I absolutely loved the animation, specially the art deco stylish version of the Batman. It really shines (his eyes literally glow) whenever the Dark Knight is hiding in the shadows. Besides the Nolan Trilogy and the classical 'Batman Returns', directed by Tim Burton, this movie shows, perfectly, how you can combine the harrowing origin of the Dark Knight while introducing a noir-esque femme fatale romance.
a gorgeous noir-soaked vision. outside the nolan sequence, batman has never been afforded such a gorgeous canvas in which to spin a tale. haunting and provocative, this film is imbued with a giddy pathos like a mist that enraptures love, loss, and regret. action and meditation form the dyad at the vertebrae of this film, where batman must throw down the gauntlet. at the joker. at the phantasm. at himself.
Best Batman film of all time. This is the Dark Knight of the comic books and is surprisingly a tearjerker. The only Batman is Kevin Conroy. Great for kids and adults, and the art deco artstyle still holds up.
The ending throws me a bit on the extent to which this plugs into the animated series, (The Joker died, right?) but wow: an animated Batman with the talent of the tv series unleashed from its restraints is really something to behold. It unfolds as a slow-burn noir thriller centered around Gotham's mafia that weaves itself very well into Bruce's backstory/inner turmoil. Also, bonus points for honoring Burton's Joker.
There are terrifying images, beautiful shadows and, unfortunately, a slightly gooey love story at its center. But it all still registers as more real and more sinister a film than a 5-year old should be allowed to watch.
Much more entertaining and mature than anything Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher could put together. The big problem with Burton and Schumacher's films is the bad balancing of a Batman action story and a Bruce Wayne drama, and that's something that Mask of the Phantasm balances perfectly. I really like it, and that's coming from someone who largely dislikes animated films. Maybe this is a turning point for me.