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Season 1, Volume 1
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
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.
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!