During my time of internet surfing, I came across this old Kids’ WB! promo advertising the network’s airing the reruns of Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures.
Ah, the dubbing. So bad….
What I find interesting about this particular promo (aside from wondering why only 2 singing voices were heard in the variation of the Tiny Toons theme song if the entire cast of TTA was supposed to be singing) is how it’s acts as though Animaniacs is the seasoned veteran series and the Tiny Toons characters are treated like the new kids on the block, when in reality. Tiny Toons started and stopped before Animaniacs. TTA ran from 1990 to 1995, while A! ran from 1993 to 1999. Yet, on Kids’ WB, Cartoon Network and later The Hub, A! was always acquired first, and TTA wasn’t acquired until after the A! reruns got decent ratings. These weren’t even new episodes of TTA; they were only “new” to Kids’ WB because they never aired on that network before. It must be somewhat grating for the TTA characters to have a series that they helped to create go on to surpass them in popularity. It’s kind of like your little brother or sister constantly getting picked for a team before you.
The Warners didn’t know it yet, but the Tiny Toons were only harbingers to the coming horror. A far greater threat to their security on the WB network was looming over the horizon. A threat that goes by the name of…
If the Warners think that having to share a network with the Tiny Toons is bad, wait until all of the comedy cartoons are forced to share a tiny cubicle.
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As if being lumped along with all of the other WB comedy cartoons (Tiny Toons, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and Bugs & Daffy/That's Warner Bros!/Looney Tunes/whichever you choose to call it) into a single chintzy little block by the sudden upsurge in action cartoons on Kids' WB! wasn't bad enough, said block had to sport the inane title “The Cat and Birdy Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show”, later re-titled “The Cat and Bunny Warneroonie Super Looney Big Cartoonie Show”; heck the title didn't really matter, the show's real title should have been “Take a Good Last Look, These Shows Will All Be Gone by Fall”. The “Big Cartoonie Show” was just Kids' WB!'s equivalent to Fox Kids' “Cartoon Cabana”, a dumping ground for the network's remaining comedy cartoons before getting the ol' heave-ho by the network in favor of action/superhero shows.
WB's programming nerds were trying to appease fans of their product as well as the anime fans who jumped on the ol' bandwagon when the network acquired Pokemon as a mid-season replacement in the winter of '99. Pokemon, mind, had been in syndication for five months, and aired in my area on the Fox affiliate, which meant that Fox had fumbled that cash cow away!
Speaking of the Big Cartoonie Show, we may be covering that show in the Retro Box sometime in the near future.