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The Batman Vs. Dracula (2005)

By Slydon

“The Batman vs. Dracula” is basically a 90 minute standalone episode of “The Batman”, the latest in the Batman cartoons since the epic 90s “Batman: The Animated Series”. The latest is that of a young Batman, still learning the ropes, and still untrusted by the citizens of Gotham city. The Batman's other afflictions include an overly very angular drawing style, simple, monochromatic backgrounds, a lack of moving background characters, and an apparent lack to cheekbones and NOSE. TBvD is “The Batman” with a slightly bigger budget. If you're looking for “Mask of the Phantasm” production values, you'll be disappointed, but here are some really great compositing elements, moments of fluid traditional animation, and a Gothic atmosphere that takes advantage of this minimalist approach. What I do like about it is that you don't turn this on midway and wonder what you're watching - it's instantly recognizable as Batman.

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