Like many things in life, Tiny Toon Adventures can only be fully understood when considered with what came before and after it. Can you watch Jack Nicholson’s original interpretation of the Joker without thinking of Heath Ledger’s more recent portrayal? All the same, Tiny Toons can really only be seen in retrospect as the link between the Muppet Babies of the late 1980s and the subsequent, far more engaging Animaniacs, which premiered in 1993.
Tiny Toon Adventures takes place (for the most part) at ACME Looniversity, where younger counterparts of nearly all of the original Looney Tunes characters learn how to be ‘looney’ from the original characters of the 30s and 40s. Though the primary focus remains on the characters of Babs (Tress MacNeille) and Buster Bunny (Charles Adler), Plucky Duck (Joe Alaskey), and Hamton J. Pig (Don Messick) who essentially have the same personality as the character on which he or she is based, there is a wide supporting cast that includes rough younger approximations of the Tasmanian Devil (Dizzy Devil), Yosemite Sam (Montana Max), and Pepe Le Pew (Fifi La Fume). While a number of the episodes try to focus on their attendance of ACME Looniversity, they also do things such as travel back in time, become parodies of other major popular characters and, in certain cases, turn into giant eyeballs. This being a Steven Spielberg production, there are also a number of references to older classic Hollywood films, and a few ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ sight gags that are for collectors only. Which is not to say that the show is totally without charm, or that it isn’t more knowing than the vast majority of children’s animation altogether.
DVD Extra Features:
The set includes a trailer for The Zeta Project, a recent DVD release of a cartoon from the creators of Batman Beyond about a hitman robot that decides he is no longer going to kill people.