Cartoon of the Day: Batman (Opening Titles)

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Batman (Opening Titles)

Batman (Opening Titles)

Not a cartoon per se, but one of the most famous animated sequences ever on TV…. the 1966 Batman Opening Titles paved the way for a whole generation of super hero cartoons on television. As a mid-season replacement series, Batman began on ABC on this date in 1966.

Coming in as a mid-season replacement, Batman was the second super hero to get a television show. But this one did not take it self quite as seriously as the version of Superman in the 1950’s. Starring Adam West as Batman, and Burt Ward as his side-kick Robin, the pair were on two nights a week, with a cliff hanger episode between the shows.

The show spawned a movie, produced as they shot the show, and appearing in theaters between the first and second seasons. The movie had no animated opening title. The series ran for 120 episodes and ending in 1968 with a series of single episode shows.

Though type-cast by the show, both its stars would return to play the caped crusaders again in Filmations’ The New Adventures of Batman in 1977.

So, does anyone out there know who actually did the animation for this opening title sequence?

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