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Favorite Animated Movies: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm vs. Batman: Under the Red Hood

Can you choose between these two superb movies?!

Batman has more than a few enjoyable animated features, but two tend to rise above the rest: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman: Under the Red Hood. 1993's Mask of the Phantasm is a compelling mystery and, despite the older release date, it most definitely stands the test of time and then some! Meanwhile, 2010's Under the Red Hood is an action-packed ride that's full of emotion.

Both movies need to be watched at least once by any Batman fan (you're doing yourself a major disservice if you don't watch them), but this week, we want you to compare and contrast the two projects. Do you prefer one over the other or do you love them equally? Do you think one story is better than the other? Perhaps a memorable twist or phenomenal action scene won you over? Or maybe the cast will help you make up your mind? Think it through and then go to the poll!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

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Look, we're well aware that both are excellent and this probably won't be one of the easiest decisions for some of you. Because of that, we feel obligated to point out there's no need to rush to a decision just yet. The poll will remain open until Friday morning (ET), so that should be more than enough time to give this choice a lot of thought or even watch both of these films again. Shortly after we lock the poll on Friday morning, we'll post an updated article with the poll's percentages and feature some of your posts. Yes, that means if you're going to vote, we strongly encourage you to speak your mind in the comments, too! So, which gripping movie will take the top spot, Viners?

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Check the homepage this Friday to see which animated movie wins and why. In the meantime, feel free to make future match-up suggestions in the comments below or tell us via Twitter.

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MoTP

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RED HOOD..crowbar scene for both Joker and Jason. Joker being gun-ho to die and the way he signed up with Black mask. Dick and Bruce team up. Jason moves were amazing. Bruce owning him in the apartment but apart of Jason's plan.

very similar movies about revenge but Red Hood did it better. TAS was the best cartoon ever but the movie was just a longer episode.

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I personally believe that MOTP is, in the end, a slightly better movie. First of all, the voice acting was superb. After all, who can beat Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill? Unfortunately, Greenwood and Dimaggio could not. Also, while Under the Red Hood had good, strong moments (such as the last scene) I believe that there are better ones in MOTP. For example, when Bruce first dons the batman costume, the music perfectly fits in and Alfred's expression... The plots, for me, were about the same quality. The only thing Under the Red Hood has on MOTP is action. Still, MOTP for the win.

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Its been forever since I've seen MOTP. Gonna have to go rewatch it now .

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UtRH.

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batman under the red hood is more intense and more darker. i guess i will have to watch both of them again. lol

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I recently rewatched Mask of The Phantasm and I found it pretty dull after the nostalgia wore off. I did enjoy the Joker quite a bit in both of the movies though.

Gotta say Red Hood is the better movie overall.

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Mask of the Phantasm buy a mile. As a part of its time still tells a better more complete story and what one would likely consider a "Batman" story in 76 minutes than any of his live action 90s counter parts. Also cheap plug I wrote a pair of things on Mask of the Phantasm my BatmanBatmanBatman piece and a lil something for its 20th anniversary.

Under the Red Hood comes togeter nicely in the end and has some nice action but in totality dosen't match the thematic depth and craftsmanship in Phantasm. Also cheap plug here's my BatmanBatmanBatman Under the Red Hood piece.

Curious was this set in advance? Given that today is 6/23 the release of Batman(1989) an interesting question would've been Batman(1989) and Batman Returns the pair of odd ball Burton films.

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God, I was just a kid when I saw "Mask of the Phantasm". But the soundtrack was so 'effin amazing I'm voting for it.

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Under the Red Hood without a doubt. I have never understood the love that MotP gets. The show was great but MotP was just a long episode of the show essentially, and not movie quality.

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Yeeesh...been so long since I've seen either, I dont think I can choose.

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Mask of the Phantasm (even though I'm probably the only person who likes SubZero more).

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mask of the the Phantasm i loved that movie even to this day. Great plot, great characters, great back story, great new love interest and a nice "origin" story for the joker makes his relationship with batman even more complex.

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Under the Red Hood for sure. The beginning and ending packed pretty big emotional punches and everything in between was great and filled with plenty of awesome caped crusader action.

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I liked the Red Hood movie, & it is probly one of the better post-DCAU era movies, but MOTP has a better art style, & made by a better team. It also tied into the great(er) DCAU, which boggles me why DC canceled, & replaced with both nothing & inferior copies.

The only knock I have against MOTP is the costume could have looked a little better, but I assume thats due to keeping who was in the suit a secret. Also wish the character could have been used more.

Although, again I dont really like this match up. It should have been RedHood VS the Batwoman movie.

