An animated series with the spirit of Looney Tunes, but featuring all new characters, made its television debut as a series on this day in history.
Tiny Toon Adventures, created by Tom Ruegger, made its debut as a primetime special on CBS on September 14th, 1990. It would follow as a series in both syndication and finally FOX Kids for a total of 100 episodes, lasting through mid-1995.
The series followed the adventures of a varied cast of characters somewhat inspired by classic Looney Tunes characters. The leads were Babs and Buster Bunny, and other characters included Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig, Shirley the Loon, and Fifi La Fume. Human characters included Montana Max, Elmyra Duff, Mary Melody, and others.
These characters were voiced by a cast of actors and actresses including Tress MacNeille, Charlie Adler, Kath Soucie, Frank Welker, Cree Summer, Joe Alaskey, and may others.
Aside from the series, the show featured a direct-to-video movie called How I Spent My Vacation as well as some primetime specials.In 1991, it won a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program
Tiny Toon Adventures was notable as it was one of several series with the label of famed director Steven Spielberg. Other series with the Spielberg name included Animaniacs (where some characters from Tiny Toons would appear), Freakazoid! and Pinky & The Brain.
The series has since been released on DVD.