Batfink

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Batfink
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Batfink being chauffeured by his aide, Karate.
Created by Hal Seeger
Written by Dennis Marks, Heywood Kling
Starring Frank Buxton
Len Maxwell
Narrated by Len Maxwell
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 100 (6-min. cartoons) (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 26 min. (approx. 6 min. per cartoon)
Production company(s) Hal Seeger Productions
Golden West Broadcasters
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network KTLA & Syndication
Original release April 21, 1966 – October 4, 1967
External links
Website www.batfinkuk.com

Batfink is an animated television series, consisting of five-minute shorts, that first aired in April 1966.[1] The 100-episode series was quickly created by Hal Seeger, starting in 1966, to send up the popular Batman and The Green Hornet television series which had premiered the same year.[2]

Production and syndication[edit]

The cartoon was produced at Hal Seeger Studios, in New York City, and at Bill Ackerman Productions in Midland Park, New Jersey. It was syndicated by Screen Gems and continued to air on local stations throughout the 1980s.[3] Nickelodeon briefly aired episodes of Batfink on its Weinerville and Nick in the Afternoon series in the 1990s. In September 2006, it returned to the U.S. as part of "Cartoons Without a Clue," Boomerang's mystery lineup on weekends.

The Batfink series was very popular in the UK, becoming a cult series like the later DangerMouse, and from 1967 onwards was shown at least once every year on UK terrestrial television until 1983, initially on the BBC network where it was allocated an early evening slot just before the BBC News, and latterly as part of Children's ITV; it subsequently reappeared in 1986 on the ITV Saturday morning magazine show Get Fresh. In the early 1990s it was repeated again as part of TV-am's Wide Awake Club/Wacaday series; after Wacaday finished in 1992, Batfink was consigned to the vaults in the UK for the next twelve years. It was introduced to a new audience in 2004 when it was included in a number of episodes of the BBC's Saturday morning show Dick and Dom in da Bungalow, and since April of 2006 has been enjoying an extended, if somewhat irregular, repeat run on CBBC.

Batfink was made quickly and cheaply by re-using stock sequences. Although most serial animations do this to some extent, Batfink did it more than most. Commonly repeated scenes include the intro to the initial briefings by the Chief (the TV screen hotline buzzing into life), Batfink and Karate getting into the Battillac, the Battillac going round mountain bends, the Battillac going over a bridge, Batfink's radar and others. Sometimes the repeated scenes would be cut short so that sections could be re-used to fit the storyline more closely.

Cast[edit]

Batfink[edit]

Batfink (Frank Buxton) is a superpowered anthropomorphic grey bat in a yellow costume with a big red "B" on the chest and red gauntlets and boots. He uses his super-sonic sonar radar and metallic black wings to fight crime. In the last episode of the series ("Batfink: This Is Your Life"), it is revealed that he obtained his powers when he was born in an abandoned plutonium mine and that he lost his natural wings as a child while saving his mother's life, after escaped convicts blew up their mountain-top cave. This incident is what motivated him to become a crime-fighter.

Batfink lives in a split-level cave, and has a direct video link to the Chief's office.

Karate[edit]

Karate (Len Maxwell) is a gi-clad martial arts expert and Batfink's oafish sidekick who drives the Battillac. He is somewhat over-sized and not very bright, but is strong enough to help Batfink out of any situation. He carries a wide variety of objects and gadgets in his "utility sleeve" (a parody of Batman's utility belt), but he often has trouble finding what he needs in it. Karate tends to succeed by dumb luck rather than by skill or ingenuity, and often Karate's involvement will make a bad situation worse.

Karate is a direct send-up of Kato, the Green Hornet's companion, but his hulking size is inspired by the James Bond villain Oddjob.[citation needed] In early episodes, his voice is a stereotypical Asian accent, but in later episodes, Len Maxwell adopts a clipped and nasal speech pattern. This was inspired by Don Adams, whose Get Smart character, Maxwell Smart, was popular at the time. Karate on occasion even utters the Maxwell-inspired catchphrase, "Sorry about that, Batfink."

Karate was usually ordered to check downstairs, while Batfink checked the upper floor.

