Warner Bros.: Please give Tiny Toon Adventures a 4th season with Tom Ruegger's help
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"Bring back Tiny Toons" shall be the slogan for this particular petition.
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Fellow "Tiny Toon Adventures" fans and everybody else in the whole world, have I got news for you!
It has been announced that American SVOD (subscription video on demand) service Hulu has come to an agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, ensuring that Hulu shall be, for a while, serve as the exclusive online streaming home for all episodes of four of the cartoon shows that were produced by both Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment during the "animation renaissance" that took place during the last two decades of the 20th Century, those shows being the Emmy-winning series “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Animaniacs,” “Pinky and the Brain,” and “Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.” In addition, Hulu has even ordered two seasons of a series that shall serve as a continuation and/or reboot and/or revival of and/or a sequel to the second original cartoon show that was produced as a result of that collaboration, that show being the much-beloved "Animaniacs." It has also been announced that original "Animaniacs" executive producer Steven Spielberg will serve as an executive producer of this new "Animaniacs" series, and so will president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register and the co-presidents of Amblin Television, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. However, the first episode of this new "Animaniacs" show most certainly is due to come on the air sometime in the year 2020, and so said show most assuredly is still in its very early development stages. That just might be at least the primary reason why the details on who will be involved in the production of the new show most certainly are really sparse: Because very few people, at this time, know, for sure, which people besides Mr. Falvey, Mr. Frank, Mr. Register, (of course) Mr. Spielberg and the people who run Hulu, like its CEO, Mr. Randy Freer, and its SVP of content, Mr. Craig Erwich, actually will be involved in said production.
It sure would be a shame if this new "Animaniacs" series were to succeed in only appealing to little kids, preteens, and teenagers who were, at the very earliest, born in the year 2000, and therefore were to fail appeal to original fans of the original "Animaniacs" series who were born at the very latest in the 1990's (like myself), wouldn't it?
Personally, I would prefer said new Animaniacs series to appeal to kids and grown-ups of all ages everywhere - at least all those who are still alive - regardless of where they come from and regardless of when they were born. During its original run from 1993 to 1998 (1993 to 1999 if you count the direct-to-video movie, "Wakko's Wish"), the original Animaniacs series and its characters came to be loved by so many people of different ages, and those people most certainly did include both kids and adults!
I, for one, believe that the right way to at least start to create a revival, in animation, of the Animaniacs characters and franchise most indubitably must involve Mr. Spielberg both serving as at least one executive producer once again and hiring at least many former members of the production crews who worked on the original Animaniacs show and its direct-to-video movie, "Wakko's Wish," and most certainly are still alive to be at least part of the production crew of said revival.
That would be why I’ve set up the petition entitled “New Animaniacs Cartoons Involving Tom Ruegger” here on change.org to see who else would like to encourage the people who run WB, Amblin & Hulu to hire as many people who would want the new Animaniacs series to fully respect the legacy of the original Animaniacs series and its characters as they possibly can, and many of the original production crew of the first Animaniacs series sure as sugar do fit that category.
If Hulu acquiring the streaming rights to not only the original “Animaniacs” series but also its predecessor (as a TV cartoon show that was brought to life by the collaboration between WB and Amblin), “Tiny Toon Adventures” and the subsequent spin-offs of those two shows, “Pinky and the Brain” and “Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain,” indicates anything, it just might be hinting that the people who currently run WB, Amblin & Hulu just MIGHT be considering creating new animation productions that serve as continuations and/or reboots and/or revivals of and/or sequels to “Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Pinky and the Brain” and/or “Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain,” and the rest of this description of this petition shall explain why one of those particular shows deserves a revival and/or a sequel just as much as (if not even more than) “Animaniacs” does, that one show being (obviously) “Tiny Toon Adventures.”
There must be at least a few VERY good reasons why, at some point during January of 2009, American video game and entertainment media company IGN (Imagine Games Network) declared “Tiny Toon Adventures” the 41st place finisher on its (IGN’s) list of “Top 100 Animated TV Shows.”
Some people in this world, both young and old, might argue that if it wasn’t for “Tiny Toon Adventures” being such a smash hit, “Animaniacs” and so many other well-known cartoons (among other things) would not even exist.
“Tiny Toon Adventures,” sometimes referred to as simply “Tiny Toons,” was the very first animated cartoon TV show brought to life (at least in part) by Warner Bros., and throughout its original run, it proved to be an enormous success and (at least in its own right) revolutionary, and there sure as sugar are quite a few good reasons for that.
