New discussion thread! This one's about "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", which was the 18th episode of season 1, but was actually the very first in production order. Being their first, it has a very uneven mix of "80's adventure story" and the Looney Tunes-esque humor the show was most known for. Written by: Wayne Kaatz, Tom Ruegger, Gordon Bressack, & Charles M. Howell, IV Storyboards by: Byron Vaughns, Barry Caldwell, & Bob Camp Directed by: Ken Boyer & Eddie Fitzgerald Animation by: Kennedy Cartoons Since I'm sure you've all seen the episode, I won't insult your intelligence by spending most of the thread discussing its plot, like I've been guilty of doing a few times. But a quick summary: Buster gets kidnapped by Elmyra and is forced to be her pet; during his short stay, he frees the rest of her animal collection but gets re-kidnapped and must be rescued by the former prisoners. While the episode has its merits, such as an all-too brief cameo by Plucky ("Well! Excuse ME for breathing!"), "The planet of the bunnies!", and the Rent-a-Shrink, it's not one of their finer efforts when it comes to humor. A lot of it just doesn't stick, and there are some obvious jokes like Elmyra: "I'm gonna take you home, etc.!" Buster: (sarcastically) "Imagine my joy." Most of the second act, with Buster rescuing the animals, is void of anything funny and descends into "save the day" territory. And while it was probably fairly fresh territory in 1990, I roll my eyes at the E.T. parody nowadays. It's been done to death. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention the animation/character designs for this one. As anyone on this board well knows, I have a very mixed opinion of Kennedy Cartoons. There are certain episodes from them that I don't mind, and think the bounciness works quite well ("Best O' Plucky Duck Day", anyone?). This isn't one of them. For starters, there are some very obvious moments of sloppiness. I'm certain even novices would notice stuff like this, with Buster's thick outline (and as a result, inconsistent animation)... ...Or Elmyra spinning out the door. It honestly looks like this bit was drawn with crayons. Then there's this bit, with Elmyra going on a marathon around the world by saying "Hop two three, bop two three, run two three, tongue two three!" She seems to float as she moves, and it looks like they just moved the background faster than Elmyra should be moving, so that sequence ends up being awkward. And then there's the bounciness. Believe me, I'm all for squash and stretch in a cartoon. I think it's one of the most crucial elements in making something fun to watch. But in "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow", I think they took it too far. Nearly the entire episode, everyone is bouncing around like crazy and most of the time, it's for no real purpose. After a few minutes of this, it gets to be overload. This is especially true since most of the episode appears to have been animated by Glen Kennedy himself. I think this episode has the most Glen animation out of any Tiny Toons Kennedy episode, and pretty much everyone else listed in the credits was most likely either an assistant animator or inbetweener to his poses. So the cartoon has little visual variety- it's all the same character designs and animation, all the time. There ARE a few brief moments where it looks like different animation occurs, like this one where Buster and Elmyra play doctor. I'm not sure who did this, but it's drastically different than everything else in the cartoon. It MIGHT be Jon McClenahan, based on the more angular designs and snappier animation, but that's strictly an educated guess. Even though Kennedy's next episode, "Buster and the Wolverine" wasn't a classic, I'd easily put it above this episode. For one thing, the animation was pretty smooth in some parts (in "Hare Today", it only occasionally is animated on ones- most of it is on twos), and there are more animation styles to keep things from getting too monotonous. In addition, that was when Jon McClenahan's style is most evidently seen for the first time. Plus, it just had more humorous moments. So overall, aside from a few winner jokes, I'm not a huge "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" fan. Thoughts on this one?