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Batfink

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Original Air Date:
1966
Channel:
Syndication
Prod. Co.:
Hal Seeger Productions
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Characters & Voices
Batfink - Frank Buxton
Hugo - Frank Buxton
Karate - Len Maxwell
Chief - Len Maxwell
 
If this series reminds you of another bat-oriented superhero, itís no coincidence. The producers of Batfink decided to spoof the popular prime-time version of Batman, apparently forgetting that the TV show was already a spoof of the comic book.

Unlike his live-action counterpart, Batfink was a real bat, equipped with superpowers and high-tech gadgets. His sidekick, Karate, was a martial-arts expert who had more in common with Kato, the Green Hornetís sidekick, than with boy wonder Robin. The duoís main villain was Hugo a Go Go, a swinging sixties bad guy.

While Batfink was full of hip gags and references to culture as well as pop culture, its strongest point was definitely the voices. Frank Buxton's Batfink combined the straight announcer style of Gary Owens with the overplayed heroics of Dudley Do-Right, making the character so over the top, one couldnít help but laugh.

100 five-minute episodes were produced over the show's brief syndicated run. The idea received an update of sorts two decades later in Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, which featured a winged wonder named BatBat.

"You can't hurt me. My wings are like a shield of steel!"
 
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In 1951, comic book writer Tony Isabella was born.