If you are a child of the '80s and '90s, writer and producer Alan Burnett is the man behind some of your fondest entertainment memories. He wrote for Disney, scripting episodes of Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers , TaleSpin , and Gummi Bears , along with the screenplay for Ducktales: Treasue of the Lost Lamp , before moving over to Warner Bros. and becoming a script supervisor for the classic Batman: The Animated Series. This is only a small fraction of how Burnett helped shape the landscape of children's programming at the time, and his finest work might be the story and screenplay for the 1993 animated feature film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. While the film didn't break box office records at the time, over the decades, it's become regarded as a classic, and for many years, it's been widely regarded as one of Batman's finest cinematic outings. As Mask of the Phantasm celebrates its 30 th anniversary this summer, the folks at Fountain City Con bring Alan Burnett to town this weekend for a Friday, August 4, screening of the film, along with Burnett appearing at the con itself with Mask of the Phantasm ‘s director, Kevin Altieri. Details on all of that here . We spoke by phone with Alan Burnett about the legacy of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 30 years on and his lengthy and amazing career. By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67765361 The Pitch : For many, many years, Mask of the Phantasm was widely regarded as the definitive Batman cinematic achievement. Is it somewhat heartening to see all of the love it's gotten over the years? Alan Burnett: Yeah, it is. I'll tell you the truth because I wrote the story and I liked the story and it was a group effort with all the writers on staff. It was originally, it was supposed to be a video for home. Then one day an executive came to our office from the lot and was looking at some of what we were doing. In particular, he was looking at the opening credits, […]
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