Batman: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 30

Tyger, Tyger

Aired Saturday 9:00 AM Oct 30, 1992 on FOX
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Selina Kyle is kidnapped by an evil scientist who turns her into a real cat-woman.

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  • Kitten Moreau

    This is a story in the vein of H.G Wells. Selena is kidnapped and a strange scientist turns her into a half cat half human. It's up to Batman to rescue her and change her back to her old self.
  • Can anyone else say “The Island of Dr. Moreau”? I know you can, and I know Batman can.

    I’m not sure just how unoriginal the Batman writers can be, but this surely is an example of being unoriginally almost entirely. It’s pretty obvious that this story was partly lifted from the story “The Island of Dr. Moreau”. Of course, there is some originality as this Dr. Moreau has done less “conversions than the book version.

    In this story, the man doctor creates some monkey/ape crosses with cats, and eventually moves to a man/ape hybrid. Finally, he creates “from scratch, so to speak” a cat-man. This cat-man monster (Tygrus) was created not by modifying a man or a cat, but mixing them both in a test tube. That at least is original to this story.

    However, one has to wonder why our Doctor Dorian needs Celina to make a cat-woman, when he has proven able to make a cat-man. Why not just create a test tube verion like Tygrus? This question cannot be answered, but does help to make this episode useless.

    I’m giving this episode half grades since although unoriginal in part, there’s enough unique Batman to keep this from the bottom of the barrel. If you like sudden bad to good switches, then you’ll like this one.

    But I wonder what will happen to Garth since he would likely of had the “final” dosage?moreless
Marc Singer

Marc Singer

Dr. Kirk Langstrom

Guest Star

Joseph Maher

Joseph Maher

Dr. Emile Dorian

Guest Star

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Tygrus (credited), Garth (uncredited)

Guest Star

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne Barbeau

Selina Kyle / Catwoman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Bride of Frankenstein

      Dr. Dorian's abducting Selina Kyle to turn her into a mate for his creation Tygrus smacks of Bride of Frankenstein, in which the scientist in that piece also tried to give his "homemade creation" a mate.

    • H.G. Wells's Island of Dr. Moreau

      The idea of a scientist experimenting on the animal inhabitants of in one island, creating proto-humans, is reminiscent of the science-fiction novel written by H.G. Wells in 1896.

    • William Blake's "The Tyger"

      This episode is named for a very famous poem by William Blake entitled "The Tyger" which Batman quotes at the end:

      "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
      In the forests of the night,
      What immortal hand or eye
      Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"