From 1966 to 1986, the Joker appeared in a variety of animated cartoons...mainly because he was considered Batman's arch enemy. Below is a list of the Joker's "pre-Mark Hamill" animated adventures.


Batman TV Opening

Produced by renowned animator Lee Mishkin as the opening for the live action TV series from 1966, the Joker makes a fleeting cameo as one of Batman's opponents. Sheesh, typecasting!

Filmation's Batman

Hot off the heels of ABC's live action series, CBS hired Filmation (famous in the 1980's for cartoons such as He-Man and Fat Albert, among others) to produce animated episodes of Batman and incorporate them into the studio's already popular The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure.

Knocking Aquaman out of the title, Batman continued where the ABC series left off and introduced new villains of its own such as Simon the Pieman. The Joker (voiced by the late comedy straight man Ted Knight) made numerous appearances, as did other villains such as the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and the first ever non-comic appearance of the Scarecrow!

During the initial 1968-1969 run of the series, Filmation made 14-minute episodes and, to a lesser extent, 7-minute episodes. The longer episodes would be interrupted in the middle to give the same "cliffhanger" appearance that the ABC series did. The shorter episodes were able to fit into the show without commercial interruption.

The Batman episodes were syndicated to local television stations, had a one-shot video release from Warner Home Video, and from 1995 to 1997, were regularly seen on USA Network's The Superman/Batman Adventures, which featured other DC Comics cartoons by Filmation and about half of the Hanna-Barbera Super Friends library.

These same Superman/Batman Adventures episodes are now appearing as a part of Cartoon Network's sister network Boomerang. For completests of these Batman episodes, it should be noted that Warner Bros. occasionally edited a few seconds from random episodes.

God I love Seinfeld!

LONGER EPISODES

It Takes Two to Make a Team

A team-up of the Joker, the Penguin, and the Riddler, which turns somewhat uneventful as the episode mainly focuses on Robin's growing jealousy of Batgirl as Batman's partner (which is all a part of the villains' plan, natch).

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
Batman's face sticking out of the wall safe.

Robin stopping the Joker with his hand...doesn't really sound funny BUT Robin's hand meets Joker's face, making Robin seem roughly three feet taller than the Joker!

Batman dressed as the boat captain, especially with the back of his head being completely blue!

Some Burning Questions:
When the Riddler throws the grenade at Batgirl....why is Robin already wearing a catcher's mitt on his hand? Was he hoping to get a couple of innings in after the Riddler was captured?

Where exactly does someone get a giant mechanical hand from?

Where did the plank (that Robin tries to cross) come from?

Simon the Pieman

In a silent cameo, the Joker (along with the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze) is kidnapped by Simon the Pieman, who is determined to monopolize all of the crime in Gotham City.

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
The flesh-colored Joker.

The casual running (which looks more like mall-walking) to the Batmobile.

The Batman face that swings from right to left.

Some Burning Questions:
Why is Bruce's mouth moving when Dick's voice is heard...and also why doesn't Bruce's mouth move immediately when he starts to talk? Are Bruce and Dick starting a new ventriloquist act, just in case this crime-fighting gig of theirs goes under?

How exactly does the Batmobile get in a traffic jam?

Isn't Batman worried about his secret identity being revealed if Alfred is seen driving around the Batmobile?

How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow?

The Joker breaks into various Gotham labs and seemingly makes off with junk, when in actuality he's stealing information on how to build his own solar mirror and burn Gotham City to the ground!

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
The Joker at the other end of the telescope, whatever that shot was supposed to indicate.

The Joker laughing while he's frowning.

The various costume goof-ups, such as the disappearing Bat-symbol and Robin's flesh-colored gloves.

Some Burning Questions:
Why did Batman use a parachute to slow down the Batmobile? Doesn't it have any brakes??

What parts, exactly, of Batman and Robin are being magnetized to the slide? Their bat-bottoms?

How did Batman know that the Joker was taking photographs?

A Game of Cat & Mouse

Jealous of the Catwoman's current crime wave, the Joker proposes a team-up between himself and the feline fatale. Planning to double-cross her from the get-go (was there any doubt?), the Joker waits until Batman and Robin find Catwoman's lair to steal her stolen treasures right from under her nose!

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
The cheetah in the helicopter with TMJ.

The size comparisons between the helicopter and the cheetah.

Some Burning Questions:
Is the Catwoman the most easily-bamboozled of Batman's villains or what? I mean, she was tricked by both Bruce and the Joker in only a matter of minutes!

