December 03, 2016

TINY TOON ADVENTURES

TINY TOON ADVENTURES
(CBS, Syndication, FOX, September 14, 1990-December 6, 1992)

Warner Bros. Animation, Amblin Entertainment


MAIN CAST:
Charlie Adler – Buster Bunny (most episodes & film)
John Kassir – Buster Bunny (season 3), Bugs Bunny (“Night Ghoulery”)
Tress MacNeille – Barbara Ann “Babs” BunnyBabs’ MomBaby DuffBarbara BushJulia RobertsMadonna, Mama Bear, Max’s mother (1 episode), Plucky’s mother, Roseanne BarrWhoopi GoldbergWitch Hazel (1 episode), Marcia the Martian, various
Joe Alaskey – Plucky DuckBatman/Bruce WayneGeorge Washington’s Ghost, Hugo the Abominable Snowman (1 episode), Marvin the MartianEd NortonDanny DeVito, Plucky’s dad, Pete Puma (1 episode), Porky Pig (1 episode), Speedy GonzalesSteven SpielbergSylvester (1 episode), Wile E. CoyoteYosemite Sam (1 episode), various
Don Messick – Hamton J. PigBosko, Gremlin, various
Kath Soucie – Fifi La FumeLi’l SneezerMacaulay Culkin, Gnome, Margot Mallard, Lady May
Frank Welker – FurrballGogo DodoBarky MarkyBig BeeBookwormByron BassetCalamity CoyoteLittle BeeperDustin HoffmanGeorge H.W. BushGossamer, Gremlin, Hugo the Abominable Snowman (1 episode), MacArthur Duff, Monty’s father, One-Eyed Jack, Papa Bear, Ralph the Guard, Road Runner, Roger RabbitRonald Reagan, Steven Spielberg, TicklepussThe WolverineX-BirdCoyote KidCharlie Dog, Mugsy, Chewcudda, various
Gail Matthius – Shirley “The Loon” McLoon, Max’s mother (1 episode)

            In 1985, The Walt Disney Company made a triumphant return to television with the formation of their Walt Disney Television Animation studio. Their first offering, Gummi Bears, was a success that was followed up by the even stronger DuckTales in 1987, with Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers on the way in 1988. Disney had found a way to take classic, established characters and breathe new life into them.

The Warner Bros. Studio Lot, which would be the home and sometimes setting of their return to television.

            This did not go unnoticed by Warner Bros. president Terry Semel, who decided that his studio could find the same amount of success on television. To usher in this new age of animation, he envisioned a series focused around younger version of the Looney Tunes—Warner Bros.’ most well-known characters—that would also embody the babyfication craze that dominated most of the 1980s. Babyfication was the process by which established characters were represented as younger versions of themselves, which had been done on such shows as Muppet Babies, Tom & Jerry Kids, The Flintstone Kids, and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.

Steven Spielberg with the Tiny Toons characters.

            Noted director Steven Spielberg had expressed interest in working with Warner and the Looney Tunes, and he was approached with Semel’s idea. While Spielberg was interested in it, he wanted an opportunity to create new characters as part of the Looney Tunes stable. It was decided that the idea would focus on young toons similar to the established characters, but with no direct relation. The idea moved forward initially as a feature film until it was decided that a series would reach a broader audience.

The Warner Bros. Animation crew.

            Jean MacCurdy was hired away from Hanna-Barbera Productions to head up Warner Bros. Animation, and with her she brought along several former colleagues including Tom Ruegger to head up the new series. Ruegger had previously been involved with the production of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo’s first season. Together with writer Wayne Kaatz and artist Alfred Gimeno, Ruegger and Spielberg set down to develop the characters of the new show.

Acme Acres, with the Looniversity front and center.

            What they came up with was Tiny Toon Adventures. The series would be set in the fictional town of Acme Acres (named after the fictional company that often supplied various props in Looney Tunes theatrical shorts) and would focus on the next generation of Looney Tunes characters. To become stars, the young characters attended Acme Looniversity where the seasoned characters would educate them in the various methods needed to be a cartoon star: from taking an anvil to the head to being exploded.

Babs and Buster Bunny (no relation, fortunately).

The principal residents of Acme Acres included Babs (Tress MacNeille) and Buster (Charlie Adler) Bunny (no relation, as they have to point out often). Whereas Buster embodied the cooler and collected, yet vindictive in the face of adversity, side of his mentor, Bugs Bunny (Jeff Bergman, Greg Burson, Noel Blanc & John Kassir), Babs embodied his more manic side and his penchant for impressions with quick changes and celebrity impersonations. Babs and Buster would often host the episodes either together or individually. They would talk about that episode’s theme, or just provide a bridge between segments.

Clockwise from top: Calamity, Sweeitie, Shirley, Furrball, Max, Hamton, Plucky, Gogo, Elmyra, Dizzy, Fifi and Li'l Sneezer.