One of those reasons, ergo one of the primary reasons why Tiny Toon Adventures was revolutionary and became such a huge success, would be because it introduced a new way in which people everywhere (especially cartoon lovers) can envision “younger versions” of well-known and lesser-known already-established fictional characters, one that surely doesn’t necessarily require said “younger versions” to actually be de-aged forms of said already-established fictional characters and also most indubitably does not truly need said “younger versions” to even be, within their stories, biologically related to said already-established characters. On top of that, some of the characters who were created specifically for the Tiny Toons series most certainly did not have to be and so most certainly were not just younger counterparts of said already-established characters. In fact, a few of the characters who appeared in the original Tiny Toons series and/or in at least one of its TV movies and specials were at least partially inspired by and/or parodies of well known real-life celebrities and/or well known fictional characters played by said celebrities, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Bolton, Tommy Lee Jones, Roseanne Barr, Tim Burton, Michael Keaton and Steven Spielberg himself, and while most of the characters who fit that category only appeared sparingly in the original Tiny Toons series and/or its TV movies, TV specials and/or spin-offs, one of them – Arnold the Pit Bull, partially based upon and inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and originally voiced by Rob Paulsen – ended up being a recurring character in the series and another one – Shirley the Loon, partially based upon and inspired by Shirley MacLaine and originally voiced by Gail Matthius – ended up becoming a recurring and at least semi-major character in said series.
Many of the characters who were originally created for and featured in the original Tiny Toons series proved very popular, especially those of them who were anthropomorphic animals and/or younger counterparts of the Looney Tunes characters and/or students of the fictional “Acme Looniversity.” Examples of those characters most assuredly do include the already-mentioned Arnold the Pit Bull and Shirley the Loon, as well as Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig, Elmyra Duff, Montana Max, Fifi La Fume, Furrball, Sweetie Pie, Dizzy Devil, Li’l Sneezer, Little Beeper, Calamity Coyote, Gogo Dodo, Mary Melody, Byron Basset, Fowlmouth, Bookworm, Concord Condor, and Barky Marky.
The original Tiny Toons series also cleverly and successfully pleased many original fans and many newer fans of the original Looney Tunes shorts and characters (as well as many other people who still had yet to become fans of those shorts and characters) in a post-modern way by heavily featuring (and in the process, introducing to some people and reintroducing to some other people) the classic Looney Tunes characters, including (and most certainly not limited to) Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam and Foghorn Leghorn, as mentors and teachers who try to, at Acme Looniversity, instruct newer, younger cartoon characters (especially including the ones I’ve already mentioned) on how to become the next generation of big cartoon stars, ergo (in at least one way) the next generation of Looney Tunes characters.
With its success in airing on television and in garnering an enormous fan base, the original Tiny Toons series led to a revival of the cartoon animation department of Warner Bros. and by extension to the creation of so many other animated cartoon productions, including and most certainly not limited the other TV cartoon shows brought into existence by both Warner Bros. and Amblin, those shows including “The Plucky Duck Show,” “Animaniacs,” “Pinky and the Brain,” “Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain,” “Histeria!,” and “Freakazoid!,” and at least a few (if not most) of those shows have also found at least some (if not a lot of) commercial success.
Another reason for the enormous success and influence of Tiny Toons would be the way its episodes did so much more than just entertain people. For example, it proved able to pay homage to and poke fun at both the original Looney Tunes shorts AND many other forms of entertainment and popular American and worldwide culture, simulated and parodied real-life situations at the same time.
The original Tiny Toons series also enabled its audience to feel a relation to its characters as well as similarities between the situations those characters found themselves in during each episode, TV movie and TV special and the situations that those who were in said audience (especially those of them who were, at the time, possibly fifteen years of age, at the most) might have been finding themselves in during various parts of their actual lives.
Plus, it allowed at least some members of said audience to, in a fresh and entertaining way, while having fun, learn what quite possibly have been and what very likely may still be very valuable lessons about what most certainly was (and in some cases, surely still is) real life.
Thank goodness the legacy of Tiny Toons still lives on to this very day. Plushy versions of Buster Bunny and Plucky Duck make quick appearances in “Mr. Weiner,” one episode of “The Looney Tunes Show,” an animated sitcom starring the Looney Tunes characters that originally ran on Cartoon Network from May 3, 2011 to August 28, 2014. Also, “Not So Special Delivery,” one episode of “New Looney Tunes,” a newer and still-running Looney Tunes TV series currently airing on Boomerang, features characters that resemble Buster and Plucky, albeit with different color schemes, appearing in a cartoon-within-a-cartoon.
A new TV series, TV special, TV movie or theatrical movie that serves as a sequel to the original “Tiny Toon Adventures” series as well as its multiple direct spin-offs, including the direct-to-video movie known as “Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation,” the TV series called “The Plucky Duck Show,” and the two TV specials known as “Tiny Toon Spring Break” and “Tiny Toons’ Night Ghoulery,” could actually have a chance of finding success, especially if the right kind of plot is utilized for the initial story of such a new cartoon animation project and if the right people are involved in the creation and production of this new project.
