It’s that time of year again where we say goodbye to the carefree spirit of summer and head back into the regiment of the classroom. While you’re braving through first day orientations, think back and cherish the adventures you had. To celebrate the occasion, we decided to look back onto a 90′s childhood classic series, Tiny Toon Adventures! The show ran from 1990 to 1995 and accumulated 7 Daytime Emmy wins and several other award nominations. During its run in 1992, a direct-to-video movie was released called, “Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation,” which follows the different characters during their summer break shenanigans. Sit back, grab a smoothie with a little umbrella in it, and prepare to take a trip down memory lane to Acme Acres.
If you’ve never caught Tiny Toon Adventures before, let me give you a quick rundown. The show would consist of its Looney Tunes younger counterparts, attending Acme Looniversity in hopes of becoming film-comedy geniuses like their elders (who were also the faculty). The film follows most of the characters while they leave school for the summer. Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) start a water fight that ends in them traveling downriver to the South with Byron the Basset hound. Plucky joins Hampton and his family on a road trip to Happy World Land. Shirley the Loon gives psychic advice and gets forced into seeing a movie with the obnoxious Fowlmouth. Fifi Le Fume spends time for her celebrity crush, Johnny Pew, who couldn’t care less about her. Elmyra visits a zoo and does what she does best: loves animals too hard to the point of torture. Dizzy Devil who loves to spin sets off a trend when she spins all his shedding fur off. The rest of the cast is briefly featured, but it’s musical summer fun all around.
The Good & The Bad
As movies go, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation is nothing of consequence. There is no compelling storyline that conveys any themes of “Wow, I’m glad this movie taught me to be brave!” or “I should be nicer to others!” None of that. The film is like another episode of the show really.
Lesson #1: Remember to pack the essentials when traveling…even toilet paper!
But nonetheless! This film is a 90′s childhood gem that anyone can love! It’s adventurous and witty, and most importantly unlike it’s brilliant classic counterpart, Tiny Toons has a cast of awesome cartoon ladies. Even with varying personalities like Shirley the valley girl and Elmyra the animal obsessed nut, each character has such memorable, comedic attributes, it’s easily equal if not more captivating than the males of the show. Way to go, ladies!
Lesson #2: A new summer look can be good for the first day of school.
This movie is something both kids and adults will enjoy. Although some of the jokes may completely go over your head, know that Tiny Toons celebrates classic cinema and comedy. It’s perfect for film buffs and may even teach you a thing or two. With great animation, fantastic voice acting, and a wonderful, witty script to top it all off, it’s so easy to see how this show reeled in the awards.
Lesson #3: Celebrity crushes aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be.
Unfortunately for Plucky, the ride to Happy World Land is hardly bearable and to make matters worse, they stop and pick up a hitchhiker who is both horrifying and hilarious. He has the best expression for pork cravings I’ve ever seen. If this isn’t a reminder to not pick up the traveling folk, I’m not sure what else to tell you.
Buster may be the cool one, but Babs Bunny has the personality. Like in the show, she does the best impressions and has the most entertaining spirit of the group. Buster spends most of the movie harassing her, but she ultimately wins everything. She’s sweet, sassy, funny, and has the chops to save the day. In this clip, she sings a sweet song that reminds us all how hungry we really are. Bravo, Babs!
When you go to see a movie, you must ask the eternal question…
Unlike some childhood shows that are best left unvisited, the Tiny Toons movie not only serves to be just as fun as it was when it aired back in the 90′s, but proves to be even more hilarious today because of the layering references and joke we’re just now getting. Whether young or old, this movie is still a great time for everyone, so give it another go when you’re not cramming for a test. It will make you miss your summer adventures, but also more importantly, the comedic greatness and animation that was Tiny Toon Adventures. That’s all folks!
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