What are “DC Animation Commentaries”?
DC Animation Commentaries are unofficial audio commentary tracks made by me that can be downloaded and listened to while you watch the episode or movie in question.
Who are you? Why do this?
I’m not affiliated with Warner Bros. Animation, if that’s what you mean, nor did I ever work on the shows. I’m just a long-time fan of these shows dating way back to “On Leather Wings”, and a longtime member of the Toon Zone Forum. I’ve read just about every post made on these boards over the past few years, and since we’re lucky enough to attract dozens of intelligent, articulate posters here – not to mention celebrity posters like Bruce Timm – I’ve absorbed quite a bit of information about these shows, their production histories, and the fan response to them. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to do some voice recording as a supplement to some other projects I’m working on, these commentaries seemed like a perfect chance to have my cake and eat it too. I hope to impart some interesting information about the making of these shows that the average person – and the casual poster on these boards – might not be aware of, as well as discuss the origins of many of the concepts and storylines from the comic books, musical themes and motifs, character progression, etc. Not to mention have a bit of fun… these commentaries are first and foremost an excuse for me to gab about these shows for twenty minutes!
How do you make the commentaries?
It’s ridiculously simple, really, which amazed me. I pop in the DVD, mute my TV, and sit down in front of it with my laptop and a Logitech USB headset microphone. I press play on the DVD at the same time I hit record on my laptop, and after twenty minutes and change I’ve got a massive .wav file. I listen to it to make sure it’s at least semi-coherent, and remove any extraneous sounds (if possible). I then convert that into an .mp3 file (which takes up considerably less space), upload to my web site, and update my xml feed and this post. Ta-da!
How can I get the commentaries?
There are two main ways:
1) Right-click and “Save As…” one of the files I’ve provided links to at the bottom of this post or go to dccommentaries.com. Or...
2) Subscribe to my XML feed. I suggest copying the link and pasting it into a podcatcher program. Or, if you use iTunes, simply click here. Please use the feed; I worked hard on it!
How can I listen to the commentaries?
Once you have the commentary file, simply transfer it to a portable device such as an iPod (this is the preferred method), or leave it on your computer and turn up the volume on your computer’s speakers (if your computer is near your TV and DVD player, of course). Turn your TV volume down most of the way, press play on the episode you’re going to watch, and then immediately hit “Pause”. When you’re ready to begin, you can now hit “Play” on both your portable device (or computer) and DVD player. Basically, the important things are to make sure that the episode and commentary are in perfect synch – in other words, when you’re exactly five seconds into one, you should be exactly five seconds into the other – and that you can easily hear the commentary over the episode.
Will there be more?
Certainly! I’m doing this primarily because it’s fun for me, so even if no one else likes the commentaries I’ll keep doing them. I’ll probably aim for one new commentary every week or so, like most podcasts. But some weeks there might be two or even three, and other weeks there might be zero. As far as choosing which episodes to do commentaries for, I pick ones that I really enjoy and feel like I have something intelligent to say about them. Beyond that, there’s no rhyme or reason; right now, there are only Justice League commentaries, but I’ll eventually get to the other series, and even the movies (Mask of the Phantasm should be fun). The main event will come in October with the release of the first JLU box set – those seasons are so packed with characters and continuity that I could probably do one for every episode!
Special thanks to:
Toon Zone for providing such a great forum for the discussion of these shows; Karkull and his website The Watchtower for compiling all the quotes made by the production crew – an invaluable resource, and one I’ve spent far too many hours re-reading!; Warner Bros., Fox Kids, and Cartoon Network for financing and airing the shows; and finally, Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie, Stan Berkowitz, Rick Fogel, Paul Dini, Glen Murakami, Alan Burnett, Eric Radomski, Kevin Conroy, and the rest of the production crew and voice cast that has gone above and beyond to make these shows so memorable for the past decade-and-a-half!
Commentaries currently available (right-click to “Save As…”):
Justice League: Twilight, Part I
Justice League: Only A Dream, Part II
Justice League: A Better World, Part I
Justice League: Maid Of Honor, Part II
Justice League: Hereafter, Part I
Justice League: Wild Cards, Part II
Batman: Over The Edge
Justice League Unlimited: Initiation
Justice League Unlimited: For The Man Who Has Everything
Epilogue: "Not Remotely What I Meant" ~ Intent
Epilogue: "Did You See That?" ~ Interpretations
Justice League Unlimited: Hawk And Dove
Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry
Superman: In Brightest Day
Justice League: Comfort And Joy
Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff
Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy
Justice League Unlimited: The Return
Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told
Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum
Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart
Justice League Unlimited: Wake The Dead
Justice League Unlimited: The Once And Future Thing, Part I - Weird Western Tales
Justice League Unlimited: The Once And Future Thing, Part II - Time, Warped
Batman Beyond: The Call, Part I
Batman Beyond: The Call, Part II
Justice League Unlimited: The Cat And The Canary
Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind
Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction
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