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Recap / Tiny Toon Adventures S 1 E 59 Brave Tales Of Real Rabbits

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The 59th episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, which sees Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) on Masterhare Theater to relate to the viewers two...well, brave tales of real rabbits.

Short 1: "And All That Rot"

Buster is detective Brainy Domes, who works alongside his assistant Flotsam (played by Babs) to solve mysteries in London. One night, word gets to Brainy and Flotsam that "jewels" belonging to the Queen of England has gone missing. Brainy immediately suspects his rival Montiarty, leading to a carriage chase across London, but are things really what they seem? And why is there a puppy following the detectives around?

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Short 2: "Day For Knight"

Sick of their jester, Babs Bunny, the king sends her away to be eaten by a nerdy dragon that lives in a cave nearby. Babs sends for help from the Brave Knight Buster Bunny. As Buster faces all manner of challenges in his quest to save Babs, Babs finds out more about this nerdy dragon she's trapped with.


This episode provides examples of:

Overall:

  • Affectionate Parody: The wraparounds that parody Masterpiece Theater.
  • Animated Armor: As Babs introduces the second short, a suit of armor on the wall suddenly begins walking toward her brandishing its mace. Angry at Buster for pulling a prank on her, she beats the suit to a pulp...just as Buster walks into the room. Babs goes loopy from the confusion. (The viewers are never shown who was animating the armor.)
  • Credits Gag: Guy Who Thinks It's 1947 - Charlie Bean
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  • Two Shorts: The fourth of eight episodes to use this format.

And All That Rot:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Butt-Monkey: A rare instance of Buster (or at least a character played by him) being one of these.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: As Brainy and Flotsam investigate the disappearance of the queen's jewels, a small dog repeatedly shows up, annoying Brainy to no end before Brainy eventually ships the pooch off to "Middle of Nowhere, Alaska". As it turns out, the dog was the queen's missing Jules.
  • Clueless Detective: Brainy Domes, hoo boy.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The first person Brainy accuses of the disappearance of the jewels is his rival, Montiarty, but when Brainy finds him, he finds the reformed villain hosting a charity benefit banquet for old women in his house. Brainy doesn't buy it. In the end, it turns out that Monty didn't steal the jewels, er, Jules and really did turn over a new leaf.
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  • Humiliation Conga: Things don't go so hot for Brainy at the ending: First off, it turns out that the queen's missing "jewels" was actually the queen's missing dog Jules, the same one that an exasperated Brainy sent to Alaska. Thus, the jewels Brainy took from the old women at Montiarty's old hideout were indeed actually theirs, and they and (the truly reformed) Monty have called the police on Brainy. Brainy is punished for his incompetence by being sent to Alaska to find Jules.
  • Landing in Someone's Bathtub: After their carriages fall into the sewers of London, they wind up emerging (yes, the entire carriages including their passengers and the horses pulling them) out of the shower nozzle in some guy's bathroom as he turns it on.
  • Mid-Battle Tea Break: The carriage chase in the middle of the episode is interrupted several times, first for a literal tea-break, then when the carriages are driven through the library, then finally when Brainy makes a stop at the local McBangers.
  • Never Mess with Granny: The old women at Montiarity's tea party don't take Brainy taking their jewelry (under the assumption that they are the queen's crown jewels) very well.
  • Oh, Crap!: Brainy at the very end when he learns about "Jules", the puppy he was supposed to be looking for that he sent to Alaska.
  • Reality Ensues: Brainy randomly picks a name from a list of past foes while trying to find out who stole the jewels. Even without the twist of the case being about a dog named "Jules", it's no surprise Montiarty turns out to be innocent.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: As punishment for not only failing the Queen, but making things worse, Brainy must now go to Alaska to locate the missing Jules after sending the puppy there.
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  • Small Name, Big Ego: It's clear that Brainy is nowhere near as smart as he believes himself to be and has a few delusions of grandeur. He even believes that the puppy he and Flotsam keep bumping into is trying to upstage him.
  • Take That!: "Ninja Turtle!" is one of the insults thrown during Brainy and Montiarty's carriage chase. To top it off, the carriages fall into the sewers almost immediately afterward and wind up bringing up two masked turtles, who fall on their backs and flail and cry out about helplessly.

Day For Knight:

  • Adipose Rex: The king at the beginning of the short, who is about as round as a beach ball and is constantly eating.
  • Baleful Polymorph: A charred Shirley returns at the very end of the short to turn Buster into a chicken.
  • Brick Joke: Shirley comes back at the very end of the short to settle the score with Buster for not rescuing her.
  • Burn the Witch!: When Buster is summoned to rescue Babs, he is in the middle of saving Shirley Loon from having this happen to her. He abandons Shirley to take on this other mission, which comes back to bite him by the very end.
  • Eye Pop: Babs when she first sees the dragon. They pop out so far she has to push them back into place.
  • Heel–Face Turn: By the time Buster reaches Babs and the dragon, the dragon has turned over a new leaf and no longer wants to fight people. He is eventually hired at a local restaurant.
  • Nerd: The Woody Allen-esque dragon.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Imagine if Woody Allen were a dragon. You'd likely get the dragon that appears in this short. He even takes up playing the clarinet by the short's end.
  • Short-Distance Phone Call: Shown when Buster and Hamton talk on the phone, and are revealed to be standing right next to each other.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Monty Python references are strong in this short:
      Monty: You're accused of being a witch! How do you plead?
      Shirley Like, totally not guilty.
      Frog: She turned me into a prince!
      [strange looks from Monty and Arnold]
      Frog: Well... I got better.
    • Babs telling the dragon: "Don't be such a reluctant dragon" in an uncommon case of a Disney reference that isn't played for Take That!.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Knighty Knight Bugs.
  • 30 Minutes, or It's Free!: Buster is a knight for hire, hired to rescue Babs from a dragon. Hamton reminds Buster that, if he doesn't save her in thirty minutes, the next rescue is free.
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