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While Tiny Toon Adventureswas a ratings success for FOX, FOX didn’t order any additional episodes
beyond what was already being produced for the network. Rather, they wanted to
try and expand that success with a spin-off.
Plucky as Batduck.
The Plucky Duck Show
was centered around Plucky Duck (Joe Alaskey), who was prominently featured in
every episode. While the first episode, “The Return of Batduck,” was a story created
for the series, the remainder of the show was made up of segments that had
previously appeared or would soon appear on Tiny
Toons proper. Because of that, “Batduck” was the only episode to feature
new Buster Bunny voice actor John Kassir as it was made after Charlie Adler
quit the show. “Batduck” would later be re-edited to fit the Tiny Toons format and aired as part of
Plucky and his usual dupe, Hamton.
One segment ended up being exclusive to the series in North
America. “Wait ‘Till Your Father Gets Even” was intended to be part of a
horror-themed episode that ended up being banned from airing by FOX over the
disturbing content in another segment. The entire episode was aired in Australia
and later released to VHS
before it was finally seen on Nickelodeon in
Plucky trying to sell his life story as a movie.
The series began on September 19,
1992 on FOX’s Fox Kids
programming block. The series
utilized a theme similar to the one composed by Bruce Broughton and written by Tom Ruegger and Wayne Kaatz for Tiny Toons, except Plucky was the
primary singer and the lyrics were modified to center on him. The show was a
co-production of Warner
Bros. Animation and Amblin
Entertainment, with Steven
Spielberg serving as a producer. It failed to attract much of an audience
and the series was cancelled after just 13 episodes, allowing the production go
focus on their next venture for FOX: Animaniacs.
“The Return of Batduck” (9/19/92) – Plucky stars as Batduck in a new
“Ducklahoma / Video Game Blues / Yakety Yak / Party Crasher Plucky”
(9/26/92) – For revenge, Buster has Plucky star in
“The Anvil Chorus” remixed with “Oaklahoma!” / Plucky and Fowlmouth sing about
Plucky’s addiction to video games. / A music video set to “Yakety Yak”. /
Plucky convinces Shirley to take him to a celebrity party, but he keeps getting
“Minister Golf / Particle Man / Istanbul / My Brilliant Revenge!”
(10/3/92) - Plucky Duckling takes to miniature
golf. / A music video set to “Particle Man”. / A music video set to “Istanbul”.
/ Plucky plans to get revenge on Hamton for destroying his bagpipes.
“Kon Ducki!” (10/10/92) - Plucky and his
crew set sail to prove the origin of his ancestors. / Buster narrates the
making of Kon Ducki, which was created by Plucky.
“Inside Plucky Duck / Bat’s All, Folks / Wild Takes Class” (10/17/92)
– Buster, Babs and Calamity travel around Plucky’s
head. / The origin of Plucky’s other alter-ego: Batduck. / Plucky ends up stuck
as a giant eyeball while demonstrating Daffy’s advanced wild takes.
“A Quack in the Quarks” (10/24/92) – Plucky Duck has to save Planet X
from Duck Vader.
“A Ditch in Time” (10/31/92) – Plucky
invents a time machine so he can do his homework, but accidentally sends
himself, Buster and Babs to prehistoric times.
“Going Up / Wait ‘Till Your Father Gets Even / Never Too Late to Loon”
(11/7/92) – Plucky Duckling’s enjoyment of the
elevator leads him to stopping a robbery. / Hamton loses his father’s bottlecap
collection to Plucky. / Plucky has Shirley the Loon turn him into
Einstein in order to pass a test.
“Just-Us League of Supertoons / A Bacon Strip / Migrant Mallard”
(11/14/92) – Batduck and Decoy are rejected by the
Just-Us League until Wex Wuthor attacks them and Batduck needs to save them. /
Hamton’s clothes are stolen when he skinny-dips in Max’s pool and he has to get
home naked. / Plucky tries to modernize going South for the winter.
“Hollywood Plucky” (11/21/92) – Plucky drags Hamton on a Hollywood
adventure to try and get his movie made.
“The Potty Years / Milk, It Makes a Body Spout / The Anvil Chorus”
(11/28/92) – Plucky Duckling is fascinated by the
toilet flushing and flushed everything he could find. / Buster and Plucky try
to make Hamton shoot milk out of his nose. / Plucky tries to avoid anvils that
fall on him as an orchestra plays.
“Slugfest / Duck Dodgers Jr. / Duck Trek” (12/5/92) – Pretending to be Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs leads
Plucky and Hamton to encounter their enemy—for real. / Plucky serves as Duck
Dodgers’ eager new space cadet. / Plucky and his crew land on a planet
in search of a toupee for him, but find a hair monster instead.
“Best O’ Plucky Duck Day / One Minute ‘Till Three / Sticky Feathers
Duck / Duck in the Dark” (12/12/92) - Buster
introduces the contractually-obligated episode centered on Plucky. / The clock
refuses to strike 3 as Granny assigns lengthy term papers for wrong answers. /
Hamton and Plucky feel guilty after stealing a candy bar from a store. / Plucky
spends the night at Buster’s and suffers nightmares after overdosing on horror