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Fractured

Season: 2
Episode: 11
Air date:
August 7, 2004

 

Cast:
Scott Menville - Robin
Tara Strong - Raven
Greg Cipes - Beast Boy
Khary Payton - Cyborg
Hynden Walch - Starfire
Henry Rollins - Johnny Rancid
Dee Bradley Baker - Larry the Titan

 

Crew:
Director(s) - Michael Chang
Storyboarder(s) - Joaquim Dos Santos, Steve Jones, Sam Liu, Shaunt Nigoghossian,
Writer(s) - David Slack


Summary: A solo battle with new villain Johnny Rancid leaves Robin with a fractured arm. Robin is unable to continue pursuing the criminal. Once he's back at the Tower, a strange, magical being pops out of Robin's head. He calls himself Robin's DNA buddy—in other words, he's Robin from another dimension.

 

Notes:
  • First appearance of Johnny Rancid.
  • First and last appearance of Larry.
  • The opening theme was in Japanese, sung by Larry (who in this case was voiced by Puffy AmiYumi's manager Toshi, who was credited as Toy C). This is called the Toshi Mix.
  • Larry is similar to Bat-Mite, who appeared in the 1960s Batman comics and imitated the main character.
  • Larry's real name is "Nosyarg Kcid". This spells "Dick Grayson" (Robin's real name) backwards.
  • When Larry was bouncing around the Tower in excitement about his given name, he at one point appeared as Robin did in the animated intro of the 1960s live-action Batman TV show.
  • Raven mentions The Book of Azar. Azar was a spiritual leader in the dimension Raven was born and raised in, Azarath.
  • Johnn Rancid's name is a reference to Johnny Rotten, lead singer to the 1970s punk band Sex Pistols.
  • The same French chef from "Nevermore" made another appearance in this episode.
  • Producer and writer David Slack spoke on Larry: "That actually started as far back as season one. Sam [Register] suggested we do an episode where everything just goes crazy. So that was there. Meanwhile, all the guys on the crew started drawing a little reject Titan that they called Larry the Titan. There were all these different designs for him and he never looked the same way twice. But they would draw all these pictures of Larry....So somehow, somewhere, we were thinking of doing a Bat-Mite type character. And someone said, 'Why not make it Larry?' So we started to develop this anti-Robin. But we didn’t want to do Mxyzptlk. We wanted him to be a more earnest trouble-maker. That he really didn’t mean to make trouble. So it became an episode about making mistakes. So that made it a natural for Robin, who almost never makes mistakes."
  • David Slack spoke on the development of the episode: "That was another one that was difficult to make the story work. That was definitely the weirdest thing I’ve ever written. And I’ve read the message boards on that one. For the record, we were all stone-cold sober. We were just very sleep deprived....We were up until like 2:30 in the morning coming up with that one. I think the band-aid on Beast Boy’s brain was Michael Chang. I came up with that whole mouth-switch thing. There was a lot of weird, weird stuff in there. Originally, we had Beast Boy speaking Japanese, but we decided it would be funnierand easierif he spoke backwards. Yep. Stone-cold sober."

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