Krypto: the Superdog

Season 1 Episode 47

Bat Hound and the Robin

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Aired Weekdays 12:00 PM Jun 10, 2005 on Cartoon Network
9.4
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Bat Hound is at his wit's end when a feisty Robin decides to become his crime-fighting partner.

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  • Bathound reluctantly gets a partner and a pain in the neck all in one.

    9.7
    Krypto comes back from his villain patrol without having anything interesting happen. Kevin and his family are gone, so he goes down to his rocket, and finds Bathound hiding. Ace recounts his story of how a robin he saved, named Robby, has decided to tag along and be his partner. However, he messes Ace up every time he tries to help, so Ace told him to go gather information, while Ace ran and hid where he thought Robby wouldn't find him. Krypto tells him he's overreacting, and when he turns on the lights, Robby's right there. Ace tries to get some time alone, but Robby insists that they talk. One of the pidgeons in Gotham said that the Joker's hyenas are in Metropolis, and are stealing pillowcases to hold other stolen apparel in. Krypto and Ace try to stop them without Robby, who gets Ace in trouble once again, while Krypto is out cold by kryptonite dust (an excellent use of kryptonite, and quite inventive). Bud and Lou put Ace on a giant spring, shooting him sky high while both him and Robby are stuck in a pillowcase. Robby uses his beak to tear it open, and the two of them save Krypto and catch the hyenas. Robby acknowledges that he no longer owes Bathound anymore, so he leaves to fight crime on his own.



    I didn't find much wrong with this episode...in fact, nothing wrong at all, other than a problem with matching up voice recordings and animation. In an opening scene, Krypto talks, but his mouth only moves and no words come out of it until a second later. Still, enjoyable, and worth watching a few times. 9.7/10moreless
  • For all intents and purposes, this episode is a pretty blatant parody of the Batman and Robin mythos.

    9.2
    Hey, as a long-time Batman fan, I couldn't help get some laughs out of this episode. True, it was a little surprising seeing the normally stoic Ace getting reduced to a nervous wreck by a little robin and Robby himself was more than a bit annoying, but hey, it was a pretty fun episode that poked some rather clever fun at various elements of the Batman and Robin mythos, specifically Dick Grayson when HE was Robin.





    First of all, aside from the obvious fact that Robby IS an actual robin, was the way Ace and Robby first met. Just as Batman saved Dick from going to the cops after his parents were killed (for fear that the cops Dick might go to were crooked), so too does Ace save Robby when HIS life was imperiled (though Robby's peril was more immediate than Dick's and involved a more direct rescue).





    Second, of course was the mask and cape Robby wore for much of the episode. Very obvious reference to the "classic Robin" (i.e. pre-Tim Drake) Robin look.



    Third, just as Robin was seemingly considered more of a hinderance than a help to Batman for a significant portion of the Dark Knight's career by a lot of comic writers, so too was Robby more of an annoyance than a legitimate help to Ace for much of the episode (though Robby's "hinderance" stage started much more immediately than Dick's).



    Finally was the end of the episode itself. Just as Robby claimed to want to be his own hero, that's essentially what Dick did when he became Nightwing.



    Hey, the classic Batman fan in me still got a decent laugh out of this episode, even if I DID feel sorry for Ace for finding out that no good deed goes unpunished. I definitely have to applaud the writers for the clever comics' satire in this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bud: One move, Bathound, and the bird gets it!
      Robbie: Gets what? Did I win a prize? Boy, and usually I'm so unlucky!
      Lou: On second thought, the bird gets it anyway!

    • Robbie: I'm Captain Redbreast, the feathered fighter of filthy foes, and defender of friendly freedom-loving friends!
      Ace: You know, the criminals are gonna be gone by the time you finish saying that.

    • Krypto: Sure is quiet down there. Is there a criminal holiday I don't know about?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Lou calls Ace "bat in the hat", parodying the Dr. Suess book The Cat in The Hat.

    • Not only was Robby a reference to Robin, but he was similar (in personality only) to Batmite. Batmite was a godly, imp-ish version of Batman from another dimension. Like Robby, all he wanted to do was help his hero, but ended up annoying him instead. Batmite was also referenced in "Teen Titans", where Robin meets an imp-like version of himself, Larry.

    • As the title itself should imply, this episode pretty much pokes funs at several elements of the "Batman and Robin" mythos, specifically those involving Dick Grayson as Robin. First off is the fact that Robby is an actual robin. Second, just as Batman was introduced to Dick Grayson when the former saved the latter from going to potentially crooked cops after his parents were killed, so too, do Ace's troubles with Robby begin when he saves the young avian's life (albeit from a much different peril). Third, Robby's mask and cape are virtually identical (in a small-bird-sized manner) to the "classic Robin" look. Fourth, the fact Robby's MUCH more of a hinderance than a help to Ace is pretty much a jab at the way many comic writers seemingly saw Robin as being to Batman for a few decades of his existence (though it's much more immediate in Robby's case). Fifth, was Robby's wish to be his own hero at the end of the episode, which is, as someone else pointed out, kind of what happened to Dick when he became Nightwing.

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