Their friends and classmates included the self-aggrandizing Plucky Duck (Joe Alaskey), who took after Daffy Duck (Bergman & Burson) in his constant scheming to improve his own standing; the cleanly Hamton J. Pig (Don Messick), who often ended up involved in Plucky’s elaborate schemes and stuttered less than his classic counterpart, mentor and idol, Porky Pig (Alaskey & Bob Bergen); Fifi La Fume (Kath Soucie) was much like Pepe Le Pew (Burson) in her aggressively constant efforts to find love and being unable to do so due to her natural skunk odor; the unlucky Furrball (vocal effects by Frank Welker, speaking voice by Rob Paulsen in 1 episode) who was often unlucky and homeless and, like Sylvester (Alaskey & Bergman) with Tweety (Bergman), chased after canary Sweetie Pie (Candi Milo); scientifically proficient Calamity Coyote (Welker) who, like Wile E. Coyote (Alaskey), communicated through signs he pulled from behind his back, but unlike the older toon chose to focus on his inventions rather than tirelessly pursue Little Beeper (also Welker) as Wile E. did Road Runner; Dizzy Devil (Maurice LaMarche) was every bit the dim-witted Tasmanian devil that his predecessor, Taz (Blanc, Bergman & Burson), was; the bizarre Gogo Dodo (Welker) from Wackyland, who was the only member of the cast directly related to a Looney Tunes character with his father being Yoyo Dodo from Porky in Wackyland; and original creation Shirley McLoon (a play on Shirley MacLaine, voiced by Gail Matthius using a Valley girl accent), who was highly superficial and served as the object of desire for Plucky and rooster Fowlmouth (Paulsen). On the human side, Yosemite Sam (LaMarche, Alaskey, Bergman & Adler) was represented by the mean, rich and greedy Montana Max (Danny Cooksey) and Elmer Fudd (Burson & Bergman) by the selfishly caring animal lover Elmyra Duff (“Fudd” in reverse, voiced by Cree Summer).

Fowlmouth fawning over Shirley.

Other characters included Li’l Sneezer (Soucie), based on Sniffles and who was a blabbermouth with many allergies; Arnold the Pit Bull (Paulsen), a muscular pit bull heavily influenced by Arnold Schwarzenegger; Mary Melody (Summer), a sweet human girl who attended the Looniversity and whose name was based on the Merrie Melodies series of shorts; Concord Condor (Paulsen), based on Beaky Buzzard, was a shy and dimwitted condor who often ended sentences with “nope, nope, nope, nope” or “yup, yup, yup, yup”; Barky Marky (Welker), based on Marc Anthony, was a dog who loved sports and other activities; Bookworm, a worm with glasses who worked at the Looniversity library and never spoke; and Byron Basset (Welker), based on Barnyard Dawg, a slow and lazy basset hound who usually turned around by pulling his head and tail inside his body and popping them out on the opposite ends. Speedy Gonzales (Alaskey) appeared as the school’s track coach and sports announcer, Pete Puma (Stan Freberg & Alaskey) as the school’s janitor, Foghorn Leghornbeaky (Bergman & Burson) was a teacher, and Granny (June Foray) served as the head nurse and taught a computer animation class (a running gag had her assign thousand-page book reports to people who failed to answer a question correctly).

A Tiny Toons table reading.

Voice director Andrea Romano and Ruegger auditioned over 1,200 voices for the series before selecting the dozen main actors the series began with. Each one brought something unique to their respective roles: Adler gave Buster, the last role to be cast, a “great deal of energy”, Ruegger once told Comic Scene, however the producers had to work hard to keep his voice consistent between performances. Spielberg wanted Adler replaced as a result, but Ruegger and Romano fought to keep him on the show. MacNeille was versatile enough to handle Babs’ many impressions, a trait that was shared by LaMarche, Welker and Paulsen allowing the producers to assign them multiple roles, saving on additional casting. Cooksey, the only actor on the show who wasn’t an adult, was able to do a perfectly mean voice needed for Montana Max. Legendary voice actor Mel Blanc was set to reprise all of his classic Looney Tunes roles for the series, however he died while the show was in production. Blanc’s characters were handled by several different actors that included his son, Noel.

The animator that started it all.

Spielberg would serve as executive producer on the show and co-produce it through his Amblin Entertainment. He would also funnel in additional capital to ensure the highest quality out of the production, giving the first season a total budget of $25 million. One part of that quality, and a stipulation of Spielberg’s, was to have full animation in every episode produced; rather than the limited animation studios like Hanna-Barbera were known for. As a result, the animation was much more fluid and involved almost double the amount of animation cels a standard television cartoon would employ. In order to accomplish that and fulfill the 65-episode order needed to have their show run in syndication, several animation houses were contracted to work on the episodes: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now TMS Entertainment), Wang Film Productions, AKOM, Freelance Animators New Zealand, Encore Cartoons, StarToons International, LLC and Kennedy Cartoons. Kennedy, however, would be let go at the end of the first season due to their inconsistent quality and the high number of retakes often required on segments they produced.

Tiny Toons Music Television.

Another insistence of Spielberg’s was that the show would employ a full orchestra, much like the Looney Tunes shorts employed. The studio was initially resistant to the idea because of the cost, but eventually they relented and agreed. Bruce Broughton served as the series’ music supervisor and oversaw the 26 other composers employed to score different episodes which included Julie and Steve Bernstein, Steven Bramson, Don Davis, John Debney, Ron Grant, Les Hooper, Carl Johnson, Elliot Kaplan, Arthur Kempel, Ralph Kessler, Albert Lloyd Olson, Hummie Mann, Dennis McCarthy, Joel McNeely, Peter Myers, Laurence Rosenthal, William Ross, Arthur B. Rubinstein, J. Eric Schmidt, David Slonaker, Fred Steiner, Morton Stevens, Richard Stone, Stephen James Taylor and Mark Watters. Each composer conducted their own music and was credited in an episode based on how much of their composition was used.

An ad for the Tiny Toons debut on CBS.

Tiny Toon Adventures made its debut as a prime-time special on CBS on September 14, 1990 before moving and continuing on in first-run syndication for its first two seasons. The show’s introduction was animated by TMS and set to a theme song composed by Broughton and written by Ruegger and Kaatz. The majority of the episodes were broken up into several short segments united by a common theme; such as looking out for someone smaller, sports or enjoying a particular season. The show employed a blend of classic slapstick gags, pop culture references and parodies, and ethical and morality stories. Notable writers on the show included Ruegger, Kaatz, Paul Dini, Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver, Chuck Menville, Arleen Sorkin, Bruce Timm, Paul Rugg, Tom Minton, Buzz Dixon, Pamela Hickey and Dennys McCoy, amongst several others. Adler even contributed to a script for an episode.

A caricature of the three teen writers.

