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Recap / Tiny Toon Adventures S 1 E 53 The ACME Home Shopping Show

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The 53rd episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, "The ACME Home Shopping Show" features Buster and Babs hawking as seen on tv items on the eponymous infomercial program as they introduce the episode's shorts.

Short One: "Oh, For Art's Sake"

Having failed to create something for ACME Loo's student art exhibit and needing to do so by the next day, Plucky gets the idea to pause a fighting cat and dog with a TV remote, put a frame around them, and pass it off as a painting he did. His art becomes a national sensation, but how long will it last?

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Short Two: "Teddy Bear's Picnic"

Elmyra introduces the viewers to the Annual Bear Company Picnic, which the Three Bears are attending. Havoc ensues as Junior inadvertently injures Pa while trying to have fun and they both run into a much larger and easily angered fellow bear.

Short Three: "I Was a Teenage Bunnysitter"

Babs has set off to baby-sit little bunny Duncan Potter while his parents are away. Duncan's preferences and things he wants to do drive Babs' patience thin.

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Overall:

  • Credits Gag: Ms. Personality - Kirstyn Smithen
  • Hat of Flight: The ACME Flyboy Beanie in the second wraparound, which enables Buster to zip (and crash into things) around the studio.
  • Infomercial: The setting of the wraparound segments.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: In the first wraparound when Plucky calls to order the paint-by-numbers kit. As he talks to Babs, she tells him that she'll "give him a honk" and proceeds to whack him with a mallet from her side of the split-screen.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Parodied in the first wraparound when Babs begins hawking the ACME Jackson Pollock Paint-by-numbers kit and suddenly has human-like hands and arms...only for a wider shot to reveal that they are fake arms being held and manipulated by Babs.
  • Three Shorts

Oh, For Art's Sake:

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  • Big Ball of Violence: The fighting cat-and-dog when they initially show up fighting outside of Plucky's house. Plucky pauses them in the middle of it, getting this result, and giving Plucky the idea for his "painting".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Plucky actually cuts the frozen cat and dog out of the frame with scissors.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: The ending.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: A wide shot of the inside of Plucky's house shows many paintings and sculptures that Plucky has already made of himself. It's heavily implied that Plucky could have just used one of those instead of going through all the trouble he gets with his fighting pets "paintings".
  • I Kiss Your Foot: Dan Dogma when he rushes in to congratulate Plucky on his "painting".
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Once the secret of Plucky's "paintings" is found out, all of his accolades are stripped from him and the enraged art experts trap him in one of his own fighting animal "paintings".
    Babs: Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "tortured artist", doesn't it?
    Buster: You got that right.
  • Off-Model: In the shot of the other students applauding for Plucky and his "painting", Shirley is drawn noticeably smaller than the other characters (even smaller than Hamton and Fifi) and is bald.
    • It's worth noting that although this episode was animated by AKOM, it was erroneously miscredited to Kennedy Cartoons. This is very similar to what happened in Sawdust and Toonsil, another AKOM episode that was miscredited to Wang Film Productions.
  • Series Continuity Error: Plucky is shown to live in an apartment in this short, as opposed to a house throughout the rest of the series.

Teddy Bear's Picnic:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: Outright introduced as this (word for word) by Babs in the preceding wraparound, this short stars the Three Bears (who have been around since Looney Tunes) as the main characters, with no Tiny Toons characters present beyond Elmyra. (Whose presence has little impact on the plot.)
  • Book-Ends: Opens and closes with Elmyra singing the song "The Teddy Bear's Picnic". (Which the short's title gets its name from.)
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Pa is at one point flung into the sky and straight out of the cel an animator is working on.
  • The Chew Toy: Pa takes a lot of abuse in this episode. Elmyra, too, for that matter.
  • Color Failure: Pa when first meeting the grizzly bear.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The grizzly bear whose bad side Pa and Junior get on throughout the short.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Oddly, sometimes Elmyra's lip movements as she sings don't seem to match or look fairly weird, giving one the idea that she was originally going to be narrating normally along with singing. (It's particularly noticeable at the very end as she closes the short out.)
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Pa, Junior, and the grizzly bear when they all three fall onto a grill that just had a gratuitous amount of lighter fluid dumped on it.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The grizzly bear's face is seldomly seen without an angry scowl on it.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Pa is about to hit Junior for messing up, Ma hits Pa with a newspaper (and at one point, a frying pan). At one point, Pa decides to save Ma the trouble of hitting him with the newspaper, so he snatches it from her and hits himself instead.
  • Shout-Out: One of the levels of anger tattooed on the grizzly bear's arm is "Oh Bother". (Being the lowest level, this straddles the line between being just this or an outright Take That!.)
  • Squashed Flat: Elmyra by Junior, who in turn is squished by the grizzly bear.
  • Storyboard Body: The grizzly bear has levels of anger tattooed on his arm, so he can roll up his sleeve to the appropriate level when he gets mad.

I Was a Teenage Bunnysitter:

  • Babysitting Episode
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Duncan first appears, he appears to be a huge hulking kid...but then we see him in full and he barely comes up to Babs' waist.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Duncan requests a "really scary story" from Babs as a bedtime story. Babs then tells him a tale about a headless mutant monster in her usual Large Ham way that works a little too well at scaring Duncan.
    Duncan: (after Babs finds him hiding in his closet) That was too scary!
  • Cathartic Scream: When her patience with Duncan's specific way of having mashed potatoes wears thin, Babs excuses herself, runs outside to a cliff, and jumps off while making one of these.
  • Dagwood Sandwich: Babs makes one as soon as the parents leave. Duncan has made one himself by the time his parents return.
  • The Faceless: Mr. and Mrs. Potter.
  • Malaproper: Little Duncan says "mashed topatoes" and "pasghetti" instead of "mashed potatoes" and "spaghetti".
  • Off-Model: Babs' foot is purple (like Duncan) as Duncan taps it and asks "Whatcha doin'?"
  • Picky Eater: Duncan has a very specific way of having mashed potatoes, as it turns out. Though it's not that he's intentionally trying to be hard to get along with; more because that's just how his mother usually fixes potatoes for him.
  • Road Trip Across the Street: A variant; when Babs leaves to go to the Potter's rabbit hole, she walks down a long road into the distance...which ends at the Potter's hole which is right next to Babs' own.
  • Shout-Out: When Duncan balks at eating the mashed potato man because he's bald, Babs claims that it's because it's a Sinéad O'Connor mashed potato man.
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