Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
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Elephant Issues (Why Dizzy Can't Read/C.L.I.D.E. And Prejudice/One Beer) 

Buster and Babs discover that Dizzy Devil can't read because he's too hooked on watching TV. A robot student named CLIDE joins Acme Looniversity. Buster, Plucky and Hamton become intoxicated after finding an unopened bottle of beer.

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Buster Bunny / C.L.I.D.E. (voice) (as Charlie Adler)
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Babs Bunny / TV Voice (voice)
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Plucky Duck (voice)
Don Messick ...
Hamton J. Pig (voice)
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Gogo Dodo / Elephant (voice)
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Dizzy Devil / Byron Vaughns / TV Voice (voice)
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Bugs Bunny / Foghorn Leghorn / TV Announcer (voice)
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Montana Max (voice)
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Buster and Babs discover that Dizzy Devil can't read because he's too hooked on watching TV. A robot student named CLIDE joins Acme Looniversity. Buster, Plucky and Hamton become intoxicated after finding an unopened bottle of beer.

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The "one beer" segment was a cause of controversy and was later banned from airing to due the depiction of intoxication and reckless behavior of the main characters. See more »

Quotes

Plucky Duck: [Drunkenly stumbles over to a police car where he digs around inside and takes the keys] Well, looky here, hows about we go for a lit - hic, a little ride
Hamton J. Pig: You mean like steal a car and risk going to jail?... Sounds like fun!
Buster Bunny: Cool man!
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Today's Lesson: Reading Ir Berry Impertant See more »

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References Devil May Hare (1954) See more »

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Music by Joseph Winner
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The elephant in the room is, this episode's ridiculous
3 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved Tiny Toons as a kid, but I don't remember seeing this episode when it first aired (1991). From what I recall, Elephant Issues isn't representative of what the show was like generally. In fact, this "very special episode" cheapens the show by making it look like a silly, forced public service announcement. The episode deals with illiteracy, prejudice and bullying and underage drinking.

The first segment is about Dizzy not learning to read because he watches too much TV. It's always interesting to see a TV show bite the hand that feeds it by attacking television. There may be some humour, but this segment is too heavy-handed and simplistic. The next segment is about prejudice at the school against a HAL-like robot student. This is a fine topic for a cartoon, but the downside is it's totally unfunny.

The third segment is easily the strangest. One Beer depicts Buster peer pressuring Plucky and Hamton into drinking a beer, even though Buster is explicitly depicted as a role model in the earlier segments. The episode shows the three underage cartoon characters drinking, stealing a car, drunk driving, and getting killed. Like the anti-drug Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue from the previous year, I have to question the effectiveness of cartoons like these. I wonder if showing beloved cartoon characters doing this backfires and encourages imitation. But it likely doesn't do anything at all. All it may accomplish is to make light of drunk driving, which is a fatal real-life problem. However, I will give One Beer this- it is funnier and more truthful than Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. It may exaggerate that sharing one beer will make you unattractive and dead, but there is some truth that more beer can give you gas and put you in a deadly car accident. Overall, I would say Elephant Issues has a noble purpose, but in the end it looks like an episode they were forced to do and shouldn't have been.


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