Three of the show’s most noteworthy writers came on board as a matter of chance. In October of 1990, a trio of eighth grade fans of the show—Renee Carter, Sarah Creef, and Amy Crosby—wrote a 120-page script based off a doodle of Carter’s that looked like Babs wearing a grass skirt. They sent the script out to Spielberg for consideration as an episode, not really expecting much to become of it. A Warner Bros. employee accidentally opened the package and, impressed by the contents, forwarded it on down the chain until it landed on Spielberg’s desk. Spielberg was impressed by what he saw and had the girls flown from Waynesboro, VA to his offices at Universal Studios where they were presented at a press conference and took part in a writer’s meeting regarding their episode. “Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian” aired during the show’s second season, and featured animated cameos by its writers and Spielberg himself.

The Vacation DVD.

The series proved to be a success, able to achieve a large audience by being accessible to both children and adults with its humor and story content. The 1992 direct-to-video movie, How I Spent My Vacation, was one of the highest selling videos in the United States as a result (the movie would later be broken up into four episodes and included in the syndication package). The show easily won its second and third season, as well as a network spot as FOX picked up the rights to broadcast the third season in their Fox Kids programming block. The show also gained a short-lived spin-off: The Plucky Duck Show.

The censors weren't quite as receptive as the intro had you believe.

Unfortunately, becoming a network show meant the content freedom they once enjoyed received more scrutiny. After its initial airing, “Elephant Issues” received numerous complaints over the content for the “One Beer” segment, leaving the episode in limbo until the series was reran on The Hub in 2013. Later, FOX outright banned “Toons From the Crypt” from airing due to the “Night of the Living Pets” segment. Although “Wait ‘Till Your Father Gets Even” was aired as part of The Plucky Duck Show, the entire episode would only first be seen in Australia until Nickelodeon finally aired it in 1995.

Demanding star treatment.

Behind the scenes, Adler left the show during the production of the third season. He felt slighted that the producers had failed to cast him, the series’ star, in their next venture, Animaniacs, while co-stars with smaller roles got starring parts. He resigned with an angry letter sent to the producers and Spielberg accusing them of making it difficult for him to work on Tony Toons; which left Ruegger and Romano feeling betrayed given the effort they put into keeping him on. Kassir assumed the role of Buster for the remainder of the series, which had just about neared completion. Alaskey also left for financial reasons, but the studio worked with him on terms for his return. However, Alaskey had reportedly had problems with how Romano would direct voicing sessions, prompting Romano to ensure she’d never direct Alaskey in another production again.

Having a frightfully good time.

FOX ordered no further episodes of Tiny Toons, but instead were looking for a spin-off. The production decided to produce the show Tiny Toons had been preparing them for: Animaniacs, which would employ many of the same actors (as noted above) and crew, as well as take a more adult-oriented stance on humor. The last Tiny Toons episode aired on December 6, 1992, leaving two unaired: “It’s A Warner Bros. Time” and “Tiny Toons the Musical.” However, the studio did produce two specials: 1994’s “Tiny Toon Spring Break” and the hour-long “Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery” in 1995. The characters would also appear in cameos in the various Warner Bros. Animation shows to follow. The show remained on the air in syndicated reruns, being seen on Nickelodeon, Kids’ WB and its follow-ups, Cartoon Network, Nicktoons, and The Hub Network/Discovery Family. Tiny Toons was nominated for numerous awards during its initial run, including eight Daytime Emmy Awards (of which it won seven), two Annie Awards, an Emmy, two Young Artists Awards (of which it won one), and an Environmental Media Award, which it won.

Tiny Toons in game form.

From 1991-94, Konami published several games based on the series for the various Nintendo systems and the Sega Genesis: Tiny Toon Adventures followed Buster, Plucky, Dizzy and Furrball as they attempted to rescue Babs from Max; Cartoon Workshop allowed users to create their own 5-minute Tiny Toons cartoon; Babs’ Big Break had Buster, Plucky and Hamton attempt to keep Max from ruining Babs’ dreams of becoming a star; Trouble in Wackyland had Plucky, Hamton, Babs, Furrball, Sweetie and Buster navigating through a new amusement park that’s part of a nefarious plan by Max; Montana’s Movie Madness had Buster attempt to alter the plot of Max’s movies which depict him as the hero and Buster as a villain; Buster’s Hidden Treasure followed Buster as he uncovered treasure stolen by Max and attempted to rescue Babs from him; Buster Busts Loose followed Buster as he accomplished a variety of goals each level; Wacky Sports Challenge followed Buster, Babs, Plucky and Dizzy as they competed in various Olympic-style events; and ACME All-Stars allowed players to make teams with the various characters to participate in sports games. Atari had intended to make a Tiny Toons game as a launch title for its Jaguar system, but the game was ultimately cancelled. Tiger Electronics also made a handheld game in 1991.

An ad for the Nintendo games.

            From 1996-99, Terraglyph Interactive Studios made three games for the PC and Sony PlayStation: Buster and the Beanstalk had Buster and Plucky navigating through a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk; The Great Beanstalk was published by NewKidCo International, Inc. and featured a similar premise to the previous game; and Toonenstein: Dare to Scare, published by Vatical Entertainment LLC and Swing! Deutschland, had Furrball, Plucky and Hamton navigating Baroness Toonenstein’s (Elmyra) mansion looking for her treasure and avoiding their brains being put into her cuddly creation. From 2001-02, Conspiracy Games published several games for the PlayStation, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance: Plucky’s Big Adventure, developed by Warthog, was based around the episode “A Ditch in Time”; Buster Saves the Day had Buster going up against Max to rescue all of his friends; Dizzy’s Candy Quest, developed by Lost Boy Games, had Dizzy teaming-up with a candy-stealing Robot to face Max and clones of his friends; Wacky Stackers was a puzzle game similar to Tetris; and Buster’s Bad Dream (called Scary Dreams when it was released in North America in 2005), developed by Treasure Co., Ltd., had Buster looking to stop his bad dreams with the help of Babs, Plucky, Hamton, Dizzy, Shirley, Fifi and Li’l Sneezer. A PlayStation 2 game, Defenders of the Universe, was slated to be released in 2004 but had been quietly cancelled for unspecified reasons (potentially due to the financial difficulties Conspiracy was experiencing at the time). Bad Dream was the last original production to feature the Tiny Toons characters.

