The Joker starts threatening the patent office staff when they refuse to patent his disfigured fish.

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Batman (voice)
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Commissioner Gordon (voice) (as Bob Hastings)
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The Joker starts threatening the patent office staff when they refuse to patent his disfigured fish.

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10 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The box the joker grabs a wrench from says "binford tool" the fictional company in Tim Allen's show home improvement See more »

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When Batman lowers himself into the aquarium through the top window, for some reason his animation cel stays behind that of the window's frame, and then suddenly pops into view in front of it. This makes it look like he phased through the frame. See more »

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[on TV Harley stands in the kitchen wearing a "kiss the cook" apron. The Joker's men are made up as young children]
Harley Quinn: They're finny and funny and oh so delish. They're joyful and jolly. Jokerfish!
The Joker: Say, Mom, wondering what to feed the family tonight?
Harley Quinn: What'll I feed the family tonight?
[the Joker enters wearing a raincoat and hat. He looks like an old sea captain]
The Joker: Arr! Try me famous Joker fish. There's Smiling Smelt, Giggling Grouper and Happy Haddock.
Alfred Pennyworth: [Watching with Batman] This could cause a ...
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Referenced in The New Batman Adventures: Joker's Millions (1998) See more »

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Batman The Animated Series
Written by Danny Elfman & Shirley Walker
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5 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'The Laughing Fish' brings back memories. I think this was the big move from weekday afternoons to prime time. And I fondly remember watching this in our kitchen that Sunday night.

And it's also one of the best TAS episodes, with the perfect blend of light and dark, theatrical staging and A-game animation. But I really like its sense of humor, which goes hand-in-hand with Mark Hamill's performance (and Arleen Sorkin's; they're both ideal here), and the plot is appropriately inane: securing the patents on his Joker Fish, it's just so absurd.

Every one of the gags lands perfectly, every one-liner is funny. I'm finding more and more that, despite the variety of Batman's rogues gallery, the Joker episodes are usually a cut above. They really knew how to write this character.

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

10/10


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