So I’ve decided that since June rhymes with tune (and toon) that the Flashback Fridays this month will all be…toon tunes.
Mainly, I decided this because I’ve had the theme song to this cartoon stuck in my brain for the past few days and I’m not really sure why. It’s the theme to Tiny Toon Adventures, one of the few things to carry Steven Spielberg’s blessing (and backing) that doesn’t make me want to gag from all the excessive schmaltz.
I loved this cartoon when I was a teenager (yes, I did mean teenager). The animation was a much higher quality from the myriad Saturday morning cartoons I grew up watching as a wee wolf; the writing was also a lot more sophisticated. There were plenty of jokes for younger viewers, but a lot of what was going on on-screen was delightfully multi-layered, with plenty of jokes for older audiences.
Also, this is one of the cartoons that really made me fall in love with voice-over artists. There were appearances by classic voice artists like Don Messick and Frank Welker (the one and only original Scooby Doo and Freddy Jones) as well as June Foray, better known as Rocky the Flying Squirrel or, for my generation, Jokey Smurf. Then there were artists like Cree Summer, who we all knew as Freddie from A Different World…and then there was Tress MacNeille. By far, MacNeille was one of the standout artists from this show. Her performance as Babs Bunny was always perfectly timed, perfectly delivered, and perfectly funny. Quite the proliferate voice-over artist, MacNeille is probably most well known to most people for her roles on The Simpsons (she pretty much does every voice not done by Harry Shearer…okay, maybe not that many, but pretty close). Plus, she’s Crazy Cat Lady. Seriously, how do you not love that character?
She’s also done Futurama voices and can even be heard as various voices on a Star Trek video game. Ace.
So, there you have it: Tiny Toon Adventures. Not everything that Steven Spielberg has been involved with makes me feel like I need an insulin injection.
Happy Toon Tune June at Flashback Friday, denizens.