"Simon the Pieman" &
"A Mad, Mad Tea Party"
Aired November 30, 1968
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Filmation introduces a new villain of their creation, Simon the Pieman. Simon's theme is pastry related crimes while cross-dressing as Mother Apple. He takes over the crime scene in Gotham City by capturing all the major criminals in Batman's Rogue's Gallery. How is it that such an odd villain would make such a perfect Batman 66 villain.
Plus, Filmation offers their version of The Mad Hatter, now with the Alice in Wonderland theme. But there are elements from the 66 show.
In addition, John and Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension discuss the odd moll Simon has, the odd choice not to have any of the other villains that Simon captures speak considering all the voice talent were involved in this episode, and how Filmation was introducing new stock footage visual images to vary up the content on the show.
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Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.
Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension is John's co-host on the Filmation 68 reviews. He speaks more on his fascination with Simon the Pieman over at 13th Dimension.