At the end of each cartoon episode, Karate would make a corny pun that was sometimes physical on the part of his stupidity.

Karate's father was the blacksmith who made Batfink's mighty metallic wings.

The Chief[edit]

The Chief (Len Maxwell) is Batfink's contact on the local police force and informs Batfink of all the latest crimes via a direct video link to Batfink's split-level cave. ("The hotline--Batfink here.")

Hugo A-Go-Go[edit]

The blue-smocked, wild-haired Hugo A-Go-Go (Frank Buxton) is the main villain of the series. He is referred to as "the world's maddest scientist" and spends his time in his "secret" laboratory creating weird and wacky inventions (including a robot bride, complete with robot mother-in-law) to defeat Batfink and dominate the world. He always manages to escape jail to antagonize the hero in a later episode. He often breaks the fourth wall and has conversations with the narrator.

Miscellaneous characters[edit]

Other villains include:

  • "Brother Goose" (who always leaves taunting clues based on nursery rhymes)
  • "Goldyunlocks" (with an obsession of unlocking every lock she sees; Batfink finally defeats her by putting her in a cell with no lock)
  • "Gypsy James" (a parking-meter thief who makes voodoo dolls of Batfink and Karate to try to seal their fate)[4]
  • "Judy Jitsu" (a martial artist, whose name is derived from jujutsu, and on whom Karate has a crush)
  • "Queenie Bee" (with her army of bees – Batfink sends Queenie Bee to Sing Sing and her bees to "Sting Sting")
  • "Victor The Predictor"

Plot devices[edit]

Batfink has at his disposal two main superpowers: his 'supersonic sonar radar' and his metallic wings. At least one of these features in every episode in order to help Batfink catch the bad guy.

Super-sonic sonar radar[edit]

Batfink's "supersonic sonar radar" is a super-powered version of a bat's echolocation, used to locate prey. Batfink's power takes the form of the letters of the word "BEEP" (or "BEEP BEEP") emanating from his mouth. The letters are anthropomorphic and sentient, and can fly wherever Batfink needs them to go - accompanied by a distinctive beeping noise.

"My super-sonic sonar radar will help me!"

Whenever Batfink said those words, he would say it through the open sun roof of the Battilac car, while it was not in motion.

The letters can see; feel fear; evade capture; and report back to Batfink on what they have seen. In one episode, the "BEEP" is ambushed and beaten up. The "BEEP" also gets confused, misdirected and lost, leaving Batfink to rely on other means to spy upon the episode's villain. Once, when the "BEEP" is sent to investigate Queenie Bee and her swarm of villainous bees, it returns with the letters "EEP" swollen with bee stings. When Karate asks Batfink: "How come they just stung the EEP?" Batfink replies: "Because a bee would never harm another B. But a B will tell on another bee – Queenie Bee is in THERE!"

The literal spelled-out appearance of an onomatopœia was a running gag not limited to the super-sonic sonar radar; in one episode, Hugo A-Go-Go invented a tickling stick that tickles its adversaries into submission, which sent out the words "Kitchy Koo" to do the deed on Batfink. (The episode ended with Batfink slicing the K's off to create the far more irritating, but less distracting, "Itchy Oo.")

Metallic wings[edit]

Batfink's main defense are his metallic wings, which he is able to fold around himself as a protective shield against most attacks, thereby spawning the most famous catchphrase of the show:

"Your bullets cannot harm me – my wings are like a shield of steel!"

He claims in some episodes that his wings are stainless steel, but in other episodes he explicitly states that they are not - since he always carries a can of spot remover to keep them polished.

Batfink can also use his wings as offensive weapons. In one episode, he uses one of them as a sword during a duel. His wings can also help him fly at incredible speeds. They are often used to help him escape certain death or cut through bonds when he has been captured (he can break out of regular ropes but not rubber ones). In the episode "Ebenezer the Freezer", Batfink has automatic retrorockets built into his wings, but not in any other episode.

Sometimes his wings hinder him. When in water, he will sink because of the weight of his metal wings. Powerful magnets are also a problem for him. Plutonium, for reasons unexplained (but possibly relating to his birth in a plutonium mine) also renders the wings useless.

