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Popular Animated Series of the Swinging Sixties Now Available on DVD

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is an animated television series, consisting of five-minute shorts, that first aired in September 1967. The 100-episode series was quickly created by Hal Seeger, starting in 1966, to parody the popular Batman and The Green Hornet television series which had premiered the same year. The cartoon was produced at Hal Seeger Studios, in New York City, and at Bill Ackerman Productions in Midland Park, New Jersey. It was syndicated by Screen Gems and continued to air on local stations throughout the 1980s. Nickelodeon briefly aired episodes of Batfink on its Weinerville and Nick in the Afternoon series in the 1990s. In September 2006, it returned to the U.S. as part of "Cartoons Without a Clue", Boomerang's mystery lineup on weekends.The Batfink series was very popular in the UK, and from 1967 onwards was shown at least once every year on UK terrestrial television up until 1983.

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The Very first Episode was the Pilot entitled The Pink Pearl of Persia (**)

The priceless Pink Pearl Of Persia is stolen from a museum. Can Batfink and Karate make it across the opening drawbridge? They fall downward but Batfink saves them. The Pearl is gone, all right, so Batfink sends out his radar. The radar tells Batfink who did it, but he's not telling. This causes Batfink to be branded a traitor. The jewel thieves, three of them, call Batfink, wanting to cut him in on the action. At the motel, Batfink takes the pearl and is shot at. Karate knocks the door down and Batfink with it. The thieves have the pearl again, but Batfink pulls the rug out from under them. A car chase follows, ending in the Batillac crashing into a wall. Batfink is pinned to the wall, but the radar catches the thieves off guard allowing the Bat time to manhandle them into submission. All is well again until the Chief receives a call: someone has stolen the Sacred Siamese Star Sapphire Of Sicily.

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Authors Notes:

(*) Official UK Website

Also Available on DVD at

(**) Pink Pearl Of Persia, No. 1, April 21, 1966. Produced And Directed by Hal Seeger. Animation: Bill Ackerman. Scenics: Bob Owen. Voices: Len Maxwell, Frank Buxton. Story: Heywood Kling.

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About the Author:
Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to
OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.

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