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  • Acting for Two: Cree Summer (Elmyra and Mary Melody) and Frank Welker (Gogo, Byron, Furball and Beeper) both play several recurring characters, but surprisingly it rarely veers into Talking to Himself territory. Several more minor characters are played by the cast as well - like Rhubella and Roderick Rat being played by Tress MacNeille and Charlie Adler (who also voiced Buster and Babs). In The Movie, nearly everyone plays a side character or two.
  • Adored by the Network:
    • Tiny Toons got this treatment on Nickelodeon getting constant promotion despite the fact that the show had not only already finished its run three years ago at that point but they were also airing on Kids' WB! by 1997. It also had frequent inclusions in marathons and events that are otherwise exclusive to Nicktoons, a couple of them even had the word Nicktoons in the title. It also got treated better than some of Nickelodeon's own shows at the time such as KaBlam! which also aired during this period. It didn't get this same treatment when it returned in 2002, however, and its sister series were treated even worse.
    • The Hub gave Tiny Toons this treatment too and while it didn't get adored to the extent of Animaniacs (which The Hub would just use holidays as excuses to give it marathons), it still got frequent promotion and they even aired the Spring Break Special which hadn't aired since 1994. And unlike Animaniacs, Tiny Toons still lingered on The Hub for a couple months after it became Discovery Family.
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  • Alan Smithee: He is credited as a director on two shorts in "Strange Tales of Weird Science" (animated by Encore Cartoons).
  • Ascended Fanon: One episode, Buster and Babs go Hawaiian, was based off an idea made by a trio of fans. The Nostalgia Critic interviews one of them here.
  • Author Existence Failure: While it's currently unknown if Tiny Toons Looniversity will go the way of the Animaniacs reboot and bring back the original actors or recast them with more modern actors note  but either way, Plucky and Hamton will both have to be recast due to the respective deaths of Joe Alaskey in 2016 and Don Messick in 1997note .
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  • Channel Hop: The series was first pitched as a Saturday Morning Cartoon for CBS, who went as far as committing to airing the pilot episode as a prime-time TV special alongside a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles special that was promoting that series' move to CBS as well. Despite the pilot being well-received with test audiences, CBS ultimately declined to order a full series, and since the other three networks passed it up, Warner Bros. decided it was in Tiny Toon Adventures' best interest to air in first-run syndication as a weekday afternoon cartoon. The strategy paid off handsomely. Eventually, the show's popularity led to Fox Kids picking it up as part of their first-look production deal after the first season aired. However, Fox wouldn't air the show until season 3, as WB had already renewed the series' second season for syndication. Fox also aired two prime-time specials of the series even after it was canceled (Fox eventually pulled the series in September 1995, along with Animaniacs once Kids' WB! premiered that show's third season).
  • Creator Breakdown: According to Jon McClenahan, Glen Kennedy did not take kindly to his studio's episodes being criticized by Steven Spielberg.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Series creator Tom Ruegger has stated that his favorite episode is "The Anvil Chorus" (part of "It's Buster Bunny Time").
  • Creator's Pest: Elmyra is in a really weird place. She was utterly despised by the main writers and a majority of fans note  but someone in the higher ups apparently couldn't get enough of her. (Presumably, Spielberg himself.) The constant demand for more Elmyra screentime by the higher ups really got on the writer's nerves, which reached its peak when she was shoehorned in Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, which has more Biting-the-Hand Humor aimed at the higher ups than both Tiny Toons and Pinky and the Brain combined. It's presumed to be one of the major reasons she wasn't allowed to return come the announcement for the Looniversity reboot (the other being her humor revolved around animal abuse, a topic that's gotten more sensitive since the 90's, even if just for slapstick purposes).
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
  • The Danza:
    • Julie Brown as Julie Bruin.
    • Henny Youngman as "Henny" Youngman.
    • The Roches as The Roches.
  • Depending on the Artist: The show went through seven animation houses overseasnote As a result, no two episodes had the same quality. Kennedy and Encore Studios and the early Wang episodes are considered the worst of the non-TMS-produced episodes.
  • Dueling Works: Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! (SNES) versus Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure (Genesis/Mega Drive), both developed by Konami.
