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Newsgroups: alt.tv.tiny-toon,rec.arts.animation From: synth@deepthought.unm.edu (Synth F. Oberheim) Subject: Tiny Toon Adventures REFERENCE GUIDE (3 of 3) (HUGE!) Message-ID: Date: Thu, 17 Dec 92 08:03:37 GMT Organization: SynthMedia Productions Ltd -- Now Appearing Nightly With DON HO Keywords: reference guide, credits, comments, reviews, episode index Lines: 1698 #173: BUSTER AND BABS GO HAWAIIAN Airdate: 11/18/91 Written by Renee Carter, Sarah Creef, Amy Crosby [ Everyone (and I mean everyone) but Furrball, Calamity, Beeper ] { This is the long-awaited episode written by the three 8th-grade girls who are now no doubt enjoying unlimited wealth and fame ... :-) And if you only see one or two Must See Episodes(tm) this year ... you need to get out more. No no, that came out wrong. See this one! -ed. } { Who directed it?? We do know that Spielberg personally worked with the girls on this one ... perhaps he's an uncredited director? Nawwwww ... or is it possible? -ed. } [ Once it got going ... wow!! I have to wonder just how much (or little) of the final dialogue was actually written by the credited writers. -KP { Considering how truly fresh and inspired the whole thing was, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt ... -ed. } ] { More references and highlights than you can shake a stick at. A sampling: Nicholas Hollander, Paul Dini & Sherri Stoner playing cards (catch the Little Mermaid poster!) Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman from HOOK BTTF's Doc Brown sitting next to George Lucas (in Vader garb) Andrew Lloyd Webber in cat costume (reference to Spielberg's upcoming animated version of CATS) The "Disney Invaders" video game (What appeared to be) the girls' original storyboarding The JAWS beach scene re-enactment } Airplane cabin: [ The first guy on the end (this would be the largish guy with round glasses) is Joe Alaskey, and the woman to his left is Tress MacNeille. -WB ] [ Buster and Babs sit behind Charlie Adler ... -JfK ] [ Did anyone else catch Bugs' "Discovury" card, as in the space shuttle? -RD ] { BTW, the Spielberg-playing-vidgames gag was a reference to SS having his own personal video game arcade in his house at Universal Studios ... Buster riding the waves was fantastic! Tokyo at its FINEST. FYI: Plucky's line, "Only Warner Bros. would throw a luau inside a volcano" is a stab at Warner's box-office bomb JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO. (Now is that an obscure reference or what? :-) (Thanks to Will Bell for confirming my suspicions) -ed. } Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Don Messick as Hamton Joe Alaskey as Plucky Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Frank Welker as Furrball Gail Matthius as Shirley Danny Cooksey as Monty Cree Summer as Elmyra Rob Paulsen as Arnold Kath Souci as Sneezer Greg Burson as Bugs Bunny Steven Spielberg as Himself Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsha [sic] Co., Ltd. Please Mail Your Unsolicited Manuscripts Along With A Stamped, Self-Addressed Envelope To: Some Other Show! { A fitting gag credit, considering how many goofy scripts they're undoubtedly going to be innundated with after this ... -ed. } Tag - Buster & Babs: "Aloooooooha!" [ Surprise, surprise! ] ---------------------------------------- #174: HENNY YOUNGMAN DAY Airdate: 11/22/91 [ Henny Youngman's bits are the only good parts of this episode. A shattering failure all around. -CA ] "Stand-Up and Deliver" Written by Sherri Stoner Directed by Jon McClenahan [ BBHP, Robin Killems ] [ Remember that saccharine sweetness that was so prevalent the first week of the second season? It's baaaaaccck. -CA ] { The Emo Philips squirrel was definitely a highlight, however -ed. } "The Potty Years" Written by Tom Ruegger Directed by Jon McClenahan [ Little Plucky, Plucky's Parents, cameos: Furrball, Byron Bassett ] [ Inexcusible. -CA ] [ I thought it was the funniest TT short ever. -JW ] { This was just a sampling of the extremely dichotomized opinions regarding this short. The advocates enjoyed and related to the depiction of a child's "formative years", while the naysayers couldn't find anything that remotely resembled TINY TOONS in it. :-) -ed. } "Lame Joke" Written by Shecky Hollander, Boom-Boom Stoner Directed by Jon McClenahan ^^^^^^^^^ [ BBHP, Henny Youngman ] [ Lived up to its title. -CB ] Music by Steve Bramson Starring the voices of: Henny Youngman as Henny Youngman Tress MacNeille as Babs Charlie Adler as Buster Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Maurice LaMarche as Robin Killems Frank Welker as Furrball Nathan Ruegger as Little Plucky Animation Services - StarToons Top Four Henny Youngman "Savers": 4. Here's Another One You May Not Like. 3. How Can You People Sleep With The TV On? 2. Two, Three, Four ... Is Anyone Still Watching? 1. We Will Pray Silently For The Episode That Just Died. Tag - Little Plucky: "I wanna flush it again!" ---------------------------------------- #172: LOVE DISCONNECTION Airdate: 11/25/91 "My Dinner With Elmyra" (double length short) Written by Paul Dini Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Monty, Elmyra, Monty's mom cameos: everyone ] [ I felt it was a bit out of character for Elmyra to be aware of both her physical and social appearance; e.g. trying to stifle her "hug you and squeeze you" personality to impress Monty. This one almost made me feel sorry for Elmyra -- almost. -VGR ] { Watch for the EDWARD SCISSORHANDS reference ... -ed. } [ "The Adventures of Fido and Mewmew" is a total swipe of the British kiddie-movie, "The Adventures of Milo and Otis". -RJ ] "The Amazing Three" Written by Arleen Sorkin and Beth Milstein Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Babs, Shriley, Fifi, Buster, Dizzy, Hamton, Plucky ] [ All three of them look STUNNING! WOW! If you like these ladies, this is a "miss this and you're dirt" episode. -JSW ] [ Without a doubt, Dizzy eating a stealth bomber is *begging* to be scanned. -VGR ] [ Incidentally, "The Amazing Three" was the title of a Japanese cartoon back around '68. It was about three galactic policemen who came to Earth to stop warmongering maniacs with the help of their human friend Kenny. The aliens were a rabbit, a duck, and ... a horse. (Can't win 'em all) -JfK ] Music by Mark Watters Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Danny Cooksey as Monty Cree Summer as Elmyra Frank Welker as Gogo Rob Paulsen as Fowlmouth Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Gail Matthius as Mitzi Kath Souci as Fifi Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsa Co. Ltd. Don't Tell Anyone - Fifi Is Secretly Engaged To Paul Dini. { It's been confirmed that this does not mean that Kath Souci and Paul Dini have a thing going; it's purely a furry animal fetish :-) -ed. } Tag - Elmyra: "Let the show