Batfink's life and wings are explained in the final episode, "Batfink: This Is Your Life", which depicts his boyhood, and how his real wings were replaced.

The Battillac[edit]

Batfink rides in a customized pink car resembling a Volkswagen Beetle with scalloped rear fins and bat-winged red "B" emblems on the doors and hood. Called the "Battillac" (rhymes with "Cadillac"), it is outfitted with a sun roof and lots of defensive devices. The car is resistant to collision damage and energy weapons. Batfink often says something like, "It's a good thing the Battillac is equipped with a thermo-nuclear plutonium-insulated blast shield!" and Karate replies, "It's also good it was a small bomb." As soon as a crime is acknowledged Batfink says, "Karate, the Battillac!"

Cliffhangers[edit]

Many episodes end with Batfink in a dangerous situation; typically this is effected by trapping him in some sort of bondage, placing him in a position that renders his wings useless. At the moment the potentially fatal shot is fired, the action freezes, and the narrator asks dramatically if Batfink will survive. Then, the action continues with Batfink escaping, via a convenient but previously unseen Deus Ex Machina or through the use of his superpowers.

Hidden political message[edit]

According to Dave Mackey's Batfink site, a two-part political message is concealed in two episodes, disguised as sped-up gibberish. He translates the message as follows:

  • Part 1 (in "Spin the Batfink"): "The most dangerous force in America today is Walter Reuther and his political machine. It’s time we realized that they intend to run this country. When the smut publishers put a..."[5]
  • Part 2 (in "Bride and Doom"): "...dirty cover on a clean book, let’s take it at face value and call it trash and dump it in the river."[6]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Story Animation Scenics Original air date
1 "Pink Pearl of Persia" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen April 21, 1966 (1966-04-21)
Batfink says that he knows who has stolen a huge pearl from the museum, but he refuses to tell who did it; this leads everyone, including the thieves, to believe that he's turned crooked. The three crooks in this episode appear again in "Crime College."
2 "The Short Circuit Case" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen April 21, 1966 (1966-04-21)
Hugo A-Go-Go (in his first appearance) is using his short-circuit device to make trains and traffic signals go wild.
3 "Ebenezer the Freezer" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Hugo and Ebenezer the Freezer plan to freeze the entire city, using a missile loaded with freezing gas.
4 "The Sonic Boomer" (No credit) Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Mr. Boomer, the owner of Boomer Glass Works, is using a jet plane to create window-shattering sonic booms in order to increase business.
5 "Big Ears Ernie" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Big Ears Ernie is a burglar whose super-sensitive hearing allows him to break into safes and avoid capture. The main battle takes place at a construction site.
6 "Batfink on the Rocks" Dennis Marks John Gentilella Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Hugo has stolen all the water from Niagara Falls, and is selling it for five cents a glass.
7 "Manhole Manny" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Manhole Manny, who hides out in the sewer, reaches up through manholes to steal things, such as a valuable painting and the wheels off of police cars.
8 "The Mad Movie Maker" Dennis Marks I. Klein Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Mr. M. Flick, the Mad Movie Maker, uses a projected image of a meteor to scare everyone out of the city, leaving him free to loot it.
9 "Nuts of the Round Table" (No credit) Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Hugo is sending out robotic knights to commit robberies for him.
10 "Skinny Minnie" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Skinny Minnie and her gang of rail-thin thugs use their ability to squeeze through tight spaces to commit robberies and hide from the police.
11 "Fatman Strikes Again" Dennis Marks Graham Place Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Someone is stealing valuables from fat men's clubs, so Batfink dons an inflatable "fat suit" to find him.
12 "The Kitchy Koo Kaper" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Hugo uses his latest invention, a tickle stick, to render people helpless with laughter.
