In semi-response to Speedy Boris's discussion of "Henny Youngman Day," i am making this discussion thread of ANOTHER one of my all-time favorite episodes; "Gang Busters!" Like the "Prom-ise Her Anything" thread, there's gonna be more pics than usual, so get ready... "Gang Busters" Written by: Wayne Kaatz and Jim Reardon Storyboards by: Byron Vaughns, Barry Caldwell and John Dorman Directed by: Ken Boyer Animation by: Kennedy Cartoons We start off with a "Dragnet" parody of sorts, complete with a WB shield badge spelling out the beat of the theme tune! Buster and Bunny introduce the story in Dragnet-style as it is "Justice Day" on the show... So it starts out as a nice typical day in Acme Acres (even if there is a kid dancing for no reason on the street). But all that changes when Montana Max and his new gang invade the streets. To me, one of them looks kinda like the Joker, and the one in blue reminds me of an orange-haired Ozzy Osbourne! Their latest crime? Monty and his homies robbing a Slushie machine from a convenience store! Naturally, the store clerk is pretty mad (he doesn't even stop to tell them "Thank you, come again!") and Buster overhears this. The store clerk is the same one that was in "Best O' Plucky Duck Day." Buster tries to stop them, but to no avail... They wind up framing Buster for the so-called Grand Theft Slushie! (They do so by leaving the scene and the Slushie machine so Buster is the only one there.) We then fade to a Peoples' Court parody with Babs Bunny as the host (and she manages to throw in a few impressions as well.) The defendant Buster is LITERALLY being railroaded! I always find this sort of gag funnier, even when it was also mimicked on the Animaniacs segment "And Justice for Slappy" three years later. Unfortunately, Buster's lawyer is Plucky Duck. You know things aren't going to go well with HIM on the job. Babsie also tries some of her impressions of Looney Tunes characters to win the judge over, but that fails too. The jury of Yosemite Sams finds Buster AND Plucky guilty! Naturally, Monty and his gang are pleased that this has occured. So Buster and Plucky are sent to ACME Juvenile Hall. Naturally, Plucky hates it and keeps freaking out. It especially doesn't help that they have a rather mean guard. An attempt to bust out (planned by Plucky) ends with our heroes being put in The Hole. Inside the Hole, we get what is perhaps the ultimate "eyeballs in the dark" bit. I especially love Plucky's comment "If we stay in here long enough, think of the savings on animation!" To pass the time, they use their eyballs to imitate a game of Pong... ...which then leads into a Pac-Man parody! I especially love Plucky's "Wahble-wahble-wahble" sounds. But when they light a match, they get a rather shocking surprise! On Buster's first attempt to burrow out, they come across a "Pirates of the Carribean" parody. Then they wind up in a pile of snakes (complete with an Indiana Jones look-alike!) Then they get into a Batcave parody. The Batman-lookalike here is obviously a parody of the Michael Keaton version. I love Plucky's comment to him, "See if I stand in line for YOUR sequel!" The fourth attempt takes them to the warplus supply at the Acme Juvenile Hall, where Rocky and a weird-looking Mugsy force them to dig a tunnel out of the place, which Buster takes advantage of by bringing them to the warden! At the same time, Babs, Hamton and Gogo Dodo are trying to get Buster freed, but the warden allows Buster to go on with his plan to clear his name... Now we get to my favorite part of the episode; the Tiny Toons put on a big rap number as they attempt to catch Montana Max and make him confess. John Debney does a really great job here with the music, it really sounds good for its time. (Too bad he only scored two Tiny Toons episodes and left after that, I would've loved to hear his work on "Animaniacs!") Perhaps one of the funniest bits is when Hamton attempts to rap; first he performs the Charleston (which was done in a few old Looney Tunes shorts, actually), but this doesn't go over very well... THEN he does a disco number on his second attempt! "Disco is dead. Join the '90s," Babs tells him. Another funny bit is when Buster, Plucky and Gogo suddenly become bloated during part of the chase and rap, "We're the fat guys and we'll tell you what to do, better turn yourself in or we'll sit on you!" The distortions for Buster, Gogo and Plucky typically found in a Kennedy-animated episode work pretty well at this part, too. Eventually, Montana Max gives up, turns himself in, and is committed to community clean-up service. Oh, and Buster's name is cleared too. I'm pretty sure you can guess how Hamton's final attempt to "rap" turns out Animation-wise, this is one of my favorite Kennedy Cartoons episodes ("Best O' Plucky Duck Day" is my other favorite). There is TONS of Glen Kennedy animation in the third act when they are kickin' it old school. But let me start at the beginning... If I'm not mistaken, this bit and the snake pit scene were animated by Jon McClenahan. It has the Startoons look to it, somewhat. The judge going nuts and charging Buster and Plucky as guilty was animated by Willy Ashworth. As for Glen Kennedy's animation in the third act, a lot of it has that smooth, bouncy look to it and for the most part looks pretty good. However, my only complaint with this scene is how some of the characters are drawn. Montana Max kinda reminds me of Nelson Muntz here, and I'm not too keen on how Buster and Babs look. But Glen's Plucky looks somewhat decent, and his Gogo looks VERY cute, IMO. Another plus is that the "Pup Named Scooby-Doo"-esque dancing cycles actually DO fit with this scene, because you expect them too, with the big rap number and everything. I wouldn't be surprised if the script did call for dancing here, unlike "Hare Today Gone Tomorrow" or "Buster and the Wolverine." Speaking of Glen Kennedy's quirks/cliches, there's also quite a bit of them in this act as well, such as characters sticking their index finger in the air when speaking, the shuffling feet, that "confused mouth is a small 'o'" look (Monty does this QUITE a bit, and he looks like the young Shaggy Rogers as he does so, too!) Here's one of my favorite weird drawings from this episode; this smear shot when Monty zips into the juvenile hall after screaming. Glen Kennedy often seemed to make them look like one-eyed blobs when doing smear animation! Another one of my favorite weird shots, when Monty relaxes in the cell right before Rocky says "Start digging, chum!" (At least Kennedy drew Rocky pretty well!) Overall, while the third act would be pretty much outdated these days, at least by this point the writing staff wasn't afraid to mimic the then-current trends of the time, like the classic Looney Tunes did. Any comments?