Mask of the Phantasm

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#1 Posted by Jakesully1981 (362 posts) - - Show Bio

I remembered seeing this movie when it came out in theaters when i was 12 and thought it kicked ass, it was the best animated movie i ever saw.

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#2 Posted by SupBatz (2186 posts) - - Show Bio

It is a great one. In the heirarchy of DCAU films it's probably on my top.

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#3 Posted by Whodid (82 posts) - - Show Bio

Love that film, best batman film in my opinion.

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#4 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1395 posts) - - Show Bio

its great!!

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#5 Posted by Skewer (348 posts) - - Show Bio

It's a tragedy that it bombed at the box office. It was so much better than most of the live action stuff.

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#6 Posted by ComicStooge (21442 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, I thought it was awesome. I watched it like, every day on video when I was a kid,

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#7 Posted by Crom-Cruach (8935 posts) - - Show Bio

Best DC animated movie ever, nuff said

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#8 Posted by comicace3 (10523 posts) - - Show Bio

I love that movie!

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#9 Posted by Selinaky (692 posts) - - Show Bio

My favourite DC animated film! Loved the animated series too.

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#10 Posted by JSH92 (444 posts) - - Show Bio

Yea, it was really good. Probably not my favorite DC Animated film, but it's definitely up there. The theme song from it is fantastic as well.

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#11 Posted by Jakesully1981 (362 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree on that too and i watch this every holiday season as an odd tradition as it reminds me of seeing it the first time after christmas day

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#12 Posted by RustyRoy (15922 posts) - - Show Bio

Best Comic Book Animated Movie.

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#13 Posted by utkanflash (1199 posts) - - Show Bio

So deep story, so smooth action..This movie is great.. Tragedy, Mystery,Crime all Bats stuff good with this movie..

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#14 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1395 posts) - - Show Bio

hows it deep?

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#15 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23390 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably the finest achievement of Western Animation ever. 

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#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (44980 posts) - - Show Bio

I'v never seen it

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#17 Posted by entropy_aegis (17713 posts) - - Show Bio

@SupBatz said:

It is a great one. In the heirarchy of DCAU films it's probably on my top.

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Probably the finest achievement of Western Animation ever.

@utkanflash said:

So deep story, so smooth action..This movie is great.. Tragedy, Mystery,Crime all Bats stuff good with this movie..

@RustyRoy said:

Best Comic Book Animated Movie.

@comicace3 said:

I love that movie!

@Selinaky said:

My favourite DC animated film! Loved the animated series too.

@Whodid said:

Love that film, best batman film in my opinion.

Heartening to enter a thread and see that most people share my opinion or vice versa.

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#18 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

Best Batman film ever!

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#19 Posted by RedOwl_1 (1743 posts) - - Show Bio

Best Batman animated movie :D It's truly beautiful

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#20 Posted by Nathaniel_Christopher (2958 posts) - - Show Bio

Easily the best DCAU film of all time, and a perfect representation of how great BTAS was and how its stood the test of time. Even now the only movie since that even comes close to equaling it in my opinion is Under the Red Hood.

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#21 Posted by End_Boss (749 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe this is one of those "you had to be there" things, because, well... I watched MOTP for the first time a couple nights ago, and I wasn't impressed. Especially when you have other options out there, like The Dark Knight Returns (easily my favorite animated Batman movie) and even Under the Red Hood.

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#22 Posted by BatWatch (5479 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, it's great. I was probably about the same age when I saw it on video, and it blew me away as well. Everything that made the series great only cranked up a notch. As far as best animated superhero movie, I still have to go with Under the Red Hood.

@End_Boss said:

Maybe this is one of those "you had to be there" things, because, well... I watched MOTP for the first time a couple nights ago, and I wasn't impressed. Especially when you have other options out there, like The Dark Knight Returns (easily my favorite animated Batman movie) and even Under the Red Hood.

I haven't seen it recently. I wonder if I would be less impressed if I saw it again.

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#23 Posted by End_Boss (749 posts) - - Show Bio

@BatWatch: Perhaps! I'm likely to get crucified for this, but I don't have a great fondness for the animated show either. To my eyes, the animation is choppy and whoever the foley artists were need to be taken out back to the shed. I like the voices, don't get me wrong--Kevin Conroy is the Batman in my eyes, and Hamil as Joker is always a treat, it's just... Everything else about the show that I dislike.

