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Tiny Toon Adventures

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Tiny Toon Adventures
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It's Tiny Toon Adventures, come and join the fun!
Genre: Animated comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 14, 1990 – December 6, 1992
Network(s): CBS (pilot only)
Syndicaiton (1990–1992)
Fox Kids (1992–1995)
Created by: Tom Ruegger
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Seasons: 3 (plus two specials and a direct-to-DVD movie)
Episodes: 98 (163 segments)


Tiny Toon Adventures is a cartoon that aired from 1990 to 1992.

Plot

Tiny Toon Adventures is a cartoon set in the fictional town of Acme Acres, where most of the Tiny Toons and Looney Tunes characters live. The characters attend Acme Looniversity, a school whose faculty primarily consists of the mainstays of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote, and Elmer Fudd. In the series, the university is founded to teach cartoon characters how to become funny. The school is not featured in every episode, as not all of its storylines revolve around the school.

Like the Looney Tunes, the series makes use of cartoon violence (e.g. anvils falling on someone, liberal use of explosives) and slapstick. The series parodies and references the current events of the early 1990s and Hollywood culture. Occasionally, episodes delve into veiled ethical and morality stories of ecology, self-esteem, and crime.

Why It’s Tiny, Toony, And All A Little Looney

  1. Memorable and extremely catchy musical numbers, including the theme song.
  2. Very well written humor that often made fun of history and other cartoons.
    • There are also cleverly-hidden adult jokes that kids wouldn't find out about until adulthood.
  3. Memorable characters.
    • Babs and Buster Bunny are great hosts for the show.
    • One of the characters, Plucky Duck, was so popular he got his own show. His true nature is innocent and positive towards everyone.
    • The looniest characters, like Gogo and Dizzy Devil, are really enjoyable.
  4. Manages to stay faithful to its source material (Looney Tunes) while also offering original humor and storylines.
  5. Numerous pop culture references for the time.
  6. Very good character designs, loosely resembling the original Looney Tunes while still trying to be something new, and good animation, if done by TMS, Wang, Akom, Freelance and/or Startoons.
  7. Parodied several celebrities and popular shows, mostly done by Babs Bunny.
  8. A good majority of the episodes are split into three segments, leading to some variety.
  9. It teaches kids many great things and life lessons.
  10. Even gives relatively obscure Looney Tunes characters a Tiny Toons counterpart (ex. Melissa Duck as Shirley the Loon, and Sniffles as Lil' Sneezer).
  11. Wackyland, the homeland of Gogo Dodo, is a funny and creative place.
  12. Funny gags, slapstick comedies and interesting episodes.
  13. The Italian dub is funny and cute.
  14. This spawned a movie called Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, that is as good as the cartoon.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some jokes and pop culture references didn't age very well.
    • There is also some toilet humor here and there, especially with the Baby Plucky episodes.
  2. Many characters are heavily underutilized, such as Calamity Coyote, Little Beeper, Concord Condor, Tyrone the Turtle, Byron Basset, Mary Melody, Marcia the Martian, The Three Bears, Barky Marky, and Bookworm.
  3. Montana Max (depending of your view), Arnold the Pit Bull, Roderick and Rhubella Rat, and to lesser extents, Sweetie Bird and at times Plucky Duck and Elmyra Duff, are very unlikable characters, mainly due to most of their mean-spirited nature to the other Toons.
    • Some of the characters also act way too similar to their mentors, seen as Fifi La Fume basically being a female copy of her mentor, Pepe Le Pew, if shorter and purple.
  4. Some bad shorts, such as:
    • "One Beer" (which got the whole episode it was featured in banned from several networks)
    • "Out of Odor"
  5. The spin off, Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain (which in turn is also a retooling of Animaniacs' own spin-off, Pinky and the Brain), was just unnecessary.
  6. Some studios provided inconsistent animation:
    • The worst of them had to be Kennedy Cartoons as it constantly went off-model. Even Warner Bros. themselves disliked Kennedy's take on the show.
    • Encore Cartoons is another offender due to how sloppy and off their animation is, they were so bad, that some scenes had to be reanimated (usually by Kennedy or Wang) on later re-airings. As a matter of fact, they were fired after three episodes; their episodes, which were produced at the beginning of the season, we're all pushed towards the back due to their animation.
    • The freelance animators also count due to how off-model they made the characters look.
    • Even though TMS' animation for the show was still great, it can get a little too on-model and overly-detailed and stiff at times when compared to their later work for shows such as Animaniacs.
    • Wang Film Productions also had off-model animation in the first season, but they eventually became much better (their better animation from later episodes would carry over to Animaniacs)

Reception

  • The popularity of Tiny Toons along with Animaniacs helped make Fox Kids a well known name for kids in the era of 90's Saturday Morning programming.
  • This is the first original series to be produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the successor of Warner Bros. Cartoons, which was founded on March 15, 1980.

Trivia

  • Ren & Stimpy creator, John Kricfalusi worked on the show as a model designer in the episode, "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?". He did not enjoy his time on the show, leading him to write negative reviews of We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story and Animaniacs (the latter of which he didn't even watch) under the name "Tom Payne".

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