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Batman Animated Paperback – December 7, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: ItBooks (December 7, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006107327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061073274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Dini has been making cartoons at Warner Bros. since 1989. Starting with Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons Adventures, he went on to write (and eventually coproduce) Batman: The Animated Series. He won four Emmys, three comics industry Eisner awards, and has, within the space of sixteen years, written more cartoons than most sane people will see in a lifetime. He lives in Los Angeles.

Chip Kidd was born in Reading, PA in 1964. He lives in New York City and Stonington, CT.

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Im a huge fan of this series and this book is just perfect.
Oscar Díaz
The book FEATURES character designs , storyboards, layouts, animation samples of the production process of the animated series.
Arlington Cruz
This book shows you how much love all the people involved in the show had for it.
Guybert

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By WriterGal on March 9, 2006
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Who best to write a book about this justifiably award-winning animated series than one of the series writer/producers--Paul Dini (who wrote one of my favorite episodes--"Heart of Ice")? And with graphic designer Chip Kidd involved, you have a book that looks great on the coffee table. The best word I can use to describe this book is "thorough." It contains superlative art in full color, storyboards, character designs, in-house memos, licensed products, an episode guide from the animated series, plus great information on why the series was created, why the censors said no to certain aspects, as well as facts about the movies based on the series (SUBZERO, MASK OF THE PHANTASM). My only complaint is that the book isn't longer. But that's not the authors' fault. They put together such a great book, you'll want as much insight into the creation of this series as you can get (like a good DVD provides). And these guys deliver! This is a great "backstage" look for fans of the series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gotham Girl18 on April 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really was blown away by how meticulously put-together this book was. Besides the animation being great, this documentive source included everything from the episode guide title cards, merchandise (including ice cream and bubblegum cards), storyboards, character concepts, and a hell of a lot more! It also includes a great photo of Bruce Timm's drawing desk- complete with all the references he uses such as G.I. Joes & knick knacks. Color photos are adorned throughout, but besides that, there are also great stories of what the animation department went through with the head leaders of Warner Bros. There is even a charicature drawing that includes everything that the animators were restricted to draw (a nude, smoking Catwoman, a boozin' Joker, Batman strangling his foe, etc- it's really a treat!)

Even if you've had the misfortunate of not being familiar with this cartoon series, owning this book will make you realize how much effort is needed to create something this vast, and how much more we need to practice to ever reach this level!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D.N. on April 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A spectacular inside view of what went into one of the best animated series ever created, full of paintings, musings, mechandise, idea sketches for the show and movies, etc. I enjoyed most reading about what they were forced to cut for a tv audience, and seeing the beautiful title cards that open each show. I bought this a few years back and I am still finding new things to pour over. I dislike 'Batman Beyond', though, thankfully they don't waste much time on that show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Oberg on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
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...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerrod Maruyama on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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