Babs using a Babs lunch box. Meta.

            DC Comics and Welsh Publishing Group published Tiny Toon Adventures Magazine, a quarterly children’s magazine. Only seven issues were released. Little Golden Books published books based on the series; both featuring episode adaptations and original stories. The characters also frequently appeared in books based on Warner Bros. Animation properties, including Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Because of its popularity, Tiny Toons had an enormous amount of merchandising tie-ins. They were featured toys in the kids meals from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, had various toys and figurines, lunch boxes, clocks, party supplies, puzzles, costumes and more.

Got Tiny Toons on the brain? Take them home!

            In the early 1990s, Warner Bros. Home Video releases several VHS collections featuring episodes with similar themes, as well as the My Vacation movie. Season 1 was released to DVD in two volumes between 2008 and 2009. The remainder of the show was released in two more volumes in 2013. In 2012, My Vacation received a DVD release. Warner Bros. Records published a CD and cassette called Tiny Toons Sing! in 1992 featuring the characters singing original and cover songs.


EPISODE GUIDE:
Season 1:
“The Looney Beginning” (9/14/90) – An animator creates Buster and Babs Bunny, who in turn create the world of Tiny Toons.

“A Quack in the Quarks” (9/17/90) – Plucky Duck has to save Planet X from Duck Vader.

“The Wheel o’ Comedy / Devil Doggie / Optical Intrusion / Win, Lose or Kerplowie” (9/18/90) – Buster and Babs spin a wheel to determine the star of the next segment. / Emlyra Duff believes Dizzy Devil is a dog and takes him home. / Furball glues magnetic 3-D glasses to his face. / Buster replaces a game show host to end Montana Max’s cheating.

“Test Stressed / Never Too Late to Loon / Li’l Sneezer / To Bleep or Not to Bleep” (9/19/90) – Buster introduces each segment. / Plucky has Shirley the Loon turn him into Einstein in order to pass a test. / Sylvester tasks Furball with catching Sneezer. / Shirley refuses to date Fowlmouth because of his foul mouth.

“The Buster Bunny Bunch / Buffed Bunny / Squish / Born to be Riled” (9/20/90) – Buster’s friends sing about him. / Buster buffs up when he thinks Babs is impressed by a gym’s billboard. / Shirley predicts bad things for Dizzy after he steps on a bug. / Babs’ classmates get revenge on Babs for all her impressions of them.

“Her Wacky Highness” (9/21/90) – Babs runs away to Wackyland after being punished for a lack of self-control and becomes queen to a citizenry who totally lack self-control.

“Hollywood Plucky” (9/22/90) – Plucky drags Hamton on a Hollywood adventure to try and get his movie made.

“Journey to the Center f Acme Acres” (9/24/90) – The toons have to retrieve a gold nugget from Max in order to stop gremlins from causing earthquakes.

“It’s Buster Bunny Time / Bag That Bunny / Lifestyles of the Rich and Rotten / The Anvil Chorus” (9/25/90) – The toons parody Howdy Doody. / Elmyra pays Calamity Coyote to capture Buster for her new pet. / Buster and Babs interview Max. / Plucky experiences a painful musical interlude.

“Stuff That Goes Bump in the Night / Home Wrecker / Fang You Very Much / Easy Biter” (9/26/90) – Buster and Babs try to out-scare each other. / Buster disguises himself as a ghost to keep Max from building a house over his burrow. / Elmyra’s pet of the month is a real vampire bat. / Hamton is besieged by mosquitos.

“Looking Out for the Little Guy / Awful Orphan / The R-Return of the Toxic Revenger / Dog-Bird Afternoon” (9/27/90) – Buster highlights each character looking out for smaller ones. / Elmyra takes in an abandoned Sneezer. / Plucky becomes a superhero to reclaim his swamp water from Max’s swimming pool. / Byron Basset protects a nest full of baby birds from Furrball.

“Starting from Scratch” (9/28/90) – Buster, Babs and Plucky shrink down to help reunite a flea family.

“Hare Raising Night” (10/1/90) – Buster, Babs, Plucky and Hamton attempt to stop a mad scientist who experiments on animals.

“Furrball Follies / K-9 Kitty / Aroma Amore / Cross-Country Kitty” (10/2/90) – Buster and Babs relate stories about Furrball’s efforts to find a home. / Furrball is mistakenly adopted as a seeing-eye dog. / A stripe ends up on Furrball’s back and he ends up pursued by Fifi La Fume. / Mary Melody adopts Furrball and he continually tries to go after Sweetie Bird.

“The Acme Acres Zone / A Walk on the Flip Side / A Bacon Strip / Sincerely Yours, Babs” (10/3/90) – Buster welcomes viewers to the Acme Acres Zone. / Max dreams he’s a rabbit and Buster and Babs live in his house. / Hamton’s clothes are stolen when he skinny-dips in Max’s pool and he has to get home naked. / Hamton and Calamity attempt to help Babs recapture her sense of humor—literally.

“Life in the 90s / Whining Out / Paper Trained / Butt Outt” (10/4/90) – Buster introduces examples of life in the 90s. / Buster, Babs, Plucky and Hamton go to a fancy restaurant and get treated poorly. / Buster tries to get the money Max owes for his newspaper deliveries. / Babs dresses as a doctor to get Roderick and Rhubella Rat off of smoking.