begin!" ---------------------------------------- #184: KON DUCKI Airdate: 02/10/92 Written by Sherri Stoner, Peter Hastings, Stephen Hibbert Storyboard by Eddie Fitzgerald, Jim Fletcher, Enrique May, Rusty Mills Directed by Rich Arons [ Plucky, Buster, Hamton, Sweetie Cameos: Calamity, Fifi, Shirley, Sneezer ] { I've never been bombarded with so much Seventies' nostalgia in my life! Lots of good moments in this one, including the "Making Of" segment in Act III. Plus, this is the first tolerable use of Sweetie to date. -ed. } [ "Day " cameos in Act I: Day 3: Gilligan and the Skipper Day 4: Mutiny on the Bounty. "This ib Mubiny, Mr. Christian, Mubiny!" Day 6: Jaws, of course Day 9: [The _Nautilus_ from] 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - RD ] [ [Re: Plucky's "P.S. 113" cap:] That is in fact a reference to director Rich Arons' grade school in New York City. Plucky's hat is supposed to have a different logo on it in every new scene (actually, a couple are re-used a few times) -- I contributed "1941" (I was just kidding, Steven!) and the anarchy symbol. Hey, ya gotta have *some* fun on the job! - JLw ] Music by William Ross Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Candi Milo as Sweetie Gail Matthius as Shirley Kath Souci as Fifi Hal Rayle as Coast Guard [??] Captain Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsa Co. Ltd. Abba Spelled Backwards Is Abba Tag - Plucky: "Parting is such sweet sorrow." ---------------------------------------- #185: SEPULVEDA BOULEVARD [or: "How They Could Possibly Do a Good TTA Without Either Charlie Adler OR Tress MacNeille" -KP ] Airdate: 2/17/92 Written by Deanna Oliver Storyboard by Barry Caldwell, Jim Fletcher, Ken Harsha, David Schwartz, Charles Visser, Pat Wong Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Monty, Elmyra, Hamton, Plucky, Furrball ] { In the tradition of CITIZEN MAX, another full-length film parody, this one of Billy Wilder's SUNSET BLVD. Sure, what 11-year-old wouldn't get a gut-busting laugh out of *this*? :-) Lots of great moments in this one. -ed. } [ Geez, they laid the fourth-wall jokes on THICK today! Hamton as the sadistic butler! Who needs "Fleche de Lard"? You think after this one, Furrball might take up bungee-jumping, just to relax? Overall: Not _quite_ "Citizen Max", but close. B+. -KP ] Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Starring the voices of: Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Danny Cooksey as Monty Cree Summer as Elmyra Frank Welker as Furrball Rob Paulsen as Cooper Deville Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President Moral Of The Story - Wipe Your Feet. Miss Elmyra's Hair & Make-Up By: Floyd The Barber { hey kids! *two* gag credits! -ed. } Tag - Elmyra: "Let the show begin!" ---------------------------------------- #177: TAKE ELMYRA PLEASE Airdate: 2/24/92 Story by Nicholas Hollander Written by M.D. Sweeney, John McCann Directed by Ken Boyer [ Elmyra & her new teevee family, Furrball cameos: Buster & Babs ] { This was intended to be the pilot for the TTA spin-off ELMYRA'S FAMILY. Are the TTA folks trying to pander to the SIMPSONS success? If so, their attempt was largely uninspired and most *un*-toonlike -- the whole thing felt like a bad live-action TV movie! The footage lifted from KACME TV made me cringe. -ed. } [ What's with the rated-R semi-porn scene with Elmyra?!! -SN ] { You mean the fact that her bikini top didn't have any straps holding it up? -ed. } [ Overall I would give this episode a C+. It would be a D, but I just can't do that to a TMS show. -JL ] Starring the voices of: Cree Summer as Elmyra Frank Welker as Furrball Matt Frewer as Mac Duff Soleil Moon Frye as Amanda Duff Whitby Hertford as Duncan Duff Tress MacNeille as Queegee { and Elmyra's mom, it sounded like } Rob Paulsen as George Stephen Bishop as Mailman { Matt Frewer is the brilliant Canadian actor behind Max Headroom and "Doctor, Doctor". And we all have fond memories of Soleil Moon Frye as TV's "Punky Brewster"... NOT! -ed. } Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsa Co., Ltd. Hey Kids! Did You Spot Waldo? [ Look closely at the Mr. Skullhead show. Waldo's there. (My girlfriend spotted him in the crowd scene on our second watching.) -AMG ] { Note to myself: Never underestimate the gag credit! -ed. } ] Tag - Furrball: "ROOOOOOOAAAAAAARRRRR...meow!" ---------------------------------------- # : HOW I SPENT MY VACATION Released 3/11/92 to home video Running time: 80 minutes Written By Paul Dini, Nicholas Hollander, Tom Ruegger, Sherri Stoner Sequences Directed By Rich Arons, Byron Vaughns, Alfred Gimeno, Barry Caldwell, Ken Boyer, Art Leonardi, Kent Butterworth { An unmistakably positively quintessential etched-in-stone miss-it-and- face-public-disgrace Must See Episode(tm). You've never seen 80 minutes fly by so fast. -ed. } [ Absolutely incredible. Singlehandedly redeems the second season. Each of the divergent plot-lines is a riot, and the clever satire is back with a vengeance. -CA ] [ Now we know why the second season was so lackluster ... they dumped all their *good* gags into this film! -WB ] [ *Great!* Original music ... beautifully done plot transitions ... great celebrity parodies .... It's too good to miss. - TS ] [ The animation and humor in this video are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from WB Classic. Heck, only three WB stars (old stars, that is) have cameo roles, and only one speaking part! A great intro for folks who think TTA is just a lame copy of old Warner Brothers (NOT!) -JK ] { I lost it for the extended DELIVERANCE reference: the point-of-view pan under the possum's bridge, and the obvious take on the famous "Dueling Banjos". Squeeeeeeeeel! -ed. } [ Praise: the allusion to Das Rheingold at the end of the Little Mermaid sequence. -AMG ] [ That sphinx was Tom Ruegger, right? -KP ] [ It looked like Chuck Jones to me. That would be more appropriate, wouldn't it? -JB ] [ Pee-wee Herman was in the movie theatre; could he have been ... naw. -MH ] { Moment-Worth-Mentioning: the hilarious take-off on the promo for the Lucasfilm "THX" Theatre Sound System. Priceless! -ed. } [ I rather liked the way many of the sequences were linked together ... almost Monty-Python-ish. -BA ] [ When Elmyra shows her animal class a picture of "The most dangerous animal in the forest" (Kiss me! Kiss me! Kiss me!) and the animals scream -- look where the monkey is. -TH ] { Note that Babs' Lucy impersonation ("Oh Ricky, I wanna be in the showwww!") is two-two-TWO! references in one, being that Tress herself did the voice of Luthy on Weird Al Yankovic's single "Ricky" -ed. } { Note Babs' brief "Rowin'" song-n-dance -- in the span of about 10 seconds, they reference Tina Turner and LAUGH-IN. MST3K would be proud. :-) -ed. } [ Look at the back-drop/screen behind Babs and Buster when they're on stage. -TH ] Music Composed By Steve