The original production crew members of the shows that were brought to life by both Warner Bros. and Amblin (like Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, “Pinky and the Brain,” and “Freakazoid!”) who most certainly are still alive, aside from Mr. Spielberg, most assuredly do include and surely are not necessarily limited to original Tiny Toons series creator and showrunner, Mr. Tom Ruegger; his sons, Nathan (Nate, for short), Luke and Cody Ruegger, who each lent their voices to characters in many of the multiple original series; original series director, producer, storyboard artist and animator Rich Arons; original series writer and story editor Randy Rogel; original series writer, story editor and voice actor Paul Rugg; original series writer, voice actress, producer and supervising story editor Sherri Stoner; original series writer and voice actor John P. McCann; and (of course) voice actors Charlie Adler, John Kassir, Cree Summer, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Maurice LaMarche, Jack Burns, Gail Matthius, Chuck McCann, Billy West, Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, John Mariano, Chick Vennera, David Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Brown, Arte Johnson, Peter Scolari, Tom Bodett, Laura Mooney, and Valri Bromfield. Other original Tiny Toon Adventures production crew members who, I think, are still alive sure do include and certainly are not limited to director, associate producer, storyboard artist, series character designer, character layout artist and animation posing artist Alfred Gimeno; writers Gordon Bressack and Charles M. Howell IV; writers and story editors Paul Dini and Nicholas Hollander; writer, storyboard artist and story editor Tom Minton; key animator and layout artist Chris Brandt (a.k.a. Spike Brandt); and key animator and assistant animator Tony Cervone. Of course, if other (including though not necessarily limited to newer and fresher) writers, producers, directors, artists, editors, voice actors and other different kinds of necessary production crew members must inevitably be hired to work on any new TV show (and/or any new theatrical movie and/or any new TV movie and/or any new TV special) that features the Tiny Toons characters (assuming that one will ever come into existence), then that surely would be OK, as long as they bear those who brought the original Tiny Toons franchise and its characters to life no ill will, wish to pay them (those who brought the original Tiny Toons franchise and its characters to life) no disrespect, and do not mind if they (the aforementioned hypothetical new Tiny Toons production crew members) were joined on their new Tiny Toons production team by at least some of said people who put together the original Tiny Toons show and franchise. Voice actor and casting director Kelly Ward most certainly could fit that category quite well, and he at least has experience working with Mr. Ruegger in the past, albeit at Disney rather than at Warner Bros., so far. I personally believe that the team of writers, producers, directors, artists, editors, voice actors and other necessary production crew members that will put together any upcoming new Tiny Toons cartoon production should consist of people who have a history in those fields that at least partially involves the characters and stories from the original Tiny Toons series and franchise AS WELL AS people who also have a history in those fields but may not have ever done anything Tiny Toons – related before AND people who may be new to the entertainment industry, especially if at least a certain amount of people who fit the latter category, no matter how old or young they are, happen to be die-hard fans of the original Tiny Toons franchise and its characters. I sure do also hope I am just one of the many people who believe all of the above statements to be true. I myself, and hopefully many others, most certainly have believed for a long time (since at least 18 years ago) that even though the behavior displayed by at least many (if not all) of the characters who are featured in the original Tiny Toons series as well as the original Animaniacs series and its movie, "Wakko's Wish," may not be something that should be encouraged, there most certainly is something about said characters that people of all ages should still, even to this very day, find very appealing, interesting, remarkable, and special. As such, I most certainly do believe that it should be, for the sake of all current and future members of the Tiny Toons franchise's possibly-still-growing fan-base, ensured that if the Tiny Toons franchise is ever revived in any way, shape or form, the creation and production of that revival should be left in the hands of as many of the people who most certainly are, in as many ways possible, best for the job as there possibly can be, and I sure do feel that several of the people who at least helped bring the original Tiny Toons characters and stories to life most certainly do fit that particular description very well, as do several die-hard Tiny Toons fans who wish to offer their input and/or talents, especially those who were born in the 1980's and the 1990's (like me).
You sure as sugar can find some links to web pages on the Internet whose contents at least might back up my claims below:
Let's reach out to the people who most certainly will be helping Mr. Spielberg bring the Animaniacs characters back to life, especially Mr. Erwich, Mr. Falvey, Mr. Frank and Mr. Register, and show them how much we Tiny Toons fans and Animaniacs fans most certainly do care about the Tiny Toons and Animaniacs franchises and how much we most certainly do feel that the future of said franchises would best be left in the hands of many people, with a very heavy emphasis on "many," who worked on the original Tiny Toons and Animaniacs series as well as many people who grew up watching and loving said original series and its characters and wish to treat said characters with as much respect as they truly deserve!
- Stephen "Steve" Laughter
P.S.: I most certainly do apologize if I've, in any way, shape or form, committed copyright infringement by setting up this petition.
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