Batman: The Animated Series – Episode #013 – The Cat and the Claw: Part 1
Episode #013 – The Cat and the Claw: Part 1
Original Airdate – September 5th, 1992 – Series Premiere (Batman: The Animated Series)
In the midst of Catwoman being attracted to Batman, and Bruce to her alter-ego, Selina Kyle, Catwoman discovers evidence of a military facility inside a mountain on a future resort site. As it turns out, the cartel involved is fronting for an international terrorist group headed by Red Claw, a mysterious female terrorist.
Media by Borg4of3
Review by Robin III
Story by S.C. Derek & L. Bright
Written by J. Dennis & R. Mueller
Directed by K. Altieri
Supervising Composer Shirley Walker
Music Composed by Shirley Walker, Harvey Cohen, Wayne Coster
Animation Services by Sunrise
Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne
Bob Hastings as Commissioner James Gordon
Adrienne Barbeau as Catwoman / Selina Kyle
Herb Edelman as Stern
Kate Mulgrew as Red Claw
Mary McDonald Lewis as Maven
Neil Ross as Additional Voice
Frank Welker as Additional Voice
SELINA: Please understand it’s purely for the animals Mr. Wayne. You’re off the hook.
BRUCE: But you’re not.
SELINA: I beg your pardon?
BRUCE PAUSES AND BLUSHES.
BRUCE: You bought a date and I’m honor bound a-and delighted to deliver. I warn you, I’m not a man who gives up easily.
SELINA: Alright, lunch then.
MACHINE GUN SHOTS ARE HEARD FROM OUTSIDE.
MAVEN: I wonder what’s going on?
SHE TURNS AROUND AND BRUCE IS GONE.
MAVEN: Oh! Where’d he go?
MAVEN: Aren’t you even a little excited about your date? I mean, Bruce Wayne is tall, dark and disgustingly rich!
SELINA: I’d rather it were Batman. You should have seen him, Maven. He had the eyes of a lion.
THE BUZZER SOUNDS.
DOORMAN: A Mister Bruce Wayne is on his way up.
SELINA: Here we go.
MAVEN: Come on, Selina. At least he’s a good connection. You might be able to use him.
THERE IS A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.
SELINA: Yes, I know. I suppose you’re right. Still I wish it were Batman standing behind this door.
SELINA OPENS THE DOOR AND BRUCE WAYNE IS STANDING ON THE OTHER SIDE.
SELINA: Ohh. I’m afraid I’m not going to be very good company.
BRUCE: Is there anything I can do?
SELINA: Not really. Unless you can get me a meeting with the chairman of Multigon International.
BRUCE PICKS UP THE PHONE AND DIALS.
BRUCE: What time’s good for you?
SELINA: Hey, I’m starting to like this guy.
STERN: Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve given you all the time I can spare.
SELINA: You’ll find more time for me, Mr. Stern. Before I’m through I’ll have every environmental group and animal rights activist breathing down your neck. They’ll be looking at you and your project so closely, you’ll feel like a bug in a bell-jar.
SELINA MARCHES OFF. BRUCE FOLLOWS HER AND WAVES TO STERN.
BRUCE: Have a nice day!
BATMAN PULLS CATWOMAN AWAY FROM HER KISS.
CATWOMAN: That was for saving my cat.
BATMAN: Is that all it was for?
CATWOMAN: Maybe not. . .
CATWOMAN: Never trifle with the affections of a woman. Until next time.
BATMAN: And there will be a next time.
This episode was good, but it should have ended as a one parter, or just lost the terrorism / animal reserve aspect and kept to Batman and Catwoman toying with each other on jewel heists. The Redclaw part of the episode was okay, but it should have been saved for a later time when Batman and Catwoman had already met on different terms.
The animation was great, especially the quick running used a lot at the beginning in the Batman / Catwoman chase scene, and the falling animation used at the end of the episode. There was also some humorous moments, and some nicely done music (Catwoman’s theme, Batman’s theme when catching Catwoman from falling).
Overall, this wasn’t the most amazing of all episodes, but it wasn’t bad.
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