Gotham Central wrote:
I always wondered why the artwork takes a nosedive the with arrival of Superman: TAS/Gotham Knights/New Superman Batman Adventures.
Its really noticeable when you look at the revamped Joker, Ivy and Catwoman. Did the earlier artwork take to long to animate?
If I remember correctly, Timm et al found the original artwork from B:TAS to be too time consuming and too complicated to continue so they simplified the designs. However with TNBA/S:TAS Timm felt that the designs for the Joker and a few others were too simplified so he restored them with BB, ROTJ, and JL/U.
Notice how the B:TAS designs were more rounded and organic. These were hard to animate.
And then with TNBA/S:TAS they became more straight and easier to animate.
Then later with BB and JL/U they found a compromise and returned the Joker to his near-original design.