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DVD Shopping Bag: Batman The Brave the Bold Season 1 Part 2

DC Cartoons over DC Comics

By Robert T. Trate     March 15, 2011

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season One, Part Two
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It seems pointless to review Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 Part 2 for you this week. We here at Mania have been reviewing the series since it began. As this is the DVD Shopping Bag I thought I would give you a quick bitch that these are not on Blu-ray. It is probably just a matter of time for when Batman: The Brave and the Bold comes out in a complete season.
As with any Batman fan that grew up with Tim Burton’s Batman and watched Batman: The Animated Series this show, at first glance, seems just for kids. Nothing could be further from the truth. The opening vignettes, or as I call them the mini James Bond adventures, are by far my favorite parts. Our quick adventure and team up sets the mood and were off. Rarely does this part of the story have anything to do with the main plot. Nonetheless, it is an essential part of the series. If only Marvel Comics would take heed of this and apply it to their projects as well. In general it would expose the watcher to the vast cabaret of characters that reside in the Marvel Universe. This has allowed DC Comics to accomplish this in spades. I would never have known who the Demon, Gentleman JimCraddock, Mister Miracle, and Vigilante were with out the Warner Brothers animation department. Why? I don’t read DC Comics.
Before you begin crucifying me hear me out. I grew up watching every animated series that came out featuring the DC characters. That was a lot of television. What I found so enticing was that these shows were not bogged down in tons of history. We got just what we needed and we were off. I have picked up several DC Comics over the years and always felt as if I was not getting my money’s worth. Each book was steeped in so much history that I felt lost. It was not the quality of the writing, just the experience of the reader. I still don’t know what the “Crisis” problems are all about. Nor have I been able to grab hold of what Earth had the Superman with gray hair and so fourth. I have always flocked to the mini series or re-launches such as Kingdom Come and All-Star Superman for my DC reading. To be completely honest I read only Vertigo comics now.
This has created an interesting paradox in my reading and watching of comic book properties. If there is a new animated series by DC I will always give it a chance. Though I do believe that is a testament to Warner Brothers and Bruce Timm of all people. When was the last time I picked up a non Vertigo DC Comic? Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin series had me for a while but it started to bog me down. Who are those British versions of Batman and Robin and better yet why should I care? On the flip side, outside of the Spectacular Spider-Man series, I haven’t bothered to watch The Avengers or Wolverine and the X-Men (outside of a DVD review). Any Spider-Man series will always have my attention but the animated adventures of the other Marvel characters have left me dry. Their stories have always been on the written page for me and probably always will be. Often their animated adventures take place in the future, have poor animation, or retell the origin. An origin story is essential in establishing a character but what’s the point of a one shot Doctor Strange animated film without an ongoing adventure?
I welcome each animated series that Warner Brothers produces featuring the DC characters. In most ways it is my comic book of that property. There are always changes and re-visioning of characters but the majority of them stay the same. Perhaps it may lay in the fact that DC has all of its properties under one roof. The freedom is clearly there as each character can interact with the other allowing Batman to have an adventure with anyone in any time. As I look at Marvel now and the house that the Mouse built, I am hopeful. It will probably take a decade or so to get things in the DC order. Until that time comes I will take my DC Comic characters in only their animated form.
What say you Maniacs? Do you have similar watching/ reading habits? Sound off below!
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
1. Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season One, Part Two
2. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy [Blu-ray]
3. BMX Bandits [Blu-ray]
4. Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban [Blu-ray]
5. Harry Potter & Sorcerer's Stone [Blu-ray]
Battle of the Warriors [Blu-ray] Starring Andy Lau and Zhiwen Wang
BMX Bandits [Blu-ray] Starring Nicole Kidman, John Ley and David Argue
BMX Bandits
Hereafter Starring Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard
Hereafter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Human Trace Starring David Chattam, Jamiee Simon, Jeff Hime and Josh Sumner
Renown British Mystery Double Feature: The 20 Questions Murder Mystery & Tread Softly Starring Robert Beatty, Frances Day, Rona Anderson and John Bentley
Roaming Lion
Sugar Boxx Starring Geneviere Anderson, Tura Satana, Kitten Natividad
Urgency Starring Brian Austin Green, Jeffrey Combs, Luciana Carro
Clannad Theatrical
D. Gray-Man: Season Two Starring Bill Jenkins and Rob McCollum
Gunslinger Girl: Complete Collection (includes OVA's) Starring Laura Bailey, Monica Rial, Luci Christian
Heroic Age: The Complete Series S.A.V.E. [Blu-ray] Starring J. Michael Tatum, R. Bruce Elliott, Caitlin Glass
Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles 1
Pokemon Dp Galactic Battles 1
Pokemon Dp Galactic Battles 2
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season One, Part Two Starring Batman and Robin
Peanuts Double Feature: Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown
Rugrats Trilogy Movie Collection
Black Francis: The Golem - A Film
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy [Blu-ray] Starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner
Criterion Collection
Au revoir les enfants (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Gaspard Manesse, Francine Racette
Yi Yi (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Nianzhen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issey Ogata and Kelly Lee
The Absent Starring Bryan Kirkwood, Vanessa Zima, Denny Kirkwood
Blood [Blu-ray] Starring Aya Sugimoto, Guts Ishimatsu and Kanji Tsuda
Sharktopus Starring Eric Roberts and Hector Jimenez
Sharktopus [Blu-ray]
The Fighter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Fighter
Battle of Los Angeles Starring Kel Mitchell, Nia Peeples and Theresa Jun-Tao
Gamera Vs. Zigra / Gamera: The Super Monster [Double-Feature] Starring Mach Fumiake, Yaeko Kojima and Yoko Komatsu
Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Harry Potter & Sorcerer's Stone [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire [Blu-ray] Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman
Coach: The Fourth Season Starring Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke and Bill Fagerbakke
Laramie: The Complete First Season Starring John Smith and Robert Fuller
The Virginian - The Complete Third Season - Special Embossed Tin - 10 DVD Set! Starring James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure and Gary Clark
Alfred Hitchcock: The Master of the Macabre Starring Charles Laughton, Herbert Marshall, Horace Hodges
Babylon 5: The Movie Collection
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.


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Darkknight2280 3/15/2011 4:09:51 AM

My question is why hasnt batman the brave and bold had any new episodes? Seems this season was cut wayyy short. It didnt get cancelled did it? My DVR is set to record all new episodes at any date and time..hasnt recorded a new episode in 2-3 months.

egoist 3/15/2011 8:43:25 AM

I had heard it got cancelled, but there is a new episode slotted for March 25th.

themovielord 3/15/2011 9:29:05 AM

 I know the main writer is off the show and now on Thundercats



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