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The ninteenth episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, but the second in production order.

Buster and Babs "theater hop" at a multiplex while being chased by usher Montana Max.

Short One: "SuperBabs"

A spoof of the Superman film franchise with Babs in the role of Superman and Montana Max as "Wex Wuthor". SuperBabs tries to thwart Wex's plot to destroy Acme Acres by pouring ink all over it.

Short Two: "Duck Trek"

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A spoof of Star Trek with Plucky, Hamton, Furrball (in a rare speaking role) and other characters as the crew members. They land on a planet in search of a toupee for Plucky, but are chased by a hair monster. However, they manage to escape the clutches of the planet's hairs when Hamton worries the planet bald.

Short Three: "Pasedena Jones"

A spoof of Indiana Jones with Buster as Indiana Jones. Buster enters a secret temple to find the Secret of Life, which is revealed to be friendship.

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  • Credits Gag: Ken Boyer's shoes by - Otis.
  • Movie-Theater Episode: Buster and Babs go to the ACME Multiplex and see three movie spoofs in this episode.
  • Parody Episode: Three movie spoofs are shown in this episode.
  • Three Shorts
  • Visual Pun: In the wraparounds, Buster and Babs "Theater Hop" by hopping from theater to theater, given their rabbit-like instincts, while Montana Max tries to stop them.
  • Vocal Evolution: Charlie Adler's voice for Buster is noticeably higher in this episode, almost sounding as if it were pitch-shifted slightly. Montana Max's voice also became a little deeper in later episodes, but it's justified in his case, as Danny Cooksey was the one of the only actual children in the voice cast.

SuperBabs:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Superman film franchise.
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  • Bait-and-Switch: After the narrator says, "A nill wind is blowing", Plucky can be seen windsurfing, until the wind dies down. The camera then pans to reveal that Hamton, in a rowboat, is blowing the wind for Plucky's sail.
  • Blob Monster: Courtesy of Wex Wuthor. He pours ink all over Acme Acres that slowly devours the entire city.
  • Deadline News: Provides the trope's image. A news anchor interrupts Buster's video game to report on a giant blob devouring Acme Acres. Unfortunately for the anchor, the blob begins to devour the news studio as well, and he screams in panic before the broadcast is lost.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Implied when a news anchor reporting on the blob terrorizing Acme Acres gets devoured alive by the blob on air while reporting on the story.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Parodied; Babs, as SuperBabs, protects the general metropolitan area. The other characters realize at the end of the short that she must be someone they know.
    Plucky: Now who do we know named "Super"?
  • Take That!: Following Acme Acres being blotted out, Wex plans to build Wutherland, which he describes as "The Unhappiest Place on Earth... with plenty of free parking".
  • Temporary Bulk Change: Wex tricks SuperBabs into eating carrot cake after carrot cake until she becomes so fat, she can't move. SuperBabs gets back to her normal weight through video aerobics.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Superbabs' weakness is... carrot cake. She just can't resist eating it!

Duck Trek:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Star Trek series of films.
  • The Cameo: Saul Sheepdog, the Junior Counterpart of Sam Sheepdog can be seen in this episode.
  • Glad I Thought of It: When the characters reach the planet Follicle 4, Hamton, as Dr. Spork suggests splitting up to cover more ground. Plucky, as Captain Jim Quark, then tells the other members to split up to cover more ground. Hamton is not amused.
  • Im A Doctor Not A Place Holder: When Plucky as Captain Jim Quirk, Hamton as Dr. Spork, and Furrball as Dr. Furr get caught in Follicle 4's hair trap, Plucky asks Furrball what they should do. Furrball then says, "Darn it, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a barber!"
  • Red Shirt: Parodied; Shirley, Saul, and Sweetie appear wearing the very shirts the trope is named after, and get killed offscreen as soon as they turn a corner.
    Plucky: Now, you nameless extras wander off somewhere and disappear.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Furrball, as Dr. Furr, is voiced by Rob Paulsen in this episode, as opposed to Frank Welker throughout the rest of the series. Considering that this episode was early in the production order, it thus can be seen as testing whether he should have a voice or not. The writers quickly decided Furrball worked better as a normal cat who just meows.

Pasedena Jones:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Indiana Jones series of films, specifically Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Indy Escape: When Buster and Monty reach the Temple of the Secret of Life, they get chased by a giant 8-ball, which they narrowly avoid by falling through a Trap Door. This should come as no surprise, given the series of films this short is parodying.
  • Rollercoaster Mine: Buster and Monty ride this in the Temple of the Secret of Life.
  • Travel Montage: Parodied; The red Indiana Jones travel montage line moves across the map. Cut to Buster sitting on top of the red line, muttering, "Someday I gotta get me a plane."
  • Visual Pun: When Buster comes across the Abominable Snowman, it is revealed to be a giant snowman, whom Buster melts with a flamethrower.
  • Worthless Treasure Twist: At the end of the short, Buster reaches the treasure chest purpotedly containing "The Secret of Life", which turned out to contain Babs, Plucky and Hamton - the secret of life is friendship. He wasn't impressed.
    Buster: In the sequel, I'm going after some gold.
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