You know when you rewatch a show and forgot how GREAT it is!? I had that moment watching Tiny Toon Adventures the past few nights. This show came on the same year as Batman The Animated Series and X-Men bringing a bit more humor to the Saturday morning cartoon round up!
Very proud I remembered the words to the theme song.....
A character that stood out to me as a child and now as a adult is Babs Bunny.
Babs was silly, smart, charming and didn’t take herself seriously. She showed girls can be both and hold their own in front of the guys as well.
One episode that stood out to me was “Fields of Honey” which originally aired November 2, 1990 (27 years ago!)
It was Looniversity day and the Tiny Toons get to work with their mentors. Unfortunately, Babs has no mentor, so she ends up in study hall. The reason why Babs doesn't have a mentor of her own is because she is female and most of the Looney Tunes are male (yea they did her like that!).
Later that day, Buster and Plucky argue over wether Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck is the greatest cartoon star (this is even tough for me to say!). They ask Babs who can care less. Plucky decides they should watch the cartoons at the film vault to see their mentors in action and decide who is best. The Vault Keeper asks Buster, Babs, and Plucky the purpose of the visit. Buster and Plucky tell them about their debate, and the vault keeper gives them cartoons to watch in a seperate room.
Babs asks the vault keeper why there aren't any female Looney Tunes (someone had to say it). The vault keeper tells her he's sorry (lame). He asks her to watch over the films while he's away, and Babs tells him she's got nothing better to do. Just then, a mysterious voice tells her, "If you watch them, you will find her." and hands her a film can (yes they put a field of dreams spin on this. Anyone familiar with the show knows the writers did this frequently)
Babs spends the next few months watching the cartoons, until she finally watches Bosko in Person 1933, and sees Honey, who she finally sees as her hero (Ding, Ding, Ding). She decides to find her and tell her how great she is. The vault keeper tells her that it's impossible, as nobody has seen Honey in over 50 years.
In the second act, Babs sets off to find about Honey. That’s all I’ll say but see the episode for yourself below (it’s very sweet).
It’s funny being an adult being in the position Babs was in trying to find a mentor in her profession to look up to and the victory of finding her. How Babs felt about Honey is how a generation of women felt about Princess Leia as kids, and how kids today the cast of Black Panther and Wonder Woman. Representation Matters! The episode was ahead of its time and showed despite Babs not taking herself so seriously she has struggles like any other gal.
Check out a few more of my fav Babs Bunny moments.
"And now the post is done :)"