First aired on November 9, 1968.
"Stuff this top cop in a closet, while I masquerade as the top cop masquerading as me!"
It's Halloween, and Gotham City is holding its annual charity costume party. Batman (Olan Soule), Robin (Casey Kasem) and Batgirl (Jane Webb) are in attendance. They're surprised to see their enemy the Scarecrow at the party.
But it turns out to be Commissioner Gordon (Ted Knight) in a "Scarecrow" Halloween costume. He says the "costume service" delivered it by mistake. Gordon is there to act as MC of a charity auction.
But when the commissioner steps away, he's attacked by the real Scarecrow (also voiced by Knight) and his minions!
The villain takes out the commissioner with eggs that are filled with knockout-gas. With Gordon captive, Scarecrow will pose as Gordon...dressed as the Scarecrow.
Batgirl has followed her father and gets gassed as well. Scarecrow takes her hostage. Batman says they can track her down through a transmitter on her utility belt.
J.A. Morris says:
This is a short, slight cartoon, about 8 minutes long. It's about one step above "limited" animation. It sort of falls in the "so bad it's good" category. The Scarecrow is the perfect villain for a Halloween episode. But hardcore DC Comics fans might be disappointed that this version of the Scarecrow (and his costume) is dumbed down for Saturday morning fare. He doesn't have his fear gas and is basically just a thug in a scarecrow costume. But his eggs that shoot knock-out gas are sort of humorous!
|Scarecrow steals a painting at the charity auction.|
|At the last second, Robin is saved from getting threshed.|
|At least Mary & Lou never had to deal with the Scarecrow!|
And why would Gordon think it's a good idea to attend a Halloween party dressed like a wanted criminal? Isn't that asking for trouble, one way or another? The costume service screwed up so he had no choice but to wear it? I'm guessing a police commissioner would be smart enough to attend without a costume instead.
|Scarecrow cracks a whip at Batman & Robin, a bound & gagged Batgirl looks on.|
...to send an SOS to Batman!
But that's not enough to cancel out all the negatives.
This series can be found on several streaming video sites. If you were a kid in the 60s or 70s, "The Great Scarecrow Scare" might be an enjoyable Halloween trip down memory lane, and it was fun to hear the voice actors again. But without the nostalgia factor, there's not a lot to recommend here.
|Batman throws a punch at Scarecrow's henchmen.|
J.A. Morris' rating: