Unlike DiMartino and Konietzko, Timm and Dini are not officially partners. They have worked on many separate projects and I could really probably dedicate a day to each man. However, they have worked on a large number of projects, and tend to work on similar types of shows, therefore I decided it would be best to let them share a post.
In the 1980’s they worked at Filmation on various shows including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, but their epic partnership did not really come into play until they joined Warner Bros and began working on Tiny Toon Adventures.
At Warner Bros., Timm co-created Batman: The Animated Series, and brought Dini along to write. Batman was everything you can ask from a Batman cartoon: It was action packed, entertaining, and dark. The series never talked down to its audience like most kid’s shows do and it never failed to entertain.
The series met with phenomenal success and is considered by many to be the best superhero cartoon of all time, and with good reason.
One of Timm and Dini’s best creations come from this series. Yes, that’s right…I am talking about none other than Harley Quinn
Dr. Harleen Quinzel was a psychologist at Arkham Asylum who was fascinated with extreme personalities. Joker, sensing an opportunity worked his villainous charm and caused Harleen to fall him love with him. She helped him to escape, donned a Jester outfit and changed her name to Harley Quinn.
As Joker’s sidekick, Harley actually made name for herself; proving that she was more than capable of handling herself in a fight and almost as much of a threat as Joker himself.
The character quickly became a fan favorite and eventually became integrated into the comic universe as well as the animated one.
Since then, Timm and Dini have worked on several other DC project helping to create the DC animated universe. They have also worked on comics and even videogames (Dini having written the script for Arkham Asylum) but their greatest achievements will always be the key roles they played in shaping the world of superhero cartoons.
Timm especially became involved with the creation of the DC Animated Universe to the point to where large part of the universe has been dubbed by fans as the “Timmverse”
Timm also created Freakazoid!. However, as it turned from a serious show into a comedy, Timm left. However Dini stayed and continued to write for the series. Freakazioid!, which is kind of a parody of super-hero shows with an animaniacs sense of humor went on to be a cult hit.
It is interesting to note that Dini has apparently switched over from DC to Marvel and will be the head writer and producer of the up and coming Ultimate Spider-Man TV series.
Really, I would like to go over every series these two worked on…but it would take way too long. Suffice to say that between the two of them, they have done a lot in the realm of animation.
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm are the Dynamic Duo of Animation. Welcome to the Dojo of Fame guys, I salute you!