“Rock ‘N’ Roar” (10/5/90) – Searching for his lost soccer ball leads Buster to discover a dinosaur egg, which then hatches into a real dinosaur.

“Prom-ise Her Anything” (10/8/90) – Bugs Bunny teaches Buster how to dance and Elmyra tries to get Max to like her, but Max is interested in Dizzy’s date.

“Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow” (10/9/90) – Elmyra takes Buster home as her newest pet, and he tries to escape with all the other animals.

“Cinemaniacs! / SuperBabs / Duck Trek / Pasadena Jones” (10/10/90) – Buster and Babs theater hop while trying to keep ahead of usher Max. / SuperBabs has to keep Wex Wuthor from pouring ink all over Acme Acres. / Plucky and his crew land on a planet in search of a toupee for him, but find a hair monster instead. / Buster explores a temple to find the secret of life.

“You Asked For It / Debutante Devil / Sleight of Hare / Duck Out of Luck” (10/11/90) – It’s viewer request day. / Babs has to re-educate Dizzy from eating her. / Buster goes from the rabbit to the magician when Max causes his boss to quit. / The viewers get to decide what happens to Plucky.

“Gang Busters” (10/12/90) – Max frames Buster for a theft, and he and Plucky end up in jail.

“Citizen Max” (10/15/90) – Hamton interviews the others to find out why Max’s last words were “Acme.”

“Wake Up Call of the Wild / Migrant Mallard / It’s A Jungle Out There / Kitty Cat-Astrophe” (10/17/90) – Buster and Babs talk about animal instincts. / Plucky tries to modernize going South for the winter. / Concord Condor escapes from the zoo for wide open spaces. / Furrball daydreams that he’s in prehistoric times.

“Buster and the Wolverine” (10/19/90) – Elmyra describes Buster, Babs, Plucky, Hamton, Furrball and Sweetie being chased by a wolverine.

“You Asked For it, Part 2 / The Weird Couple / The Return of the Toxic Revenger / Little Cake of Horrors” (10/22/90) – It’s viewer request day once again. / Dizzy moves into Hamton’s house and their personalities clash. / The Toxic Revenger attempts to eliminate Max’s highly polluting factory. / Hamton is tormented by a chocolate cake to break his diet.

“Europe in 30 Minutes” (10/26/90) – Plucky takes, Buster, Babs and Hamton on a trip to England he won and end up embroiled in a scheme to abduct Diana and Charles.

“The Wacko World of Sports / Tennis the Menace / Bleacher Bummer / Miniature Goof” (10/30/90) – Buster and Babs introduces each featured sport. / Buster poses as a professional tennis player to get back at the cheating Max. / Furrball and Dizzy sneak into a baseball game and accidentally reveal one of the teams was cheating. / Buster and Babs are treated poorly by Roderick and Rhubella at their miniature golf course and launch a plan for revenge.

“Rainy Daze / Rent-A-Friend / Bunny Daze / Fur-Gone Conclusion” (11/1/90) – Buster and Babs describe what characters do on rainy days. / Buster is Max’s rented friend and outsmarts Max when he attempts to get rid of him. / Babs uses her imagination to make chores fun. / Accidentally in the Arctic, Buster and Babs protect a baby seal from a poacher.

“Fields of Honey” (11/2/90) – Babs searches for a female cartoon character to be her mentor and stumbles upon Honey of Bosko and Honey.

“Sawdust and Toonsil” (11/5/90) – Buster, Babs and Plucky have to save Wackyland characters from a circus owner.

“Spring in Acme Acres / Love Among the Toons / Elmyra’s Spring Cleaning / That’s Incredibly Stupid” (11/6/90) – After bringing spring to Acme Acres, Buster and Babs convey how others spend the springtime. / Elmer Fudd hires incompetent Concord to take over his job as Cupid. / Elmyra goes a bit crazy cleaning her house. / Plucky and Dizzy compete on a game show involving dangerous stunts.

“Psychic Fun-Omenon Day / Piece of Mind / Class Cut-Up / Rear Window Pain” (11/7/90) – Shirley uses her crystal ball to predict what will happen to a character. / Wile E. Coyote summarizes Calamity and Little Beeper’s relationship. / Hamton’s frog for dissection sings and dances, but he’s the only one who notices it. / An injured Plucky watches Elmer Fudd and believes he’s growing clones.

“The Wide World of Elmyra / Turtle Hurdle / Drooley Davey / Go Fetch” (11/8/90) – Buster and Babs host a wildlife show that illustrates how dangerous Elmyra is. / Michigan J. Frog teases Tyrone Turtle during his escape from Elmyra’s house. / Elmyra has to babysit a baby that doesn’t like her. / Elmyra forces Barky Marky to play fetch.

“A Ditch in Time” (11/9/90) – Plucky invents a time machine so he can do his homework, but accidentally sends himself, Buster and Babs to prehistoric times.

“Animaniacs!” (11/12/90) – Buster shows Plucky how to make a cartoon for his class, and Plucky wins taking his class over again at a film festival.

“Career Oppor-Toon-ities / Buster’s Guide to Getting a Job / Working Pig / Failing to Pizzas” (11/13/90) – Buster talks about having a part-time job. / Buster coaches Babs on how to get a job. / Hamton has to serve Elmyra in the toy department for a chance to be promoted to cleaning supplies. / Calamity attempts to steal pizza from delivery boy Beeper.

“Strange Tales of Weird Science / Scentimental Pig / Pit Bullied / Duck in the Muck” (11/14/90) – Buster and Babs introduce the segments wearing lab coats. / Hamton spills a compound on his plants that make them smell delicious. / Sweetie conditions Furrball to want dogs instead of birds, so he goes after Arnold the pit bull. / The Toxic Revenger tries to stop Max from dumping sludge in Plucky’s pond.

