September 14th marks the 26th anniversary of Tiny Toon Adventures. The show followed the adventures of a new generation of Looney characters: Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck and many more. Their stories took place as they attended University to study under Looney Tunes greats from the original cartoons.
The show was iconic, creative and, above all, hilarious. But what do we know really know about this show we loved as children? Check out the six facts about Tiny Toon Adventures that you probably did not know.
1. Like Father, Like Son
Mel Blanc, the man of 1000 voices, died in 1989, one year before Tiny Toon Adventures started its run. Therefore, he wasn't able to reprise his role as your favorite Looney Tune characters in the show. However, even though they found other voice actors for characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Mel Blanc's son, Noel Blanc, actually ended up voicing Porky Pig and Taz. Wasn't that lucky?
2. One Of The Writers Was The Model For Ariel In The Little Mermaid
Sherri Stoner has an impressive resume. Not only has she written for 30 episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, she also has over 60 writing credits for The Animaniacs. That's pretty serious. Probably her biggest accomplishment, however, was being the life model for a Disney Princess: Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
You might have also read that a younger Alyssa Milano was the inspiration for the look of Ariel, but the animators still needed live models to pose so that they could get the animations just right. Milano was, I assume, too busy with Who's the Boss so Disney called in Stoner. So remember, next time you watch the scene where Ariel is lovingly fascinated by a fork, that's just Sherri Stoner doing the same with a sharpie marker.
3. Roger Rabbit Had A Cameo, You'll Never Guess Who Voiced Him
That's right! Roger Rabbit, hero of his own motion picture, made a 20-second Tiny Toon Adventures cameo in the episode "New Character Day." Granted, you never actually see his face, but his look and distinct speech patterns are a dead giveaway. However, some might be shocked to hear that the show's Executive Producer voiced Roger Rabbit. Who was the Executive Producer?
That's right! Steven Spielberg. It's just so funny to hear one of the most famous and influential directors working today do the voice for one of the goofiest cartoon characters ever.
4. There Was A Strict Rule About Violence
Thanks in part to the original Looney Tunes, cartoon violence is a common inclusion in children's cartoons. However, when it came to the violence in Tiny Toon Adventures, the writers had to follow one rule. That was: nothing that can be found in a "mother's house" can be use to inflict harm on the characters. That's probably why we usually only saw anvils and dynamite used in the show, which I hope isn't found in a normal mother's home.
5. Many Celebrities Lent Their Voices To The Show
Learning the IDs of celebrities guest-starring on kid's cartoons and shows are always fun facts to learn. Some notable celebrities that lent their voices to the show include Carol Kane, Tim Curry, Johnathan Winters, Sally Struthers and Dan Castellaneta. However, the most notable voice work on the show would probably be from the late Vincent Price and Phil Hartman, who both passed away in the 90s.
6. Three Teenagers Wrote An Episode
Thirteen-year-olds Renee Carter, Sarah Creef, and Amy Crosby were such fans of the show that they wrote a 120-page script and sent it to Warner Bros. An employee opened the mail accidentally and was so impressed with the script that they decided to make it into an episode. That episode is called "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian." The kids were even paid $3000 each for their efforts. Not too bad, I think!