Sunday, February 26, 2012

Animated World of DC Comics: Batman & Robin: "Partners in Peril" (1968)

In the 1966 "Batman" feature film, The Joker, the Penguin, & the Riddler joined forces with the Catwoman. 2 years later, Filmation brings the fiendish four together again in "Partners in Peril". Ever wonder if Ted Knight & Casey Kasem were getting paid extra for all the vocal gymnastics they had to do in this one?

The cliffhanger format used on the live-action show was employed for 2/3 of the 30 minute cartoon each week, and after the conclusion of the longer episode, there'd be a short to close the show. "Partners", however, would make a good test case for a full-length episode, the format favored in the 1977 New Adventures series, as it would make the plot a little more sensible.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Half the fun of Filmation cartoons was counting how many characters were shared by the same VA! Ted Knight and Pat Harrington seemed to corner the market on the voice work for male characters for Filmation toons!

The typical contract for VAs is to get paid a fee to voice up to three characters in an episode. If they voice more than that they get paid more. It's been the standard for decades.

hobbyfan said...

Since Casey Kasem voiced almost all of the henchmen of the 4 villains, plus a few other supporting characters, he might've earned a month's worth in one episode alone. Have to lump him in with Harrington & Knight.

Remember, too, that Harrington was also working for DFE (The Inspector) around that time as well.