Anyway, I would say if you think a rewatch might disenchant you some, avoid it. Don't spoil the good memories.

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#24 Posted by Gambit1024 (10217 posts) - - Show Bio

I've seen it fairly recently, and it holds up. It's definitely up there as far as best Batman movies go-- live-action included.

I wonder why the Phantasm never made a strong comic book appearance.

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#25 Posted by batshrine (1081 posts) - - Show Bio

@End_Boss: The reason why is you are forgetting the significance. Before that you had the Hannah Barbara incarnations which are just as campy of the live action tv show, and even worse animation. This was the highest quality animation of the time, and has produced some of the best story lines ever. Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze's origin, and Renee Montoya being the most notable.

It is also the first animated show to be so dark, it was heavily inspired by Tim Burton's Batman (which by also your standards also isn't that good of a movie). But its the first, its the inspiration.

It also has legacy, this show was the springboard to DCAU which really brought DC ahead of Marvel in animation. It brought practically unknown characters to the forefront, and also showed many other super hero shows how to create a good superhero show.

You also touched upon the amazing crew that worked on it. The voice actors are archetypal and to this day I have yet to see a show that matches BTAS in soundtrack. The guy who spearheaded it, Bruce Timm, has also went on to produce the DCUOAM (DC Universe Original Animated Movies) that we so love and look forward to, at least I do.

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#26 Posted by TDK_1997 (17083 posts) - - Show Bio

I haven't watched it from a lot of time but it is awesome!

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#27 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1395 posts) - - Show Bio

Bruce Timm is awesome! respect.

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#28 Posted by BatWatch (5479 posts) - - Show Bio

@End_Boss said:

@BatWatch: Perhaps! I'm likely to get crucified for this, but I don't have a great fondness for the animated show either. To my eyes, the animation is choppy and whoever the foley artists were need to be taken out back to the shed. I like the voices, don't get me wrong--Kevin Conroy is the Batman in my eyes, and Hamil as Joker is always a treat, it's just... Everything else about the show that I dislike.

Anyway, I would say if you think a rewatch might disenchant you some, avoid it. Don't spoil the good memories.

Eh, I'm always interested to see how things from my childhood hold up to my adult eyes.

Your words against The Animated Series is blasphemy, and you should be burned at the stake. (grins) To each their own, but I've been watching BTAS recently, and I actually still like it. It isn't quite as great as I remembered, but it is still pretty awesome. I've heard that the animation was actually really high for that time period, but I haven't seen a lot of it. I also didn't have a problem with the sound effects, but whatever.

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@End_Boss: The reason why is you are forgetting the significance. Before that you had the Hannah Barbara incarnations which are just as campy of the live action tv show, and even worse animation. This was the highest quality animation of the time, and has produced some of the best story lines ever. Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze's origin, and Renee Montoya being the most notable.

It is also the first animated show to be so dark, it was heavily inspired by Tim Burton's Batman (which by also your standards also isn't that good of a movie). But its the first, its the inspiration.

It also has legacy, this show was the springboard to DCAU which really brought DC ahead of Marvel in animation. It brought practically unknown characters to the forefront, and also showed many other super hero shows how to create a good superhero show.

You also touched upon the amazing crew that worked on it. The voice actors are archetypal and to this day I have yet to see a show that matches BTAS in soundtrack. The guy who spearheaded it, Bruce Timm, has also went on to produce the DCUOAM (DC Universe Original Animated Movies) that we so love and look forward to, at least I do.

I second everything BatShrine says.

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#29 Posted by End_Boss (749 posts) - - Show Bio

@batshrine: I'm not forgetting the significance. I totally acknowledge the series' importance both to a young generation of future comic book lovers as well as to DC as a whole. It is absolutely seminal and I'm sure was mindblowing during its heyday (well, I might argue that the foley work was terrible by any standards, but I concede that that's a relatively minor nitpick for most folks)... I just don't like it. Other than the aforementioned voicework, I just can't get excited about it.

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#30 Posted by God_Spawn (40381 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't seen it.

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