Bramson, Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, Albert Olson, Richard Stone, Steven James Taylor, Mark Watters Starring the Voice Talents of: Charlie Adler as Buster Bunny Tress MacNeille as Babs Bunny Joe Alaskey as Plucky Duck Don Messick as Hamton Pig Jonathan Winters as Wade Pig Edie McClurg as Winnie Pig Frank Welker as Uncle Stinky Cree Summer as Elmyra Sorrel Booke as Big Daddy Boo [ As a TTAUEC staffer mentioned, Sorrel Booke's most famous role is "Boss Hogg" from the old DUKES OF HAZZARD tv show. Guess the man has a thing for playing southern accents. -RJ ] Rob Paulsen as Foulmouth [sic] Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Devil Gail Matthius as Shirley the Loon Kath Souci as Fifi Candi Milo as Sweetie Reason This Movie Went Straight To Home Video: Cuz It's So Darned Good! Original Running Time: 8 Hours, 47 Minutes Hey, What About That Urkel Kid? Is He Funny Or What? First Theatrical Screening: June 8, 1991, Old Orchard Theatre, Skokie, Illinois Last Theatrical Screening: (Same As Above) This Film Has Been Edited For Your Protection. Do Not Back Up - Severe Tire Damage Sound Dimension Spatializer Man In Sound Recording Booth Who Pushes That Funny Red Button A Lot - Link Poonie Moral of the Story (Pick One): 1. Enjoy Your Vacation. 2. Relish Your Youth. 3. Don't Pick Up Chainsaw-Wielding Hitchhikers. 4. Feature Length Movies Should Not Have 18 Different Plots. Animation Production - Tokyo Movie Shinsa Co., Ltd. Additional Viking Dialogue - Jerry Van Dyke These End Credits - Are Interminable. Top 4 Reasons A Caricature Of David Letterman Is In This Video: 4. We Admire His Comedy Stylings. 3. We Wanted To Use Merv Griffin, But He Threatened To Sue. 2. We Needed Some Filler. 1. We're Brown-Nosing Weasels Who Want Him To Mention Us On His Show. Other Stuff Done By - Some Guy Named Bob. And That's The Final End Credit. We Lied. The Cast Buster Bunny ......................... Charlie Adler Babs Bunny ........................... Tress MacNeille Plucky Duck .......................... Joe Alaskey Hamton Pig ........................... Don Messick Wade Pig ............................. Jonathan Winters Winnie Pig ........................... Edie McClurg Uncle Stinky ......................... Frank Welker Elmyra ............................... Cree Summer Shirley the Loon ..................... Gail Matthius Fowlmouth ............................ Rob Paulsen Dizzy Devil .......................... Maurice LaMarche Fifi ................................. Kath Souci Sweetie .............................. Candi Milo Big Daddy Boo ........................ Sorrel Booke Big Boo .............................. Tress MacNeille Sissy Boo ............................ Gail Matthius Little Boo ........................... Kath Souci Byron Basset ......................... Frank Welker Johnny Pew ........................... Rob Paulsen Mary Melody .......................... Cree Summer Furrball ............................. Frank Welker Banjo The Woodpile Possum ............ Rob Paulsen Tupelo Toad .......................... Joe Alaskey Sneezer .............................. Kath Souci Little Beeper ........................ Frank Welker Mr. Hitcher .......................... Rob Paulsen Valhalla ............................. As Himself Superman Created By Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster Copyright and Trademark DC Comics, Inc. Our Only Regret: Joe Piscopo "Waiting For The Clock / Tiny Toon Adventures Vacation Main Title Theme" Music: Bruce Broughton Lyrics: Tom Ruegger & Wayne Kaatz "Beneath The Ocean" and "Happy World Land Anthem" Music: Bruce Broughton Lyrics: Paul Dini "Tiny Toon Adventures End Title Theme" Music: Bruce Broughton Lyrics: Sherri Stoner Woman Who Cleans Studio - Queegee Bananahoe The Characters In This Photoplay Are Fictitious. Any Similarity To Persons Living, Dead, or Undead, For That Matter, Is Purely Coincidental. Suggested Retail Price - $19.95 Without Rebate With Rebate - About A Buck And A Quarter Color By TECHNICOLOR DOLBY STEREO Tag - Byron: [sniff sniff sniff] "Woof." ---------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chronological Listing of Episodes: THIRD SEASON (1992-1993) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #178: THIRTEENSOMETHING Airdate: 9/14/92 Written by Sherri Stoner Storyboard by Tony Craig & Jim Fletcher, Jon McClenahan & John Hayes, Lou Police, Brian Mitchell & Joey Banaszkiewicz Directed by John McClenahan [ Babs, Buster, Plucky, Shirley, Elmyra cameos: various celebs ] { For the new season, we see B&B sharing a smooch, Babs with cleavage, Plucky hitting on Shirley ... did the toons complete puberty during reruns? :-) -ed. } [ In case you blinked, that man tied up on Carson's sofa was Jay Leno -KP ] [ The influence of "Tootsie" abounded. "You could really use a facial wax" -- hee hee! -JfK ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Charlie Adler as Buster Gail Matthius as Shirley Rob Paulsen as Jason Danny Gans as Johnny Carson Valari [sic] Bromfield as Mary Hartless Roger Rose as David Letterman Animation Services - Startoons The Character of "Flint" Is In No Way Based On Flint Dille. Honest, Flint. No, Really ... [ If I remember correctly, Flint Dille wrote the screenplay to Spielberg's "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" -VR ] Tag - Buster & Babs: "Say good night, Babs." "Good night, Babs." ------------------------------- #181: NEW CLASS DAY Airdate: 9/15/92 "Just-Us League of Supertoons" Written by Paul Dini Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Batduck, Decoy the Pig Hostage, Superbun, Wex Wuthor, Dasher, Hawkloon, Wonderbabs, Aquamutt, Pink Canary, Keen Arrow, Scentanna ] [ This one seemed very unoriginal, borrowing stuff from Vitello's "Bat's All Folks" and DC Comics continuity and hoping the whole thing would come together. -CA ] "Sound Off" Directed by Byron Vaughns Written by Paul Dini [ Buster, Babs, Dizzy, Fifi ] { This one was very cool. Got all the jabs at 30's-style animation down perfectly. I noticed the soundtrack couldn't resist lapsing back into Carl-Stalling-mode, though ... -ed. } [ Very "interesting". I was most amused by the nutty way the characters were drawn, especially Dizzy. Very close to the old Bosko cartoons. They compromised it with the cards, however. And the sound FX. -WB ] "A Night In Kokomo" Directed by Byron Vaughns Written by Sherri Stoner [ Babs as Groucho, Buster as Chico, Gogo as Harpo cameos: Plucky & Hamton ] [ Babs just goes absolutely wild. The casting is perfect, although both Plucky and Hamton suffered severe deja vu in their cameo appearances towards the end. -KP ] [ Again, very "interesting". Not many people can appreciate Marx Bros-type humor. You have to pay close attention or you will miss a lot of the jokes. Gogo as Harpo was very appropriate. (For a real cerebral challenge, watch one of the old movies -- I