Western Animation / Batfink
was created by Hal Seeger and is a parody
and The Green Hornet
, two shows which premiered a year earlier. Each episode consists of a five-minute short and the series had exactly 100 episodes. The show first aired in September 1967, but its repeats were shown on the Nickelodeon
in the 1990s, and on CBBC from 2004 to 2008 as segments on Dick & Dom in da Bungalow
Batfink provides examples of:
- Baddie Flattery: Curly the Cannonball was excessively worshipful of Batfink, apparently due to Batfink being his hero before he [Curly] turned into a two-bit villain.
- Big Bad: Batfink's main adversary, Hugo A-Go-Go, seems to fill this role, although different episodes may have a different villain.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Batfink's sidekick, Karate, seems to fill this role by being clumsy and often getting Batfink into inescapable situations but at least he knows karate. Also he is often the source of the Deus ex Machina found within the show.
- Catch-Phrase: "My supersonic sonar radar will help me" and "Your bullets cannot harm me; my wings are like a shield of steel". Also "Well done, Karate!" whenever Batfink's sidekick pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment. They lampshaded it in Hugo's Hoke, when Hugo's Hate Plague prompts The Capable Karate to sarcastically ask, "Why don't you get some new dialogue?"
- Cool Car: Batfink rides in a customized pink Volkswagen Beetle-like car called the "Battillac" (rhymes with "Cadillac"), that is outfitted with a sun roof and lots of barriers and shields.
- Dating Catwoman: One episode introduced Judy Jitsu, a super-villainous love interest for Karate.
- Deus ex Machina: Every episode involves Batfink coming to a situation where it seems he cannot escape. However, at this point, the action would freeze and the narrator would ironically ask dramatically whether Batfink would survive. Then Batfink would survive this seemingly inescapable situation almost aways via something improbable or out of context. In one occasion it was the narrator buying time for Batfink with his narration.
- Evil Plan: Regardless of the villain, the devious plot usually boiled down to 'kill Batfink'.
- Fantastic Science: The Battilac is outfitted with a sun roof and lots of barriers and shields. In this way, when the car falls into a valley or gets shocked by a sound wave, it remains intact. Then, Batfink says something like, "It's a good thing the Battillac is equipped with a thermo-nuclear plutonium insulated blast shield!" and Karate says, "It's also good it was a small bomb." Also, it is revealed that Batfink obtained his superpowers after being born in an abandoned plutonium mine.
- Mad Scientist: Hugo A-Go-Go, 'the maddest scientist of them all'.
- Nigh Invulnerable: "A missile that can find him he will never feel; he'll use his wings for protection. They're a shield of steel!"
- Parody: The show is a parody of Batman and The Green Hornet, two shows which premiered the same year as Batfink.
- Stock Footage: Batfink reuses a lot of the same footage e.g. the intro to the initial briefings by the Chief (the TV screen hotline buzzing into life), Batfink and Karate getting into the Battillac, the Battillac going round mountain bends, the Battillac going over a bridge, Batfink's radar and others.
- Super Drowning Skills: Swimming's difficult when you've got a pair of giant steel wings permanently attached to your back.
- They Fight Crime!: Batfink (heroic bat with steel wings) and Karate (bumbling karate guy) work together to fight crime.
- Villain of the Week: Most episodes involve a villain who is introduced in that episode and is also beaten in the same episode. However, this is not true for the Hugo A-Go-Go episodes and the episode "Tough Macduff", where a number of Batfink's foes are gathered all together against him.
- Written Sound Effect: Batfink's Supersonic Sonar Radar seems to be basically the word "BEEP".