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Cartoon Review: "Batman: The Animated Series" Season 1 Volume 2 (1993)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Batman: The Animated Series" Volume 2 official DVD cover.

"Batman: The Animated Series" Volume 2 official DVD cover.

Quick Info

Director: Various
Distributor: Warner Brothers Animation
Released: January 25, 2005
Runtime: 624 minutes
Availability: On DVD and blu-ray, available for digital purchase on Amazon, iTunes and other stores, streaming on HBOMax

Story Summary

Batman and Robin continue their war on crime in Gotham City. Batman’s rogue’s gallery talks about the times they “almost got ‘em” and scheme against the Caped Crusader, trying to bring chaos to Gotham City.

Robin learns about the whereabouts of his parents’ killer, Tony Zucco and goes after him. These are the continuing adventures of Batman and Robin as they fight crime in Gotham.

The Animation Still Holds Up!

The animation for Batman: The Animated Series was done by various studios since Warner Bros. Animation outsourced the series to several different overseas animation studios Spectrum Animation, Sunrise, Studio Junio and Tokyo Movie Shinsha in Japan, Dong Yang Animation, Koko Enterprises Ltd., and AKOM in South Korea, Jade Animation in Hong Kong, Blue Pencil in Spain and Network of Animation in Canada.

So how does the animation look when the work has been outsourced between all these different studios? It looks really good for the most part and pretty consistent, although there are some really bad episodes both in the writing and the animation, the episode “Cast Scratch Fever” was so bad that people were fired, according to the audio commentary for the episode.

While the episodes don’t have perfect animation, and it does vary depending on the episode, it holds up very well for the most part.

Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

Batman the Animated Series Volume 2 DVD Trailer

The Voice Acting Is Great!

Since I reviewed Batman: The Animated Series Season 1 Volume 1 I’m not going to go into all the individual voice performances, because if you’re reading my reviews of Batman: The Animated Series you’ll find this section to be very repetitive.

There are only so many times you can hear me say that Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Loren Lester give great performances in this series.

But the voice acting is top-notch and all the voice actors do a great job in this season. All the voice actors have found their footing with their characters and all the voice acting is even better than earlier in the season.

Everyone did a great job in their roles and the voice acting is fantastic.

Kevin Conroy’s Batman is even better than earlier episodes because he grew into the role, and he plays both sides of his character’s life as Bruce Wayne and Batman very well.

Mark Hamill is great as the Joker, he’s a fantastic voice actor and I liked his performance in this role, it’s the other role people remember him for, besides Fire Lord Ozai and Luke Skywalker.

There are so many great voice actors but if I keep trying to point out all the excellent voice acting, this section of the review would become very repetitive and I’ll just say that the entire voice cast is top-notch.

Batman: The Animated Series | Remastered Opening Titles | Warner Bros. Entertainment

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The Music Is Great!

The late Shirley Walker’s score is excellent. She did a great job creating memorable musical motifs for the cartoon and her music is iconic when you think of Batman: The Animated Series and you think of the music, you remember her score.

The music is great and very well done. The music is memorable and fits the tone of the episodes, ranging from serious to comedic. The music is fantastic and it’s emotional and entertaining and just an enjoyable soundtrack.

The Memorable Episodes Are Fantastic, the Bad Episodes Are Terrible

The late Shirley Walker’s score is excellent. She did a great job creating memorable musical motifs for the cartoon and her music is iconic when you think of Batman: The Animated Series and you think of the music, you remember her score.

The music is great and very well done. The music is memorable and fits the tone of the episodes, ranging from serious to comedic. The music is fantastic and it’s emotional and entertaining and just an enjoyable soundtrack.

Overall, the Second Volume Is Solid, With Some Bad Episodes

Batman: The Animated Series: Volume 2 (1993) is overall, a solid series that’s considered a classic for a reason, it’s rightfully won Emmy awards for excellent writing on episodes like “Robin’s Reckoning” and “Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program”.

The writing is great for almost all the episodes and it’s a very outstanding show that still holds up as a great animated classic that both longtime fans and newcomers to Batman's character, it’s just a fantastic animated series that defined Batman as a character for generations.

There aren’t too many bad episodes, but good and bad episodes are very memorable for their own reasons. Fortunately, there aren’t a lot of bad episodes in Batman: The Animated Series, mainly many average or mediocre episodes, with a lot of great episodes that fans remember.

Batman VS. Poison Ivy.

Batman VS. Poison Ivy.

Reader Poll

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Great storytelling, characters, and world-building

The bad episodes are really bad.

Great voice acting

Great soundtrack

My Grade: A+

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 is a great cartoon that everyone can enjoy. I love this cartoon and I highly recommend it. It’s a great introduction to Batman’s character, it shows a lot of love and respect for the source material and it’s just a great cartoon that’s a classic for a reason.

It’s a fantastic series and while it’s not “perfect” and this volume does have its share of bad and mediocre episodes, it’s also got some amazing episodes that won an Emmy Award because of the excellent writing.

While the cartoon has a target audience of children, the writing is great and anyone at any age can enjoy Batman: The Animated Series.

It’s worth having in your physical collection, whether you buy it on blu-ray or DVD. It’s also streaming on HBOMax so if you have a subscription to HBOMax you can start watching Batman: The Animated Series.

You can buy the complete series on blu-ray and that’s what I recommend if you want to buy a physical copy. The DVDs are a little expensive to buy as individual volumes at the moment.

Give Batman: The Animated Series a try and you will enjoy it. If you want to learn more about Batman as a character, this cartoon is an excellent place to start if you don’t feel like trying to get into Batman by reading graphic novels.

You can also borrow Batman: The Animated Series from your local library because it’s been out so long your local library will probably have it on their shelves so see if you can check it out there and enjoy the series without paying for a subscription or buying a physical copy and watching it blind.

I can recommend watching Batman: The Animated Series blind, but not everyone wants to buy a TV show or a cartoon they haven’t watched beforehand. Borrow it from your local library or stream it on HBOMax if you’re subscribed to the streaming service.

I am very happy to own Batman: The Animated Series on DVD and it’s a great series if you love watching superhero TV shows, movies, and cartoons, you’ll enjoy watching Batman: The Animated Series.

My Rating

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