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The fourteenth episode of the third season of Tiny Toon Adventures, and the nintety-second overall.

The Tiny Toons present three musical adventures in a proscenium theater.

Short One: "Ruffled Ruffee"

Buster plays his electric guitar, which inadvertently interrupts a concert hosted by the Raffi Expy, Ruffee, who yells at him to be quiet and tosses his electric guitar and speakers into his burrow in response. To get back at him, Buster attends Ruffee's concert, disguised as a baby, and sabotages the concert.

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Short Two: "The Horn Blows at Lunchtime"

Li'l Sneezer practices his trumpet in the basement of Acme Looniversity while eating limburger cheese during lunch, causing assumed flatulence in the cafeteria.

Short Three: "Loon Lake"

Shirley the Loon attends a ballet class alongside the snooty Perfecto Prep swans, led by Giselle. The Swans bully her, but with Babs' encouragement (and backstage sabotage), Shirley manages to outshine the Swans at their recital.

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Ruffled Ruffee:

  • Baby Talk: Buster pretends to talk this way while in his baby disguise.
    Ruffee: Excuse me, little boy, are you having trouble finding your seat?
    Buster: Nope. (shoves his diapered butt in Ruffee's face) It's wight hewe.
  • Bookends: The short begins and ends with Buster playing his electric guitar.
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  • Friend to All Children: Buster saves the children from being bored to death by Ruffee by sabotaging his concert. He even plays his electric guitar for them at the end of the short, and they dance along.
  • Goo Goo Getup: As part of his plan to sabotage Ruffee's concert, Buster dresses himself in a diaper and a green bonnet. This comes into play near the end of the short, when Ruffee reaches his Rage Breaking Point and tries to yell at the disguised Buster, but instead yells at a human baby dressed in a nearly identical way.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Played with; the normally pantsless Buster doesn't wear his red shirt while in his baby disguise, but his waist is covered by his diaper.
  • Incessant Music Madness: The short begins with Buster playing his electric guitar and inadvertently interrupting Ruffee's concert, promting Ruffee to yell at him to be quiet and toss his electric guitar and speakers in response.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: When Ruffee reaches his breaking point, he tries to yell at the disguised Buster, but mistakenly yells at a human baby dressed in a nearly identical way. This proves unwise.
  • Papa Wolf: The human baby's giant father, who scolds, and later beats up Ruffee for yelling at his son.
    "No one yells at my son! It's not nice!"
  • Rage Breaking Point: Ruffee reaches this after the children cry due to Buster messing with the "Baby Monkey" song.
  • Rule of Three: Buster sabotages three of Ruffee's songs. He sabotages "The Animal Song" by choosing animals that aren't particularly known for making sounds (A giraffe and a three-toed sloth), "The Body Song" by speeding up the tempo to the point where Ruffee explodes, and "Baby Monkey" by adding his own sheet music so that the song ends with the monkey getting hit by a bus.
  • Script Swap: Buster does this to Ruffee so that the "Baby Monkey" song ends with the monkey getting hit by a bus.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Looney Tunes short, "Long-Haired Hare" with Buster and Ruffee in the roles of Bugs Bunny and Giovanni Jones, respectively.
  • Take That!: Ruffee is a parody of the famous children's singer, Raffi Cavoukain, and this short satirizes his earliest perfomances, where he found it difficult to perform for his target audience (children under the age of three), due to their tiny attention spans being a distraction to him and the rest of the audience.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Buster gives one to Ruffee when he announces a new song where only he knows the words. It's possible that he did this so that he could get a better look at Ruffee's sheet music.
  • This Means War!: Buster decides to get back at Ruffee after the latter yells at him to be quiet, tosses his electric guitar and speakers into his burrow, and even slaps him forcefully.
  • White Gloves: During "The Body Song", Buster takes his hands out of his gloves so that they can continue gradually speeding up the beat while he builds a fort out of sandbags to hide behind when Ruffee explodes from singing too fast.

The Horn Blows at Lunchtime:

Loon Lake:

  • Ax-Crazy: At one point, Babs cuts holes in the floor with a chainsaw that the swans fall through. She even laughs maniacally whilst she does it.
  • Ballet Episode: Shirley takes up ballet in this short.
  • Banana Peel: One of the swans ends up a victim of this thanks to Babs.
  • Chromosome Casting: All of the characters in the short are female.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Shirley.
  • Evil Laugh: Nearly all of Babs' dialogue in the last half the short is one long stream of maniacal laughter, as she unleashes chaos.
  • Heroic BSoD: Shirley goes through this when she overhears what Giselle and the Swans said about her. She even considers quitting ballet, until Babs sticks up for her.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Valley Girl: Shirley, and this is one of the things Giselle and the Swans make fun of her for.
  • Watch Where You're Going!: During her recital, Shirley utilizes some ballet-inspired Deadly Dodging, causing two of the Swans trying to attack her to smash right into each other.
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