Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG | 76 mins | Children's works, Adventure | 25 December 1993

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HISTORY

Various contemporary sources referred to the film as Batman: The Animated Movie.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the creators of the television’s successful Batman: The Animated Series (FOX, 13 Dec 1992—14 Mar 1993) planned a motion picture-length story to expand on the personal life of “Batman’s” alter ego, “Bruce Wayne.” An 11 May 1993 DV article announced that the film would be the first fully original feature produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Once pre-production was completed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA, animation would be done by Japan’s Spectrum Animation Studio and South Korea’s Dong Yang Animation, Inc. In addition to the 100 artists and assistants continuing their duties from the original television series, Kevin Conroy, Bob Hastings, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Robert Costanzo, and Mark Hamill reprised their voice roles.
       A 20 Jul 1993 HR production chart listed a start date of 15 Jun 1993. Actors recorded dialogue prior to storyboarding, with artists later drawing the characters to match the audio. After participating in group recording sessions, individual actors were called back to the studio to re-record lines and complete additional looping.
       As stated in an 29 Oct 1993 LA Weekly advertisement, a presentation for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was first featured at the Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles, CA. DV indicated that Warner Bros. planned a promotional campaign featuring television advertisements and a tie-in deal with McDonald’s ... More Less

Various contemporary sources referred to the film as Batman: The Animated Movie.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the creators of the television’s successful Batman: The Animated Series (FOX, 13 Dec 1992—14 Mar 1993) planned a motion picture-length story to expand on the personal life of “Batman’s” alter ego, “Bruce Wayne.” An 11 May 1993 DV article announced that the film would be the first fully original feature produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Once pre-production was completed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA, animation would be done by Japan’s Spectrum Animation Studio and South Korea’s Dong Yang Animation, Inc. In addition to the 100 artists and assistants continuing their duties from the original television series, Kevin Conroy, Bob Hastings, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Robert Costanzo, and Mark Hamill reprised their voice roles.
       A 20 Jul 1993 HR production chart listed a start date of 15 Jun 1993. Actors recorded dialogue prior to storyboarding, with artists later drawing the characters to match the audio. After participating in group recording sessions, individual actors were called back to the studio to re-record lines and complete additional looping.
       As stated in an 29 Oct 1993 LA Weekly advertisement, a presentation for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was first featured at the Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles, CA. DV indicated that Warner Bros. planned a promotional campaign featuring television advertisements and a tie-in deal with McDonald’s restaurants. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 May 1993
p. 1, 19.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 1993.
p. 6, 13.
LA Weekly
29 Oct 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
27 Dec 1993
Section F, p. 4.
New York Times
28 Dec 1993
Section C, p. 21.
Variety
3 Jan 1994
p. 54.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Warner Bros. Presents
Distributed by Warner Bros.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Seq dir
Seq dir
Seq dir
Seq dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Co-prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
FILM EDITORS
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Negative cutting
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
Orch
Synthesist
SOUND
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Dial supv
Dial ed
Dial ed
Dial and ADR rec
Phantasm voice des
ADR supv
ADR ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Sd reader
Sd reader
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting and voice supv
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod management
Prod management
Prod management
Mgr of post prod
Casting asst
Staff asst
ANIMATION
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Storyboard des
Supv timing dir
Timing dir
Timing dir
Timing dir
Char des
Char des
Char des
Char des
Char des
Background des supv
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Key background des
Background styling
Background paint
Background paint
Background paint
Background paint
Vehicle and prop des
Vehicle and prop des
Vehicle and prop des
Overseas anim supv
Overseas background supv
Overseas coord
Anim services by
Anim services by
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Asst prod, Dong Yang
Anim dir, Dong Yang
Anim dir, Dong Yang
Anim dir, Dong Yang
Anim dir, Dong Yang
Background art dir, Dong Yang
Cam dir, Dong Yang
Asst anim dir, Dong Yang
Asst anim dir, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Key anim, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Clean-up, Dong Yang
Inbetween animo check, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Inbetween anim, Dong Yang
Col mark-up, Dong Yang
Eff, Dong Yang
Xerox, Dong Yang
Xerox, Dong Yang
Inking check, Dong Yang
Painting check, Dong Yang
Painting check, Dong Yang
Painting check, Dong Yang
Painting check, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Inking, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Painter, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Backgrounds, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Cam, Dong Yang
Anim prod, Spectrum
Anim dir, Spectrum
Anim dir, Spectrum
Anim dir, Spectrum
Asst anim dir, Spectrum
Prod, Spectrum
Prod, Spectrum
Inbetween check, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Layout and key anim, Spectrum
Col key stylist
Col key stylist
Painter
Painter
Ink and paint supv
Mark-up
Mark-up
Mark-up
BG col correction
Anim checking
Anim checking
Anim checking
Anim checking
Anim checking
Anim checking
Anim checking
Digital anim by
Digital anim by
Digital anim by
Digital anim by
Digital anim by
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the DC Comic characters in Batman, created by Bob Kane (New York, Spring 1940).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"I Never Even Told You," written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard, performed by Tia Carrere, courtesy of Reprise Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Batman: The Animated Movie
Release Date:
25 December 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 December 1993
New York opening: week of 28 December 1993
Production Date:
began 15 June 1993 in Burbank, CA, South Korea and Japan
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Brothers, a division of Time Warner Entertainment Company, LP
Copyright Date:
8 April 1994
Copyright Number:
PA688628
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Animation
Duration(in mins):
76
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32763
SYNOPSIS