    • Buster Busts Loose! has a lot of variety, humorous cutscenes and pop culture references that accurately reflect the show, and multiple difficulty settings that affect the ending; if you want to get to the end you have to beat it on the hardest mode. Six levels are certainly not much, though, and hard mode can be beaten in 90 minutes. The main gimmicks are the Locomotive Level where Buster has to stop a runaway train, and another set on a football pitch during the closing minutes of a game; the general laws of American football are mostly thrown out the window.
    • Hidden Treasure has more in common with the NES Tiny Toons titles, which are pretty basic. Pretty much every feature of it is a platform game cliché. Buster has to collect carrots that are haphazardly scattered throughout the level, just like Sonic collects rings. Springs send you into the air like Sonic, and Dr. Gene Splicer menaces you in a hovercraft at the end of each world. Levels take you to all of the familiar regions: Forest, Cave, Volcano, Ice... Still, one thing it has going for it is its length. There is an insane amount of levels, and each world contains one or two secret levels to seek out.
  • Edited for Syndication: The show, just like its sister shows, had it's intro edited on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons. However, the edits were nowhere near as severe as in the sister shows, the only real edit in the intro was the shot of the WB shield was replaced with a fade from black straight to the Tiny Toons logo. Whats odd about this edit was Nickelodeon left the Wb shield in when it first aired in the mid to late 90s. But when it returned in 2002, this edit was added in.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Buster usually calls the fans "Toonsters", but sometimes he calls them "Toonatics". In at least one episode, he calls them "Tooniacs".
  • Fan Nickname: The Tiny Toon Adventures Reference Guide frequently shortens Buster, Babs, Hamton, and Plucky to "BBHP" any time the four are in a short together.
  • He Also Did: Backstage Edition: Bruce Timm was a character designer on this show before he did Batman: The Animated Series. Elmyra and Montana Max in particular have a lot of Bruce Timm characteristics.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • A couple episodes in season one were released edited on DVD and on Hulu, such as "Tiny Toons Music Television" (missing a brief bit where Buster and Babs announce a number for the viewers to call, though that edit may have been done so viewers wouldn't get confused and try to call the number onscreen) and "Son of the Wacko World of Sports" (missing the title cards for some strange reason). Also, "Looniversity Daze" featured two versions of the same scene, the latter with re-take animation by Jon McClenahan. Only the original animation made it to DVD and Hulu, meaning Jon's version of that scene is lost.
    • The Spring Break special was never released on home video or DVD (due to either music rights or the fact that it wasn't as entertaining as the Summer Vacation special), and the "Night Ghoulery" VHS now commands outrageous prices online. However, this has changed on January 4, 2018, when both specials were added on Hulu. Hulu zig-zags the latter, as it's missing The Nightmare Before Christmas parody as well as the special theme songs.
    • The Plucky Duck Show, the short-lived spin-off of TTA featuring nothing but Plucky-centric shorts, was never released on VHS or DVD. It's not surprising, since it would be redundant with the TTA releases, but it still counts. All that frequently appears in online searches is the intro sequence, and it did air on several foreign feeds of Boomerang.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: This was originally planned to be a feature length film for theatrical release, but was later changed to a TV series.
  • Missing Episode: The "Elephant Issues" episode (a Very Special Episode semi-parody that tackled illiteracy, prejudice, and underage drinking) only aired once back when the show was on the FOX network, thanks to the anti-alcohol short, "One Beer" (which came under fire by concerned parents who thought the anti-alcohol message was cheapened by the ending where Buster, Plucky, and Hamton walk off set and vow to make a funny episode next time). However, it has been confirmed as airing on Cartoon Network (the Latin American channel) and it appears on the Volume 3 DVD. Even The Hub network aired the "Elephant Issues" episode uncut and uncensored (as of September 2013).
    • The Halloween episode during the final season was banned from airing on FOX and the WB because of the short where Elmyra is haunted by the zombies of the pets she smothered with affection until they died.
    • The "Tiny Toons Spring Break Special" aired once on FOX in March 1994 and remained unseen for over 20 years until the Hub Network picked up the series. Supposedly the reasoning for this was music licensing issues (the special contains huge amounts of song parodies).
  • Name's the Same:
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The script for "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", written by Renee Carter, Sarah Creef, and Amy Crosby. The 3 make a cameo addressing Buster's complaints about the Plane Scene. (see "Promoted Fangirls" below)
  • Old Shame: Elmyra seemed to be one after the spin-off with Pinky and the Brain, where she had become a Creator's Pet at that point judging by her exclusion from the HBO Max reboot as well as a Take That! in the Animaniacs (2020) segment "Gift Rapper" ("Wakko's even less likable than Elmyra").