Um....."Bat Grenades?"

Partners in Peril

The Joker, the Penguin, and the Riddler all team up and first bet on which villain can come up with the best caper...and then team up with Catwoman to try to take control of Gotham City!

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
Sigh....another flesh-colored Joker.

Catwoman's large plantation of a "hideout" that resembles a cat head from the sky. Duh, who do you think lives here, Robin?

Some Burning Questions:
When the Riddler orders his "men" inside the warehouse, why is he facing the camera? Is he talking to us?

What's the deal with that corny street maze that the Riddler set up? How is he able to control the direction of a downtown street with only a few levers?

How do the two security guards know that the wind-up Joker toy is a time bomb?

And finally, who exactly is Batgirl winking to? Us? Is she assuming that if she confides in us with her secret identity, then we'll gladly help her out if she's ever in a jam? Look lady, seeing you in a perilous trap is a thought that keeps me happy each night when I go to bed. You think I'd ever want you out of a situation like that? Not bloody likely!

My Crime is Your Crime

The Joker and Penguin switch capers to throw Batman and Robin off their tracks, but why do I have the feeling that saying "Look over there!" would throw Batman and Robin off your track?

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
The logos on Batman and Robin's costumes switch sides, disappear, and change colors.

An odd shot of Bruce and Dick carrying on a conversation from seemingly opposite ends of the room.

The Joker's seemingly inflated head.

Batman and Robin in a "thinking pose" in the Batcave.

Natch, the automatic pitching penguin robots.

Robin's odd gesture while watching the Joker and Penguin in jail, as if he's egging them on to um...."attack" each other.

Some Burning Questions:
Is it actually possible for the Penguin to sue Batman for false arrest, as he threatens to do? Even if the Penguin had a case, how exactly would a measly file clerk find out not only who Batman is, but also where the Batcave is to deliver a subpoena?

Speaking of arrests, why do Batman and Robin feel it's okay to arrest criminals without any evidence....such as, for example, without the stolen goods the criminal is suspected of stealing?

And finally, when Batman and Robin are swinging the baseball bats, why are they only talking in sentence fragments?

Hizzoner the Joker

The Joker frames some of Gotham City's officials and rigs a mayoral election....thus becoming Mayor of Gotham!

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
The Joker turning his frozen-smiled face at a 45 degree angle.

The frozen fountain in front of Stately Wayne Manor.

The news microphone with the station call letters "KKK."

The Joker's flesh-colored hand underneath his glove.

The Penguin's hilarious double-take when Batman and Robin show up.

Batman driving the Batmobile with green gloves.

Some Burning Questions:
How does The Joker make a public press conference without being arrested? Isn't he still a wanted murderer?

Umm...."electrical gas?"

Who exactly is The Joker talking to when he orders to have Batman, Robin, Commissioner Gordon, and Chief O'Hara thrown in jail? And furthermore, what self-respecting Gotham City police officer would comply?

When Joker orders Gordon and O'Hara to report to the firing range, did he forget that they're still supposed to be in jail?

SHORT EPISODES

Long John Joker

The Joker appears to be filming a movie based on the book "Treasure Island," but Batgirl learns that it's only a cover-up for a real treasure hunt only moments before being captured by the Joker!

Some Burning Questions:
Without sounding like a total nerd, are we to believe that the Joker has been released from prison, and that Batman and Robin would just casually let him go after he literally runs into them while running out of the library?

Is Batgirl's "utility bag," that the Joker supposedly takes after capturing her, some sort of super-purse? Why not have whatever gadgets the bag might carry in the utility belt that she wears all the time??

Once Batman and Robin are also captured, Robin states that the Joker has taken away their utility belts...so why is he wearing one while he's saying this? Do Batman and Robin have extra utility belts to wear so that they don't look silly if their real belts are taken away??

And finally, where exactly did Batgirl get the two pistols from???

Opera Buffa

The Joker believes that he has finally taken care of Batman and Robin and, assuming they're dead, plans to steal a costume tiara from an opera house. Escaping the Joker's death trap, Batman and Robin pose as ghosts to haunt the Joker!

Just Plain-Old Silly Sights:
Dick does another ventriloquist act.

Batman and Robin's glowing, floating heads look like they belong at the beginning of an old Disney cartoon.

Batman's bare legs!

