The World's Finest Presents
Episode #055 - The Mechanic
Original Airdate - January 24th, 1993

Thanks to a freak accident during a high-speed chase, the Batmobile is virtually demolished. After Batman takes the car to his personal mechanic, Earl Cooper, the Penguin makes his move and tampers with the Batmobile, putting it under his control. 

Screens by Bleu Unicorn
Pans by Bird Boy
Review by Robin III
Story by Steve Perry, Laren Bright
Teleplay by Randy Rogel
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music Composed by John Tatgenhorst, Peter Tomashek
Animation by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.

Kevin Conroy as Batman
John Delancie as Eagleton
Steve Franken as Rundle
Barry Gordon as Sheldrake
Loren Lester as Robin
Candy Brown as Marva
Walter Olkewicz as Falcone
Paul Williams as Penguin
Paul Winfield as Earl Cooper

Screen Grabs


RUNDLE: Uh, excuse me! Where will this take me?
PENGUIN: On a sea cruise.
PENGUIN: And how, pray tell, did that costumed clown give you such a bad case of loyalty?
EARL: None of your business.
ROBIN: I've got a feeling we're about to take the hard way down.
BATMAN: Down? The basement!
BATMAN: Earl! He kept saying 'basement'. It's a racing term. When drivers crash, they say they've gone down in the basement. He was trying to warn us!

Review: A good idea, but it's been done in the 60's show, in the comics, and in Batman Returns already. This being the fourth time the Penguin has sabotaged the Batmobile, it's not all that exciting. The old interesting part is the memory of how Batman set up Earl Cooper to become his mechanic. It was neat to see Batman's original Batmobile, and the small design in the background of one of Earl's ideas being the New Batman Adventures Batmobile.

The animation was terrible. The Penguin looked different in almost every scene, sometimes looking like a huge monster, and sometimes like he should, and sometimes like a Jell-o filled sack. The only good animation (at times) was the vehicle consistency. This was only for the Batmobile though, because the Penguin's limo changed size and length. Some of the vehicle chases were jolting though, and rather spastic.

Overall, this episode could have been better respected if it was better animated, and possibly an original storyline. It is true that the method of Penguin obtaining the Batmobile is different, but that's about it.

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