Episode #002 - Christmas With The Joker
Original Airdate - November 13th, 1992
The Joker takes over Gotham's airwaves and terrorizes the city during
Christmas. Holding Commissioner Gordon, Detective Bullock, and Summer
Gleason hostage, he challenges Batman to find him before midnight, or
else the hostages will have a very un-merry Christmas.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Written by Eddie Gorodetsky
Directed by Kent Butterworth
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis
Animation Services by Akom Production Co.
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Robert Costanzo as Detective Harvey Bullock
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Clive Revill as Alfred Pennyworth
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Loren Lester as Robin / Dick Grayson
INMATES: Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Jingle all the way! Oh
what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh! Hey!
JOKER: Jingle bells! Batman smells! Robin laid an egg! The Batmobile
lost a wheel and the Jo-ker got a-wa-a-a-ay!
BATMAN: The Joker's escaped from Arkham Asylum, Robin.
ROBIN: And you really think he's gonna make his move on Christmas Eve?
Even scum spend the holidays with their families.
BATMAN: He has no family.
ROBIN: Okay, I'll make a deal with you. If we go out on patrol and
Gotham is quiet with no sign of the Joker, we come back here, have
Christmas dinner, and watch 'It's A Wonderful Life'.
BATMAN: Y'know, I've never seen that. I could never get past the title.
ROBIN: You just can't believe there's no use for us for one night!
ROBIN: He could give lessons to Scrooge!
BRUCE: Y'know, we really should have done one more sweep of the city.
DICK: Now just relax, Bruce. You're gonna love 'It's A Wonderful Life';
it's a great movie.
BRUCE: It's not relentlessly cheerful, is it?
DICK: No, it's about how much of a difference one man can make to a
city. Sound familiar?
JOKER: Live from Gotham City! The show that nobody wants to see, but
everyone will watch! Yes, it's 'Christmas With The Joker'!!!
ROBIN: Idunno, Batman. It seems to easy.
BATMAN: It's never easy with the Joker.
JOKER: Rumor has it, Christmas is a time to share with family.
JOKER: And since I don't have one of my own. . .
LAUGHTRACK: Aww. . .
JOKER: I decided to steal one!
JOKER: And here they are: The Awful Lawful Family!
LIGHTS TURN ON AND REVEAL GORDON, SUMMER, AND BULLOCK TIED UP AND
JOKER: Aren't they just the cutest family you've ever seen?
CUT TO BATMOBILE.
BATMAN: It's never easy with the Joker.
CUT BACK TO BROADCAST.
JOKER: Meet Daddy Lawful!
GORDON: You diseased maniac! I'll-- mhmmphm!
JOKER: Hmm. Looks like I'll have to teach Daddy some manners. And here's
SUMMER: Help! Somebody please help us-- mhmmphm!
JOKER: Ho ho ho isn't she jolly. And here we have little Baby Lawful!
Coochie coochie coo!
BULLOCK: When I get my hands on you I'll rip your-- mhmmphm!
JOKER: I'll bet Batman wishes he had a family just like mine. Personally
I think relatives are a bore, so Batman can have them if he can find
them by midnight!
JOKER: Greetings Donner! How 'bout singing us a merry tune while you
blow up the bridge?
JOKER: Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Live, from the top of Mount
Gotham. The death of Batman!
JOKER: Oh no! Our cannon seems to be out of control! Gotham City could
be in serious danger!
ROBIN: What's our next move?
BATMAN: To be quite honest, I don't know.
BATMAN DISPOSES A BUNCH OF JOKER'S TOY PLANES WITH A BASEBALL BAT.
ROBIN: They don't call you BATman for nothing!
BATMAN: Merry Christmas, Joker.
JOKER: Bah! Humbug!
Review: Another underrated
episode that most believe is a stupid Christmas romp in Gotham City.
There is a strong character development here in both Batman and Joker
that most people miss and frequently do not appreciate. This episode
shows Batman's inner motive to protect all human life at all times, no
matter what time of year. Instead of staying at home on Christmas Eve,
he feels it necessary to protect all human life which is sacred to him.
As for Joker, this is probably his most violent, insane show from
sabotaging a train track to talking to a cardboard audience; from
attempted murder to laughing it up with a hand puppet. This episode
shows the evil behind the clown and truly reveals his insanity.
The animation and drawing was at it's worst though, except for the Joker
who was more cartoonish and vibrant. His facial gestures made him look
more demonic and insane. As for the rest of the animation, it could
really use some work.
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