Once in a while a show comes along to show the whole genre how good it could be - in this case the cartoon version of Batman. This beautifully illustrated book gives all the background information you could want to know about the show, and a whole lot more. Following the development of the show, this book gives you lots of behind the scene details, and, of course, hundreds of beautiful illustrations and photographs. The only downside to this essential purchase is that it's limited in scope. Sure, you get all that info, and countless images, all wrapped up in beautiful presentation. But where are all the finished shots from the shows? There are virtually no Cels on display, and the book rather churlishly ends around the time that Robin was dumped into the series. If you don't mind the one-sided nature of the book you'll love it. Actually, you'll love it anyway!
This book is a definite must-have for fans of the animated Batman series. This book shows you how much love all the people involved in the show had for it. The level of detail that went into this show is insane! Take a look at the storyboards shown in the book for the episode "Avatar" and I'm sure you'll agree that those rough drawings look even better than some of the finished cartoons that have been on. There is a lot to like in this book and I hope they make a follow-up to this one because some of my favorite villains (Clayface, The Ventriloquist and Mr. Freeze) don't get as much said about them as, say, The Joker. That makes sense, but it annoys me a bit. That is why I hope they make a second book. Until that day, this is an outstanding work of art and is perfect for any fan's collection.
If you love the show, you'll love this book. A must have for Batman collectors. Countless sketches, stills and artwork crowd this gorgeous documentary of the awesome animated series. By far the best incarnatioin of the Dark Knight to ever be concieved, Batman The Animated series has been a pioneering force in the world of animation. This book explains and illustrates why. The artists get it. Dini's uniques vision made it to the small screen relatively undilluted from the interference of too many people. This wonderfully designed book shows the series development and maintenance throughout its many makeovers. It includes many never before seen sketches and ideas that didn't make it to the shows final film noir look. A smart purchase.
Ever since Batman:The Animated Series first aired, I've always wondered how they did their drawings and what inspired them to draw Batman or Joker like they did. This book gives you all the details with VERY nice pictures and storyboard pictures of some episode parts. This book has it all, every single villan and hero from the series is in this book. From information, to crazy prototype drawings. Also it includes info about The new Batman/Superman adventures and how come they changed how everyone looked. The 2 Batman movies Subzero and Mask of the Phantasm are in there too! Why they chose their story and other interesting stuff. This is definitely a must buy for fans of the show and the Dark Knight
Forget your Picassos, Van Goughs and Warhols; as this book shows so beautifully, Bruce Timm is THE artist of the century!!! Every page is absolutely packed with the most gorgeous piccies this side of the Cistine Chapel!!! Breathless hyperbole aside, this is a really stunning book, with plenty of interesting behind- the- scenes info and unseen sketches which make it a must for any animation student or Batfan. Looking at the early character designs next to shots from the latest series show just how far this show has evolved. Well worth your money. Now if only an Aussie network would screen the last series... and SUPERMAN... and BATMAN BEYOND...
When I bought the book, I looked at the cover and thought it was a bit plain, dull even, but once I started to turn the pages I was awestruck with the amount of art presented so beautifully. Every page was loaded with the series' production material, insightful information, sharp images of characters/backgrounds, and even the title cards of BTAS episodes. You actually have to spend at least 5-10 minutes on each page JUST LOOKING at all the pictures. I was so grateful that the book was worth every dollar I spent on it.
This book is brilliant and amazing. Finally all my answers about this popular TV shows have been answered.What I love about this book is that we all get to see the secrets about how and why this program be came so popular and forever will be embeded into television history. Final comments to Paul Dini, Bruce Timm and all those brains behind BTAS,one of the most entertaining books I've read in years and PLEASE! come out with another book like this one. To Kevin Conroy, baby, you're the greatest!
This excellent book chronicles all aspects of the most recent animated incarnation of "The Dark Knight". Packed with artwork from the series (including some great storyboard sequences), as well as some cool photographs of the various B:TAS merchandise; this book is a must have for any fan of Batman, or animation. Fans should also check out Chip Kidd's excellent "Batman Collected".
This is a breathtaking journey through the creation of an animated classic. Including everything from production notes to episode listings to merchandising, this book is full of the obvious passion Bruce Timm and company poured into the making of this series. If you're a fan of Batman, or you just love animation in general, this is a not-to-be-missed treasure. Beautifully photographed and all-inclusive.
This is a very well done book. It has information about the serries that you probably never knew about. It has wonderful picture of the backgrounds and characters. It show the past and the future of the serries. You have to get this book. If you want to draw the characters, this is the book to get because it show all the characters (except a few, oh well).