I know I'm going to get flak for this. But damn the torpedoes. A lot of purists have dragged "Tiny Toon Adventures" through the mud in recent years, pointing out all its failures and missing (or refusing to acknowledge) its triumphs. A number of bits and clips, and a few complete episodes, have shown up on Youtube, and seeing them again has not only brought back memories for me, but made me realize how good the show really was, especially compared to anything that came before or after it.
For those unfamiliar, this was NOT "Baby Looney Tunes". The characters were NOT the Looney Tunes as kids. In fact, the classic characters often appeared alongside their new proteges to give advice and laughs along the way. The characters were not babies, they were older kids, attending a school called "Acme Looniversity" to learn how to be as skilled at life and comedy as their classic idols.
One of the series' finest moments was a direct to video feature called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", that took pop-culture parody, classic homages and character development to a new level. (listening, cynics?!) It was divided into several sub-plots, and this segment of the Buster Bunny/Babs Bunny "Float Trip" adventure took the time to pay tribute to several sources...the classic film "Deliverance", Robert McKimson's "Hillbilly Hare", musical cartoons in general, and the good old fashioned cartoon chase. Buster Bunny and a possum jam out in a banjo solo of the Tiny Toons theme song, (Buster on his tongue, possum on his banjo) while Babs revives the good ol' Bugs Bunny chase gags. The result is one of the most fun bits of animation of the 90's.
Enjoy this segment from "Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation"!