Written by: Sherri Stoner
Storyboard by: Tony Craig & Jim Fletcher, Jon
McClenahan & John Hayes, Lou Police, Brian
Mitchell & Joey Banaszkiewicz
Directed by: Jon McClenahan
Animation by: StarToons
Babs wants to be on her favorite primetime soap,
"Thirteensomething" (obviously a parody of
"Thirtysomething"). Buster bets that she
doesn't have the moxie, until Babs takes that bet and
leaves for New York.
And of course, what would a NYC
trip be without a cameo by Ralph Kramden?
Anyway, after a series of
hurdles once there (such as Elmyra, who is strangely
taking a vacation there), Babs makes it to the
"Thirteensomething" audition building, where
she wows the woman casting director. BTW, the "You
are SO lost!" is one of the better running gags in
Meanwhile, back in Acme Acres, Buster holds auditions of
his OWN- to replace Babs ("Go ahead, try and find a
replacement, I -dare- you." ). They range from the
sultry but clueless...
...to the dorky and voice cracked...
...to my personal favorite, an actual, "real
Plucky informs Buster (via translating
Variety-style headlines, another fave joke of mine) that
Babs has indeed gotten a part on
"Thirteensomething", and Buster becomes
depressed, wanting Babs to come home.
There's even a moment when Babs, on the set, begins to
miss Buster and the wacky antics of her cartoon
upbringings, and calls Buster. However, both of them play
it cool and don't reveal their true feelings to each
other, leaving both to believe that neither misses each
other. It's one of the better moments in the episode.
Eventually, Buster concocts a plan to get Babs written
out of the show, including revealing that Babs is a
rabbit, and she returns home, where she rewards Buster
with a kiss. (cue shipping fanboy squealing)
Review and Discussion
I mostly like this one, but a few
things bug me: I don't particularly like the way the
characters are sometimes drawn in this one. Everyone
sticks out their chest a little too much and Buster's
ears are way too short. Personally, I like how StarToons
drew the characters better in their first effort,
"Henny Youngman Day".
That said, there are some great facial expressions in
this one, such as the screenshots above and many more
moments. The phone scene is a great example of running
the gamut of emotions and trying to suppress humility in
admitting they want the other to come home.
In addition, I love the channel
surfing when Babs is first famous, especially when Babs
corrects a parody of Geraldo by saying, "Uh, excuse
me, you didn't pronounce my name right. It's
Oh, and it's hard to miss, but Babs
has cleavage in this episode (and possibly this episode
only, am I right?). You naughty animators.
Wow, I didn't realize there were so
many storyboarders for this episode.
Anyway, I had this episode on a VHS tape a while back(it
was paired with the prom episode) and I really enjoyed
it. The jokes were pretty humorous and I liked the
character development between Buster and Babs. The
episode kinda moves their relationship more into
"we're more than just friends...but we won't admit
it" phase. The facial expressions were something
that also stuck out to me as a kid.
Wasn't this episode produced near the end of TTA?
I really like the relationship
between Buster and Babs in this one. Also, I love
StarToons' animation on Tiny Toons. They made Plucky and
Shirley cute. StarToons did a better job on the Tiny
Toons characters than the Warner siblings from
wasn't one of my favorite episodes, but it was all right.
The animation was solid and the story was pretty good.
I'm not too crazy about the episodes where Buster and
Babs act like a married couple, but still it's a good
episode if you like Babs (which I do).
I always said that StarToons was
basically an entire homage to Chuck Jones' direction, and
this ep. was one of those prime examples. The animation
is quick and subtle, with blink or you miss it glances to
the audience, etc. I do confess they animated their
female characters the best(like the chick that auditions
before Babs), even better than TMS.
There aren't enough hours in the
night to gush about this episode. It's my all-time
favorite, not only of Tiny Toons but of episodes of
anything. I'll just repaste what I said about it in my
Jonny Mack interview:
I have a lot of good memories
about Season 3 of Tiny Toons. Every day I'd turn TT on
and wish it was a new episode instead of the ones I'd
seen eleven times already. One afternoon I was filling a
cassette tape with random nonsense, so I set the recorder
up to the TV right before Tiny Toons came on...and
instead of another rerun, the words
"thirteensomething" slid onto the screen. Wow,
I thought, a new episode finally! (And I still have the
cassette, though I taped it to video when it first
What followed was one of my favorite half-hours in TV
history. Your animation and the resulting expressions on
the character's faces were amazing. The Gershwin-heavy
soundtrack, which hadn't been used in a WB TV cartoon
beforehand (it was later used to death for the
Goodfeathers) was scored fantastically. And the
writing--man! That was the best part....