suggest "Duck Soup" as a starter.) -WB ] Music by William Ross Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Danny Cooksey as Monty Frank Welker as Gogo Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. Black and White Is Cheaper To Paint Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Hawkman, Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman are trademarks of D.C. Comics Inc. (c) 1992. All rights Reserved. Used with permission. Tag - Dizzy: "Show over!" ------------------------------- #190: FOX TROT Airdate: 9/16/92 { Yes, much to our collective chagrin, this episode *was* named after You-Know-Which-Network ... at least B&B lashed out with some irreverance ... -ed. } "My Brilliant Revenge!" Written by Peter Hastings Directed by Ken Boyer [ Plucky, Hamton cameo: Buster ] { Huh? Did a Fox executive write this one? I sat scratching my head through most of it. And Akom was getting weeeeird with the animation, too -- at one point Hamton's head looked like it was going to float off the chair ... -ed. } "Can't Buy Me Love" Directed by Ken Boyer Written by Deanna Oliver [ Elmyra, Furrball, Rhoda, Monty cameo: Calamity as "The Shlocketeer" ] [ I almost retched when she gave her little magic green elf friendship speech at the end. BLECH! ! ! ! And why did they go to all the trouble to get Sally Struthers just to say all of two lines? (Granted, she's probably working cheap. Or maybe even free.) -WB ] "Phone Call from the 405" Directed by Ken Boyer Written by Tom Ruegger [ Babs, Buster, Sneezer, Steven Spielberg ] { Awesome, I loved it! The whole thing felt like one big entre-act, which I actually kind of liked -- kind of a Letterman- or Shandling-esque breaking of convention. Frank Welker does a noble Spielberg impression, but if you close your eyes and think Fred from Scooby Doo it falls apart rather quickly :-) -ed. } [ Using Sneezer was so off-the-wall it was funny. NOTE: Buster finally admits: "You're the popular one!" SS's recreated chase scene was rather dull, however. -WB ] Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Danny Cooksey as Montana Max Cree Summer as Elmyra Sally Struthers as Rhoda's Mom Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Kath Souci as Sneezer Frank Welker as Steven Spielberg Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President Steven's Car Phone # - 555-5555 (1.95 Per Minute) Tag - Buster & Babs: "Aloooooooha!" ------------------------------- #189: WHAT MAKES TOONS TICK Airdate: 9/17/92 [ "What Makes Toons Tick"??? Terribly misleading title. "What Makes Viewers Sick" is more like it. Sorry, I can't even find any redeeming lines, mostly because I watched the first two shorts with the sound turned off. I think the less said the better. -KP ] "Whirlwind Romance" Written by Dale Hale Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Dizzy, Whirlwind, Mitzi & friends cameos: Buster, Calamity, Babs, Elmyra, Monty, Gogo ] { (Only) Notable moment: Gogo courting that blender! -ed. } "Going Up" Story by Tom Ruegger Written by Nicholas Hollander Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Little Plucky, Plucky's mom, Little Babs, Mr. Hitcher from HISMV cameos: Buster, Calamity ] { Argh! Not Little Plucky again! Well, at least we had some decent moments of TTA humor this time 'round -- rose the quality level from vomitous up to moderate nausea ... :-) -ed. } "Nothing To Sneeze At" Written by Beth Bornstein Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Sneezer, Oogie cameo: Buster, Calamity, Hamton ] { Loved the perspective-shift tracking shot. The extreme close-up of Sneezer at the end was classic. Thumbs up for this short! The other two get erased. -ed. } [ The VCR found the following monsters in Hell's unemployment line: Elmyra's vampire, Witch Hazel, the Hair Monster (Gossamer), a Gremlin, [ Melvin from "Hare Raising" -WB ], an Instant Martian, and Hugo the Abominable Snowman. Also, is it me or did the receptionist have a vague resemblance to the girl from BEETLEJUICE? -KP ] { I thought she looked more like Elvira -ed. } [ One thing really angered me! I've always thought that if Witch Hazel were ever to appear in a TTA episode, we'd at least be able to hear the real June Foray do the voice. So what happens? I've had to listen to June Foray's heinously inaccurate rendition of Granny, but for Witch Hazel, they don't want to bother! Ooo, dammit! Pathetic. -VGR ] Music by Fred Steiner With the voice talents of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Kath Souci as Sneezer Rob Paulsen as Hiker Gail Matthius as Mitzi Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Nathan Ruegger as Little Plucky Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsha [sic] Co. Ltd. What These Three Cartoons Have In Common: Nothing Tag - Little Plucky: "I wanna flush it again!" ------------------------------- #186: FLEA FOR YOUR LIFE Airdate: 9/18/92 Directed by Ken Boyer, Tony Craig Written by Wayne Kaatz [ Flio, Itchy & family, Boss Tick, Furrball, Byron, Elmyra cameos: Buster, Plucky ] [ I'm sorry, but this episode reminded me of (retch) Disney's Chip-n-Dale's Rescue Rangers, Boss Tick and all. Honestly, I tuned out (or, more like turned off the VCR) after the first act. -MK ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Joe Alaskey as Plucky Cree Summer as Elmyra {and Itchy} Frank Welker as Furrball Rob Paulsen as Flick Jim Cummings as Papa Whitby Hertford as Flio Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co. Ltd. It Didn't Work On Paper - It Doesn't Work On Film Tag - Byron: [sniff sniff sniff] "Woof." ------------------------------- #097: RETURN OF BATDUCK Airdate: 9/19/92 (on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW, 10:00 am EST) { Gasp and drool! A Must See Episode(tm)! And really, what media-savvy animated series would be complete without a biting reference to T2? Although I wish we could've heard Arnie say "he's mehd of liquid mehtal" ... :-) -ed. } Written by Peter Hastings Storyboards by Jim fletcher, Eddie Fitzgerald, Rusty Miller, Jenny Lerew Directed by Rich Arons [ Plucky, Hamton, Tim Burton, Buster, Babs cameos: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sean Young, Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, and more! ] [ Originally, this was supposed to air in prime-time to coincide with the release of BATMAN RETURNS, and it's pretty obvious that they were expecting a larger adult audience than they would have in a Saturday am slot. (Come on, what kid's gonna get the Sean Young joke?) -JfK ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voice talents of: Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton John Kassir as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Frank Welker as Guard Jeff Bennett as Kevin Costner Maurice LaMarche as Tim Burton Cree Summer as Elmyra Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd. Plucky's Cape Provided