Batman: The Animated Series Easter Egg - Plate Talk

At the end of the episode, the Penguin has been put in jail, where he is working the license plate press. The plates for Gotham have the motto "The Dark Deco City" (or state, I can't remember). This is a reference to their trademark background style, which they have called "Dark Deco."

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Contributed By: phillip on 10-12-1999
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teria writes:
It's "art deco," and it's merely the style that they have adopted for the show. I don't know if this qualifies as an egg, exactly, because Gotham City has _always_ been referred to as "The Art Deco city," but, whatever (it's still interesting). :) Art deco is an artistic movement; it was named in 1925 for the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, in Paris, and lasted from the 1920's through the 1930's. Any of the Batman movies will give you an idea of what it's like, as will any movie set in the 20's (like Radioland Murders) or in a 20's-like-era (ie, Dark City). It's usually characterized by geometric, simple yet elegant designs.
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packman writes:
We are familiar with the "art deco" movement, but the show actually pioneered a new style of animation called "dark deco". This involves drawing everything on black paper, which they did.
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