13 "The Dirty Sinker" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen,
John Zago
January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Hugo is using a special submarine to cut through the hulls of ships, so he can rob them and then sink them.
14 "Gluey Louie" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
Gluey Louie, who immobilizes people with puddles of glue, steals Benjamin Franklin's kite just as it is being donated to a university.
15 "Brother Goose" Dennis Marks Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bob Owen,
Dave Ubinas
January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Brother Goose (whose name is a takeoff of "Mother Goose") is a crook whose crimes and traps are patterned after nursery rhymes. This criminal appears again in "Crimes in Rhymes."
16 "The Chocolate-Covered Diamond" Dennis Marks Graham Place Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Two crooks have lost a stolen diamond in a candy factory, so now they're trying to find it by stealing chocolate bars all over town.
17 "Crime College" Heywood Kling John Gentilella Bob Owen March 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
Hugo is teaching his students (the three crooks from "Pink Pearl of Persia") how to commit crimes and avoid capture, with the help of a heavily armed school bus.
18 "Myron the Magician" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Myron the Magician, who uses magic tricks to commit crimes, steals a valuable painting from a museum and hides out in his specially-gimmicked house.
19 "Brain Washday" Heywood Kling I. Klein Bob Owen February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
Hugo steals a factory's payroll with the help of an instant brainwashing solution that turns people into his willing slaves.
20 "MPFTBRM" Dennis Marks Martin Taras Bob Owen January 31, 1967 (1967-01-31)
Hugo, using his newly invented Millisecond Photo Flash Temporary Blinding Ray Monocle, has stolen a set of secret plans from a diplomatic courier.
21 "Gloves on the Go-Go" Dennis Marks Maury Reden Bob Owen March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
Hugo has invented a pair of flying gloves that steal for him; because they look like Batfink's gloves, Batfink is now wanted by the police!
22 "Sporty Morty" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman,
I. Klein
Bob Owen March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
Sporty Morty, who uses sporting equipment to steal things, wants to hunt Batfink and have his head for a trophy.
23 "Go Fly a Bat" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 31, 1967 (1967-01-31)
Hugo uses a cap that shoots lightning bolts to steal a gold idol; later, he flies the unconscious Batfink like a kite during a lightning storm.
24 "Ringading Brothers" Dennis Marks Bill Ackerman Bob Owen March 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
The Ringading Brothers use acrobatic skills to steal valuable rings from people's homes. Their name is a takeoff of "Ringling Brothers," and of the Frank Sinatra song Ring-A-Ding-Ding.
25 "Out Out Darn Spot" Dennis Marks Morey Reden,
I. Klein
Bob Owen March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
Hugo invents a spotlight that projects colorful spots to temporarily blind people; he first uses it to steal a valuable dagger, later to trap Batfink. The title is a takeoff of a famous line from Macbeth.
26 "Goo-Goo A-Go-Go" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen March 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
Hugo has built a grenade-throwing robotic baby to help him commit crimes.
27 "Crimes in Rhymes" Dennis Marks John Gentilella Bob Owen April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Brother Goose is back, and committing more crimes based on nursery rhymes.
28 "Stupidman" Heywood Kling Graham Place,
John Gentilella
Bob Owen March 30, 1967 (1967-03-30)
Stupidman, who commits crimes that no sensible person would try, has stolen a two-million-dollar scimitar; the police are unable to act, because he's the Chief's brother-in-law! The crook's name is a takeoff of "Superman."
29 "A Living Doll" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen January 31, 1967 (1967-01-31)
Hugo has built a mechanical Batfink lookalike, and Karate must determine who's who in order to save Batfink's life.
30 "Bat Patrol" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
Morey Reden
Bob Owen March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
Hugo's mechanical soldiers have declared war on law and order. The title is a takeoff of The Rat Patrol.