By - Siegfried & Roy Batman and all related elements are the property of (C) 1992 DC Comics, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Tag - Plucky: "Parting is such sweet sorrow." ------------------------------- #193: TOONS TAKE OVER Airdate: 9/21/92 Written by Peter Hastings Storyboards by Barry Caldwell, Charles Visser, Ken Mitchroney, Pat Wong, Keith Tucker, Ed Baker Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Buster, Babs, Hamton, Plucky, Cooper deVille ] [ Oh, dear. It seems they finally went too far with the in-jokes. Maybe not *the* most disappointing episode ever ("Duck Dodgers Jr." still holds that mark), but nevertheless, I was not terribly thrilled. [There was a scene cut] of Paul Dini jumping out his window after being confronted with the massive script. Someone here got that straight from Dini himself, as I recall. "Zounds! I prithee pray thee, knave, take thine arms hence and thence and bestoweth thy freedom on this, the fair maiden-at-arms." "You talkin' to me?" No accounting for taste from those kids ... -KP ] Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Don Messick as Hamton Joe Alaskey as Plucky Rob Paulsen as Cooper deVille Gail Matthius as Sherri Stoner Maurice LaMarche as Board Artist Roger Rose as Reporter Andrea Romano as Andrea Romano The Magnificent { Andrea Romano is in charge of Casting and Voice Direction. -ed. } Animation Services - Freelance Animators, New Zealand Hey! We Lost A Paperclip! Whoever Took It, Give It Back Right Now! - Oh, Wait. We Found It. Nevermind. Tag - Buster & Babs: "Aloooooooha!" ------------------------------- #194: TWO-TONE TOWN Airdate: 9/28/92 Written by Deanna Oliver Storyboard by Joe Banaszkiewicz, Tony Craig, Brian Mitchell, Lou Police Directed by Ken Boyer [ Buster, Babs, Plucky, Foxy, Roxy, Goopy, Daffy, Yosemite Sam cameos: Porky, Foghorn, Pepe, Taz, Elmer ] [ From what little I saw of the two-tones, I think these guys were a better choice than Bosko and Honey as stars-of-the-past-who-perhaps-deserve-a- second-chance. This "Goopy" guy -- I wouldn't be surprised if Disney had an absolute fit over him. And a lawsuit or two. I think this is made ever more likely as this character isn't half bad. This one might gain "Must See(tm)" status on the basis that it might be very significant; sort of a passing of the torch from TTA to the series Jenny Lerew referred to as ANIMANIACS, if in fact this is what it turns out to be. On its own merit, it falls a bit short. Though it was close; the B&W closing titles were a nice touch. -KP ] [ From _Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies - A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Brothers Cartoons_ by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald (If you don't have this book, for Gods sake! Go get it!), page 10-11: GOOPY GEAR (1932) In a crowded nightclub, everyone is asking for Goopy Gear, the star performer. Goopy, a piano-playing dog character, comes on stage and performs the number "I Have Not Studied Music." He sees three cats eating spaghetti and accompanies them to the tune of "The Sidewalks of New York." Goopy next performes "Tiger Rag" four handed - his two hands and two gloves! From _The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals_ by Jeff Rovin, page 98: FOXY Pedigree. Early cartoon character from Warner Brothers. Biography. A bipedal fox who looks like Mickey Mouse, except for his spats, fluffy tail, and ears - which are shaped like spades on playing cards. Foxy is an impatient, sometimes violent critter. At a saloon in his screen debut ("Lady Play Your Mandolin") he punches out his horse when the animal wants to dance. In his second cartoon (Smile, Darn Ya, Smile) he whips out a pin and punctures a heavyset woman who can't squeeze into a trolley. Foxy has an unnamed fox girlfriend who looks just like him. There were only three Foxy cartoons, all of them released in 1931. -MH ] [ The "Buster & Babs get cancelled" subplot. I'm sorry, that hit a little TOO close to home for me ... - RJ ] [ To whoever looks for cameos, the guy at the end looked like Buddy Hackett. Buster looks grotesque in drag. Also Charlie Adler's southern accent is brain-melting. -JfK ] { The music, however, was absolutely splendid. Go back and watch it again, this time keeping an extra ear on the soundtrack. -ed. } Music by William Ross Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Greg Burson as Daffy Maurice LaMarche as Yosemite Sam Robert Morse as Goopy Desiree Goyette as Roxy Rob Paulsen as Foxy Frank Welker as Big Lee Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd. Quote Of The Day - "Do You Like Our Butts And Ears Better Up Or Down?" Tag - Buster & Babs: "Say good night, Babs." "Good night, Babs." ------------------------------- #192: BUSTER'S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT Airdate: 11/02/92 "Fit To Be Stewed" (double length short) Written by Sherri Stoner, Nicholas Hollander Directed by Rich Arons [ Buster, Babs, Sandy Witch cameos: Furrball, Sweetie ] [ Babs turned into a common pet rabbit was too silly for words ("Babs! Say something!" >drink< >drink< >drink< ), and Buster's deadpans and facial expressions saved those very old jokes he told. B-) -RJ ] [ Yes, the first Witch Hazel cartoon appeared in 1954. And, in that cartoon, Bugs retrieves magic dust from behind an "In Case Of Emergency Break Glass" and hurls it at the witch. Deja vu blues! -WB ] "Ducklahoma" (First aired 9/28/92 on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW) Directed by Rich Arons Written by Peter Hastings [ Buster, Plucky, Shirley, Hamton, Elmyra cameos: Furrball, Babs ] { One of the finest shorts in a *looooong* time. Don't miss! -ed. } [ I'm split over whose solo was better, Plucky's or Elmyra's. As for the ending, sorry, I saw that coming. They're gonna have to be a little less obvious next time if they're gonna catch Ol' Blue Ears off-guard. -KP ] Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Cree Summer as Elmyra Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Gail Matthius as Shirley Frank Welker as Furrball Candi Milo as Sweetie Sally Struthers as Sandy Witch Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co. Ltd. "Buster's Directorial Debut" Is Also Buster's Directorial Swan Song Tag - Furrball: "ROOOOOOAAAAAAAAARRRR....meow!" ------------------------------- #195: WASHINGTOON Airdate: 11/04/92 Written by Nicholas Hollander Storyboards by Craig Armstrong, Marc Schirmeister, Glenn Vilppu, Sherilan Weinhart Directed by Alfred Gimeno [ everybody, president of "Adults Against Funny Cartoons" ] [ They really slammed Quayle HARD. Not that I'm complaining. Besides, there was that Ted Kennedy gag thrown in for balance. I nominate this episode for the "topical reference with shortest shelf-life" award. I can hear the clock ticking on this one already. I dread the day that I watch this with my