The New Batman Adventures “Critters” (part 1 of 2)
The early ‘90s saw a pretty big boom in televised cartoons. Whereas the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s had seen the format watered down by preachy grandstanding (though to be fair, that has its own cheesy charm), the ‘90s ushered in the notion that not all kids are drooling halfwits who need to have mommy around at all times to make sure they don’t accidentally try to eat the bowl after all the cereal is gone.
One of the boldest moves in animation was the reinvention of Batman with Batman: The Animated Series. Using the Tim Burton films and the darker, more edgy comics as a starting point, the series was a gorgeous piece of animation with striking production design, a top notch team of animators and voice actors, and a tone that was dark but not so dark as to turn off younger viewers.
It ran steadily on FOX from 1992 to 1995, and in 1997 it was revived and renamed The New Batman Adventures, and moved to the WB where it ran until 1999. The new show was basically the same as the old show, apart from design changes, and a general lightening in tone.