  • One Steve Limit: There are two characters named "Egghead Jr." in the series; there's a human one in "Plucky's Dastardly Deed" based on the Elmer Fudd prototype who Plucky swaps tests with, and the chicken one in "Hog-Wild Hamton" who is based on the character originally created by Robert McKimson. To make things doubly confusing, both characters are extremely intelligent.
  • The Other Darrin: Buster's voice actor was changed from Charlie Adler (who quit after being rejected for a role on Animaniacs) to John Kassir (the voice behind The Cryptkeeper for the live-action HBO series Tales from the Crypt, the cartoon series Tales From The Cryptkeeper, and the game show Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House) for "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special", "The Return of Batduck", "Spring Break Special", and "Night Ghoulery," as well as the second halves of both "The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain" and "Best of Buster Day."
    • Subverted with Plucky Duck, as detailed in The Other Marty below.
    • Rob Paulsen voiced Furball on "Duck Trek" instead of Frank Welker.
    • Hamton's dad, Wade Pig, was, in terms of production, voiced by Jonathan Winters in his debut appearance ("How I Spent My Vacation"). Joe Alaskey took over beginning with "Hog-Wild Hamton".
    • Minor character Vinnie Deer was voiced by Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell in his debut in "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool", but for his cameo in "How I Spent My Vacation", he was voiced by Frank Welker.
    • After Don Messick's death, Billy West (who also voiced his mentor Porky Pig in the 2003 shorts and some commercials) became Hamton's new voice actor for newer media like video games and commercials.
    • Many of the classic Looney Tunes characters had multiple different voice actors throughout the series.
      • Many of Jeff Bergman's characters (namely bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn) were also voiced by Greg Burson for a few episodes.
      • Pete Puma is voiced by Joe Alaskey in "Going Places" instead of Stan Freberg.
      • Porky was voiced by Noel Blanc in 3 episodes, Bob Bergen in 2 episodes, and Joe Alaskey, Greg Burson, and Rob Paulsen for one episode each.
      • Sylvester's voice is split between Jeff Bergman and Joe Alaskey.
      • Taz is voiced by Jeff Bergman and Greg Burson for 2 episodes each, and Noel Blanc and Maurice LaMarche for 1 episode each.
      • Yosemite Sam is voiced Joey Alaskey and Jeff Bergman for 3 episodes each, and Charlie Adler and Maurice LaMarche for 1 episode each.
  • The Other Marty: Joe Alaskey initially quit the series alongside Charlie Adler for being passed over for Animaniacs (see The Other Darrin above) near the end of the third season. Because of this, Plucky was recast with Maurice LaMarche for the remaining episodes of the series. However, Alaskey ended up feeling guilty for what he did and made amends with the studio; returning for the final episodes and rerecording Plucky's dialogue for them.
  • Out of Holiday Episode: "Night Ghoulery" was originally intended to premiere in October of 1994, but ended up premiering on Fox on May 28, 1995.
  • Promoted Fangirls: "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian" was actually a spec script written by three girls from Virginia. The producers liked it so much, they decided to greenlight it — and have TMS do it.
    • The girls had mailed their scripts to Steven Spielberg, and the envelope accidentally got to him without being vetted by his secretaries. It was fortunate that he liked the story and decided to produce the episode with full credit to the fan writers, avoiding the possibility that they might try to sue him. This is referenced by the Credits Gag at the end of that episode, "Send your unsolicited scripts, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: SOME OTHER SHOW".
  • Recycled Script: "Two-Tone Town" is very similar to "Fields of Honey": Both plots are about has-been cartoon stars who are given a second shot at popularity from the Tiny Toon characters. The execution of both episodes are different, though.
  • Role Reprise: Both June Foray and Stan Freberg return to voice Granny and Pete Puma. The former also reprised Witch Hazel in "Night Ghoulery".
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: The comics from Marvel UK are unlikely to be reprinted any time soon, as not only has Warner Bros. licensed all WB-based properties to their own DC Comics in all territories, but Marvel is now owned by Disney, Warner's competitor.
  • Short Run in Peru: The episode "Toons from the Crypt" made its world premiere in Australia on September 22, 1992 due to FOX declining to air the episode due to the content of the final segment. One of the segments first aired on The Plucky Duck Show in November 1992 and the offending segment would see a release in December 1994 on VHS. It wasn't until October 1995, when Nickelodeon got syndication rights, that the episode aired in its entirety.
