14 September 2020 | TheLittleSongbird
More lunacy at Acme Acres
Am a big fan of animation, have been all my life and love it even more actually. 'Tiny Toon Adventures' was a personal favourite when younger, through young adulr eyes it is still wonderful. Not every episode is great, "Whale's Tales" doesn't do much for me, but when 'Tiny Toon Adventures' was at its best (for examples "Her Wacky Highness" and "Fields of Honey"), it was as great as the best of 'Animaniacs', 'Pinky and the Brain' and even Looney Tunes which is a big compliment.
"Son of Looniversity Daze" is another look into university, or should that be looniversity, life following up from the similarly titled "Looniversity Daze". Another similarity being that it is also structured of three segments. "Son of Looniversity Daze", comprised of "Plucky's Dastardly Deed", "Open and Shut Case" and "C Flat or B Sharp", does this concept on the most part very well. It also is for me the better of the two episodes, thanks to it having the best segment of the two episodes.
Despite loving Plucky as a character and segments centered around him are usually great, but surprisingly "Plucky's Dastardly Deed" turned out to be my least favourite of the three segments in "Son of Looniversity Daze". Plucky is amusing (though he has been in far more rootable situations), but the segment could have been wackier, the dialogue has been sharper in other segments for the show and there is not much originality to the material. Then again it is not easy making a fairly old-hat premise unpredictable.
It was a surprise though that "Open and Shut Case" was much better than expected, was expecting that to be the weakest. Although Hamton is not the most compelling of all the 'Tiny Toon Adventures' characters and has some blandness here and there here, the segment is compensated by the clever gags, that are much wackier here, and the school locker. Everything with the school locker is done with a good deal of imagination and is a lot of fun.
The best of the three segments, and my personal favourite of the segments for the two "Looniversity Daze"-titled episodes, is to me "C Flat or B Sharp". Which is a joy for classical music fans, the premise is also a familiar one but the execution of it is wonderfully wild, affectionate and at its best hilarious and fondly reminds one of when Looney Tunes, Disney and Tom and Jerry did their music-themed cartoons. It doesn't hurt that two of the best characters of the show are the main characters here, Buster especially makes any episode better.
Coming onto talking about "Son of Looniversity Daze" overall, the animation is bright and meticulous as always and the music is full of energetic character and beautiful and clever orchestration. The theme song will never get old in my mind. The wit and wackiness is present for most of the episode. Have no issues with the voice acting, Charlie Adler shining most.
Overall, very nicely done look at looniversity life at Acme Acres. 8/10