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The 64th aired episode (and 65th produced) episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, "K-ACME TV" sees Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) taking over the eponymous TV station for the day to provide the viewing audience (i.e. you) with "the quality entertainment that you want to see".


This episode provides examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Everything from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to Super Mario Bros. gets spoofed in this episode.
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  • And Call Him "George"!: Backfires on Elmyra spectacularly when she tries hugging a porcupine.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: One of the few episodes based around comedy sketches involving the main cast.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Near about everything in "Tinkerbunny's Wonderful World of Make Believe and Learning Fun".
  • Assembly Line Fast-Forward: The parody of I Love Lucy features Dizzy in an homage to the legendary chocolate factory moment from the Lucy episode "Job Switching", with this inevitably happening.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A fifty-foot Elmyra (now there's a scary thought) in a B-movie parody.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The elusive Big Butt.
  • Bland-Name Product: Unlucky Worms cereal and Super Plucky-o Bros for the No-Mindo Entertainment System.
  • Brick Joke: In the very first episode, Daffy is tossed out of the studio for pitching Honey I Shrunk the Laundry. Come this episode, a spoof for that very same movie (though under Honey I Shrunk The Clothes) appears.
  • Butt-Monkey:
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    • Calamity in both the Gyp-Parody and Toon Court sketches. In the former, he knows the answers to every question but is never called upon since his buzzer is broken. The latter finds him losing a lawsuit against ACME over their products being defective (thanks to Cartoon Physics not working in his favor).
    • Buster in the Gyp-Parody sketch as well, as Elmyra drives him crazy.
    • Hamton in "The Blunder Years" who is apparently so unlucky, that he gets beaned with a baseball while sitting on the bus to go home after the game is over.
  • Continuity Nod: In the "Tinkerbunny's Wonderful World of Make-Believe and Learning Fun" sketch, Plucky is dressed like Albert Einstein, looking just as he did when Shirley channeled Einstein into his brain in the "Test Stressed" episode segment, "Never Too Late to Loon".
  • Creator Cameo: Caricatures of almost the entire staff behind the show (including Steven Spielberg himself) appear at the very end.
  • Credits Gag:
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    • The "trailer" for the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids spoof has four screens of them that you need to slow down to see all of.
    • The usual gag credit for the episode itself: This Is Episode Number 65 - Just In Case You're Counting.note 
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Ralph the Guard as a model for a shampoo product.
    "Ah, don't hate me just 'cause, I-I'm beautiful!"
  • End-of-Series Awareness: Although the show would go on for two more seasons, given that this was the 65th episode in the production order, it's not hard to read this into the final skit where Buster and Babs advertise a make-your-own cartoon kit (as though they're encouraging the viewers to make one themselves) and animated versions of many of the show's staff appear.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Elmyra nearly hugs Big Butt by his big butt, but for reasons obvious to even her, she stops, says "Never mind", and hastily leaves.
  • Faux Horrific: Fifi reacts to her clothes being shrunk in the wash as though she witnessed a bloody murder.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The credits sequence for "Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes" has four screens of gag credits that flash by very fast, complete with Lampshade Hanging.
    THIS LINE IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HIT FREEZE FRAME AND LOOK FOR SUSPECT MESSAGES
  • No Budget: "Tinkerbunny's Wonderful World of Make Believe and Learning Fun" is a Stylistic Suck parody of low-budget educational kid's programming.
  • Off-Model:
    • Several times (such as during "Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes" and the Wackyland Travel Log), Gogo's eyes go from Black Bead Eyes to normal cartoon eyes. (This may have been intentional.)
    • The animated Steven Spielberg's brown hair turns gray in several frames.
    • In the "The Blunder Years" sketch, Sylvester can be seen in Furrball's blue color scheme.
  • Pain-Powered Leap: "Today on Nature World: Elmyra discovers porcupines!" (cue Elmyra hugging the porcupine and flying off the planet screaming and hitting a satellite)
  • Pie in the Face:
    • Buster and Babs to this to each other in the opening wraparound.
    • Ralph's cameo ends with him taking a pie to the face as well.
  • Running Gag: Hamton getting hit by baseballs in the Wonder Years parody. He even gets hit by one when he's on the bus leaving the field.
  • Sanity Slippage: Buster at the end of the "Gyp-Parody" segment after Elmyra drives him insane. He screams then suddenly morphs into a elderly version of himself and is carried out in a wheelchair.
  • Self-Deprecation: This line at the beginning of the episode:
    Buster: Hiya, toonsters. If you're like us, you look at all the junk that's on TV now and think, "I can come up with better ideas than that!"
    Babs: In fact, you're probably saying it now.
    Buster: Quiet!
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  • Show Within a Show: The many parody movies/shows/video games featured in the episode.
  • Shrunk in the Wash: In the "Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes" trailer, when Hamton and Gogo get jobs at the laundromat, they accidentally shrink Fifi's dress to the size of a doll's dress.
  • Status Quo Game Show: In "Gyp-Parody", Buster is the host of the titular game show, and Dizzy, Calamity, and Elmyra are the contestants. However, none of them are able to win anything; Dizzy because he was too busy eating his podium, Calamity because his buzzer didn't work, and Elmyra because, well, she's a moron. The game ends with Elmyra's repeated blunders driving Buster completely nuts and Babs quietly wheeling him off.
  • Trivially Obvious: The Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes Trailer Spoof includes quotes that ends with "I laughed until I stopped."
  • Visual Pun: Several in the "travel log" of Wackyland, natch.
  • Vocal Evolution: Don Messick uses a noticeably lower-pitched voice for Hamton in the "Blunder Years" skit.
  • Who's on First?: Gogo attempts at conversing with sentient letters Y and U (and later an R) during the Wackyland Travel Log sketch devolve into this.
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