When I was a lot younger I had the privilege of being around during the airing of the BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES in the 1990s. Aside from the reruns of the campy 1960s Adam West show and the Tim Burton live action movies, this was my primary window into the world of Gotham City and the mythos surrounding all of the characters. I bought the dvds when they came out a couple years back and recently re-watched the entire series, and they are just as good today as they were over 10 years ago.
Even back then I knew there was something special about that show. It just seemed...different. It wasn't like any other show on TV as it felt more like short movies what with the voice acting, the music, the art style, and most importantly the storytelling. And now that I am much older, all of the subtleties of the artistry of that show are visible to me and I appreciate that much more.
Not only that, but that tv show inspired me. Being a kid already prone to daydreaming about worlds more interesting than our own, it allowed me to dive into the world they created for Batman and to simply let myself get lost in it. To this day, that incarnation of Batman is what I perceive to be a masterful project produced by multiple sets of talent coming together. It inspired me to strive to make my own personal creative endeavors as rich and wonderful as that series was.
So I created this piece in the style of their unique title cards as a 'thank you' to all those involved in creating such a wonderful piece of television history. Thank you to all those involved, and especially, wherever they may be if they ever see this - Bruce Timm, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Eric Radomski, Jean MacCurdy, Glen Murakami, Kevin Altieri, John Calmette, and someone with whom I have had the pleasure of befriending thanks to today's technology - my friend Ted Blackman.
Here's to good tv! Cause if all tv shows were as good as that one, kids sitting in front of the tv all day wouldn't be so bad I think.