Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Common Sense Media says

More teamwork than brooding in fun Caped Crusader 'toon.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show draws stark lines between the good guys and the very evil supervillains. There have been many versions of Batman -- in comics, on TV, and in the movies -- and this one takes pains to show how the Caped Crusader collaborates with other heroes. It's interesting to see these often one-dimensional characters interact with their super friends.

Violence & scariness

Lots of cartoon violence -- mainly fistfights, but also use of various weapons, ranging from blasters to the bow and arrow.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The series promotes many of the popular heroes and villains who live in the world of DC Comics.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated superhero series has plenty of action but isn't too likely to set off any strong parental alarm bells. The violence is cartoonish rather than explicit, nobody really gets hurt, and crime never pays. The series shows Batman working with a variety of other crimefighters, and he often discusses how these partnerships work, providing an interesting insight into the day-to-day life of a superhero.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader), aided by a rotating cast of super partners, takes on a rogues' gallery of villains in this entertaining cartoon series. The focus here is on partnership, with guest appearances from Green Lantern, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, and many other popular heroes from DC Comics. The exciting missions take the characters into space, to the bottom of the sea, and deep into the crooks' secret hideouts -- where there's usually plenty of animated action, including fistfights, gun battles, and explosions. In the end, the bad guys always get what they deserve.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Batman has starred in many, many different comic books, TV shows, and films since he was first introduced in 1939, and though he's certainly one of the darkest heroes in the genre, he hasn't always been a brooding loner. He was one of the first heroes to take on a sidekick (the acrobatic Robin) and was one of the founding members of the Justice League. But ever since the landmark Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comic miniseries was released in 1986, detailing the Caped Crusader's inner demons and portraying him as a solitary hero driven by a thirst for revenge, it's been fashionable to focus on the Dark Knight's dark side. That's clearly evident in the big-screen adaptations of recent years, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as other animated series aimed at kids that tone down, but don't always purge, his complex nature.

That's why BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD is refreshing for its efforts to show Batman's relationships with other heroes and would-be heroes. As they battle super criminals, Batman takes time to comment on why Green Lantern is one of his most trusted friends, or how Blue Beetle is finally coming into his own as a partner. Yes, Batman has a disturbing, complex backstory, but it's nice to know that even superheroes need a good friend. It's a lesson that should resonate with many kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about partnerships. Batman has starred in many comic books, TV series, and films, often working alone, sometimes with a sidekick, and occasionally as part of a team. This series pairs him with a rotating cast of super partners. What makes for a good partnership -- crimefighting or otherwise? Sometimes Batman works with another well-known hero, while in other episodes he's clearly mentoring someone with less experience. Do you think one type of relationship (peer vs. mentor) is more effective than the other? What happens when two headstrong people disagree on how to handle a problem?

TV details

Cast:Corey Burton, Diedrich Bader, Will Friedle
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 12 years old Written byRSKKZ May 16, 2009
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10
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

RSKKZ Rating: 10 for Fantasy Violence. What Rodni Says: 8+? Are you kidding me? I would not recommend this cartoon to anyone under 10! I am usually pretty liberal about my ratings, but this would REALLY freak little kids out! Nobody ever dies, though, but there is constant talk about death and some people in it who have already died. Also, there is constant action, which may be intense for little kids. Overall, just because it's a "cartoon for kids" doesn't mean that it isn't violent or scary. I'm a little surprised that CSM didn't touch on how scary it could be because I noticed that the first time I watched it.

Teen, 16 years old Written byLukepi June 10, 2011
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2
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Batman went from being Dark and violent to happy and friendly. Ugh.

They killed batman. Seriously. If I wanna watch a mamby pamby love fest I'll go watch Dora the Explorer. There's nothing innapropriate with the show, It just stinks.

Kid, 11 years old Written bynickelmcpickle June 7, 2009
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5
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my 5 yrs old brother watches this

It is a pretty decent show, it is actaully kind of educational for kids who don't like teamwork. this show shows that "two heads are better than one" is actually true.

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