kids, and have to explain to them who the blond guy is. -DM ] [ Hamton in a French Maid's Outfit? Where did THIS come from? I think I can understand why this ep was not shown yesterday. If I knew Dan Quayle was a Tiny Toons fan I wouldn't have voted for Clinton. :-) -APY { This episode was slated to air on November 3rd -- Election Day 1992 -- but was mysteriously re-scheduled at the last minute -ed. } ] Music by William Ross Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Frank Welker as Furrball Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Louise Duart as Barbara Walters Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President Guess What We Are? A. Republicans B. Democrats C. As Of This Broadcast Being Investigated By The F.B.I. Tag - Gogo: "It's been surreal!" ------------------------------- #180: TOON TV Airdate: 11/09/92 Written by Rich Arons, Sherri Stoner, Peter Hastings Storyboards by Alfred Gimeno, Jim Fletcher, Rusty Mills Enrique May, Eddie Fitzgerald Directed by Rich Arons [ everybody, Mr. Hitcher, Vanilla Lice ] { Alright already! This one generated more extreme reactions than the (in)famous FIELDS OF HONEY, it seems. Personally I'd recommend it as a Must See Episode(tm) -- the MTV-style mockery was in full force, some *priceless* moments, and the Wang animation was spot-on. However, many folks were annoyed by the archaic choice of song material, the literal interpretations, the absence of They Might Be Giants -- in short, the departure from the slick attitude of TTMTV. It was reported that a TTA staff member, guesting at a convention, said it was their intent to move away from TTMTV's hip angle. Love it or hate it, you best check it out when it next airs ... -ed. } [ I'm sure everybody out there could come up with killer songs that would be great to "do" MTV- (or TTA-) style. One hitch, though -- the companies, including Warner Bros., that OWN just about every great song you could think of, charge a LOT of money for the rights to use them in a television episode in their entirety. Our budgets are limited on TTA just as they are for every TV show. I don't know what the deal was on the first "TTMTV"/They Might Be Giants association. The backgrounds for the Babs & Buster intro/linking segments were indeed crew members from the show ... including Sherri Stoner. I wouldn't let Rich videotape me, though. No way! :) -JLw ] Act I: The Shoop-Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett [ Nice imagery, and a nice parody of Superman and Lois. -KP ] [ The mermaid is probably a reference to the fact that the song was revived by Cher in the movie "Mermaids". -EVL ] "Video Game Blues" (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy & Russian Dance from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite") (First aired 9/26/92 on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW) { ObAmigaPlug: Animation director Rusty Mills used an Amiga 3000 to render the wireframe animations of Plucky's spaceship and the Martian spaceships. Mills strived to achieve a "lifelike" cartoon effect with squash-n-stretch, rapid motion and snaps -- all done inside the Amiga -- instead of settling for the cold, unnatural feel usually found with other computer animation. Amiga IS pure computing satisfaction! -ed. } [ The design of Plucky's father in that short was changed into a duck- caricature of -- Eddie Fitzgerald! Incidentally, Eddie has probably been the most-caricatured TTA staffer in Tiny Toons ... I wonder how many sharp- eyed viewers have noticed? [In FIELDS OF HONEY, for instance], an entire audience is comprised of laughing Eddies (he has one of the all-time great guffaws). -JLw ] Act II: Nothing Comes Close To You - Skinhead O'Connell { This isn't exactly how the title's really spelled, but I just *can't* give it away before you see it -ed. } [ It takes forever to build up to, and the joke's pretty obscure, but if you get it, it's an `A'. -CA ] "The Name Game" { Ralph (Bakshi?) from THE BUSTER BUNNY BUNCH makes an appearance -ed. } [ "The Name Game" was done for the show way before songs were picked for the Tiny Toon album, not the other way 'round. And incidentally, originally the "chorus" sang: "let's do 'Plucky'!, and Elmyra responds: "IIIII don't think soooooo ...", but this was taken out as being too "leading" -- I *think* by Fox BS&P [Bureau of Standards & Practices] -JLw ] Toon Out, Toon In - Vanilla Lice { Complete with the grainy samples. Oh, this was a gem! This more than redeems them for Gang Busters ... (although Joe Alaskey really needs to learn some rhythm) -ed. } [ This one was final proof that Nick Sayer was wrong. White toons *CAN* rap -- they just don't necessarily get it right the first time. I didn't want this one to end, and it didn't have to. They had Shirley and Fifi to go! Heck, they could have done Sweetie! And Fowlmouth! And Mary! And Arnold! And Concord! And Bookworm! And ... (gasp, choke, kindly remove your hands from my throat, I'll stop) -KP ] Act III: Do You Love Me? (How I Learned To Dance) - The Contours [ Brilliant implied reference to the prom episode. Buster turns the tables on Babs in 12 minutes flat! And the tail end ... what is it that I love so much about seeing Babs embarrassed? YES! -KP ] [ The never-ending reprises and the snooty interpretation of the lyrics was a highlight. A. -CA ] Yakkity Yak - The Coasters (First aired 9/26/92 on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW) { The storyboarding had a lot of energy -- tons o' fun. Watch for HISMV's Mr. Hitcher -ed. } Music by Bruce Broughton Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Cree Summer as Elmyra Frank Welker as Gogo Rob Paulsen as Vanilla Lice Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Gail Matthius as Shirley Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. Name Inadvertently Omitted In "The Name Game" - Plucky { BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA !! -ed. } [ I love it! I can just picture eight-year-olds all over the country doing "Plucky" in front of their parents. -KP ] Tag - Buster: "And that's a wrap!" ------------------------------- #187: GRANDMA'S DEAD Airdate: 11/10/92 Written by Deanna Oliver Storyboards by Glenn Vilppu Directed by Alfred Gimeno Co-directed by David West [ Elmyra & family, Furrball, Byron ] { While I disapprove of the formula-TV style of these defunct "Elmyra's Family" episodes, I must admit that this one had some funny moments. Worth a look-see, but both this and the pilot TAKE ELMYRA PLEASE should get as little encouragement from us as possible ... -ed. } [ Someone at TTA is a Carol Burnett fan ... first Vicki Lawrence High (in THIRTEENSOMETHING) and now Harvey Korman elem. Weird continuity though -- isn't Elmyra a student at Acme Loo?! The skullhead thing is too surreal for words. -WB ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Cree Summer as Elmyra Frank Welker