Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Forgotten Toons: Taz-Mania

It's only fitting that Warner Bros cartoon characters get their own series to focus on.  Bugs Bunny has taken the spotlight on a couple, not to mention Bugs Bunny's show based on his 'Duck Dodgers' character.  More on that show later, though.  Instead, we're here to talk about a show that seemed to slip under the radar, despite doing well when it was on...
The show is focused on the Tazmanian Devil, a very popular character from the WB catalog.  How can you make a show about a character who only talks in garbled noises?  It's simple- give him a cast of people that do!  We were introduced to a whole Tazmanian Devil family, including his parents and his sister.  We also learn that the famous character can use a normal voice- he just doesn't want to.

The shows features a whole slew of great voice actors, including Maurice LaMarche, Jim Cummings, Dan Castalanetta and Rob Paulsen.  You may not know the names per say, but you definitely know the voices.  As a bonus, it also features John Astin!

Taz-Mania is your typical show from this era, featuring some silly moments, catchy tunes and wacky humor.  If you like shows of this type, you'll have a lot to love here.  This is a fairly-brief summary, I know, but I think you get the idea.  It didn't break any molds, but is very entertaining.  If only a certain company would get around to releasing it on DVD.

Next up, a video game turns into a wacky show that broke the fourth wall.  How come nobody remembers much about it then?  Stay tuned...

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