Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1995)
They’re tiny, they’re toony, they’re all a little loony… I know that it’s rather cheesy to start a piece on a TV show by just quoting the opening theme, but this really does describe the cartoon Tiny Toon Adventures rather well. For many years, Warner Brothers made a very successful series of cartoons that were frequently shown on TV and starred the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, who became some of the most famous cartoon characters in history, and in the early-90s CITV began to show Tiny Toon Adventures, which was a continuation of those characters but featuring younger versions.
Tiny Toon Adventures was a set in a fictional place called Acme Acres, where most of the cast attended the Acme Looniversity, and they were taught by various classic characters including Bugs Bunny how to be funny. The main characters in the show were Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny (no relation), although we got a next generation version of just about every famous Looney Tunes character, plus a few newcomers.
These included Plucky Duck and Hamton J Pig who were among my favourites. A lot of the episodes were very odd and funny, and several centred around various parodies of such things such as famous films and TV shows. Most of these jokes were lost on me when I was about eight years old but I still very much enjoyed the show which brought Warner Brothers into the 90s. One episode that still sticks in my mind was “To Bleep Or Not To Bleep”, where Buster befriends a particularly foulmouthed rooster. As you do.
Another thing that I remember about Tiny Toon Adventures was the credit sequence. It seems that at the end of every episode there was a joke credit and because I notice these kind of things I always looked out for it, and that’s not something the happens much on TV any more. Curiously though, CITV always showed the credits for the end of episode six, regardless of what episode they were actually showing, so most of the joke credits weren’t actually seen by viewers. There was also one extra piece from the characters at the very end of the show, usually Buster saying “and that’s a wrap”.
Tiny Toon Adventures was a show that I always enjoyed watching on CITV and it did very well in the ratings, and as well as the regular episodes there were also a few Christmas specials, and eventually 100 episodes were made. Because I was a fan, I also remember having a couple of computer games based on the show on the Nintendo Game Boy and SNES. I wasn’t very good at them really but they were fun to play. Warner Brothers made many other great cartoons in the ’90s including Animaniacs, Freakazoid! and Taz-Mania which were all shown on CITV too, and I’ll be reviewing all of those soon.