Friday, April 27, 2007

The Brilliance of Tiny Toons

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"!


J.E.Daniels said...

Tiny Toons was one of my favorite shows of the 90s. In fact, it kinda shaped animation in the early 90s until a certain John K show surfaced.
The series was clever, never stealing but adding to gags from the classic shorts, and a good majority of episodes were great.
I hope it hits DVD soon.

PCUnfunny said...

Tiny Toons is basically an un-inspired Loney Tunes but isn't horrible like some say, it was decent and yes "How Spent my vacation" was the show's best moment. I wanna plug my blog here and annonce some new updates.

Coyote said...

I never understood why Tiny Toons gets the flack it does. I enjoyed it and it was a refreshing diversion from the rest of the tripe on Saturday mornings at the time.

David Moisan said...

While eclipsed by Animaniacs later on, Tiny Toons had some great moments. All of the pop-culture references that we saw in the movie were in shorts like "Acme TV" and "Acme Cable TV". Babs Bunny did a wonderful homage to '30s era toons in "Fields of Honey", and we mustn't forget Plucky Duck and all of the very funny Batman homages.

I made sure to tape this and transfer my favorites to DVD. It deserves the same release that Animaniacs got.

Jackie said...

Seeing this clip again did bring back great memories. Thank you for posting it!
It's upsetting to hear Tiny Toons is getting flak. It appealed to me and my brother as kids as well as my parents. I hope this comes to DVD with the hype it deserves.

Lollo said...

Hey! can I made You a 1000Dollars Question about Tiny Toons?

I'm looking for an episode titled " A piece of Mind" with Wile E.: could someone suggest me some links or even images of this episode? I will be grateful!

Mattieshoe said...

by the way, what do you think of Animaniacs?

I, for one, like it MUCH better then tiny toons.

Yakko wakko and dot are surprisingly appealing in design.

Especially like their lopsided eyes.

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