17 August 2019 | TheLittleSongbird
Mutant hair raiser
Love 'Tiny Toon Adventures'. Did as a child, even when not understanding all of the humour it was still very funny and well made and loved the theme tune and characters. Love it even more now, not just for those reasons (and those reasons are very important in liking a film, show and cartoon or not) but also because the writing is funnier and more imaginative, now that more has been gotten out of the gags, references and in-jokes due to understanding it more.
'Tiny Toon Adventures' is equally great when an episode has an individual, or one single, story and when an episode is made up of a series of segments tied together by a theme usually. Have a slight preference for the former because in the segment-structured episodes there can be one segment that is weaker than the others and whether one likes an individual segment or the episode can be dependent on what their stance is on the character most focused upon.
"Hare Raising Night" is an example of the former type of episode and while it is not one of my favourite 'Tiny Toon Adventures' episodes it is still great and to me one of the better ones to centre around an individual story rather than being made up of segments.
Writing is razor sharp and wonderfully wacky in "Hare Raising Night" as one expects from 'Tiny Toon Adventures', while managing a deliciously spooky and sinister tone that evokes the classic horror/mad-scientist-themed Looney Tunes cartoons brilliantly too (without being too scary). It's always great when 'Frankenstein' is referenced, no matter how many times, and Buster's line in it is hilarious and very knowing. Some inspired references and inside jokes (most coming from Buster) here, again typically for the show, and are placed without being random or unnecessary. Adults are more likely to get them more but children will delight at the characters, the funny dialogue and the spooky tone.
In terms of story, "Hare Raising Night" is slight and not always very surprising, but it was impossible to dislike the witty character interactions, the tone and the character of Splicer (reminiscent of the deranged, sinister mad scientist characters in the Looney Tunes cartoons where they feature. He has a great line too regarding bad guys.
Really love the characters, especially Buster and Babs. Hamton has been better used and funnier in other episodes though. The voice acting is without complaint, Charlie Adlier was clearly having fun here. The animation is crisp, with lovingly detailed backgrounds, beautiful colours and well drawn characters, here too with some creepy atmosphere colours in the backgrounds too. The music is as good as the old Looney Tunes cartoons (prime-Looney Tunes, not most of the 60s ones) in being characterful and adding to the action, if not quite enhancing it in the same way. It always helps to have a memorable theme tune, and the one for 'Tiny Toon Adventures' is suitably hip and very catchy.
Summarising, great. 9/10