  • Star-Making Role: The Venezuelan Spanish dub deserves a special mention: Not only it was this for the voice actors themselves, the whole series was also for the entire voice acting industry of Venezuela. Previously of this series, Venezuelan dubs were in the So Bad, It's Good territories. The outstanding perfomance of the cast caused Warner Bros. to entirely dubbing almost all their animated series (Excluding anything related with the Looney Tunes and also Static Shocknote ) in Latin America in Venezuela rather than Mexico.
  • Talking to Herself: Cree Summer voiced both Elmyra and Mary Melody (the black girl who was often Furrball's owner, when he wasn't owned by Elmyra or established to be homeless), though they talked to each other very rarely.
    • Same for Kath Soucie as Fifi La Fume and Li'l Sneezer.
  • Troubled Production: The first season, while still acclaimed overall, had a hectic production schedule that was hampered by animation studios turning in less than stellar results:
    • Several early-run episodes, specifically "Strange Tales of Weird Science", "Looniversity Daze", and "Hero Hamton", were outsourced to a domestic animation studio based in Nevada called Encore Cartoons. However, Encore turned in results that were far below the standards the crew was looking for, with sloppy character designs, continuity errors (one of the most infamous ones was one in "Looniversity Daze" wherein Plucky was inserted into a classroom scene when he was supposed to be sitting just outside the classroom, resulting in the duplicate Plucky being colored purple with a blue tank top instead of green with a white tank top in the final product to hide this as the production crew was out of time), and extremely Limited Animation out the wazoo ("Strange Tales" features points where the characters' mouths barely even move as they speak). When the crew sent for retakes, they ended up with results that were just as bad if not even worse. The crew eventually ran out of time to get better animation (by which point the episodes, meant to be the third, sixth, and tenth episodes of the season respectively, had ended up being pushed back to the middle of the season) and had no choice but to either use the best Encore takes in the final episodes or have other studios such as Kennedy Cartoons or Startoons replace some of the worst animation. Even with the best takes, these three episodes still ended up with some of the worst animation and Off-Model moments of the entire series. The episodes' troubled production was lampshaded numerously in "Strange Tales" (via self-deprecating dialogue that was added in during its production and the obligatory Credits Gag: "Number of Retakes: Don't Ask"), which also notably had Alan Smithee credits for two of the included shorts. Needless to say, the crew never worked with Encore again after the disastrous production of these three episodes.
    • The aforementioned Kennedy Cartoons itself had very inconsistent animation quality (going from fluid and energetic animation to horrendously sloppy Off-Model animation and character designs at the drop of a hat) and the company didn't always concern themselves with emulating the classic Looney Tunes style that Steven Spielberg (whom company founder Glen Kennedy reportedly argued with over the vision for the series' animation) and the show's crew were aiming for, instead emulating the type of animation they used in shows such as A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. The inconsistent animation and squabbles between Steven and Glen resulted in a few episodes being held up in productionnotably...  and/or having the worse animation being filled in by Jon McClenahan's crew, much like with Encore (or by Wang, as "The Looney Beginning" credits both), and, also like Encore, Kennedy Cartoons was shown the door at the season's end.
    • It wasn't just Kennedy that Steven Spielberg had a problem with; according to Tom Ruegger, when one of the first Wang episodes came back, he hated the Thick-Line Animation, basically saying it was the very look he was trying to avoid (going so far as to say "This is unconscionable"), prompting Ruegger to fly to Taiwan the next day to order the artists not to use thick outlines anymore. A few of the "thick line" episodes still made it to air, however, such as "You Asked For It", "Hare Rising Night", "The ACME Acres Zone", "Rock 'n Roar", and "Career Oppor-Toon-ities".
