Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures
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Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures, also known as Tiny Toon Adventures or Tiny Toons (originally Tiny Tunes, is an American animated television series created by Tom Ruegger and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer.
The show itself originated along the lines of earlier TV shows such as Muppet Babies, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and The Flintstone Kids, which all featured famous characters as kids. Warner Bros. decided to pitch their own idea of a show based on Looney Tunes, where the characters were young versions of the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies characters.
A similar idea would have introduced the new characters as the offspring of the original characters. Leading after the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which featured appearances by many of Warner's famous cartoon characters, and which had been co-produced by Steven Spielberg, Spielberg was approached to co-produce this new show. Spielberg suggested that the new characters be spiritual, not literal, descendants of the Looney Tunes, and that the original characters make appearances as their mentors.
The show itself is set in the fictional city of Acme Acres, where most of the Tiny Toons and Looney Tunes characters lived. Most of Tiny Toon Adventures characters attended Acme Looniversity, a high school/university whose faculty primarily consisted of the mainstays of the classic Warner cartoons. In the series, the university was founded to teach cartoon characters how to become funny, with graduates receiving a diploma, giving them the opportunity to become full-time cartoon characters.
The series revolved around a group of young cartoon characters learning at Acme Looniversity to be the next generation of Looney Tunes characters. Most of the Tiny Toons characters were designed to resemble younger versions of Warner Bros.' most popular Looney Tunes stars by exhibiting similar traits and looks.
Major characters included:
- Buster Bunny, modeled after Bugs Bunny.
- Babs Bunny (no relation to Buster), Buster's partner-in-mischief and sometimes girlfriend.
- Plucky Duck, modeled after Daffy Duck.
- Hamton J. Pig, modeled after Porky Pig.
- Furrball, a cat based loosely on Sylvester.
- Sweetie Pie, based on Tweety Bird.
- Fifi La Fume, a young female version of Pepé Le Pew.
- Shirley the Loon, a spiritual waterbird with a Valley Girl accent; modeled after Melissa Duck.
- Calamity Coyote, a young Wile E. Coyote-in-training.
- Little Beeper, modeled after Road Runner.
- Dizzy Devil, a junior Tasmanian Devil.
- Montana Max, based loosely on Yosemite Sam.
- Elmyra Duff, loosely modeled after Elmer Fudd.
Tiny Toons and furry
The show is a cult favorite amongst many in the furry fandom and fan art (erotic or not) of some of the characters, especially character Fifi Le Fume, is common. Artists Marc Schirmeister, Ken Mitchroney, Garrett Ho, Mike Kazaleh, Tony Cervone, and former furry artist Cindy Crowell were also involved in the production of Tiny Toons.
Perhaps the most well-known character in furry circles is the skunk character Fifi Le Fume, who achieved prominence in much erotic artwork commissioned by furries. Other works include the Teeny Toons parody comic series produced by furry artist Donotsue.
- Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures on Wikipedia
- List of Tiny Toon Adventures characters on Wikipedia
- Looney Tunes