Tiny Toon Adventures - How I Spent My Vacation on DVD
Bottom Line: If you're a fan of Tiny Toon Adventures and your VCR no longer works to play the old VHS releases of the cartoon, this will be a nice addition to your collection. If you're hoping for a digitally remastered DVD full of fun special features, you're probably better off finding episodes to watch online, because you'll be disappointed.Age Recommendation: 5+
Rating: Unrated (After all, TV ratings hadn't been invented yet!)
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Run time: 80 minutes
Genre: Humor cartoon
This is a new-to-DVD release of the popular '90s cartoon special feature length episode of Tiny Toon Adventures entitled "How I Spent My Vacation", in which several of the main characters have wacky summertime adventures. It will be released on August 21, 2012 from Warner Brothers Studios.
After an epic water gun battle, Buster and Babs Bunny end up adrift on a table down a river into the South. They narrowly avoid being turned into rabbit soup by some possums, having Buster married off to an alligator, being picked up by a steamboat that is filled with enemies, and chased by a chainsaw-wielding psycho through a coal mine.
Plucky tags along on Hampton's family vacation to Happy World Land. Plucky has to endure being stuck beside "Uncle Stinky", holding his breath through a seven mile tunnel, Hampton getting carsick on his comic book, not being allowed to drink water in the car, and a wayward hitchhiker who may or may not be an psychotic killer with an affinity for pork products. Once they arrive, much to Plucky's dismay, the only ride they go on is the monorail that takes them on a tour of the park.
After her beloved Furball cat runs away, Elmyra the crazy animal lover gets out of her family's car at a drive through zoo to capture herself a kitty... "or more precisely, a cheetah." She then proceeds to torture the various jungle animals by tying them up, reading them storybooks about various animal predators, and giving them horrible '90s style "box cut" hairstyles.
Fifi the skunk wants to meet a popular movie star skunk named Johnny Pew, but when she does, he doesn't have a pen to give her his autograph. He instead invites her on a date to a movie, which is her dream come true. However, she realizes that he is nothing but a pompous Hollywood jerk. He treats her terribly, insults her, forces her to carry all his snacks, and then gives her photograph and his autograph to a slightly prettier and more flirtatious skunk girl. She kicks him to the curb, and he gets what he deserves: Elmyra finds him and ecstatically exclaims that she has found a suitable kitty replacement.
Shirley the Loon and Foulmouth the chicken go to see a movie, and Foulmouth can't keep his mouth closed. He annoys the entire theater and ends up being accosted by the film actors themselves after being tossed into the movie by angry theater patrons.
Review for Parents:
If you watched this show in the '90s, you will most likely remember this movie. It played pretty much every summer that I can remember. In fact, there are a lot of jokes that are of a '90s flavor that your kids will probably miss entirely. For instance, Buster and Babs get picked up by a steamboat named "The Delta Burke", Babs does an impression of Tina Turner, Foulmouth steps over Cher and Pee Wee Herman in the movie theater, and Fifi ends up on a talk show with David Letterman and Arsenio Hall. You'll either have fun reminiscing with your kids as you explain the references or you'll feel really old.
My son was a little anxious during the scenes with the animal-obsessed chainsaw killer, so be aware of that for younger children. Oddly enough, the scenes with Babs being made into a somewhat cannibalistic dinner for possums didn't bother him a bit.
There aren't any special features on the DVD to speak of, except for a few video previews which I wouldn't really consider a "special feature" per se. So that is slightly disappointing. Also, the picture quality hasn't been improved at all from the '90s version, other than it is now formatted for widescreen televisions. The colors are dull and the animation was incredibly grainy. I was surprised since this is being released for the first time on DVD that they didn't clean it up a bit for presentation. Even the credits look awful on our flat screen LED television.
Overall, I was surprised how engaging it still is to young viewers, even with the outdated humor. I enjoyed reminiscing with my son and my husband with a cartoon I enjoyed quite a bit in my younger years. However, I was severely disappointed in the lack of modernization in this DVD release. I wish the distributors would have remastered the animation to make it cleaner for the modern televisions rather than just seemingly copy the VHS to DVD. I also had hoped for at least one special feature; maybe an animation behind-the-scenes featurette or even just storyboard pictures.