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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