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Gotta go with Under the Red Hood. I found it a better story, and Jason to be an awesome character and Jason Ackles was fantastic--really memorable voice he gave Red Hood.

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It has to be Under the Red Hood for me.

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Wtf, even DKR is better than UTRH.

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Wow.

I have to say draw

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

And sure will be better that you make this as poll :)

Anyway whats happen with the Joker at end of Phantasm ?

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wow..okay i'm going to have to rewatch mask of the phantasm before voting

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Under The Red Hood by a mile. I can't even begin to list why it deserves to win. But here is one reason

Jason Todd. That's all.

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Phantasm was good, but imo it was meh in comparison to Red Hood.

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Under The Red Hood by a mile. I can't even begin to list why it deserves to win. But here is one reason

Jason Todd. That's all.

Please do list the reasons

Phantasm was good, but imo it was meh in comparison to Red Hood.

How the f@ck can you say that? What was meh about it in comparison?

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Phantasm is the only clear choice.

It's the best Batman movie, period.

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Sophie's choice

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I really love both, but I'd have to go with Under the Red Hood. I preferred MotP Joker and soundtrack, but in terms of overall enjoyment and impact, I'd go with Red Hood.

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I'm stumped. These 2, along with Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, are my favorite Batman movies, and the only ones I actually own. I might have to have a marathon to determine which one is better.

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MotP was iconic, if not the best cartoon batman movie I have ever seen. I'll never forget it. As much as I love Under the red Hood ( which might be a close second), I have to go with the the one I grew up watching.

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Redhood

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Mask of the Phantasm for me.

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@dimitridkatsis: Well, I do admit, it's been a while since I've seen both of the movies, but when last I saw the two, I remember being more satisfied with Red Hood overall.

I will give them a watch one more time soon and come back to this thread.

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No comparison for me, Mask of the Phantasm was what started the animated movie genre and it still holds up to this day, plus the voice acting alone was just incredible. The only comparable movie would be Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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Mask of the Phantasm is one of the most overrated superhero movies ever. Doesn't get my vote.

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Red hood...

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Good debate. Very good debate. Personally, I'd throw my lot in with Red Hood because I've watched it a half dozen times and been enthralled with it each time. It's one of those movies I try to get everybody I know to watch. Phantasm was great for the time, and I haven't seen it in awhile, but as I recall, it was very solid but had few moments that truly blew me away. The origin of batman, the fight agains the gcpd and the revelation of jokers identity were great, but the rest was pretty typical btas. I can't think of a single scene I don't love from under the red hood.

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mask of the phantasm is good, i ndont care for bruces college years, and it isnt dark enough. under the red hood wal alright.

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I've seen both...But I only own one...Batman Mask of the Phantasm!!

Its not just the story...THE MUSIC RULES!! I even own the soundtrack! This is the only animated DC movie I have a soundtrack for ( I think its the only DC movie they made one for?).

I like how they tied this in with Batman Beyond too.

The Phantasm story-line has some of the BEST Batman History telling events revealed...in one movie!

Best Movie Scene: Song 8 from the Soundtrack_"The Birth of Batman" Yeah...when he puts on the cowl, and all you see are his eyes glaring at you and Alfred gets all scared taking two steps back saying.."My...God."

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Unfair! Both were so good. Under the Red Hood eliminated a lot of the unnecessary bits of Under the Hood, and condensed it in a more timeless, easy to understand package. But Phantasm had a great original story, AND was strong enough to be released in THEATERS, not just straight to home video.

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Both are good, I prefer Red Hood. I like the Jason Todd story better than MotP, which has a really obvious mystery villain. NPH as Nightwing always bothered me though, terrible choice

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@fantasgasmic: It also tanked in theaters.

But it is the better film.

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Both are good, I prefer Red Hood. I like the Jason Todd story better than MotP, which has a really obvious mystery villain. NPH as Nightwing always bothered me though, terrible choice

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The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 is my favourite animated Batman film

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@dimitridkatsis:

I agree with shamrock. You could see the phantasm's Id from a mile away. The same is true with red hood, but his I'd was hinted at early on, and most of the suspense came from confirming suspicion.

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Young me would say MOTF and grown up me says UTRH

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Mask of the Phantasm is one of the most overrated superhero movies ever. Doesn't get my vote.

oh yeah. i agree.

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Under the hood boiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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@batwatch said:

@dimitridkatsis:

I agree with shamrock. You could see the phantasm's Id from a mile away. The same is true with red hood, but his I'd was hinted at early on, and most of the suspense came from confirming suspicion.

Sure, and you figured it out right? Go ahead lie. It's just kinda sad you kids have no sense of taste and that you'd go so far as to say all that bullsh!t,figures dc movies are going to hell.

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