Monday, January 12, 2009

No. 11. Batman reinvents cartoons for the American market,
art direction and typography sophisticated, mature

Attention to type work in title screens and artwork in children's cartoons is a rare thing. Batman: The Animated Series, might be an exception. Contrary to the recent Christian Bale films set in a more contemporary time, this notable series is set in a decade of America's past that never existed — artifacts representing a range of styles that pay homage to Art Deco, 40's American advertising, Googie, 80's scifi action flicks, film noir, and cult B-Movie poster art — blending these distinct styles from different eras into a single, seamless, and believable cultural landscape.

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