No pun in this post’s title, because the series in question was given such a good one as its own title!
As if to mitigate (even if it’s only in my personal view) its decision to create a Sylvester and Hippity Hopper collection, Warner Home Video is (At LAST!!!) releasing a volume of the great – and now unjustly forgotten – series TAZ-MANIA! More details are found HERE!
TAZ-MANIA came into being in an odd (and, perhaps, not well remembered) window of time.
|Taz remember! ...Maybe!|
The great success of The Disney Afternoon series of animated TV programs awakened the sleeping giant of Warner Bros., who countered with TINY TOON ADVENTURES in 1990.
But, in those years prior to the formation of the WB network – and, by extension, the once magnificent Sat AM block called “Kids WB”, that gave us PINKY AND THE BRAIN, FREAKAZOID!, SUPERMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES, BATMAN BEYOND, and so much more – TAZ-MANIA found a home on what was then known as “Fox Kids” in 1991 . And, though it eventually reached the then-syndication-requisite total of 65 episodes, it never made the transfer to “Kids WB” – to become forever linked in our collective memories with the other denizens of that great Sat AM block, as did both ANIMANIACS and BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES.
Nevertheless, TAZ-MANIA was a riot, with much of its comedy stemming from the fact that, while Taz had very limited powers of speech, the series was literally teeming with newly-created ancillary characters who talked endlessly around him! All the while exploiting his naiveté and his heretofore unseen “good nature"! He was even hunted by a pair of crocodiles (superbly voiced by John Astin and Jim Cummings) who wished to turn him over to a ZOO, for the enjoyment of all the zoo-going children of the world.
|"Now, let's put this DVD on our list, Axel!"|
We’ll get the first 13 eps in this set – and I, for one, can’t wait to become reacquainted with this wonderful (and unjustly obscure) series! …And, if memory serves, we will be getting the great “TAZ HATE WATER!” episode in this collection!
|"Eek! Ook! Snort! Someone say WATER?!"|