Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero (1998, Animated)
Plot: When Mr. Freeze’s (Michael Ansara) dying wife is in need of an organ transplant, it requires someone with a rare blood type. The only woman who is compatible is a living patient, Barbara Gordon (Mary Kay Bergman). Mr. Freeze kidnaps Barbara, leaving it up to Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Robin (Loren Lester) to rescue her and stop Freeze.
Aside from the title (really…Subzero), this is a damn good movie. It’s just good ole fashion Batman. Any movie would seem awesome though after the last Batman fiasco (Batman and Robin). It was nice to hear the Danny Elfman music at the beginning. It’s a very short film, barely over an hour. Although it was surprisingly slow at points. There are a couple chase scenes that go on for way to long. But the animation is solid, keeping you satisfied. It especially looks nice with all the wintery/cold stuff. And not an ice pun to be found. All the heroes are really dedicated in this one. Dick Grayson won’t give up once Barbara is kidnapped, jumping over cars and toll booths on a motorcycle. It was awesome to see Commissioner Gordon (Bob Hastings) get pissed off after his daughter is kidnapped. Batman does a shit load of detective work and breaks out the Bat Plane towards the end. And even Batgirl gets one scene where she kicks a guy in the nuts…actually that was really harsh. Come on, was that necessary? Bottom line, if you were really depressed about the Mr. Freeze adaptation from Batman and Robin, this will wash that bad taste away.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Michael Ansara as Mr. Freeze
-That voice is just so…chilling. Sorry about that, couldn’t resist.
Worst Performance: Dean Jones as Dean Arbagast
-This was hard to find, but I thought this guy’s voice was a bit inconsistent and never really found a rhythm. Plus his real name is Dean and he voices someone named Dean. What’s up with that?
Best Line: “It’s the whole crew.” –Random Explorer commenting on how her Submarine crew is all frozen
“Not quite.” –Mr. Freeze
-And then Mr. Freeze freezes the remaining crew members…bad ass.
Worst Line: “You, fruitcake! No pets allowed!” –Club owner to Mr. Freeze and his polar bears
-It’s a huge guy in a big metal suit with two large polar bears. Yea, that will tell ‘em.
-It’s probably Batman and Robin having to tie up and battle the polar bears. Then the bears stumble off the oil derrick after Batman and Robin fake them out. Poor bears.
-Alright, so the whole oil derrick is going to explode. There is fire everywhere. Mr. Freeze has broken his leg. Freeze asks Batman to get his wife, which means running through shit loads of fire. Freeze uses his gun to put out the fire on the steps. Batman runs in…but doesn’t take the gun. What the hell! You would think that would be useful for the rest of the fire. It can’t be hard to use. Does Batman need an instruction manual? It’s Batman! I’m sure he can figure out how to use it.
-The entire climax of this oil derrick exploding is pretty awesome. It’s quite the explosion. The Bat Plane almost goes down though, that was kind of scary. It’d be a shame to lose that thing.
-Barbara is able to get away at one point and runs around the derrick while Freeze tries to stop her. This chase goes on forever and the result is…Barbara just gets caught again. What a waste of time.
-A panicky Dick Grayson just gives a guy his corvette in exchange for a motorcycle. Well…I guess Bruce has like 50 more of them.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Anyone who uses polar bears to do their bidding is by definition bad ass.