as Byron Tress MacNeille as Mom Matt Frewer as Mac Duff Soliel [sic] Moon Frye as Amanda Duff Fran Ryan as Grandma Whitby Hertford as Duncan Duff Beverly Archer as Kleinerman Roger Rose as Taxi Driver Dan Castellaneta as Jeffries Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President TV Guide Said That Writer, Deanna Oliver, Was "Deliciously Clever" - But That Was Another Episode. Tag - Furrball: "ROOOOOOOAAAAAAARRRRR...meow!" ------------------------------- #191: MUSIC DAY Airdate: 11/11/92 { That's right! It's a Must See Episode(tm)! -ed. } [ Absolutely one of the strongest shorts-days of the entire series. Amazing it should come down the pike in the otherwise feeble third season! -CA ] [ Well, much more laffs per minute than any other 3rd season so far. Even my wife watched all 3 acts. Now THAT's QUALITY!! -WB ] All shorts directed by Alfred Gimeno, co-directed by David West "Ruffled Ruffee" Written by Sherri Stoner Story by Tom Ruegger [ Buster, Ruffee, an endless sea of young zombies ] [ Oh, the Raffi parody was dead on. I wouldn't wish his music even on those little screaming heathen children at McDonald's. The crowd of kids mindlessly swooning back 'n forth to his crooning was too much. -WB ] [ Didn't ya just love the reference to the classic Bugs routine in "Long Haired Hare" (i.e. Buster takes his hands out of his gloves to do something else; the hands go blissfully on). Also loved the message: ROCK 'N' ROLL! -TN ] [ Look at the faces on the kids when Ruffee is singing to them. To me, they look almost *exactly* like the face of a kid named Ralph Phillips, from Chuck Jones' "From A to Z-Z-Z" (and I believe, at least one other cartoon whose title(s) escape me at this moment.) Same dreamy, kinda goofy expression. -TN ] "The Horn Blows At Lunchtime" Written by Chris Ostuki, Tom Ruegger { Now *this* is what I like to see: a thoroughly sophomoric premise turned into a loony 7-minute *gem*. Kudos to Gimeno and writer Chris Ostuki -- well directed and written. The look on Dizzy's face is destined to become a GIF'd classic ... -ed. } [ Favorite side-gag: Buster and Babs breaking out the popcorn and watching the food fight with interest. -RJ ] [ Dang it, they are just going to keep doing that theme song every which way until the thing falls apart, aren't they? -KP ] "Loon Lake" Written by Paul Dini [ "Monteo and Julieidiot". BWAHAHA!! Quite possibly the best use of Shirley since ... well, maybe ever. Though I wish that when Shirley had said she'd "rise above" the swans, she had meant that literally. -KP ] [ Ever notice Stoner's ability to create stories with genuine emotional pull? It's amazing. I also like hearing Babs doing her psycho laugh. - CA ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Joe Alaskey as Plucky Rob Paulsen as Ruffee Kath Souci as Sneezer Tress MacNeille as Babs Gail Matthius as Shirley Animation Services - Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co. Ltd. Just Between Us - Letterman Should Have Gotten The Carson Gig Tag - Fifi: "Au revoir, my petit potato du couch!" ------------------------------- #196: THE HORROR OF SLUMBER PARTY MOUNTAIN Airdate: 11/12/92 Written by Paul Dini Directed by Greg Reyna Storyboard By Rusty Mills, Eddie Fitzgerald, Jim Fletcher and Jenny Lerew [ Elmyra, Mistress Who's A Dork; Buster, Furrball, Babs, Fifi, Shirley, Hamton, Plucky, One-Eyed Jack ] [ Incidentally, this was the last TTA episode to be produced (with the exception of the two "specials", RETURN OF BATDUCK and the Christmas episode). By the time my unit had finished it in September of last year (!), the rest of the staff had moved on to developing ANIMANIACS, where we joined them later. -JLw ] { On its initial airdate, Warner goofed and attached the closing credits for GRANDMA'S DEAD again. Until it's repeat with the error corrected, we won't have the end credits available. Sorry kids ... -ed. } ------------------------------- #183: SPORTS SHORTS Airdate: 11/13/92 "Minister Golf" (First aired 10/3/92 on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW) Written by Tom Ruegger Directed by Alfred Gimeno Co-directed by David West [ Buster, Babs, Hamton, Plucky, Little Plucky, Plucky's dad cameo: Little Babs ] [ Anyone want to start an in-depth analysis of why folks are so vehemently divided on Baby Plucky shorts? I don't think there's anyone who's indifferent to BP; either you like him or you hate him. -RJ ] "The Undersea World of Fifi" (double-length short) Written by Peter Hastings Directed by Alfred Gimeno Co-directed by David West [ Fifi, Elmyra, Hamton, Plucky ] [ I have been wondering what the heck is going on with Fifi anyway. I mean, she was fairly visible in the first season, but these past two seasons ... "The Amazing Three" and the slumber party episode are the only two with any really good Fifi exposure. The undersea episode? What an insult! They take an idea that could have given her both great lines and lots of visibility and turn it into nothing but an Elmyra double-short! Finally, again, as has been pointed out, I was severely disappointed Fifi didn't get mentioned in the rap song on the TOON TV episode. -DP ] Music by Eric Schmidt Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Cree Summer as Elmyra Kath Souci as Fifi Frank Welker as Gogo Don Messick as Hamton Sue Blu as Sphinxy Nathan Ruegger as Little Plucky Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President Appearing As Sea Monkeys: Brine Shrimp Recipe For "Brine Shrimp La Fume" 8,000 Tsp. Brine Shrimp 1 Clove Garlic, 1/2 lb. Butter Boil Brine Shrimp Until Screaming. Mix With Other Ingredients And Beat Into Hysteria. Serve On A Tennis Court. Tag - Little Plucky: "I wanna flush it again!" ------------------------------- #188: WEEKDAY AFTERNOON LIVE Airdate: 11/16/92 Written by Peter Hastings, Deanna Oliver, Paul Dini Storyboards by Jim Fletcher, Rusty Mills, Enrique May, Eddie Fitzgerald Directed by Rich Arons [ Buster, Babs, Plucky, Hamton, Sneezer, Sweetie, Elmyra, Monty, Dizzy, Blard Simpleton cameos: Furrball, Barky Marky, Elmer, Calamity ] [ Obviously some or most TTA fans aren't old enough or have never seen older episodes of SNL to appreciate this much. They managed to take some of the best sketches of all 18 years of SNL and parody them. The way the opening [titles] was drawn with the music was very well done. The Cornheads was really neat - even got the voices/laughs about right. I didn't like the Lounge Lizard one very much, but I didn't like Murray/Shaffer in the original. Gogo doing Weekday Update for the Wacky Impaired was a great tie to Garrett Morris' version in the original. Elmyra was a perfect Emily Litella. Go watch the old tapes of SNL some more if you didn't like this episode. And thank God they left out the junk from the 1981-1985 seasons. -MBz ] Music by David Slonaker Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs { also Blard, I'm guessing } Joe Alaskey as Plucky Don Messick as Hamton Danny Cooksey as Montana Max Cree Summer as Elmyra Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Frank Welker as Furrball Kath Souci as Sneezer Candi Milo as Sweetie Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co. Ltd. We Thought This Would Be Funny - But Noooooooo! Tag - Dizzy: "Show over!" ------------------------------- #176: A CAT'S EYE VIEW Airdate: 11/17/92 "Little Dog Lost" Written by Paul Dini Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Byron, Girl, Elmyra ] "Party Crasher Plucky" (First aired 9/26/92 on THE PLUCKY DUCK SHOW) Story by Sherri Stoner Written by George McGrath Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Plucky, Shirley cameos: Buster, Babs, Hamton ] [ Good start, but dribbled off near the end. I knew something was up when the script went into "gratuitous celebrity cameo jokes" mode. "Fly girls", indeed. Good stuff: Buster's centerfold in his locker & Babs' reaction; Shirley the Loon meets Shirley MacLaine (tho it was too short!) -RJ ] [ Party guests include: Jeffrey Katzenberg and entourage, Loni Anderson & Burt Reynolds, Arsenio, Kevin Costner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mike Tyson, Cher, Michael Keaton. The guest list reads: 1 Clint Eastwood Mayor 2 Benji Dog 3 Whoopi Goldberg Actress 4 Howie Mandel Loon 5 Robin Williams Actor 6 Dolly Parton Actress 7 Patrick Swayze Boxer 8 Byron Vaughns Artiste 9 Julia Childs Cook 10 Donald Trump [obscured] Plucky impersonates Sly Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Pee Wee Herman. -WB ] "Homeward Bound" Story by Tom Ruegger Written by Nicholas Hollander & Sherri Stoner Directed by Byron Vaughns [ Furrball, kitty friends ] [ Hey! An "alternative" Tiny Toons short (a.k.a. "The Kite" and "Strung Along Kitty") that I actually liked! I guess it was because, unlike the other efforts, this one did not have a pat, Disneyesque ending. -RJ ] Music by Mark Watters Starring the voice talents of: Frank Welker as Furrball Cree Summer as Elmyra Joe Alaskey as Plucky Gail Matthius as Shirley Tress MacNeille as Babs Charlie Adler as Buster Don Messick as Hamton Animation Services - Akom Productions Co., Nelson Shin, President Sherri Stoner's Favorite Gag - That John Candied-Yam Bit Tag - Furrball: "ROOOOOOAAAAAAAAARRRR....meow!" ------------------------------- #175: BEST OF BUSTER DAY Airdate: 11/23/92 [ Charlie Adler writing cartoons? Well, they were pretty darn good Buster cartoons -- ok, pretty good all-around cartoons, at that! `Class Without Class' wasn't that outstanding -- plus once they got to the electric chair scene, Buster's voice totally changed! -JfK ] "Compromising Principals" Directed by Rich Arons Written by Charlie Adler, Garin Wolf [ Bugs, Buster, Babs, Plucky, Yosemite Sam, Miss Conduct cameo: Barky Marky ] "Maid to Re-Order" Directed by Rich Arons Written by Charlie Adler, Garin Wolf [ Bugs, Buster, Babs, Monty, Grovelly & family ] "Class Without Class" Directed by Rich Arons Written by Paul Dini [ Bugs, Buster, Dizzy, Taz cameo: Adults Against Funny Cartoons ] Music by Albert Lloyd Olson Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler/John Kassir as Buster Tress MacNeille as Babs Joe Alaskey as Plucky Danny Cooksey as Monty Maurice LaMarche as Dizzy Greg Burson as Bugs Bunny Animation Services - Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. Hey! We Won An Emmy! (But Not For This Episode.) Tag - Buster: "And that's a wrap!" ------------------------------- #098: IT'S A WONDERFUL TINY TOONS CHRISTMAS Airdate: 12/6/92 (7:00 pm EST on Fox) Written by Sherri Stoner & Deanna Oliver Storyboard by Mike Gerard, Byron Vaughns, Neal Sternecky, Kathy Carr Produced by Tom Ruegger & Sherri Stoner Directed by Tom McClenahan [ everybody ] [ guests and cameos include: Cher, Bob Hope, William Shatner, Luke Perry, Madonna, Porky & Petunia, Pepe & Penelope, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal & Robin Williams ] { A wonderful final episode. Kassir pulls through with high marks! And one of the most important loose ends in the show -- Buster & Babs -- is finally resolved. (Look at me, I'm all misty-eyed ...) Best quip: "I feel like I'm in a bad episode of Quantum Leap!" References up the WAZOO. A paltry sampling: The Norelco santa The Burl Ives snowman from "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" Citizen Kane How The Grinch Stole Christmas Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers Various other Disney swipes Van Gogh's _Starry Night_ OH GOD (the George Burns voice speaking to Harvey) "Zuzu's Petals" perfume Buster & Babs Go Hawaiian (Robin Williams flying by in HOOK garb) A Charlie Brown Christmas ... and many more. } [ Did anyone else notice the Channukia (Chanukah candles) in Hamton's window? Seems ironic to me that the one Jewish toon is the blatantly non-Kosher toon! -NP ] [ I about fell off the couch when I realized that Hamton is Jewish!! Well, of course he's not going to eat pork ... -SS ] [ I'm not positive, but I *think* Bill Shatner's appearance, doing an acappella version of "The Little Drummer Boy", was a reference to his real-life stunt, doing a "dramatic reading" of Elton John & Bernie Taupin's "Rocket Man" on a sci-fi awards show some 10 years ago -JLw ] [ After the Cher skit, and Cher is on the ice in a pirahna-chewed outfit, she says: "Hey! I love this! Eat your heart out Bob Mackey!" Bob Mackey is a designer of high-fashion, including something called "The Neptune Look" -GM ] [ Notice that Harvey had a voice similar to Jimmy Stewart. Were Arnold and Sneezer as cops supposed to be Bert & Ernie from "It's a Wonderful Life"? -CBz ] [ "Not bad ... for amateurs." - Bugs Bunny And so we have come full circle. We start in prime time, we finish in prime time. We start with an intro by Bugs, we finish with a comment by Bugs. Let's do another lap real soon. -KP ] Music by Richard Stone Starring the voices of: Tress MacNeille as Babs John Kassir as Buster Joe Alaskey as Plucky Danny Cooksey as Montana Max Dan Castellaneta as Harvey Cree Summer as Elmyra Don Messick as Hamton Kath Souci as Sneezer Frank Welker as Furrball Rob Paulsen as Arnold Gail Matthius as Shirley Greg Burson as Porky Valri Bromfield as Fran Maurice LaMarche as The Parum-Pum Man Animation Services - Startoons Stop Watching These Credits And Go Buy Us A Really Nice Gift! Tag - Gogo: "Season's Greetings!" ------------------------------- It's been fun, folks. Be kind to each other out there. And above all, stay Tiny Tooned! ============================================================================== :: :: :: :: :: Synth F. synth@deepthought.unm.edu U S E N E T :: :: :: :: :: :: :: Oberheim synth@yenta.alb.nm.us in color! ============================================================================== "Ready to rumble, Sherwin Williams?" 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