sure stunk. The Animated Adventures are THE REAL BATMAN.

There's a new series out now, by the same people, set in the future. It's called BATMAN BEYOND. I haven't seen it, but I've heard good things about it.


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