“Inside Plucky Duck / Bat’s All Folks / Wild Takes Class” (11/15/90) – 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.

“The Acme Bowl” (11/16/90) – Buster has a secret play book to finally help Acme Acres win against Perfecto Prep, but Plucky is a double-agent looking for a scholarship to Perfecto.

“Dating, Acme Acres Style / Buster’s Guide to Dating / Love Stinks / The Dream Date Game” (11/19/90) – Buster and Babs do a public service announcement about dating. / Buster and Babs give instructions about having a first date. / When Calamity gains a white stripe on his back Fifi becomes smitten with him. / Buster and Babs trick Max into competing on a dating game where Elmyra is the bachelorette.

“Looniversity Daze / The Learning Principal / Eating Between the Lines / What’s Up, Nurse?” (11/20/90) – Buster and Babs sing about Acme Looniversity. / Buster is sent to the principal by Yosemite Sam. / Sweeite chases after Bookworm in the library. / Plucky fakes being sick to avoid a test and discovers Elmyra is running the nurse’s office.

“Best o’ Plucky Duck Day / One Minute ‘Till Three / Sticky Feathers Duck / Duck in the Dark” (11/21/90) – 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 movies.

“Hero Hamton” (11/23/90) – A misunderstanding leads Plucky to set up a boxing match between Hamton and Max.

“Whale’s Tales” (11/26/90) – Buster and Babs try to convince Elmyra to free a baby whale so it can go back to its mother, who’s held by cosmetic maker Gotcha Grabmore.

“Ask Mr. Popular / Dapper Diz / A Pigment of His Imagination” (12/4/90) – Buster gives advice as Mr. Popular. / Buster, Plucky and Hamton turn Dizzy into a gentleman. / Hamton creates an imaginary friend who treats him like a jerk.

“Son of Looniversity Daze / Plucky’s Dastardly Deed / Open and Shut Case / C Flat or B Sharp” (12/7/90) – Buster and Babs introduce the viewers to the students at the Looniversity. / Plucky feels guilty about cheating on a test. / Hamton’s good grades land him a new hi-tech locker that refuses to give him his lunch. / Buster, Plucky and Hamton have to get a piano from the tower and present it to Yosemite Sam.

“Mr. Popular’s Rules of Cool / Slugfest / Venison Anyone?” (12/10/90) – Babs and Buster (in his Mr. Popular persona) try to help Hamton become cool. / Pretending to be Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs leads Plucky and Hamton to encounter their enemy—for real. / Max goes deer hunting and encounters a street-smart deer.

“Fairy Tales for the 90s / Bunnochio / Bear Necessities” (12/12/90) – Babs sets up modern fairy tales as Tinkerbunny. / A failing toy company mistakes Buster for one of their toys. / Elmyra is Goldilocks in the Three Bears story.

“Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?” (12/14/90) – Sappy Stanley tries to eliminate Bugs and frame Daffy for it, but Buster and Babs try to prove his innocence.

“Tiny Toon Music Television” (2/1/91) – A collection of music videos starring the cast of Tiny Toons.

“The Return of the Acme Acres Zone / Real Kids Don’t Like Broccoli / Boo Ha Ha / Duck Dodgers Jr.” (2/4/91) – Babs hosts the next installment of The Acme Acres Zone. / Buster serves as a detective in the future looking for missing droids. / Plucky and Hamton are haunted by a ghost in a mansion. / Plucky serves as Duck Dodgers’ eager new space cadet.

“The Acme Home Shopping Show / Oh, For Art’s Sake / Teddy Bears’ Picnic / I Was a Teenage Bunny Sitter” (2/6/91) – Buster and Babs host a shopping show. / Plucky pauses a dog and cat fight and claims he painted it. / Elmyra follows the Three Bears to an outdoor picnic. / Babs babysits a young rabbit.

“Weirdest Stories Ever Told / Robin Hare / To Babs or Not to Babs / Elmyra’s ‘Round the World” (2/8/91) – Buster and Babs spend the day at the Looniversity library. / Buster stars in his own version of Robin Hood. / Babs is determined to be cast in Shakespeare’s newest play. / Buster dreams that Elmyra’s family around the world wants him as a pet as well.

“Viewer Mail Day / Pluck ‘O the Irish / Out of Odor / Buttering Up the Buttfields” (2/11/91) – Buster and Babs read fan mail. / Plucky and Hamton head to Ireland and encounter a Banshee. / Elmyra believes Fifi is a purple kitty and wants her. / New waiter Plucky attends to extremely important rotund customers.

“Son of the Wacko World of Sports: Buster at the Bat / Buster’s New Bike / Acme Acres’ Summer Olympics” (2/12/91) – Sylvester narrates their version of Casey at the Bat with Buster in Casey’s role. / Buster gets a new bike from a crooked bike dealer. / Acme Looniversity compete against Perfecto Prep in various sporting events.

“Pollution Solution / No Deposit, No Return of the Trash Bag Dispenser / Jungle Bungle / Waste Deep in Wackyland” (2/14/91) – Tinkerbunny has to clean-up Acme Acres. / Plucky, as The Trash Bag Dispenser, must teach Elmyra about recycling. / Buster and Babs has to take on Ronald Gump to save a rainforest. / Gogo has to teach Max a lesson about dumping his waste in Wackyland.

“You Asked For It, Again / Buster’s Guide to Goofing Off / Elmyra at the Mall / Hold the Sugar” (2/15/91) – Another round of requested cartoons. / Buster teaches viewers how to procrastinate with their homework. / Elmyra ends up locked in a mall with two burglars. / A colony of ants learns the consequences of sugar addiction.

“Brave Tales of Real Rabbits / And all that Rot / Day for Knight” (2/18/91) – Buster and Babs host Masterhare Theater. / Buster and Babs search for the queen’s jewels. / Sir Buster must save Babs from a dragon.

