09 October 2009

Musical History of Batman

On October 30th, the long awaited musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold will air on Cartoon Network. The much hyped episode will feature the Music Meister, voiced by Dr. Horrible himself. But, this is not the first time Batman has been teamed with music.

In his many iterations, Batman has been given various and memorable theme music. Though I wont go through them all, I will list some of the best. Perhaps best of all was 1989's by Danny Elfman:

Also memorable were the 1960's series theme:

and the theme to The Dark Knight:

In addition to the themes to movies and TV series, Batman himself has actually had a few close encounters with music. In 2000, the Batman Beyond episode Out of the Past featured performances in a Broadway style Batman Musical:

In 2003, the Chase Me special feature with the Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman DVD on the film, featured a Batman and Catwoman dialogueless short set to jazz and piano music:

In 2004, the This Little Piggy episode of Justice League Unlimited featured Batman settling a debt with Circe by singing Am I Blue:

Though the Brave and the Bold episode, having already aired internationally, can be found on YouTube, I have posted the songs from the episode here. Enjoy. Mayhem of the Music Meister:

The Music Meister:

Drives us Bats:

The World is Mine!:

If Only:

Death Trap:

If Only (Reprise):

08 October 2009

Evolution of the Batman (and Robin) - Batman on Scooby Doo

In 1972, Batman and Robin teamed up with the Scooby gang on the New Scooby Doo Movies show (which also hosted such guests as the Addams Family, the Globetrotters, and Don Knotts).

In fact, the Dynamic Duo appeared twice with Scooby and Co, both times to take down the combined forces of the Joker and the Penguin.

In "The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair"aka "The Crooked Counterfeiters" Scooby and company witnessed a plane landing in a field and a truck making a delivery to an old house (its later revealed the house can turn upside down, hiding it underground). They found an old woman living inside, having received a punching clown. But when it's broken apart, they found it filled with counterfeit money. The gang was soon joined by Batman and Robin, the Dynamic Duo, who've tracked the plane in pursuit of the counterfeiters in the form of the Joker and the Penguin.

In "The Caped Crusader Caper" aka "The Sying Fluit-- er Flying Suit", Scooby and the gang try to foil the Joker and the Penguin's attempts to steal a flying suit from a goofy scientist. Basically, 40 minutes was a lot of running time for these adventures, so be prepared for lots of time stretching antics.

In all, Batman and Robin's appearances on Scooby Doo were nothing to write home about, but considering they were all the onscreen exposure the Dynamic Duo received for several years I presume they were a pretty big hit at the time.

Up Next: The Super Friend

07 October 2009

Howard the Duck (1986) - Film Capsule

Heroes: Howard

Villains: Dark Overlords

Diabolical Scheme: A Dark Overlord wants to use the same space laser that brought Howard to Earth from a parallel dimension to bring his Overlord friends to Earth.

Coolest Moment(s): I guess since the worst elements are what makes this a camp classic, the "coolest moments" are endless duck puns (ala "I know Quack-Fu") and of course duck boobs.

Worst Moment: I mean, the DVD case claims "fun for the whole family." That really doesn't imply duck boobs.

Opening Weekend: $5,070,136

Total Domestic Box Office: 16,295,774

Adjusted Domestic Total: around $32,092,000

Review in 50 Words or Less: The premise isn't the only thing wrong with this movie, though it is a big problem. Having a duck face off with a demon after trying to seduce Marty McFly's mom is bizarre, but working in zany Quack-Fu showdowns with street thugs, then clubbers, then truckers was just tiresome.

06 October 2009

Super Spoof

As much as I hate giving publicity to The Family Guy, the lampooned Super friends title sequence cant go without a mention. Compare the original with the "hilarious" frame by frame reimagining. You know, that's the thing about Family Guy, simply referencing something old, does not equal funny. There is nothing clever here. Though I guess it does get you plenty of free advertising. Oh, and they didn't even mention the Wonder Twins, the most obvious thing to spoof...

05 October 2009

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) - Film Capsule

Heroes: The Teen Titans

Villains: Brushogun... or someone else?

Diabolical Schemes: Brushogun is releasing colorful monsters in Tokyo causing tension between the Titans and the Tokyo Troopers who insist they don't need any help.

Coolest Moment(s): Cyborg binging on all you can eat octopus

Review in 50 Words or Less: Now this is an example of a wasted opportunity. Rather than building on established threats from the series, this movie introduced a new and fairly lame villain. There are decent amounts of humor, but events in this movie have no effect on the broad tale of the Teen Titans.