31 "Dig That Crazy Mountain" Dennis Marks Graham Place Bob Owen January 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
Professor Vibrato has broken out of jail using his ultrasonic cello, and Batfink pursues him to his mountaintop hideout.
32 "Spin the Batfink" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
A junk dealer is using a machine to create artificial tornadoes, which steal money and junk for him. This episode contains the first half of a hidden political message; the second half is in "Bride and Doom."
33 "Greasy Gus" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen March 23, 1967 (1967-03-23)
Greasy Gus, who uses puddles of grease to trip people up, has stolen the police payroll; the police will not work without pay, so it is up to Batfink to bring Gus in.
34 "The Mark of Zero" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
Plus A. Minus, alias Zero (a parody of Zorro), has stolen an original manuscript for The Three Musketeers.
35 "Swami Salami" Heywood Kling Graham Place Bob Owen April 18, 1967 (1967-04-18)
Snake charmer Swami Salami uses the Indian rope trick to rob penthouses.
36 "The Human Pretzel" Dennis Marks Bill Ackerman Bob Owen,
Bill Focht
April 24, 1967 (1967-04-24)
A contortionist called The Human Pretzel has stolen a box of diamonds, and is hiding out at a carnival.
37 "Jumping Jewelry" Heywood Kling John Gentilella Bob Owen March 30, 1967 (1967-03-30)
Professor Hopper, owner of a flea circus, uses his trained fleas to steal jewelry.
38 "Roz the Schnozz" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen April 24, 1967 (1967-04-24)
Roz the Schnozz uses her bloodhound-like nose to sniff out valuables and to avoid the police.
39 "Karate's Case" Dennis Marks Bill Ackerman,
I. Klein
Bob Owen,
Bill Focht
April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Someone impersonating Karate has stolen the Gold Hand of Kara-Tay from a museum; Karate, determined to clear his name, insists on taking charge of this case.
40 "The Wishbone Boner" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman,
Frank Endres
Bob Owens May 1, 1967 (1967-05-01)
Lucky Chuck, the luckiest crook in town, has stolen a dinosaur wishbone.
41 "Hugo for Mayor" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Morey Reden
Bob Owen April 18, 1967 (1967-04-18)
Marked money from a bank robbery is planted on the Chief and the Mayor, as part of Hugo's plan to get himself elected mayor.
42 "The Indian Taker" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen,
John Zago
March 23, 1967 (1967-03-23)
Hugo is using an Indian (i.e., Native American) motif for his latest crime spree, "because I don't look good as a cowboy!" The title is a takeoff of the term "Indian giver."
43 "The Devilish Device" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Morey Reden
Bob Owen May 29, 1967 (1967-05-29)
Hugo's latest invention makes people behave like animals, and he's using it to turn Batfink into a chicken.
44 "Goldstinger" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen March 30, 1967 (1967-03-30)
Hugo is using a "goldstinger" — a wand that instantly encases people and things in gold plate — to turn the heroes into immobile statues. The title of this cartoon is a takeoff of Goldfinger.
45 "The Shady Shadow" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
Frank Endres
Bob Owen April 18, 1967 (1967-04-18)
Hugo's machine has brought his shadow to life, so that it can commit crimes and fight Batfink for him.
46 "Party Marty" Heywood Kling Morey Reden Bill Focht March 1, 1967 (1967-03-01)
Party Marty, who uses party favors to commit crimes, steals Cleopatra's love letters from a library. A reader in the library keeps shushing people throughout this cartoon.
47 "The Beep Bopper" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen April 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Hugo's newest machine has brainwashed Batfink's BEEP into leading the heroes into one trap after another.
48 "The Super Trap" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
John Gentilella
Bob Owen May 12, 1967 (1967-05-12)
Hugo's electronic jamming device is turning all the machines in the Split-Level Cave against the heroes, including a trap of Batfink's devising that even Batfink cannot escape from.
49 "Bride and Doom" Heywood Kling James Tyer Bob Owen May 1, 1967 (1967-05-01)
Hugo has invented a mechanical bride to help him commit crimes; the climax of the action takes place at Niagara Falls. This episode contains the second half of a hidden political message; the first half is in "Spin the Batfink."
