Thursday, 20 September 2012

DVD Review - Tiny Toon Adventures:How I Spent My Vacation

Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
Directors: Rich Arons, Ken Boyer
Voice Cast: Charles Adler, Tress Macneille, Joe Alaskey, and many more
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Running Time: 80 minutes
Rated: NR

Everyday after school, I believe it was 4:30, I would watch the Tiny Toon Adventures that aired from 1990-1992 (original series episodes), and continued to air in reruns for several years. In March 1992, Warner Home video released the direct-to-video Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, which some critics considered it to be odd because it was the first animated movie in the United States to be released straight to VHS and Laserdisc. The movie was a smash success selling over one million copies. The movie later aired as a four-part episode on Fox Kids.

In the movie, the Acme Looniversity school year is over and Buster & Babs Bunny (no relation) and the gang are excited to start their summer vacation. Buster and Babs start out by having a water gun fight, but then things turn ugly when they accidentally flood Acme Acres. They end up floating down the river, leading them down south to a riverboat, where they barely escape with their fur.

Meanwhile, Plucky Duck goes along with Hamton J. Pig and his parents across the country to the amusement park HappyWorldLand. Plucky must fight off a crazed hitchhiker, but what may kill him is putting up with the annoying Pigs, which all leads to a hilarious outcome at HappyWorldLand.

Furball, the cat, finally escapes the deadly clutches of  Elmyra Duff, so Elmyra goes to a zoo and tortures the animals (she doesn't mean to harm anyone, she just plays too rough with them). Fifi Le Fume, the skunk, gets a date with the famous actor Johnny Pew, who doesn't want anything to do with her. Their date turns into a disaster leading them into the hands of Elmyra.

Once the series' original run ended, I moved on to other things, therefore I never got to see How I Spent My Vacation until it was released to DVD. I laughed all the way through the movie at the characters' slapstick humor and their clever puns to pop culture. I would give the movie a five-star review, but just like other reviewers have mentioned, the DVD quality is not the best, similar to Tiny Toon Adventures - Season 1, Vol. 1 and Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1, Vol. 2. I have never seen the VHS version, so I'm not going to compare the DVD to it. I'm glad Warner Home Video brought the movie out, but I'm hoping that they will soon release seasons 2 & 3 as well as the television specials, It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas, The Tiny Toon Spring Break Special, and Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery.
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