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Freakazoid! – Season Two + Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1 – Volume 2 (Steven Spielberg Presents/Warner DVDs)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Episodes: A-/B+



In my last review of these two classic Warner Bros series I could not sing their praises enough and not much has changed the second time around.  Both Freakazoid and Tiny Toon Adventures return to DVD (thankfully) for a second go around; Freakazoid finishing out its series run with the release Season Two and Tiny Toon Adventures finishing up Season One with its Volume 2 release (Tiny Toons having a total of three seasons on the air).




With many changes occurring between Seasons One and Two Freakazoid does not quite live up to the first releases overwhelming hilarious content; but nevertheless is still amazing.  Freakazoid is not your typical superhero and this is not your typical animated series.  In short the series remains one of the most hilarious series (animated or not) that I have ever viewed.  Many younger viewers didn’t get the series at the time and the execs at the network CERTAINLY did not get it; waiting until the very last minute to renew the series for a second season and in turn hurting the overall content that was delivered.  The quick quips that were delivered in the first season were changed to long winded anthologies that were not always on top of their game.  The zaniness and insane creativity that existed throughout Season One are still present here; but in a more watered down fashion.  On top of the shaky anthology concept the episodes were mighty redundant as they featured the same characters over and over again (The Lobe is practically the only villain we see for 6 out of 11 episodes).  Overall it was a wonderful series and even not at its best it was still amazing; the series finale is also something to see for sure.


Tiny Toon Adventures


When many people see Tiny Toon Adventures without actually examining the content the first thing they see is a cheap Looney Tunes spin-off; but the series is far, far from that.  Whereas the series does rely on certain elements from the “past greats” (i.e. Daffy, Bugs, etc.) for the most part the characters, storylines, and comedic elements all stand out on their own as fresh and creative.  The writers certainly made sure to infuse their own brand of kooky chaos into the series as they borrowed the characters’ general likenesses from other, older Looney Tunes.  Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment’s involvement with the series made for a creative series that had theatrical quality animation.  After years of viewing quickly and hastily made animated series from the ‘80s, Tiny Toons was a fresh, bright, and entertaining series that offered the slapstick comedy of the past with a view modern day inclusions to make it wacky enough to be interesting.  Sure there are a number of now dated pop-culture references, but from Disney to classic Warner Bros all series have their slipups as they attempt to reference the contemporary without worrying about dating themselves. By the time the second half of Season One was created the writers and animators worked out all the kinks in the show and started to create many brilliant moments.  They realized that short segments were better than long winded story lines (unlike Freakazoid’s second season) and the more wacky moments the better.  The series is a bit safer than say Animaniacs or Freakazoid, but the slap-stick works and as it was geared toward a younger audience it is understandable that simple was best; and regardless the series holds up and is overwhelming amazing.



To view the first volumes of each these series please follow the link below:




The technical features on both series are nothing to FREAK OUT about, but they are nice and more than adequately get the job done.  The picture on both series continues to be presented in a standard 1.33 X 1 full screen that preserves the original aspect ratio, but at the same time lacks the crispness and clarity one would expect from such great series.  Just as was seen with the last volumes, smudges and debris flicker across the screen and are all too noticeable; both series again being deficient in the vibrant colors and a certain level of depth that is expected from Warner animated series.  The picture is adequate but far from perfect as debris, muted colors, and a soft image remains distracting.  The sound is once again a slight upgrade from the picture quality being available as either a Dolby 2.0 or a 5.1 mix.  The 5.1 Mix is nice and crisp as it does make use of the rear surrounds and projects with a solid force.  The crispness of the sound is highlighted in the opening musical numbers of the two series and projects nicely throughout the episodes.


If you were disappoint with the extras that Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1 – Volume 1 offered than Season 1 – Volume 2 may make you scream.  Sad to say there are no extras offered for Tiny Toons and fans across the board will be insanely disappointed.  Freakazoid manages to compile a few bonus features tha thighligh why the series was so amazing and though lackluster at times they are certainly better than nothing (*cough* Tiny Toons *cough*).  First up is the “A Season’s Worth of Commentaries (in 5 minutes or less)” segment that delivers exactly what it says (in about 5mins30secs) as John McCann, Paul Rugg, Joe Leahy, Rich Arons, and Tom Ruegger sit down with a compilation of their favorite clips from Season 2 to give a little bit of insight and throw out factoids.  The better bonus feature found on the flip-side of Disc 2 is “Liebeslied fur Normadeus” a feature that (with the same people found on the commentary) takes a look into Season 2 and the series finale.  This featurette is very nice and truly displays how the series achieved its insane sense of humor and intelligence; in many ways making me sad that the series ended so soon as well.


In the end, these are two series that any animation fan should own.  They are funny, intelligently written, and offer a level of excellence that not many series today can deliver.  After years of these series missing from our DVD collections we can finally enjoy to twisted and at times outlandish sense of humor of those Tiny Toons and the even more amazing Freakazoid.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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