Friday, 27 July 2012

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Review (Updated)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Release Date: 25th December 1993 - USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Warner Bros. Animation

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 73 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $5,617,391

Plot Summary
When the city's most feared
gangsters are systematically
eliminated, the Caped
Crusader is blamed. But
prowling the Gotham night
is a shadowy new villain,
the Phantasm, a sinister
figure with some link to
Batman's past. Can the
Dark Knight elude the
police, capture the Phantasm
and clear his name?

Voice Cast 
Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne/Batman
Mark Hamill - The Joker
Dana Delany - Andrea Beaumont
Hart Bochner - Arthur Reeves
Stacy Keach - The
Phantasm/Carl Beaumont
Abe Vigoda - Salvatore Valestra
Dick Miller - Charles "Chuckie"
John P. Ryan - Buzz Bronski
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - Alfred
Bob Hastings - Commissioner
James Gordon
Robert Contanzo - Detective
Harvey Bullock

Co-Producer/Digital Animator/
Background Stylist/Director -
Eric Radomski
Storyboard Designer/Director -
Bruce Timm
Based on Batman Characters -
Bob Kane
Character: The Joker - Jerry
Robinson (Uncredited)
Story/Screenplay/Co-Producer -
Alan Burnett
Screenplay - Martin Pasko & Michael Reaves
Executive Producer - Tom Ruegger 
Producers - Benjamin Melniker & Michael E. Uslan
Cinematography/Camera Director: Dong Yang Animation -
Sung-Il Choi
Art Director/Character Designer - Glen Murakami
Background Design Supervisor - Ted Blackman
Film Editor - Al Breitenbach
Phantasm Voice Design/Re-Recording Mixer -
Wayne Artman
Synthesist - Hans Zimmer
Music - Shirley Walker

BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM had excellent 2D animation, sharp artwork and a very intelligent script that deals with flashbacks and romance. I am pleased that this superhero film had worked out so well as a heck of an extraordinary masterpiece. The things that I give praise to is the voice dialogue including Kevin Conroy who does a brilliant job for the Caped Crusader and so does Mark Hamill for the Joker and a few impressive scenes including the part of a flashback where Bruce Wayne puts on the mask as Batman for the very first time which is something that the live-action movies didn't show.

Although MASK OF THE PHANTASM is my favourite animated film, I still have to say the best BATMAN movie of all is THE DARK KNIGHT (click here), this incarnation is very complex and serious and its a must-see for the fans of the comic book.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

1 comment:

  1. I love this moive, without a doubt my favorite animated movie of all-time. One of the best mystery movies also. Although I am in the minority, I liked this better than Batman Begins but I like both movies. Great review.