“How Sweetie It Is / Egged on Eagle / Let’s Do Lunch / The Raven” (2/19/91) – Sweetie demands her own episode. / A tired stork delivers Sweetie to a bald eagle. / Sweetie tries to get Furrball in trouble with Elmyra by goading him into eating her. / Sweetie plays the raven in the classic Edgar Allan Poe story.

“New Character Day / The Roches / The Return of Pluck Twacy” (2/20/91) – Buster and Babs audition new characters for the show. / A band of roaches decide to hold a concert in Hamton’s house. / An unconscious Plucky dreams he’s a detective in search of Shirley’s missing evil aura.

“Here’s Hamton / Milk, It Makes a Body Spout / America’s Least Wanted / Drawn and Buttered” (2/22/91) – Hamton stars in parodies of famous TV intros. / Buster and Plucky try to make Hamton shoot milk out of his nose. / Plucky learns Hamton has a criminal double and attempts to turn Hamton in for a reward. / Hamton’s lobster dinner ends up being mishcevious.

“No Toon is an Island” (2/25/91) – A treasure map causes Buster, Babs, Plucky and Hamton to turn on their friendship.

“K-ACME TV” (2/26/91) – The cast stars in a variety of TV parodies.

“High Toon” (3/29/91) – Buster and Babs accidentally end up in a western town troubled by outlaws.

Season 2:
“Pledge Week / It’s All Relatives / Lifeguard Lunacy / The Kite” (9/16/91) – Pledge week yields zero donations. / Babs’ grandmother pays a visit, spoiling her planned date with Buster. / Elmyra gets in the way of Calamity being Arnold’s junior lifeguard. / A moth befriends Hamton’s kite at the beach.

“Going Places / When You’re Hot / That’s Art Folks! / Slaughterhouse Jive” (9/17/91) – The class takes a trip to visit people at work. / Pete Puma’s fire safety demonstrations end up burning down the Looniveristy. / Babs is hit on the head at a museum and dreams she’s in a world where everyone shuns her. / The toons are almost caught in the production line at Max’s Merry Meats Company.

“Elephant Issues / Why Dizzy Can’t Read / CLIDE and Prejudice / One Beer” (9/18/91) – Gogo explains the episode deals with serious social issues. / Buster and Babs discover Dizzy can’t read because he spends all his time watching TV. / Buster helps new robot student CLIDE after he’s teased by Max. / Buster, Plucky and Hamton down a bottle of beer and get into intoxicated trouble.

“Hog-Wild Hamton” (9/19/91) – Plucky throws a party at Hamton’s house while his parents are away, causing Hamton’s neighbor to blow it up due to the noise.

“Playtime Toons / Happy Birthday Hamton / Fit to be Toyed / Strung Along Kitty” (9/20/91) – Buster introduces Fantastic Toyland. / Babs, Plucky and Buster buy toys for Hamton they end up wanting to keep for themselves. / Max destroys his toys, leaving him with nothing but a paddle ball and his imagination. / Furrball plays with Mary Melody’s hair ribbon.

“Toon Physics / Once Upon a Star / A Cub for Grub / The Year Book Star” (11/4/91) – Orson Whales teaches the toons toon physics. / Elmyra’s wish for her doll to come to life unfortunately comes true. / Furrball goes after Li’l Sneezer at scout camp, but Sneezer’s camping knowledge keeps the cat at bay. / Plucky wants to be in the yearbook the most, and Babs makes sure only embarrassing shots of him make it in.

“Acme Cable TV” (11/11/91) – The Taiwan Flu leaves Buster and Babs couch-ridden and only able to watch cable TV.

“Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian” (11/18/91) – After complaining about not starring in an episode, Buster and Babs are sent to Hawaii in a script written by 13-year-olds.

“Henny Youngman Day / Stand-Up and Deliver / The Potty Years / Lame Joke” (11/22/91) – Hen Henny Youngman fills in for an absent Daffy. / Babs compete in an open mic night. / Plucky Duckling is fascinated by the toilet flushing and flushed everything he could find. / It takes a while for Buster’s friends to find what was funny about his lame joke.

“Love Disconnection / My Dinner With Elmyra: Part 1 / My Dinner With Elmyra: Part 2 / The Amazing Three” (11/25/91) – Buster hosts the game show Love Disconnection. / Max unwittingly takes out Elmyra and is teased for it. / Max and Elmyra head to the movies to see his least-favorite film. / Tired of the immature boys in their lives, Babs, Shirley and Fifi go to the senior dance at Perfecto Prep.

“Kon Ducki / The Voyage of the Kon Ducki / The Making of Kon Ducki” (2/10/92) – Buster introduces the episode dressed as a pirate. / 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.

“Sepulveda Boulevard” (2/17/92) – It’s betrayal, Hollywood style, as Max hides out in a mansion after stealing Plucky’s script in order to steal Elmyra’s.

“Take Elmyra, Please” (2/24/92) – When Elmyra’s parents invent a new fuel, a rival tries to kidnap them but ends up with, unfortunately, Elmyra instead.

Season 3:
“Thirteensomething” (9/14/92) – On a bet, Babs goes to audition and lands a part on Thirteensomething, but she and Buster begin to miss each other.

“New Class Day / The Just-Us League of Supertoons / Sound Off / A Night in Kokomo” (9/15/92) – Buster and Babs begin their new semester. / Batduck and Decoy are rejected by the Just-Us League until Wex Wuthor attacks them and Batduck needs to save them. / Buster and Babs chase Dizzy after he ruins their picnic. / Susan Writtenhouse III meets up with Buster and Babs to arrange a payment to Mr. Mayonnaise.

“Fox Trot / My Brilliant Revenge! / Can’t Buy Me Love / Phone Call from the 405” (9/16/92) – Buster and Babs are chased by foxes. / Plucky plans to get revenge on Hamton for destroying his bagpipes. / Elmyra tries to befriend the new girl in town who ends up being a spoiled brat. / Spielberg repeatedly criticizes the scene Babs and Buster try to perform.

