Harry Bauer, who over the summer mashed up Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s book characters with the Dark Knight and his arch-nemesis best buddy for Batman and Joker Are Friends, has returned with another video called Batman and Joker Are Friends — Down the Hill.
Based on one of the stories from the 1976 book Frog and Toad All Year, it features Bauer’s drawings and voice work over Lobell’s figures and story as The Joker convinces a melancholy Batman to venture out into the snow to go sledding. The Penguin even makes a cameo as Batman discovers that, yes, winter is fun.
If you’re an American who learned to read in the 1970s or early ’80s, you’re likely well-acquainted with Frog and Toad, the series of acclaimed easy-reader children’s books by the late Arnold Lobel (the first, Frog and Toad Are Friends, earned a Caldecott Honor; the second, Frog and Toad Together, a Newbery Medal). However, you’re probably not familiar with Batman and Joker Are Friends, a video that introduces the two arch-enemies into the Frog and Toad story “The Letter”; the result is, appropriately, both melancholy and heartwarming.
“Doing superhero voices for my son and a love of Frog and Toad led to this riff on an Arnold Lobel classic,” Harry Bauer explains of the video, in which he draws a Joker and Batman over Lobel’s figures (his voice work is pretty good, too).