Some Burning Questions:
Why does Batman refer to Robin as "Don Robin?" Don Juan de Marco wasn't in the opera "Carmen." Is "Don" Robin's first name or something?

The Joke's On Robin


Scooby-Doo!

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In 1972, Batman and Robin appeared in two, hour-long episodes of Hanna-Barbera's beloved Scooby-Doo spin-off The New Scooby-Doo Movies, in which the Caped Crusaders teamed up with Freddy, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and of course Scooby. On both occasions, this ultimate crime-fighting team locked horns with both the Joker and the Penguin. In both separate episodes, the voices and animation style were consistent with the 1968 Filmation Batman series.

With the whole "scary" aspect behind the idea of Scooby-Doo shows, one would think the Joker would feel right at home as a guest star. Alas, he spends most of the time hiding behind some kind of machinery, usually trading irritating alliteration-filled catchphrases with the Penguin.

Watch for both episodes to be released on DVD in 2002!

The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair - September 16, 1972
aka "The Crooked Counterfeiters"

The Joker and Penguin team up (perfectly locating themselves in an amusement park haunted house!), hoping to get an Irene Ryan of a lady's money...but the real mystery is who the mastermind is.

The Caped Crusader Caper - December 16, 1972
aka "The Sying Fluit-- er Flying Suit"

The Joker and Penguin join forces once again and dress up in scarecrow and "tree-man" costumes, seizing control of a covered bridge to scare the kids away as they plan to steal a flying super-suit invented by a wimpy scientist with a classic Don Messick stutter.

Gimme that!

The New Adventures of Batman

In 1977, Filmation returned to animating the cape and cowl with this Saturday morning series on CBS, competing head-on with Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends (which was airing on ABC). This series is only notable because it featured the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward...and introduced a new regularly appearing character......sigh, Bat-Mite.

The Pest - February 10, 1977

The Joker, with his pet hyena Giggle (oh boy), steals Professor Erwin's new invention....a car that runs on water! Batman and Robin find out that the car will explode if there's too much salt in the water, so they try to stop the Joker before it's too late. However, along the way they meet (groan) Bat-Mite, an imp from another dimension that wants to be their new partner.

The Deep Freeze - April 14, 1977

In a plot that sounds very much like the comic books in the 50's and 60's, the Joker commits a series of crimes that end up spelling his name. Yawn.

Have an Evil Day Part 1 - May 12, 1977

Zarbor, an evil imp who comes from Bat-Mite's home dimension of Ergo, recruits the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, and Clayface to capture Batman and Robin. Meanwhile Zarbor starts stealing nuclear power plants to hold hostage on Ergo.

Have an Evil Day Part 2 - May 19, 1977

The Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, and Clayface gang up on Zarbor on Ergo, while our heroes track down the power plants he stole.

Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

Even though Hanna-Barbera had been producing Super Friends since 1973, it wasn't until the incorporation of elements from Kenner's Super Powers Collection toy line that more and more heroes and villains started showing up.

The show's title also started showing signs of the "merger" with the toy line. The 1984-1985 season was titled Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and introduced kids everywhere to characters such as Firestorm, Darkseid, Kalibak, and Desaad...showing that the DC Universe can expand farther than just Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the (shudder) Wonder Twins.

In the 1985-1986 season, the show (now called Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians) established a more "true to comics" look of the characters, introduced Cyborg (voiced by Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson), and FINALLY featured the Joker as a villain! (For reasons unknown, the Joker was overlooked when Hanna-Barbera picked 13 different DC villains for the wonderful 1978-1979 series Challenge of the Super Friends...rumor has it because Filmation still had the animated rights to the Joker from their Batman series)

Rumors have always circulated that if the series would have continued into the 1986-1987 season, Hanna-Barbera would have introduced characters such as Captain Marvel, Plastic Man, Mr. Freeze, Tyr, and Orion. It would have been nice to think that the Joker would have made a return engagement, too.

Super Powers Toy Commercial

The Joker is seen alongside Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and the Penguin in the 1984 animated commercial announcing the new Super Powers toy line. The four of them are about to square off with the heroes of the toy line's first assortment (Batman, Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Green Lantern).

1985-1986 Opening Sequence

The Joker appears briefly during the well-animated (well, for Hanna-Barbera) opening for the show.

The Wild Cards - October 9, 1985

The Joker poses as a super-magical criminal called "Ace" and assembles the Royal Flush Gang for Darkseid, who are able to turn each member of the Super Powers Team into a playing card!

This page was last updated April 5, 2002.

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