Much more entertaining and mature than anything Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher could put together. The big problem with Burton and Schumacher's films is the bad balancing of a Batman action story and a Bruce Wayne drama, and that's something that Mask of the Phantasm balances perfectly. I really like it, and that's coming from someone who largely dislikes animated films. Maybe this is a turning point for me.
Mask of the Phantasm stands alongside the animated series as probably the one of the best, if not the greatest, representations of the Dark Knight on film and TV. Packing allot in it's slim 75 minutes, it's a story of doomed fate that combines noir, thriller and romance in a greatly satisfying and beautifully realized fashion.