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Batman Animated (Batman Adventures)

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  479 ratings  ·  21 reviews
From Emmy Award-winning-producer Paul Dini and acclaimed designer Chip Kidd comes Batman Animated, the behind-the-scenes story of the hit show that revolutionized television animation and brought a stunning new look to the legendary Caped Crusader. Since its premiere in September 1992, Batman: The Animated Series has been acclaimed by enthusiastic viewers and longtime fans...more
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Published December 7th 1998 by HarperEntertainment (first published November 20th 1998)
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Andy
Nov 26, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman cartoon fans
Shelves: art-gallery, kidstuff
Bruce Timm's rendering of Batman for his cartoon show was one of the best interpretations of the character ever, maybe the best. If you agree then you need this book. There are story boards to the cartoon show, character studies, production notes, and tons of brilliant Bruce Timm art. There's even an amazing memo from Broadcast Standards & Practices notifying the producers what they can't show on a superhero cartoon. ("The third thug must be Caucasian", "It's okay to have Catwoman raking Bat...more
Mike Gloady
Paul Dini and Chip Kidd (uncredited here, but credited on the publication itself) wrote this guide to the 1990s animated series while Dini, and artists Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski were finishing up their work on the last few episodes. Indeed, it's final pages offer hints of an evolution - the series that would come to be known as Batman Beyond.

While there's text a plenty to give almost as much insight as any fan could want into the development and making of such a seminal work, the text isn't t...more
Patrick
The fall of 1992 saw the premiere of a Saturday morning cartoon show unlike any other on at the time. Batman: The Animated Series raised the bar in terms of the quality one could expect from children’s programming. Here was a show with a unified style, intricate plots and a well-crafted atmosphere. The show soon earned the admiration of its target audience of children, but its craftsmanship did not go unnoticed by critics. That it was a show taken seriously by critics is no more evident than in...more
Christopher Jennings
Everything I wanted this book to be it is. (Except sturdy. It's come apart over time.)
Dave Sippel
This was one of my favorite TV shows as a young teen. Everything about the cartoon was amazing from the art, to the voices to the writing.

I moved away from Batman and DC Comics as I got older but seeing this on the bookstore shelves was like coming home for me. It gave a behind the scenes look at the creative process that went into making the cartoon. Storyboards were laid out, as was sketches of character designs.

Fans of the 1990s FOX cartoon will love this book.
Mike Jensen
Animated television shows that are truly great in every way, concept, design, story, dialog, and the quality of the animation, are non-existent, but the BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES came closer than any before, marred only be some lesser stories and episodes in which the animation was farmed out to a Japanese company. This book tells the story behind the series. It includes the history and development of the idea, character and other design, the people who put it together, and was written by two...more
Priyanko Paul
The coffee table book for people who know what Dark Deco is.
Steven
If you are a fan of the show you will love this book.
Eric
"this...is a tribute to the best/greatest cartoon in the world"

a great coffee table book, but an even better/interesting read on all things batman tas. any fanatic of the animated series (like me) will definitely appreciate it. still weird to think of luke skywalker as joker, hehe. after reading through this, you feel inclined to rewatch the series and you will be able to appreciate it even more thatn before, knowing what kind of work went into this cartoon classic.
Ben Flay
BRILLIANT what is there to say that has not been said ? ground breaking definitive cartoon the original and best stunning take and look for the dark knight maybe more so originally than later in the reboot
Must have for any Bat fan cartoon fan or comic fan or artist this is definitive look at a definitive ground breaking emmy award winning cartoon that redefined the word
Dini started out on the iconic He man cartoon series and his pedigree shows
Nash Bork
This is a really cool book if your a fan of the Batman animated series formally on WB. It follows the series from its inception to its end when it embrace an anime-ish style. There is tons of behind scene information, including interviews with the creators and actors. There are also great pre-production sketches. For the fan who can't get enough of the animated series.
Scott Williams
This is a must-read for true Batfans. It features some wonderful looks at rare production art from the animated series. This book mostly just whets my appetite for more! I would love to see an expanded edition with a full episode guide that includes full scripts or story treatments, model sheets and more detail on the licensing and action figures.
Jen
Words cannot express the awesomeness that is the production crew and the cast of this fantastic animated series. The awesomeness that is Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and finally Chip Kidd is just too much for me to handle. A must have for the definitive Batman book collection.
Rene
Shortly before this book came out, I thought to myself that there needs to be a book about this wonderful animated series. The stories were amazing and the animation, by TV standards, was excellent. Then one day at work, *POOF!*, here it is! Now it's in my library.
Anthony
These guys changed animation, took it to a new level, a better level. This is a great book and look at the art that used dark shadowy corners and alley ways to tell there story with a sea of characters some classic villains, and some new ones keeping it fresh.
sixthreezy
A great look at one of the greatest cartoons of all-time, and possibly one of the best shows of all-time. I'm not kidding. A really informative, colorful, and behind the scenes book of one of the greatest entries into the Batman canon, in terms of video.
Michael
This is enjoyable for the essays about casting to music direction, and the insights about the changes to the series. The art is beautiful and this makes for a good "coffee table" book.
Kevin Richey
Brought back many memories. (Date estimated. It was some afternoon that I spent in a Barnes & Noble during the semester.)
Michael
A nice, well-rounded look by the creators at what was probably the most consistently great animated series ever.
Gennadyi
Feb 01, 2008 Gennadyi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic book fans, art fans, cartoon fans
a cool look into drawing batman for the animated series of the late 90's and early 2000's
Mark
very interesting, the book really brought back many memories of the series.
Keith Howell
Signed TWICE by the great Paul Dini. :)
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