Welcome to the four hundred and seventeenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and sixteen. This week, was there really a Batman/Pokemon crossover? Did Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz have Dan Quayle as the villain of Eletkra: Assassin? And what's the deal with DC and fixing errors in their reprints of old Superman stories?
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COMIC LEGEND: There was once a Batman/Pokemon crossover.
STATUS: True Enough for a True
Reader George B. wrote in to ask:
when I was a kid I used to watch Batman and Pokemon on the Kids WB on Saturday mornings. I remember some kind of crossover between the two shows. Am I nuts or was there something like that?
First off, let me just note that it makes me feel old to hear people telling stories of the Kids WB as being from when they were a kid. I await the day I get an e-mail like "Back when I was a kid and Brian Michael Bendis was still in his first year on New Avengers" or something like that. But that's neither here nor there.
Anyhow, as it turns out, George is not COMPLETELY nuts, as there was SORT of a crossover between the two properties. You see, the Kids WB would do this thing where they would sort of mash-up their shows in commercials together. So shows that had nothing to do with each other, like Batman and Pokemon, would still get mashed together in commercials. Very cute stuff.
In the instance of Batman, it involved the Pokemon character, Jigglypuff. As you may or may not know, Pokemon is about a group of little "monsters," little creatures with various powers and the people who capture and then "train" each of these little monsters. One of the characters is, indeed, called Jigglypuff. Jigglypuff puts her/his/its (?) enemies to sleep through a lullaby (almost all of the Pokemon characters can only speak their own name, so the song lyrics are literally just "Jiggypuff, Jigglypuff, Jigglypuff" etc.). Here it is in action...
Well, the Kids WB did a commercial where Batman sings the Jigglypuff theme song to Robin to get him to fall asleep!
Check it out!
I don't know if that is actually Kevin Conroy, but if not, the voice actor did a very strong impression of Conroy.
The best part of the commercial has to be Joker in the sleep bubble next to Pikachu...
Okay, well, the BEST part of the commercial is Batman singing the song, but BEYOND that!
So yes, George, there WAS a crossover...of sorts. Still, even if you think this doesn't count as a crossover, it is still Batman freakin' singing the Jigglypuff song, so it is awesome nevertheless!!
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