November 7, 2013 7:03 AM   Subscribe

The original storyboard to the title sequence (previously) of Batman: The Animated Series (previously)
posted by griphus (9 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
This is included in my PRIZED CHILDHOOD POSSESSION, the big concept art book for the series. How much Deco? SO MUCH DECO. They even had a picture detailing all the things they couldn't show in one frame (violence against kids, drug use, religious icons, etc)

This kind of oversight meant that, in "Baby Doll", Bats can't hit Baby's enforcer (Cause Batman can't hit a woman and that is mimicable) but he CAN shove her through a wall.
posted by The Whelk at 7:08 AM on November 7, 2013 [5 favorites]

Best Batman ever.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 7:38 AM on November 7, 2013 [3 favorites]

Oh, man. Those last few frames are even more epic in still form. Chills, I tell you!
posted by ignignokt at 7:46 AM on November 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

It's nice to see some of the detail that gets lost in the dark animation colors, not that I'd change anything about the Dark Deco style. I love the DVD commentary track for "On Leather Wings" where Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski talk about having to lighten the darkness of the color lest it trigger the automatic commercial broadcasts that run when a show cuts to black at the end of a act.
posted by audi alteram partem at 7:53 AM on November 7, 2013 [3 favorites]

Cannot look at it without hearing the music.
posted by immlass at 8:02 AM on November 7, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best Batman ever.

I beg to differ.
posted by ogooglebar at 8:14 AM on November 7, 2013

If you're a B:TAS fan, this Fatman on Batman episode with series artist Bruce Timm is essential listening. IIRC, they discuss the opening sequence at length. These commentary tracks with Paul Dini are also great. And the two with Mark Hamill are just delightful.
posted by troll at 8:16 AM on November 7, 2013 [2 favorites]

I always loved this opening - how the hoods aren't tired at all after scaling a building that is at least seven stories high, yet they're still helpless against Batman.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 9:18 AM on November 7, 2013

Chris Sims explains why the Batman: The Animated Series opening is the best thing ever.

(Edit: Oh, sorry, it's on MeFi already. Didn't turn up in site search, but did turn up in Google.)
posted by narain at 9:46 AM on November 7, 2013 [1 favorite]

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