Three Batman stories from different medias, all hosted by the one and only Bat-Mite!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by: Paul Dini
Directed by Ben Jones
Paul Reubens as Bat-Mite
Diedrich Bader as Lord Death Man/Creepy Usher
Frank Welker as Scooby Doo/Fred/Scooby Doo Batman/Batboy
Matthew Lillard as Shaggy
Grey DeLise as Daphne/Bat-Manga Robin
Jason Marsden as Scooby Doo Robin
Mindy Cohn as Velma/Ticket Girl
Corey Burton as Scooby Doo Joker/Bat-Manga Batman
Jeff Bennett as Scooby Doo Penguin/Rubin
*New episodes are airing currently in the UK. If only Outhouse UK Poster Punchy gave us the goods.
We've had different perspectives of Batman told in his various comic book forms. We've had future tales of the Batman told. Ah, but what about different interpretations of the Caped Crusader outside of comics?! With Bat-Mite as our glorious host, we're given three tales of just that! Behold a story from Mad Magazine with Bat Boy and Rubin investigate a wave of murders sweeping the city. Marvel at an adaptation of the Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan where Batman tangles with Lord Death-Man. Then for the final tale, witness the glorious homage to Scooby Doo Mysteries as our heroes take on the Joker and Penguin for the life of Weird Al!
Yeah this episode is going to be hit or miss for the young folk. They sure as heck won't get half the jokes in the middle story, but all will love the final one. The first one was a bit hit or miss in it's rapid fire jokes and it kept me wondering just when we reach the end and get to the other two stories. Not to mention I do believe this was the longest intro ever for the show. Heck even Bat-Mite pulled a nice fast forward gag after the tale.
The second tale only rules if you're a fan of poorly made American dubbing on anime shows. Yes it's a perfect translation of a tale, but it's littered with in jokes for anime fans. I personally chuckled at the parachute gag (it's from the first American Dubbing of Dragon Ball Z) and a few others. Plus I get why Lord Death Man just rules. From the crazy hallucination to that nutty voice (supplied by series star Diedrich Bader, which shocked the hell out of me) everything with the character was just awesome.
As for the Scooby Doo part well, yeah this will be what will always be remembered about the episode and it is just utter gold. Everything just reeks of an episode from the show but dialed up to an eleven in even more craziness. The only thing to make this even more epic would have been a Don Knotts or Harlem Globetrotters as guests, but when you got Weird Al Yankovic that's gold in itself.
There's a lot to love with this segment, from the spot on voices to the shark safety message and the Bat fight. God I have no words on just how beautiful this is. So go watch it on You Tube or be patient and know that this final segment is just glorious.
So yeah I get my wish in getting yet another Bat-Mite episode. I want another one! These episodes are just so damn amusing! Paul Reubens is just inspiring as the character. Every bit of him was just well go watch the episode. I loved the previous Bat-Mite episodes, and I love this one as well.
5 out of 5
Review by: Zechs