  • Unfinished Episode: John Kricfalusi, Bob Camp and Jim Smith wrote a Halloween-themed episode of Tiny Toons titled "Hi, Spirits" while waiting for Nickelodeon to greenlight The Ren & Stimpy Show. It was never finished as a Tiny Toons episode, but Spumco remade it as the Ren & Stimpy episode "Haunted House". The idea would later be reworked on Tiny Toons as the short "Boo Ha Ha". note 
  • Wag the Director: Downplayed. The reason why Montana was made the protagonist in "Fit to be Toyed" and "My Dinner With Elmyra" was because his voice actor Danny Cooksey was upset about always playing the bad guy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • A Speedy Gonzales equivalent named Lightning Rodriguez was planned and even got minor blink-and-you'll-miss-'em cameos in two early episodes, but he never got a noteworthy appearance and was never named on the show, with the official reason being he'd be redundant as a fast character already appears in the form of Lil' Beeper plus concerns about Speedy being an ethnic stereotype. One of Lightning's brief appearances was in a shot full of Tiny Toons characters panning by, which also included a rooster that looked like a younger Foghorn (and was quite different from Foghorn's actual Tiny Toons counterpart, Fowlmouth, who was introduced later) and a Gremlin, neither of which ever appeared again.
    • Originally Buster Bunny's catchphrase was "Hello Nurse!" as an update to Bugs' "What's up Doc!" But it was rejected because at the time many writers think it didn't make any sense. Years later it was used as the catchphrase of Yakko and Wakko Warner and then it became very popular with Animaniacs.
    • Shirley Walker, known for her later work on Batman: The Animated Series, was supposed to compose for the show (for one of Ron Grant's episodes), but had a hard time emulating the Carl Stalling feel.
    • Steven Spielberg originally wanted the animation office scenes in "The Looney Beginning" to be live-action combined with animation, ala the Out of the Inkwell shorts or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Time constraints (along with production problems from Kennedy Cartoons) prevented this from happening.
    • Mel Blanc was slated to return as the classic Looney Tunes characters, but passed away before he could.
    • Shirley originally had a much different look.
    • Buster was originally going to be called Bitsy.
    • If "K-ACME TV" had been the true season 1 finale (generally considered one of the best episodes) instead of the mediocre "High Toon", which was delayed by lots of retakes.
    • John Ewing was initially reluctant to take Warner Bros.'s offer to work on the series, but Freelance Graphics studio co-owner Barry Pearce convinced him to give it a shot. It ended up being a good decision, as they were given additional work on Taz-Mania and Animaniacs. It also opened the door for New Zealand in general to do contract work for other American series, at studios like Toonz Animation and Slightly Off Beat Productions.
    • In the early 1990s, Fox Kids wanted a spinoff due to the success of the original show, so WB made pilot episodes for them. The first was "Elmyra's Family", but Fox rejected it. It was inverted, however, with the second pilot, The Plucky Duck Show, which had only the first episode be an original story, and the other episodes were compilation shows of previous Plucky Duck shorts, and it just started to air in other countries as of September 30, 2012.
    • Very early in production, the idea was thrown around of having Hanna-Barbera do the actual animation work, until it was decided that Warner Bros. just start its own TV animation department and do it themselves. The rest is history.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Tiny Toon Adventures Wiki.
  • Writer Revolt:
    • The episode "Elephant Issues" was made out to be a Very Special Episode, featuring three shorts that tackled television addiction, racism, and the dangers of under-aged drinking respectively, only to turn into a Stealth Parody instead. The showrunners grew annoyed at Warner Bros. wanting them to incorporate morals into each episode, so they purposely made the morals of each short poorly implemented in hopes of getting them to reconsider.
    • "One Beer", one of said episodes, shows the writers were clearing doing this under protest and weren't even subtle about it. Soon as the Buster, Hamton and Plucky find the beer and Buster suggest they all drink it, Hamton notes how Out of Character Buster's acting as he obviously would never do that, with Buster responding he knows but the ep is just to "Teach kids the consequences of evil virtues". Once the episode reaches it conclusion, we see the three walking off the set stating they hope they can do a funny episode next time. Ironically this ep got banned on Fox Kids after it aired when it was trying to teach kids the consequences of drinking.
  • Write Who You Know: In the episode, "Looking Out for The Little Guy" the final segment "Bird-Dog Afternoon" was based on a real event. The writer, Tom Ruegger had a basset hound named Lucy who once saved a flock of baby birds from a hungry cat, and Ruegger adapted that into this episode with Byron Basset saving fledgling birds from becoming Furball's lunch.
    • Baby Plucky was based on Tom Ruegger’s youngest son Cody, who was 3 years old at the time.
  • Written by Cast Member: The episode, "Best of Buster Day", specifically the segments, "Compromising Principals" and "Maid to Re-Order" were co-written by Charlie Adler, Buster's original voice actor.


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