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Recap / Tiny Toon Adventures S 2 E 5 Playtime Toons

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The fifth episode of the second season of Tiny Toon Adventures, the 66th in production, and the 70th episode overall.

Buster tells the viewers that today's episode is about the fun kids have playing with toys.

Short One: "Happy Birthday Hamton"

Buster, Babs, and Plucky head to the mall to buy Hamton toys for his birthday. When they want to keep the toys they bought Hamton for themselves, they decide to give Hamton some of their old toys, but their childhood memories of those toys soon come flooding back to them, and they convince Hamton to trade for the new toys. At the end of the short, Hamton tells the viewers that it isn't really his birthday.

Short Two: "Fit To Be Toyed"

Montana Max demolishes his toys, which displeases his father, prompting him to take them away and cut off his charge card. Monty is left with nothing but his imagination, which has shrunk down to the size of a mouse, and a paddle ball. Monty's imagination teaches Monty new ways to play with the paddle ball, through the power of imagination.

Short Three: "Strung Along Kitty"

Furrball chases and plays with Mary Melody's hair ribbon all over town.

Tropes featured in the episode:


  • Affectionate Parody: In the second wraparound, a commercial for Toys R Mine is featured, as a parody of Toys R Us' "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys R Us Kid" commercials.
  • Call-Back: Toys R Mine, a parody of Toys R Us previously seen in "Citizen Max", returns in this episode in a commercial in the second wraparound.
  • Credits Gag: Congratulations! - You have just wasted a half hour of your life!
  • Spoofs "R" Us: The second wraparound features a commercial for Toys "R" Mine, done in the style of Toys "R" Us' "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys 'R' Us Kid" commercials, where Monty buys every toy in the store, then destroys them.
  • Three Shorts

Happy Birthday Hamton:

  • Birthday Episode: This episode appears to take place during Hamton's birthday, but at the end, Hamton tells the viewers it isn't really his birthday.
  • Do-Anything Robot: ACME-Tron is a robot who can transform into anything. He first turns into a hovercar when Buster first meets him, then into a juicer when Buster decides to give him to Hamton.
  • The Door Slams You: Plucky does this to Buster and ACME-Tron on his way out of the video game aisle.
  • Fictional Video Game: The ACME Tutor Shooter, which involves shooting at mean teachers telling students to do their homework and study. Whoever wins the game wins a free ACME Looniversity hall pass.
  • Happy Birthday to You!: Sung by Buster, Babs, and Plucky when Hamton's birthday party begins.
  • Hover Bot: ACME-Tron is always shown hovering.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Buster, Babs, and Plucky feel this way after they give their old toys away to Hamton to keep the new ones they intended to buy him for themselves, remembering how much fun they had with them when they were babies. They admit what they did to Hamton and he agrees to trade their old toys for the new ones.
  • Not So Above It All: When Babs and Plucky want to keep the toys they bought for Hamton for themselves, they decide to give Hamton some of their old toys instead. Buster is outraged and reminds them that they bought the toys for Hamton, but when ACME-Tron offers him an his friends fresh-squeezed carrot juice, Buster decides to go along with his friends in their plan.
  • Security Blanket: Plucky gives his to Hamton as a birthday present so he can keep the Acme Tutor Shooter he bought him for himself. Since it's filled with holes, Plucky decides to tell Hamton it's a map of Guam. Hamton thinks it's a superhero cape, and Plucky soon regrets giving it to him when he remembers vowing to keep it forever as a baby.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Buster, Babs, and Plucky sing a parody of "We're off to See the Wizard" from The Wizard of Oz on their way to the toy store to buy presents for Hamton.
    • An action figure of one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be seen in the toy store.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Parodied; when Hamton calls Buster and Plucky to invite them to his birthday, Buster and Plucky's screens crush him in the middle.

Fit To Be Toyed:

  • Absurdly Long Stairway: Monty climbs this on his way to the attic of his mansion.
  • Beatnik: Monty's first fantasy involves him, Elmyra, Dizzy, and Calamity as these.
  • Clothing Damage: When Monty blows up his toys, he dons a soldier uniform, which gets scorched from the blast.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: When the machine from Toys 4 Tots that Mr. Max calls in comes to suck up Monty's toys, it also strips Monty of his soldier uniform, revealing him to be wearing a diaper.
  • The Faceless: Mr. Max.
  • Mr. Imagination: Monty's imagination teaches Monty new ways to play with his paddle ball.
  • Oh, Crap!: Monty realizes he is in a lot of trouble when his father finds out he's been destroying his toys.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Action figures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be seen among the many toys Monty decides to destroy.
    • Monty's American Excess charge card is a parody of the American Express charge card, and Monty's final line in the short is a reference to the company's slogan, "I never leave home without it".
  • Villain Protagonist: Montana Max is depicted as the main protagonist of this short, in response to his actor, Danny Cooksey, complaining about having to play "the bad guy". Buster and Babs are even depicted as antagonistic dinosaurs in his caveman fantasy.

Strung Along Kitty:

  • Butt-Monkey: Furrball. He narrowly avoids getting hit by cars, gets into a wreck with Buster's bicycle (and gets shaken by the blue bunny), gets kicked out of an Italian restaurant, gets dragged along by Little Beeper, and falls off a cliff just to get Mary's ribbon.
  • Cardboard Box Home: Furrball is seen living in one at the beginning of the short.
  • Mourning an Object: Near the end of the short, the wind dies down and when Furrball finds the ribbon no longer moving, he sadly buries it. Fortunately for him, the wind picks up again after a raven pulls the ribbon out, making the ribbon move again.
  • No-Dialogue Episode: Most of the speech heard in this short is Furrball meowing, people screaming during the scenes where Furrball covers Buster's eyes when they ride Buster's bicycle, and when Furrball jumps into a customer's spaghetti at Luigi's italian restaurant, and Little Beeper beeping when he pulls the ribbon and Furrball along.
  • Premature Eulogy: Done with an inanimate object; when Furrball finds the ribbon no longer moving due to the wind having died down, he buries the ribbon. When a raven pulls the ribbon out of the ground, the wind picks up again, and the ribbon moves again, much to Furrball's delight.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: This short ends with Furrball happily playing with the ribbon on his way back to Acme Acres.