|IT'S A WONDERFUL TINY TOONS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (fox, 1992)|
Why was it such a misfit?
It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special got a lot of promotion for what it was on the surface--a Christmas episode of a program that usually ran during the children's hour. Of course, Tiny Toons wasn't your average children's program. The Toonsters even landed that year's Christmas TV Guide cover, which I wish I had right now so I could display it here.
This rip of It's A Wonderful Life runs a lot closer to the target parody than It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie does. The opener is exactly the same as in the classic film: various characters are overheard from their houses, praying for Buster. Except for Plucky.
"Who cares if
Buster's gone? Not me!" *looks around with shifty
I ended up taking twice as many screenshots of this special as I normally do. I couldn't resist capturing as many hilarious StarToons poses as possible.
From Plucky's house we pan up to the stars and a Van Gogh painting, where a booming voice tells a Jimmy Stewart impersonation that Buster Bunny needs help.
Buster and Babs sing an opening song while whooshing down a mountain on a sled; as they sing they run into the Norelco Santa, Sam the Burl Ives Snowman, and the Grinch. Buster sounds like he has a bad cold; John Kassir has just replaced Charlie Adler as his voice actor.
"Welcome to the
Tiny Toons holiday prime-time special! With celebrity
guest stars galore!"
The scene pulls back to reveal that entire mountain somehow fit on a stage, and they're actually in rehearsals for this special at the moment (a little late, don't you think?)
It becomes obvious who's going to be the Mr. Potter of this fable when Montana Max rolls in on a wheelchair.
"I was skiing in
Aspen with Morgan Fairchild, and I had a little accident.
Hey, who are THESE losers?"
Tiny Toons fans recognize them better as Edward and Fran from Thirteensomething, my personal favorite Tiny Toon episode.
"So, let's get this
over with! Where's my scene!"
Max notices the executives and changes his tone.
He wheels backstage and snickers, "Don't mind me...RUINING it! Heh!"
Buster: "And NOW,
Buster: "Didn't you
get the notes, Plucky? That was the OLD script! The new
script is yellow, remember? Now it's Urkel the Red-Nosed
Rein-Dude! Your part is later!"
Buster: "PLACES FOR THE EBENEZER SNEEZER SKETCH!"
Bob Hope: "Hey, I'm the ghost of Christmas Past, inn'at waaaa-ld?"
Max rolls UP a ladder (just accept it, okay?) and sprinkles pepper down on Sneezer from above. Sneezer does what he does best and brings the whole set crashing down.
Sneezer: "God bless me, everyone!"
"TA-DA! Plucky, the
lonely fruitcake nobody wanted for Christmas!"
"Places for the Share and Share Alike sketch!"
Spoken aloud, it sounds like "Cher and Cher-Alike." Veeeery crafty, Sherri Stoner.
"They say we share
and share alike, that means I borrow whatever Babs will
"Hey! I love this! Eat your heart out, Bob Mackie!"
"Well?? Is it my
turn now, or what? What are the pages now? Chartreuse?
"I'm on?? I'M ON??? YES YES YES!! LOOK OUT WORLD!!!"
Someone who is listed in the credits as "Parum-Pum Man" yet is obviously supposed to be William Shatner: "Come. They.....told the king. Parum....pa-um-pum, parum. Pa-pum. Pum."
Plucky: "This show
is a disaster, and it's all your fault!"
As everyone rags on
Buster, Max commits the final portion of his plan:
bribing the executives.
Buster sadly walks out of the theater. "I'm sorry I let you down, guys."
Back to the voice-overs.
Buster: "Goodbye, cruel series."
At that moment, Jimmy
Stewart Bunny (no relation) falls from the sky and almost
falls out of the picture himself.
"You just got your
wish! There's no Buster Bunny on Tiny Toons."
"No, my name's Harvey! And Buster Bunny, this is your cartoon! ....Without you."
"I don't believe
you! If I'm not the star of Tiny Toons, then who
Theme song: "Meet
Plucky, the mallard, he's funnier than Kay Ballard, on
Tiny Toon Adventures, come and join the fun!"
viewers! I'm Plucky Duck!"
Plucky: "Babs will
now take an anvil to the face!"
Babs: "I hate my life."
Buster: "HEY! YOU
CAN'T JUST DROP ANVILS ON BABS! WHAT ARE YA, GOOFY?"
Plucky orders the
security to force Buster out of the building.
You gotta remember me!"
Buster is hind-kicked all the way to the steps of Acme Loo, where he rubs his head and wearily remarks "I feel like I'm in a bad episode of Quantum Leap."
Buster: "Hey, this is Acme Looniversity! My alma mater! Surely somebody in there will recognize me!"
Harvey: "...Is it just me, or shouldn't he have caught on by now?"
Max's BUSINESS LOONIVERSITY??"
Shirley: "Like, how
can I make it big in Hollywood?"
"YOU WERE NEVER ON TINY TOONS! YOU NEVER EXISTED, AND EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT NOW!!!"
Buster: "Oh. Well,
if I was never born, then what about...Babs? I mean, she
has Tiny Toons, but does she have...I mean, does she go
Babs is indeed in the film room, watching old cartoons filled with even more Wonderful Life references: Porky literally lassos the moon for Petunia, and Pepe le Pew sprays a perfume called "ZuZu's Petals" on himself to attract a reluctant striped cat.
Alternate Babs is done
up like Alternate Mary. It's weird all right.
Babs' eyes open wide. "That's the first time that line ever made sense! Do I know you from somewhere?"
Buster: "YES! You remember me!" He proceeds to yell details about Babs, which freaks her out. "WHO...ARE YOU? YOU'RE STALKING ME--GET AWAY!!" She runs out of the theater and Buster looks crushed.
Harvey: "Now ya
see, Buster, ya really have had a wonderful cartoon
At that moment, the real Babs comes in. "Hey Buster, whatcha doing down here? Everyone's looking for you!"
Attempting to one-up George Bailey, Buster goes as nuts as possible, and he starts by giving Babs an innards-mangling hug.
YOU WONDERFUL MOGUL, YOU!!"
Max's rewrites are not going well at all.
Plucky: "What dreck
is this? 'Away to the bank I flew in a flash, I opened a
C.D. and deposited cash!'"
Elmyra: "I DON'T
WANNA PLAY LEONA HELMSLEY!!"
Babs returns with Buster, and everyone cheers. Buster gets his old job back immediately!
Babs: "That reminds me, I'm still mad at you. What were you whispering to that other woman about?"
Cher: "He wanted to
know what to get you for Christmas!"
Babs: "Ohhhh...." She literally melts into a puddle.
you get ME?"
Whoopi Goldberg before
she was God: "I'm just here for comic relief!"
It's not the position he
was expecting, though.
Why didn't it fit in?