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The 39th episode the first season of Tiny Toon Adventures (and 39th overall).

In this episode, Buster and Babs invite the viewer on a trip into the mind of Plucky Duck.

First Short: "Bat's All Folks!"

An Affectionate Parody of Batman and taking place in a fantasy sequence of Plucky's, Plucky is a wealthy owner of a large mansion by day, crime-fighter by the name of Batduck by night. The story features Batduck and his faithful sidekick Decoy the Pig Hostage going off to stop a scheme by the local Rogues Gallery.

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Second Short: "Wild Takes Class"

Disatisfied by the wild takes Bugs Bunny is teaching them in class, Plucky desires to learn the wild takes taught by Daffy Duck in the advanced wild takes class. Unfortunately for Plucky, Plucky winds up frozen in a Clampett Corneal Catastrophe, and class pictures are coming up soon...

Tropes found in this episode include:

Overall:

Bat's All Folks!:

  • Affectionate Parody: of Batman as a whole. In particular, it parodies the original Detective Comics, the Adam West fronted campy Batman series, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, and Tim Burton's Batman (1989) film.
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  • Animation Bump: Much of the second act, animated by Glen Kennedy, is noticeably more fluid and bouncy than the rest of the episode.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": When Hamton is told by Plucky to plant a bomb in the villain's hide, he knocks himself out by accident and two thugs find him. Their acting is very wooden:
    Thug 1: (monotonous) Look, it is Decoy the Pig Hostage. We must bring him inside.
    Thug 2: (unenthusiastically) What is this thing? (picking up the bomb)
    Thug 1: (just as unenthusiastic) Who cares? Just toss it over into the all-concealing shadows.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When the BatduckMobile leaves the Duck Cave, a view of what looks like it driving down the road is shown. However, the camera zooms out, revealing it to be a video game that Hamton is playing, and the BatduckMobile to be stuck in traffic.
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  • Elevator Failure: When Plucky and Hampton go to the secret entrance behind the bookcase, they end up stepping into an empty shaft. Elmyra then calls down to them that the poles are out.
  • Expy: Naturally, Batduck's Rogues Gallery consists of parodies of actual Batman villains. Jackster is The Joker, Puffin is The Penguin, Question Mark is The Riddler, and Polecat Woman is Catwoman.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Plucky sends Hamton to plant a bomb in the villain's hide while he hides into the all-concealing shadows. The two thugs find the bomb and toss it into the all-concealing shadows, where it explodes on Plucky.
  • Kitchen Sink Included: As Batduck and Decoy plummet down the side of a building near the end, Batduck begins searching his gadgets for a grappling hook and one of the objects he pulls out is a sink.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!: As Plucky/Spruce Vain searches through an animal encyclopedia for an animal he can theme his superhero persona after, the idea of theming himself after a "mutant ninja tortoise" disgusts him.
  • Visual Pun: Plucky's first idea for a Batduck costume involves him dressed as a (baseball) bat.

Wild Takes Class:

  • Animation Bump: Some of Jon McClenahan's scenes in this segment.
  • Eye Scream: Narrowly averted when Buster takes Plucky to the nurse's office: Upon getting shoved into the building, Plucky rebounds off walls and nearly lands on a small surgical blade that Elmyra is holding.
  • Eye Take: The conflict of the episode comes from Plucky getting stuck in one of these, namely the Clampett Corneal Catastrophe. Like what was used by Daffy Duck back in the Looney Tunes short Book Revue.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Once Babs finds out what happened to Plucky, she can't help but toss a few "eye" related puns around.
  • Meaningful Name: Among the named takes include "Avery Aooga" (for Tex Avery), "Friz Frizzle" (for Friz Freleng), "Chuck Out of Luck" (for Chuck Jones) and "Clampett Corneal Catastrophe" (for Bob Clampett).
  • Mythology Gag: The use of Daffy's Book Revue wild take as the one that Plucky gets stuck in.
  • Never My Fault: Naturally, Plucky blames Buster for being stuck in the Clampett Corneal Catastrophe even though Plucky was the one who wanted to do them in the first place.
  • Picture Day: It's eventually revealed that Plucky happened to get stuck in the Clampett Corneal Catastrophe on class picture day.
  • Wild Take: The focal point of the episode; the Looniversity even has multiple classes for them.
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