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Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Fun and Games”)

I now own all of SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES on DVD. Each week, I’m going to work my way through the series one episode at a time.  Dig?

Episode: “Fun and Games”

What Happens: Lois Lane is caught in the crossfire when the Toyman takes revenge on local crime lord Bruno Mannheim.

Thoughts:

  • The animated incarnation of the Toyman is THE CREEPIEST THING. I remember being unnerved by the Toyman episodes when I first saw this show as a wee ‘un. The similarities to Mattel’s “Matty” mascot are uncanny.

That SMILE...

  • Hey, Bruno Mannheim is in this episode! He’s basically just a plot device in this episode but they do some pretty cool stuff with him once the Fourth World characters start to show up.
  • The different weapons Toyman uses are fun. Giant rubber duckie, indestructible bouncy ball, remote controlled planes, living play doh, etc.
  • Toyman is so committed to his gimmick that he puts together an expository pop-up book!

Neat

  • Have to say, I REALLY like the new origin for Toyman here and the pop-up book mashed up with Clark and Jimmy going through old news reports is a pretty clever way to convey it.
  • Looking back, it’s kind of surprising that they didn’t do a Joker/Toyman team-up episode, seems like a pretty natural fit and they certainly did enough crossovers between Batman and Superman.
  • Did not realize Bud Cort was the voice of Toyman in all of his Timm-animation appearances. Cool!

Overall?

Nice little episode. Creepy villain with a creative gimmick and it sets up a few plot points for later episodes.

Next Episode: A LITTLE PIECE OF HOME (Krrrryptonite!)

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One response to “Episode By Episode: SUPERMAN: TAS (“Fun and Games”)

  1. Siskoid

    A complete reinvention of a classic villain winds up being possibly the best version ever. For once, Toyman felt like he was a Superman-level threat.

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