“What Makes Toons Tick / Whirlwind Romance / Going Up / Nothing to Sneeze At” (9/17/92) – Buster and Calamity take a time machine to view the toons’ early lives. / Dizzy is resistant to love until he sets his eyes on a cyclone he thinks is another Tasmanian Devil. / Plucky Duckling’s enjoyment of the elevator leads him to stopping a robbery. / A closet monster attempts to scare Li’l Sneezer, who instead is delighted by the attempts.

“Flea for Your Life” (9/18/92) – Itchy and Gnat discover that Tick is hording the flea’s resources on Byron Basset.

“The Return of Batduck” (9/19/92) – Plucky attempts to get his own feature after his show bombs, but discovers all they want him to be is a stunt duck.

“Toons Take Over” (9/21/92) – When the toons want to try something new, they’re appointed the directors of their own cartoons.

“Toons From the Crypt / Wait Till Your Father Gets Even / Concord the Kindly Condor / Night of the Living Pets” (9/22/92*) – Buster introduces scary cartoons from a haunted mansion. / Hamton loses his father’s bottlecap collection to Plucky. / Concord’s brothers try to get him to stop helping animals and act more like a condor. / All of Elmyra’s dead pets rise as zombies to haunt her.
*First aired in Australia. The episode was banned by FOX over the third segment and wouldn’t be seen until it was released on VHS and in cable reruns. However, the first segment played on The Plucky Duck Show.

“Two-Tone Town” (9/28/92) – Buster and Babs find themselves in a monochrome town and attempt to help the residents find their place on TV.

“Buster’s Directorial Debut / Fit to be Stewed / Ducklahoma” (11/2/92) – Buster’s directorial debut of Furrball on the Roof is interrupted. / Buster and Babs come across a witch’s house, and the witch wants to turn them into stew. / For revenge, Buster has Plucky star in “The Anvil Chorus” remixed with “Oaklahoma!”

“Washingtoon” (11/4/92) – Buster and Babs head to Washington to put a stop to a chair woman’s campaign against unrealistic comical violence.

“Toon TV” (11/9/92) – Buster and Babs countdown another collection of toon music videos.

“Grandma’s Dead” (11/10/92) – Everyone believes Elmyra is upset over her grandmother dying when she’s really morning the loss of a hamster.

“Music Day / Ruffled Ruffee / The Horn Blows at Lunchtime / Loon Lake” (11/11/92) – The toons introduce the audience to Music Day. / Buster battles a kids’ song musician. / Li’l Sneezer’s trumpet practice leads to a commotion in the cafeteria. / Shirley wants to be a ballerina in a recital, but her stuck-up co-stars think she’s too ditzy for the role.

“The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain” (11/12/92) – The boys’ camping and the girls’ slumber party are interrupted by an uninvited guest.

“Sports Shorts / Minister Golf / The Undersea World of Fifi” (11/13/92) – Buster and Babs announce the activities in Acme Acres. / Plucky Duckling takes to miniature golf. / Fifi leads an expedition to find sea monkeys, but Elmyra’s role in it ends up leading to the apocalypse.

“Weekday Afternoon Live” (11/16/92) – The toons put on a sketch variety show.

“A Cat’s Eye View / Little Dog Lost / Party Crasher Plucky / Homeward Bound” (11/17/92) – Elmyra chases after Furrball. / Byron escapes Elmyra’s care and takes up residence with an attractive lady. / Plucky convinces Shirley to take him to a celebrity party, but he keeps getting kicked out. / Furrball attempts to move in with a rich couple and their kitten, but they don’t want him.

“Best of Buster Day / Compromising Principals / Maid to Re-Order / Class Without Class” (11/23/92) – Buster uses the cartoons to explain himself to Bugs. / Buster plans to sabotage Yosemite Sam’s transfer so the students can keep getting away with things. / Buster puts up the Grovely family after Max fires them. / Buster and Dizzy are forced to be rivals by their tutors.

“It’s a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special” (12/6/92) – When Max sabotages Buster’s special and replaces him as the star of Tiny Toons, Buster considers quitting the show.

“It’s Warner Bros. Time / The Good, The Bad and the Warner Bros. / Made in California / WB Shield Ride” (N/A) – The toons sing a song about Warner Bros Dance. / Buster and Babs pretend to be cowboys. / Hamton and Plucky go on a trip to the Warner Bros. studios. / The toons ride the WB shield.

“Tiny Toons the Musical” (N/A) – The toons get ready to put on a musical.

Movie:
“How I Spent My Vacation” (3/11/92) – The toons leave Acme Acres for their summer vacations.

Specials:
“Tiny Toon Spring Break” (3/27/94) – The toons head to Florida while Elmyra chases after Buster in order to make him her pet.


“Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery / The Tell-Tale Vacuum / Sneezer the Sneezing Ghost / Demon Dog on the Moors / Fuel / The Devil and Daniel Webfoot / Hold that Duck / Night of the Living Dull / Frankenmyra & Dizzigor / A Gremlin on a Wing” (5/28/95) – Buster and Babs introduce a series of horrifying stories, with a song by Pumpkin Guy to kick things off. / Plucky destroys Hamton’s vacuum and comes to regret it afterwards. / Witch Hazel sets Furrball after the sneezing ghost. / Bas has never heard of the demon dog terrorizing the moors. / Beeper repeatedly runs Calamity over with a fuel truck. / Daniel Webfoot plans to confront Satan at Max’s mansion. / Plucky inherits a mansion where he’s the only one that sees a monster in residence. / The residents of Wackyland run from dealers and advertisers. / Frankenmeyer plans to build her own cuddly pet. / Plucky has to protect the plane he’s on from a gremlin no one else seems to see.

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