50 "Topsy Turvy" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen April 24, 1967 (1967-04-24)
Professor Flippo's invention turns people and things upside-down; he uses it as part of a death trap in which Batfink is trapped.
51 "The Rotten Rainmaker" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Peter Dakis
Bob Owen June 8, 1967 (1967-06-08)
The Rotten Rainmaker's weather-controlling device is raining out a planned rocket launch and he demands one million dollars to stop.
52 "Gypsy James" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman,
Frank Endres
Bill Focht May 29, 1967 (1967-05-29)
Gypsy James is a crooked fortune teller who steals parking meters; he uses a voodoo doll to battle Batfink. His name is a takeoff of "Jesse James."
53 "The Kooky Chameleon" Dennis Marks Graham Place Bob Owen May 19, 1967 (1967-05-19)
The Chameleon (no relation) is an art thief from France who uses portable camouflage screens to hide from his pursuers.
54 "Beanstalk Jack" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen May 12, 1967 (1967-05-12)
Beanstalk Jack (a parody of Jack and the Beanstalk) is a farmer who uses instant giant beanstalks to commit crimes; he traps the heroes in a Rube Goldberg-style death trap involving a beanstalk.
55 "The Time Stopper" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Jim Logan
Bob Owen May 19, 1967 (1967-05-19)
Hugo's latest device can stop time itself for everyone but him, and he uses it to rob a bank.
56 "The Kangarobot" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen,
Bill Focht
May 1, 1967 (1967-05-01)
Hugo has built a robotic kangaroo that can leap tall buildings, provide Hugo with a quick getaway, and fight.
57 "Presto-Chango-Hugo" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
John Gentilella
Bob Owen June 8, 1967 (1967-06-08)
Hugo is spraying the entire city with Presto-Chango, a chemical that causes people to swap personalities; as a result, Batfink and Karate become each other.
58 "Curly the Cannonball" Dennis Marks Bill Ackerman Bob Owen June 30, 1967 (1967-06-30)
Curly the Human Cannonball is using his routine to break into jewelry stores so he can rob them.
59 "Robber Hood" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen May 12, 1967 (1967-05-12)
Robber Hood (a parody of Robin Hood) uses his archery skills to rob money from banks, so he can give it to himself.
60 "Slow Down! Speed Up!" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
James Tyer
Bob Owen June 1, 1967 (1967-06-01)
Hugo's latest device can change the speed of whomever it is aimed at; he's using it to slow down his enemies and speed himself up.
61 "Sandman Sam" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
Frank Endres
Bob Owen June 21, 1967 (1967-06-21)
Sandman Sam is committing crimes with the help of his "slumber sand," which can put anyone to sleep; it even turns Batfink's BEEP into ZZZZ.
62 "Yo-Yo A-Go-Go" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
John Gentilella
Bob Owen June 14, 1967 (1967-06-14)
Hugo has a yo-yo which is designed to place a stick of dynamite wherever he wants.
63 "Hugo's Hoke" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Jim Logan
Bill Focht June 1, 1967 (1967-06-01)
Hugo has blanketed the city with "Hoke" — hate-inducing smoke — causing everyone to be distracted from Hugo's crimes by their own constant bickering; even Batfink and Karate are at each other's throats.
64 "Backwards Box" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen June 1, 1967 (1967-06-01)
Hugo's latest device makes people and things go backwards; after Batfink escapes from one of Hugo's traps, Hugo uses the box to make him go back into it.
65 "The Great Escapo" Dennis Marks Graham Place Bob Owen June 14, 1967 (1967-06-14)
The Great Escapo escapes from prison, and seals Batfink inside four famous traps at the same time, challenging him to get out.
66 "Watch My Smoke" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
James Tyer
Bob Owen June 30, 1967 (1967-06-30)
Hugo has an Aladdin-style lamp, which produces a thick black smoke that obeys Hugo's commands.
67 "Daniel Boom" Heywood Kling Dave Tendlar,
Morey Reden
Bill Focht June 21, 1967 (1967-06-21)
Daniel Boom (a parody of Daniel Boone) uses explosives to commit crimes and to trap the heroes.
68 "Queenie Bee" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bill Focht May 29, 1967 (1967-05-29)
Queenie Bee's trained bees scare away a museum guard so that she can steal a valuable painting.
