The World's Finest Presents
Episode #004 - The Last Laugh
Original Airdate - September 22nd, 1992

The Joker employs a lethal mind altering laughing gas to transform the citizens of Gotham into total fools. If Batman doesn't stop the Clown Prince of crime, everyone will soon go totally mad, including his friend and butler, Alfred. 

Media by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Credits
Written by Carl Swenson
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation Services by Akom Production Co.

Voices
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings as Driver
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred Pennyworth
Mark Hamill as The Joker
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Pat Farley as Jest
Richard Moll as Computer

Screen Grabs







Quotes
ALFRED: You'll be happy too know I've drawn your bath. Whenever you're ready.
BRUCE WALKS OVER TO SEE THAT THE TUB IS EMPTY.
BRUCE: What's the deal, Alfred?
ALFRED HOLDS UP A PIECE OF PAPER WITH A PICTURE OF A BATH ON IT.
ALFRED: I said I drew your bath, sir. April Fools!
BRUCE: Very funny, Alfred. I guess I'll just take a shower.
ALFRED: Not a funny bone in his entire body.
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REPORTER (on radio): At this hour, Gotham City is in the grip of insanity. Everywhere people are turning into lunatics. The latest reports say that the wave of foolish hysteria is moving down 7th avenue towards. . . towards. . . the financial district. [snicker] Ha ha ha ha ha!
JOKER: That's my cue!
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JOKER TRAPS BATMAN IN A LOCKED GARBAGE CAN.
JOKER: We wouldn't want our little caged rodent to suffocate, so we'll just puncture air holes!
JOKER BEGINS TO STAB THE CAN WITH A KNIFE.
JOKER: Okay, Captain! Give her the old heave-ho!
CAPTAIN CLOWN THROWS THE GARBAGE CAN INTO THE RIVER. THE CAN FLOODS AND SINKS.
JOKER: Whoops! Looks like our air holes are water holes too! What a shame! Ha ha ha!
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JOKER: Justice is served hot, Batman! You're going to melt just like a grilled-cheese sandwich!
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BATMAN: Clean up your act, Joker.
JOKER: Oh, that's a joke, right? Batman finally told a joke! Ha ha ha ha!
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JOKER PLUMMETS OVER THE RAILING AND GETS CAUGHT ON A ROPE, HOVERING OVER THE MOLTEN METAL.
JOKER: Batman! You wouldn't let me fry, would you?!
BATMAN STOPS AND CONSIDERS IT.
JOKER: Bat-man!!
BATMAN PULLS JOKER UP.
 

Review: A better Joker-esque episode with the Clown Prince of Crime actually poisoning Gotham so that they would be permanently insane. Naturally, Batman stops this, but it is still a nice effort on the Joker's part.

The story is pretty much all action, which is good for a change. The animation at parts is very well done, especially Batman avoiding falling into the molten metal in the garbage dumb while Joker toys with pulleys. Unfortunately, the drawings lack depth, with characters acting more rubbery, and not keeping a constant form.

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