Bat Thumb is the newest Thumbation short film from Steve Oedekerk: other films in the series include Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, and The Blair Thumb. While I expected Bat Thumb to be mostly a parody of the 1989 feature film, it also spoofs quite a bit of the original Batman film from 1966. As with the other "Thumb" films, the characters are thumbs that have been dressed in costumes and have computer animated facial features.
When No Face returns to terrorize Gaaathumb City, the Commish calls Bat Thumb, who is, by day, billionaire Wuce Bane. To make matters worse, No Face has captured his alter ego's girlfriend, Vicki Nail, and is also threatening to maim the citizens of Gaaathumb City with his toxic gas. Now Bat Thumb and his wussy sidekick, Blue Jay, must rescue the girl and save the city.
Bat Thumb is one of those films you either like or hate, thanks to the sometimes obscure and frequently strange humor. Personally, I thought it was fairly enjoyable, but a few of the jokes go on way too long, which really works against a film that runs for less than half an hour. Bat Thumb also boasts some incredible set design and some pretty cool CGI shots.
Bat Thumb is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The video has no issues: the picture is sharp and crisp throughout, with accurately rendered colors. I was very pleased with the video quality, especially considering it was a low-budget production.
Bat Thumb is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 Surround in English. As one can expect, the movie's 5.1 track can't possibility compete with the material it parodies, though there are a few minor uses of the surrounds for effects and the film's music. Dialogue throughout is crisp and clean with no distortion.
The main extra on the disc is the commentary with Steve Oedekerk (in character), Mike Deprez (Director of Photography), Frank Kowal III (Set Decorator), and Jorg Dubin (Production Designer). The four provide a very tongue-in-cheek look at the film, which while funny at first, quickly becomes pointless. Few true bits of information are passed along, which was disappointing.
Other extras include a short "behind the scenes" featurette, cast interviews with the thumbs in character, three "deleted" scenes, the teaser and cartoon teaser for Bat Thumb, storyboards, and trailers for Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, Blair Thumb, Frankenthumb, and Godthumb.
Bat Thumb is certainly worthy of its $9.99 price point, and fans of the Thumb series or the Batman franchise should definitely give it a look. Recommended.