69 "The Thief from Baghdad" Dennis Marks Dave Tendlar,
Robert Taylor
Bob Owen June 26, 1967 (1967-06-26)
Sabubu, the Thief from Baghdad, steals a priceless gem from a museum and makes his getaway on a flying carpet; his hideout is a carpet store.
70 "The Mean Green Midget" Dennis Marks Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bill Focht July 12, 1967 (1967-07-12)
The Mean Green Midget (a parody of the Jolly Green Giant) creates special plants and vegetables to help him commit crimes, such as a flower that sneaks money out of a bank.
71 "Double Double Crossers" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bill Focht June 8, 1967 (1967-06-08)
Hugo claims that an impersonator of him is going to rob the bank, and that he himself is innocent; it is really a robot double that Hugo himself built, so he can have an alibi for his own crimes.
72 "The Baffling Bluffs of Hugo A-Go-Go" Dennis Marks Martin Taras Bob Owen August 15, 1967 (1967-08-15)
Hugo fools people into thinking that everyday objects are actually powerful weapons, so he can rob them easily.
73 "Napoleon Blownapart" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bill Focht June 14, 1967 (1967-06-14)
In this pun-loaded episode, a lunatic called Napoleon Blownapart (a parody of Napoleon Bonaparte) is using hand grenades to blow up statues in the park.
74 "The Atom Boom" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
Jim Logan
Bob Owen July 12, 1967 (1967-07-12)
Hugo pretends to surrender in order to lure Batfink into a seemingly inescapable trap he calls the Atom Boom (a takeoff of the atom bomb).
75 "Magneto the Magnificent" Dennis Marks Dave Tendlar,
Morey Reden
Bill Focht July 26, 1967 (1967-07-26)
Magneto (no relation) is a crook whose magnetic gauntlets help him to steal things. His voice is modeled after Cary Grant's.
76 "Hugo the Crimefighter" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen June 21, 1967 (1967-06-21)
Hugo gains a reputation as a costumed crimefighter, in order to put Batfink out of business.
77 "The Trojan Horse Thief" Heywood Kling Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bill Focht July 12, 1967 (1967-07-12)
Hugo's new vehicle is an armored, heavily armed "Trojan Horse" that can tear into vaults.
78 "The Zap Sap" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
James Logan
Bill Focht September 12, 1967 (1967-09-12)
Hugo builds a "flying saucer" and fools everyone into thinking he's an alien.
79 "Unhappy Birthday" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen June 26, 1967 (1967-06-26)
On Batfink's birthday, Hugo tries a number of ways to destroy him, from a grenade in a gift box to a giant cake with a stick of dynamite for a candle.
80 "Buster the Ruster" Heywood Kling Dave Tendlar,
Frank Endres
Bob Owen July 26, 1967 (1967-07-26)
Buster the Ruster uses a spray gun loaded with "rust dust" to disintegrate safes and policemen's guns.
81 "Karate's Day Off" Dennis Marks Dave Tendlar,
Bob Taylor
Bob Owen September 14, 1967 (1967-09-14)
On his day off, Karate is fooled by two crooks into believing that Batfink is their hostage, and is forced to help them steal.
82 "Mike the Mimic" Nick Meglin Dave Tendlar,
Frank Endres
Bob Owen September 28, 1967 (1967-09-28)
Mike the Mimic uses his impersonation skills to trap Batfink and take his place.
83 "Cinderobber" Heywood Kling Dave Tendlar,
Morey Reden
Bob Owen August 3, 1967 (1967-08-03)
The Chief's new cleaning lady has stolen the police payroll, and accidentally left one of her shoes behind; it can only be Cinderobber (a parody of Cinderella)!
84 "Bouncey Bouncey Batfink" Dennis Marks Bill Ackerman Bob Owen June 26, 1967 (1967-06-26)
Mr. Bouncey, a former bouncer, uses a chemical spray to turn the bridge into rubber and he demands one million dollars to "derubberize" it.
85 "The Bomber Bird" Heywood Kling Dave Tendlar,
James Tyer
Bob Owen August 3, 1967 (1967-08-03)
Hugo has built a giant mechanical pigeon that drops explosive eggs.
86 "The Copycat Bat" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bill Focht June 30, 1967 (1967-06-30)
Using mechanical steel wings, Hugo impersonates Batfink while stealing the city payroll.
87 "Old King Cruel" Heywood Kling Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bob Owen September 12, 1967 (1967-09-12)
Old King Cruel (a parody of Old King Cole) steals money from a charity and candy from a baby.
88 "Victor the Predictor" Dennis Marks Dave Tendlar,
Morey Reden
Bill Focht September 14, 1967 (1967-09-14)