In Gotham City, the masked vigilante known as “Batman” breaks up a criminal transaction led by gangster Chuckie Sol. In the commotion, Sol grabs a briefcase of cash and runs to his car, where he is approached by “Phantasm,” a cloaked figure shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Mistaking him for Batman, Sol shoots, but Phantasm slices his gun with a scythe attached to his right arm. While attempting to drive away, Sol loses control of the vehicle and crashes through the high-rise parking structure into the window of an adjacent skyscraper. While witnesses mistake the assailant for Batman, Police Commissioner Gordon implores City Councilman Arthur Reeves not to turn against Batman’s crime-fighting efforts. In the cave under his mansion, Batman’s alter ego, billionaire Bruce Wayne, uses computers to study a piece of glass from Sol’s car, which is stained with an unknown chemical substance. Later, Bruce throws a lavish party and is accosted by several beautiful women pressuring him to pursue a serious relationship, while Reeves teases him about Andrea Beaumont, a former lover and mutual acquaintance. Suddenly wishing to be alone, the billionaire retreats to his study and remembers first meeting Andrea many years earlier when the two visited their parents’ graves. A gangster named Buzz Bronski stops by Chuckie Sol’s gravesite and Phantasm chases him into an open grave before crushing him with a large headstone. Bronski’s henchmen also mistake Phantasm for Batman, forcing Commissioner Gordon to once again defend the vigilante’s reputation by insisting he does not kill criminals. While inspecting the crime scene, Batman pauses in front of the Wayne family plot and is shocked to see Andrea. When she spots him, however, Batman ... +


In Gotham City, the masked vigilante known as “Batman” breaks up a criminal transaction led by gangster Chuckie Sol. In the commotion, Sol grabs a briefcase of cash and runs to his car, where he is approached by “Phantasm,” a cloaked figure shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Mistaking him for Batman, Sol shoots, but Phantasm slices his gun with a scythe attached to his right arm. While attempting to drive away, Sol loses control of the vehicle and crashes through the high-rise parking structure into the window of an adjacent skyscraper. While witnesses mistake the assailant for Batman, Police Commissioner Gordon implores City Councilman Arthur Reeves not to turn against Batman’s crime-fighting efforts. In the cave under his mansion, Batman’s alter ego, billionaire Bruce Wayne, uses computers to study a piece of glass from Sol’s car, which is stained with an unknown chemical substance. Later, Bruce throws a lavish party and is accosted by several beautiful women pressuring him to pursue a serious relationship, while Reeves teases him about Andrea Beaumont, a former lover and mutual acquaintance. Suddenly wishing to be alone, the billionaire retreats to his study and remembers first meeting Andrea many years earlier when the two visited their parents’ graves. A gangster named Buzz Bronski stops by Chuckie Sol’s gravesite and Phantasm chases him into an open grave before crushing him with a large headstone. Bronski’s henchmen also mistake Phantasm for Batman, forcing Commissioner Gordon to once again defend the vigilante’s reputation by insisting he does not kill criminals. While inspecting the crime scene, Batman pauses in front of the Wayne family plot and is shocked to see Andrea. When she spots him, however, Batman flees. During dinner with Reeves, Andrea remains distracted about the incident at the cemetery, now convinced that Batman is really Bruce Wayne. As he watches her from a nearby window ledge, Bruce remembers attending the Gotham World’s Fair with Andrea, and being introduced to her father, Carl Beaumont, and to Arthur Reeves, who worked in Beaumont’ legal department. After meeting Salvatore Valestra, one of Carl Beaumont’s crooked business associates, Bruce witnessed a robbery, which led to the concept of his “Batman” identity. With Chuckie Sol and Buzz Bronski both dead, Salvatore Valestra, now ill and frail, worries that “Batman” will kill him next. When Bruce makes the connection between Valestra and the murdered gangsters, he breaks into Valestra’s office and finds an old photograph of Carl Beaumont. The image prompts him to remember his brief engagement to Andrea before she suddenly returned her ring and left town. Fearing for his life, Valestra enlists the help of one of a maniacal criminal called the “Joker.” In Andrea’s hotel room, Batman asks what she knew about her father’s involvement with organized crime. Refusing to reveal anything, she orders him to leave and bursts into tears. That night, Phantasm attempts to kill Valestro, but finds the gangster’s corpse crumpled in his armchair holding a video camera and recording from the Joker, who plans to expose the murderer’s identity. Moments later, the mansion explodes, but Phantasm evades the flames and Batman’s ensuing rooftop pursuit. Still assuming Batman is responsible for the killings, police chase him to an abandoned construction site. After losing his cape and cowl, Bruce narrowly escapes on foot and runs into Andrea, who gives him a ride home. While attending to his wounds, Andrea explains that she was forced to end their engagement and flee to Europe with her father, who owed Valestro money. Although Beaumont eventually repaid the debt, Valestro wished him dead. As a result, Bruce assumes that Beaumont assumed the “Phantasm” persona to seek revenge and protect himself. After recounting the story, Bruce and Andrea rekindle their romance and spend the night together. Across town, the Joker poisons Reeves after reminding him that he was also one of Beaumont’s former associates. In the hospital, the inebriated councilman tells Batman he was the one who revealed Beaumont’s location to Valestra’s mob. Meanwhile, Phantasm tracks the Joker to his secret dwelling at the former World’s Fair grounds. The figure takes off the mask and is revealed to be Andrea, who identifies the Joker as the hitman who murdered her father. Once Batman rescues her from harm, he begs her to end her quest for vengeance. Reminding him that “Batman” was also created to avenge the death of his parents, she disappears in a puff of smoke. Batman and the Joker fight until Andrea briefly returns to attack the Joker. The amusement park is demolished in a series of explosions, but Batman is swept down a drainage pipe and emerges in the harbor, unharmed. Heartbroken by Andrea’s apparent death, Bruce resumes his duties as protector of Gotham City, unaware that she is still alive, appearing on cruise ship headed out to sea. +

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