Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
In this animated adventure that rivals live-action adaptations, the wealthy Bruce Wayne is torn when an old flame returns to Gotham City. At the same time, the Phantasm, a "hero" who's killing Gotham's gangsters, confronts Wayne's alter ego, Batman. Through flashback, the film reveals the origins of Batman's costume and his ongoing rivalry with the devilishly villainous Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame).
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Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
French, EnglishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Sharp, double-sided disc plays the film in full screen or widescreen. Both soundtrack and subtitles are available in English or French, and the theatrical trailer is included.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this is a more mature Batman cartoon than the ones they might remember from their Saturday morning-TV childhoods. There is real death (including a parent), much violence -- even if it's animated -- involving explosions, guns, knives, etc. There's even some unsettling imagery involving corpses and the Joker that may upset the youngest kids. Anyone unfamiliar with the Batman saga might have some trouble following the story.
- Sexual Content
- Just a hint that Bruce Wayne and Andrea have spent the night together.
- Much fighting, gunshots, and explosions. Some blood and dead bodies shown.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Batman never kills and seems to act noble and suitably heroic. Though his quest for justice suggests that being a vigilante has ruined Bruce Wayne's personal life, his righteous motivations and crimefighting are contrasted with the much bleaker personal vengeance mission of the Phantasm. Andrea is a particularly strong female character. Gangsters are of stereotypically Italian-American descent, and Gotham City businessmen, police, and government officials are mob-connected or threatening.
- Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking; Bruce Wayne gets wine tossed on him at a party by an ex-girlfriend.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it