BATMAN: THE MASK OF PHANTASM (THE ANIMATED MOVIE) Add To My Top 10
Release Date: January 01, 1970
Audience: Older teenagers
Runtime: Approximately 95 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers
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The animation of this film does not meet the quality of a good Disney film such as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The plot is difficult to follow, and the flashback is poorly handled. Alfred (the butler) does thank "heaven" that Batman is not overwhelmed by evil like Andrea. On the other hand, the film contains plenty of violence. The "biff, boom, bam" are replaced with blood on the characters. Although Batman never kills anyone, he overcomes his evil adversary by punches, kicks and other bat devices or paraphernalia. The Angel of Death kills her evil victims while proclaiming that their evil on earth is finished. There is one instance of implied fornication and one irreverent reference to the deity. Add plenty of violence from the mob, the Joker, a confusing flashback, and a somber anti-climactic ending, and you have BATMAN: THE ANIMATED MOVIE.