The Perfect Batman Cartoon By Filmation Sept 26, 2006 21:02:29 GMT -5
Post by filmationbatmanfan on Sept 26, 2006 21:02:29 GMT -5
Greeting fellow Gothamites.
I just recently bought and have been viewing Filmation Shows on DVD like HeMan, Blackstar, and the Space Sentinels. After viewing them, listening to the background music and voice overs, I came up with a thought.
If I could have worked for Filmation and had been responsible for animating the Classic Silver Age Batman for them under the direction of Lou Scheimer. Here's what I would have come up with:
To do this, I took a look at both Batman shows by Filmation and chose which elements I liked from each and along with some original ideas and combined them.
My Filmation animated Batman cartoon would have been a mixture of the 60's and 70's. The cartoon would have taken place in the late 70's, just like the 1977 series did using the animation style of rotoscoping, the backgrounds, and the look of Gotham City, Police Headquarters, Wayne Manor, and the Batcave. Also from the 70's series, I would have used the looks of the Bat Vehicles as well as the Batpoles entrance to the Batcave.
Batman and Robin would have naturally been
Adam West and Burt Ward.
Batgirl would have either been Melendy Britt or
Linda Gary (Teela on HeMan)
Commissioner Gordon, Mr. Freeze, and the Penguin would have definitely been Lennie Weinrib.
For the Joker, I would have used Ted Knight from the 1968 series
NO BAT MITE!! I would have had Alfred from the 1968 series voiced over by either Lennie Weinrib or maybe Alan Oppenheimer (Man At Arms and Skeletor fromm HeMan), another active Filmation voice over.
I could imagine Lou Scheimer, Filmation head voicing over
Two Face, ManBat, and Killer Croc
I would have definitely included Filmation voice actors Linda Gary and Alan Oppenheimer after hearing their voices on Tarzan, Blackstar, and HeMan. I always wanted to hear Linda Gary's Evil Lynn voice as a villainous character like Poison Ivy taking on Batman. I could hear Alan Oppenheimer voicing over Scarecrow and Mad Hatter, who would be better designed than they were in the 1968 Filmation series.
From the 1968 series, I would have definitely used the Riddler and he would have been voiced over by Michael Bell since he voiced over the Riddler on Challenge of the SuperFriends for Hanna Barbera and he was Toshi/ Super Samuraui on the Freedom Force by Filmation.
For sound effects, I would have used what they did in the 1968 series as well as in HeMan. I would have gotten rid of that kazoo sound that was made whenever anybody swang on a rope or landed on the 1977 series. And music wise, I would have used music tracks heard on Tarzan, HeMan, and the New Adventures of Batman series.
All this is what I hear in my mind whenever I read a Batman comic published in the 1970's drawn by either Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, or my favorite, Jim Aparo.
But that is what my perfect Filmation style Batman cartoon would have been like.