Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero, Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network from September 5, 1992 to September 15, 1995. The visual style of the series, dubbed "Dark Deco", was based on the artwork of producer and artist Bruce Timm. The series was widely praised for its thematic complexity, dark tone, artistic quality and faithfulness to the character's crime-fighter origins. The series also won four Emmy Award and was nominated for nine others.
When the first season of the series aired on weekday afternoons, it lacked an on-screen title in the opening sequence, and was referred to as simply Batman in episode recaps shown at the beginning of the second half of a two-part episode ("Previously on Batman..."). When the series' timeslot was moved to weekends during its second season, it was given the on-screen title The Adventures of Batman & Robin. The series was the first in the continuity of the shared DC animated universe, and spawned the theatrical film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993).
The series was partly inspired by Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, as well as Burton's 1992 sequel Batman Returns and the acclaimed Superman theatrical cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios in the early 1940s. In designing the series, Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski emulated Burton's films' "otherworldly timelessness", incorporating period features such as black-and-white title card, police blimp (though no such thing existed, Timm has stated that he found it to fit the show's style) and a "vintage" color scheme with film noir flourishes. In addition, Radomski issued a standing order to the animation department that all backgrounds be painted using light colors on black paper (as opposed to the industry standard of dark colors on white paper.)
The series initially took a variation of music written by Danny Elfman for the Burton films as its theme; later episodes of the series used a new theme with a similar style by Shirley Walker (Walker was occasionally Elfman's conductor for films on which they collaborated). The score of the series was influenced by Elfman and Walker's work on the Burton films, as well as music of 1940s film noir.
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