Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Season 1 Episode 24

Mayhem of the Music Meister!

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Aired Friday 7:00 PM Oct 23, 2009 on Cartoon Network
8.9
out of 10
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10

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The Music Meister uses his power to hypnotically force heroes and villains alike to assist him in launching a communications satellite and expand his power across the globe, and only Batman can stop him.

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  • Well....it's different.

    4.0
    My opinions on this have changed. While I'm still not a big fan, I'll at least give them credit for trying something new. After all, no one can really say they made a Batman musical before. And I won't deny, Drives Us Bats is good at least, not to mention that hearing Gorilla Grodd sing "This silly game is very lame and someone's going to pay," cracks me up every time. But for me, this REALLY pushes the goofy nature of the show. And I know that's the point, but I suppose I'm just used to a darker incarnation of the character.moreless
  • Batman the Musical

    9.5
    This is something I thought I would never see in a million years but I finally have and I love it. This is one of my top ten episodes of the show. I'll admit I'm not a fan of musicals, it's just not my genere; the only ones I really like are "Phantom of the Paridise", "Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog" and a few others but I like these because their a little more in the generes I love and just simply make a beautiful combo. The plot is nothing special but it's really just the songs and the actions that make this episode. Neil Patrick Harris as the Music Meister and it makes sense since he was in "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog" it's just great hearing him sing. And the Music Meister kinda looks like the vilian Paul Simon played from the movie "Phantom of the Paridise". And of course kudos to the voice actress for Black Canary she just has such a beautiful voice. The funny thing about this episode is this isn't really a Batman episode but it's more Black Canary and the Music Meister but that's what great about it because these two drive the show.



    At times it was fun and funny, my second favorate sone is "Going Bats" where we see both the supervillians and superheroes break out in song. I couldn't help but laugh my head off just seeing Joker, Penguin, Two Face, and others sing and dance it was just surreal.



    But my favorate song was from Black Cannary called "If only" it was just a beautiful song. I even loved how in the final minutes the person doing the duet with her was Green Arrow which makes sense since both are a couple in the comic book series.

    Both make beautiful music together, so does this episode.moreless
  • An episode all anime and animation writers and producers should follow at least once a season.

    10
    Absolutely my most favorite animation of 2009 and certainly in the top 5 of all time (if not the best of all time).



    I love anime & animation for the stories, the fantasy / imagination, and the magnificent drawings in both styles. Yet they both fall short in truly enlightening the human soul. What is missing is the power of music to shape and tame the human heart of the heart of a beast.



    This episode, though, includes this missing quality and incorporates it well enough to remind me of a Broadway musical. It has a well written story, great animation, and uniquely includes music, which creates beauty capable of opening the heart and minds of the viewer.



    This episode gets my highest rating, as I never wanted the episode to end and after viewing it for nine times I have same feeling as the first time. I look forward to more from Music Meister and hope the writer and producers bring music to more characters not only on "Batman: The Brave and The Bold," but to all anime and animation.



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    UPDATE: It is now May 27, 2011 and Cartoon Network again showed this episode and it still (even with the many cuts) a wonderful episode. I found myself singing along with the song (OK, not out loud, but in my heart and mind). Yeah, I still feel today that this is one of the best cartoons every produced.moreless
  • The music Mieser puts everyone underneath his control using music and it's up to Batman and the black Canary to stop him.

    7.0
    I loved this episode, the songs, the action seeing the villains and the herors dancing around like something out of the "West Side Story" and the fact that Batman sang!! Well, not sing actually, but just vocalizing, but its the closest thing we'll ever get right? What I also liked was the music miester himself, using music as a means to control people to do his bidding, its refreashing, new,m evil and not something that you don't see every day. that and that Niel Patrick Harris could sing, made me love this episode even more. I hope he makes more appreances.moreless
  • It's a Batman Musical, what's not to love?

    9.5
    This is the episode I've rewatched the most times, why? It's simple, it's just a fantastic episode with songs that are memorable, catchy and well written. The Ace in the hole here is Neil Patrick Harris, guest starring as the titular character. And he is excellent, the guy sure can sing, just as amazing and impressive is Grey DeLisle as Black Canary, she has a beautiful voice and really gets to shine here. My favorite song is probably "Drives Us Bats", but there isn't a weak song to be found here.



    Furthermore there is a story here, tying all the madness together. Sure it's not deep or even interesting, but it's enough to set a frame around all the great musical numbers. Batman doesn't really sing, and when he does he's using autotune, and it's not Diedrich Bader's voice, it sounded more like Jeff Bennett.



    Mayhem of the Music Meister is an absolutely unique and fantastic episode that is a lot of fun, with songs that are surprisingly great in quality. Neil Patrick Harris and Grey DeLisle steal the show and are truly talented singers.moreless
Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Batman (singing voice)

Guest Star

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Black Canary

Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Babyface

Guest Star

John DiMaggio

John DiMaggio

Aquaman

Recurring Role

James Arnold Taylor

James Arnold Taylor

Green Arrow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • While Batman and Black Canary are tied up in Music Meister's trap we see the names of other superheroes and villains on the wall behind them: Inferior Five, Fearsome Five, The Metal Men, Injustice Gang, The Great Ten, Trenchcoat Brigade, Tornado Twins, Boy Commandos, Female Furies, Challengers of the Unknown, Monster Society of Evil

    • Other characters appearing without dialogue: enemies from the 60s Batman series (Black Widow, Bookworm, False-Face, King Tut, Louie the Lilac, Ma Parker, Mad Hatter, Egghead, Shane), Psycho-Pirate, Calendar Man, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Doctor Polaris, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Two-Face, Joker, Felix Faust, Crazy Quilt, Cavalier, Babyface, Fun Haus, Shark, Guy Gardner, the Outsiders (Black Lightning, Katana, Metamorpho), Catman, Bane, Killer Moth, Booster Gold, Hawk & Dove, Riddler, the Terrible Trio, Bronze Tiger, Plastic Man, Atom, Brain, Robin, Gentleman Ghost, Major Disaster, Catwoman, Mrs. Manface, Copperhead, OMAC, Elongated Man, Fire, Jarvis Kord, Tiger Shark, Polka-Dot Man, Question, Kr'ull the Eternal (and his henchmen), Speedy, Wildcat, Huntress, Solomon Grundy, Big Barda, Penguin, and Zebra-Man.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Injoke: Drives us Bats features two references to the 1960s Batman series. Music Meister references the famed "Bat-Tutsi" dance, and Black Manta mentions shark repellent, referencing a scene from the 1966 film, where Batman warded off a shark using "Bat-shark repellent."

    • Music:
      * I'm the Music Meister: Music by: Michael McCuistion; Lyrics by: James Tucker; Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris
      * Drives Us Bats: Music by: Lolita Ritmanis; Lyrics by: Michael Jelenic; Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris
      * Death Trap: Music by: Kristopher Carter; Lyrics by: James Tucker; Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris & Grey Delisle
      * If Only: Music by: Lolita Ritmanis; Lyrics by: Michael Jelenic; Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris & Grey Delisle
      * The World is Mine: Music by: Kristopher Carter; Lyrics by: Michael Jelenic; Performed by: Neil Patrick Harris, Grey Delisle & Jeff Bennett
      * If Only (Reprise): Music by: Lolita Ritmanis; Lyrics by: Michael Jelenic; Performed by: Grey Delisle & James Arnold Taylor

    • Neil Patrick Harris is billed as Special Guest Villain.

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: September 27, 2009 on Teletoon (premiere)

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