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Tiny Toon Advetures
Season 1, Volume 1

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 767 minutes

Starring the voices of: Charlie Adler, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey, Danny Cooksey, Don Messick, Cree Summer, Kathie Soucie, Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Gail Matthius, Rob Paulsen

 

Studio: Warner

Retail Price: $44.98

Features: From Looney Tunes to Tiny Toons - A Wacky Evolution

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Stereo, French Mono, Portuguese Mono, English Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Episode Selections, Four-Disc Set

Released: July 29th, 2008

 

 

"Tiny Toon Adventures" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired on television back in the day. The episodes are a bit on the soft side, and it seems as if they've been pulled directly from the archives - that means the prints used weren't cleaned up, so expect a decent amount of blemishes, dirt pieces and scratches (which can be distracting). Still, the episodes are in good shape otherwise. The animation flows smoothly, and detail is quite good - you can see the outlines of the characters and plenty of little things in the frames. Colors are well saturated and don't smear, but they don't exactly pop out, either. In all, these transfers may not be perfect, but are still pleasing overall.

 

I was happily surprised to find that this first volume of "Tiny Toon Adventures" has been remixed in Dolby Digital 5.1. All the dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and the show's variety of instrumental cues - plus that ultra-catchy theme song - fill out through the channels broadly and nicely. Surround effects are not so discrete, but the rears are used here and there that give a nice kick to the proceedings - especially when it comes to typical cartoon sound effects (explosions, anvils dropping and all those classics). Subwoofer use does not amount to much, but dyanmic range is pretty wide and fidelity is on the high side. These new mixes, for the most part, are a success as they breathe a little more life into this excellent series.

English Stereo, French Mono and Portuguese Mono tracks are also included. English and Portuguese subtitles are also available. 

 

The only extra is on the second side of the fourth disc. It's a featurette entitled From Looney Tunes to Tiny Toons - A Wacky Evolution. It's a little uneven as far as structure, but still worth viewing. The piece begins with a focus on the classic Looney Tunes cartoons directed by Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett, with Clampett's daughter - Ruth - discussing her father's work. From there, a link is made to the "Tiny Toon Adventures" series - as far as the characters and tone. The key creative team then share many stories about the creation of the series - the participants include executive in charge of production Jean MacCcurdy, producer Tom Ruegger, writer Sherri Stoner and writer Paul Dini. Much is shared: how the characters would be spiritual counterparts to the original Looney Tunes characters, and Spielberg's involvement with the series - everything from his insistence to having a live orchestral score (overseen by the great Bruce Boughton) and his lightning-quick turnaround when giving notes. Also of interest: the team drawing from their own lives. Ruegger talks about how his childhood dog served as an inspiration, and that Babs seems to be based on Stoner as a child. The featurette ends with Ruth Clampett saying that 'Tiny Toon Adventures" will always hold up. With the possible exception of some of those 1990s references, I couldn't agree more.

 

Certainly one of the best and most influential cartoons of the 1990s, it's a thrill to finally have "Tiny Toon Adventures" on DVD. The transfers are pretty good, the 5.1 remixes are nice and the sole extra is satisfying - but I hope future seasons have more and meatier supplements. You get a lot of episodes for the price too, so have fun, Toonsters!