TINY TOON ADVENTURES:
The scripts were rejected
With modern sensibilities in place, TINY TOON ADVENTURES was a reinvention of the classic Warner Bros. animated characters for a new generation from executive producer Steven Spielberg. To the show’s credit, TINY TOON ADVENTURES didn’t muck with the existing Warner Bros. characters, but instead, proceeded from the conceit that these grand old masters would be training younger characters in toon lunacy. TINY TOON ADVENTURES is set in Acme Acres, where the young cartoon characters attend Acme Looniversity, and are trained in toon basics from the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig etc…
These younger toons are analogs for the established character and include Babs & Buster Bunny (Bugs), Plucky Duck (Daffy), Hamton J. Pig (Porky), Elmyra Duff (Elmer Fudd) and Montana Max (Yosemite Sam). Much of the humor contained in TINY TOON ADVENTURES consists of send-ups and parodies of popular culture icons, not to mention celebrities. Some of the humor is dated because pop culture changes so quickly, but the universal jokes certainly hold their own. The vocal talent includes Charlie Adler, Tress MacNeille, Gail Matthius, Kath Soucie, Don Messick, Joe Alaskey, Maurice LaMarche, Frank Welker, Rob Paulsen, Danny Cooksey, Cree Summer, Candi Milo and Cindy McGee.
TINY TOON ADVENTURES: SEASON 1, VOLUME 2 ($45) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the next thirty episodes. The thirty episodes are as follows: Animaniacs!, Career Oppor-Toon-Ities, Strange Tales Of Weird Science, Inside Plucky Duck, The Acme Bowl, Dating, Acme Acres Style, Looniversity Days, Best O' Plucky Duck Day, Hero Hamton, Whale's Tales, Ask Mr. Popular, Son On Looniversity Daze, Mr. Popular's Rules Of Cool, Fairy Tales For The 90's, Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?, Tiny Toon Music Television, The Return To The Acme Acres Zone, The Acme Home Shopping Show, Weirdest Story Ever Told, Viewer Mail Day, Son Of The Wacko World Of Sports, Pollution Solution, You Asked For It Again, Brave Tales Of Real Rabbits, How Sweetie It Is, New Character Day, Here's Hamton, No Toon Is An Island, K-ACME TV and High Toon.
Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise TINY TOON ADVENTURES: SEASON 1, VOLUME 2 available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. TINY TOON ADVENTURES was produced for daily syndication, and like the first collection, these episodes do not represent the best looking animated programs to be released on DVD. For the most part, the image comes across as being a bit soft. Considering the visual quality, it appears as if the DVDs were struck directly from syndication/broadcast masters, instead of the original film elements. Colors are fairly bright, but somewhat inconsistent. Blacks and whites seem adequate. The elements show some blemishes. Artifacts are slightly noticeable, but not excessive.
For this release, all of the episodes contained in TINY TOON ADVENTURES: SEASON 1, VOLUME 2 have been upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Like the first collection, these soundtracks are front-loaded and are not particularly directional. However, the music and sound effects do sound decent enough. Dialogue is crisp and is easy to understand. English, French and Portuguese language tracks are also provided, as are English subtitles.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode/scene selection and set up features, no supplemental content has been provided.
TINY TOON ADVENTURES still gets the laughs. Again, the DVD presentations are adequate, but really don’t look any better than syndication masters.
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