Victor the Predictor publicly predicts that a valuable gem will disappear and Batfink will be destroyed; Victor has secretly arranged for his predictions to come true.
89 "Goldyunlocks and the Three Baers" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen July 26, 1967 (1967-07-26)
Goldyunlocks (a parody of Goldilocks) robs the bank with the aid of her henchmen, the three Baer brothers.
90 "Jerkules" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
James Tyer
Bob Owen September 14, 1967 (1967-09-14)
Hugo's machine has given him superhuman strength, which he uses to commit crimes under the name "Jerkules" (because he does not want Hercules to sue him).
91 "Hugo Here, Hugo There" Dennis Marks Martin Taras,
John Gentilella
Bob Owen August 15, 1967 (1967-08-15)
Hugo's new "here-and-there belt" lets him teleport into and out of bank vaults, and send Batfink to random places around the world.
92 "Bowl Brummel" Nick Meglin Dave Tendlar,
Milton Stein
Bob Owen October 4, 1967 (1967-10-04)
Ex-champion bowler Bowl Brummel (whose name is a play on "Beau Brummel") uses an exploding bowling ball to rob several jewelry stores at once.
93 "Fleiderfink" Dennis Marks Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bob Owen August 15, 1967 (1967-08-15)
Operatic understudy Harold Hamboné uses a special powder to make the star lose his voice, so that he can go on instead. The title is a takeoff of Die Fleidermaus, an opera whose title translates as "The Bat."
94 "Blankenstein" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen August 3, 1967 (1967-08-03)
Green-skinned Mr. Blankenstein (whose name is a takeoff of "Frankenstein") has a gun that shoots "blanks" that blank out people's memories.
95 "Whip Van Winkle" Heywood Kling Tom Golden,
Arnie Levy
Bob Owen September 28, 1967 (1967-09-28)
When he is not napping, Whip Van Winkle (whose name is a play on "Rip Van Winkle") uses whips to rob people.
96 "Tough Macduff" Heywood Kling Martin Taras,
Frank Endres
Bob Owen October 4, 1967 (1967-10-04)
Tough Macduff, Batfink's oldest enemy, has gathered together all of Batfink's foes (from all the previous episodes) and is giving the hero an ultimatum: get out of town, or be destroyed!
97 "Judy Jitsu" Heywood Kling Bill Ackerman Bob Owen September 28, 1967 (1967-09-28)
Martial artist Judy Jitsu (whose name is derived from "Jujutsu") steals a valuable set of jewelry; the heroes track her down, even though Karate is falling for her.
98 "Ego A-Go-Go" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen September 12, 1967 (1967-09-12)
Hugo has sprayed Batfink with a chemical called Ego A-Go-Go that has turned him into a narcissist, thus making him easier to fight.
99 "Father Time Bomb" Heywood Kling Myron Waldman Bob Owen October 4, 1967 (1967-10-04)
Father Time Bomb (who resembles Father Time) informs the Chief that he's planted a time bomb somewhere in the city; the heroes look for it, not knowing that it is at police headquarters.
100 "Batfink – This Is Your Life" Dennis Marks Myron Waldman Bob Owen October 4, 1967 (1967-10-04)
Trapped in a seemingly inescapable death trap by Hugo, Batfink sees his life flash before his eyes, and we see how he first became a steel-winged crimefighter. The title is taken from This Is Your Life.

DVD release[edit]

  • On 6 December 2004, Cinema Club released the complete series on Region 2 DVD.
  • On 3 July 2007, Shout! Factory released Batfink: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[7]
    • Both DVD boxsets run over 4 DVDs and contain all 100 episodes of the series.
  • In January 2007, A-Design released a single Batfink DVD in Bulgaria. The DVD includes 26 5-minute segments.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Mackay published a filmography of Batfink in the Sept. 1993 issues of Farmes per Second magazine, and also provided a complete listing of episodes, plot summaries and air dates on his website As of June 2014, the website is down an only available via the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Decaro, Frank (5 August 2007). "Another Caped Crusader, Super Tongue in Cheek". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Batfink". DVD Talk. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Batfink - "Gypsy James" - 1967 - YouTube
  5. ^ "Spin the Batfink" at Dave Mackey's site
  6. ^ "Bride and Doom" at Dave Mackey's site
  7. ^ Batfink: The Complete Series Archived 22 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine. at the Shout! Factory store

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