My favorite scene in the whole thing is this one part
where Buster is flipping through the channels, and the
first show he sees is Babs on Geraldo.....
...In that scene Babs says on the spur of the moment,
"Excuse me, but you pronounced my name wrong. It's
BabZZZZ-a." Buster changes the channel and every
following TV show spoof is not only hilarious on its own,
but features everyone stumbling over her name:
That one moment influenced my writing career more than
any other TV moment at the time. The ones that come
closest would be the "TV Executive" episode of
Dinosaurs and the "Timmy O' Toole" episode of
The Simpsons, which worked a similar theme: something
they showed wasn't currently happening in real life, but
if it was, that was exactly how it would go. I was young,
but I was bright, and I knew an actual celebrity could
decide to change her name's pronunciation tomorrow on a
whim, and within the next 24 hours have every announcer
and talk show host in the country struggling over it. I
thought that joke was so sharp that it has stuck with me
all these years, and the thought behind it has influenced
a lot of my work.
A definite classic.
Another couple of great moments:
- Buster and Babs each arguing over the lousiness of what
the other wants to watch. The way the editing makes it
seem like one sentence between the two of them is a riot.
- The way Buster's expression changes when the scene goes
from him looking at the coin to sitting in front of the
TV. (Also love Plucky's line: "It was a two-sided
coin. I just forgot which side was twoed.")
I always did like
thirteensomething... favorite moments:
- Johnny Carson coming out of his then-recent retirement
just to interview Babs (and hog-tying Jay Leno).
- The song Babs sings while on the bus for New York;
wonder if that song was an actual song from somewhere?
- Babs' audition (with the dopey-sounding fat guy).
- A (presumed) scene from "Her Royal Wackiness"
seen on the TV the human actors were watching.
- Plucky's face smashed against the screen, urging us to
"feel free to change the channel..."
There are not enough words to
describe the overall brilliance of this episode. If this
is not the definitive "Babs episode", it's
certainly in the top three. I am a sucker for great
facial expressions, and this episode is just overflowing
with them. Bravo to Jonny Mack and company.
It seems like everybody's already hit on many of the best
gags. I'll just add:
-Plucky (ever the opportunist) and Shirley trying to
audition for Babs' role.
-Babs setting up Professor Wile E. Coyote: "Hey
teach! What happens if you go inside the tunnel? ...I
just can't help myself." (and Shirley giggling in
the background as she knows what's going to happen to
-"They'll make a TV movie out of this starring Eve
Plume!" Egad! Another Eve Plume reference!
-And another Carol Burnett Show reference: "Vickie
Lawrence High School"
-Finally, anybody notice that when Donald Trump scraps
Elmyra off the windshield, there are still some little
chunks of her left behind on said windshield (Skippy:
"SPEEEEEEEW!"). Definite Ren & Stimpy
influence on some of these later episodes....
This is another one of the episodes that MUST be screened
to the crew if, through some miracle, TTA ever returns...
Though not my top favorite, this
one is definetly a close second. I wouldn't know what
else there is to mention other than what everyone else
has already said.
Besides the gags/plot/etc, the real thing that grabs me
for this episode is Startoon's animation - those fast,
quick jumps from pose to pose yet still being fluid and
interesting always amazed me, along with those quick
extreme changes in facial expressions. Indeed this is one
of the episodes that inspires me to further my animation
The only real thing that irked me was in that one scene
where Buster and Babs were arguing over which show they
were going to watch, it was the was Buster's face was
drawn in certian parts... Just seemed really, really odd
to me XD
|-Finally, anybody notice that when
Donald Trump scraps Elmyra off the windshield,
there are still some little chunks of her left
behind on said windshield (Skippy:
"SPEEEEEEEW!"). Definite Ren &
Stimpy influence on some of these later
Every time I saw that I thought
"Ewww... Elmyra bits!... maybe those are the cause
of the dreaded Elmyra Swarm" (And yes I realize the
'Swarm' only really appeared in a much earlier episode..
The Character of
"Flint" Is In No Way Based On Flint Dille.
Honest, Flint. No, Really ...
Who you gonna call?
Flint Dille = Hollywood
screenwriter you've never heard of. He had nothing to do
with Tiny Toons to my knowledge.
Buster says "I'm like
Sonny without Cher! I'll probably become the mayor of
Palm Springs." That is indeed what Sonny was doing
at the time. He would then become a senator before his
Mary Hart's voice caused a
seizure that year. I don't care how dated it is now. I
still think having it mentioned on Tiny Toons is a riot.
Today's Ending Bit
Buster & Babs: "Say good
night, Babs." "Good night, Babs."