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I've been posting some of my more rare, unique and interesting Tiny Toons/Animaniacs memorabilia over on Twitter and I thought it would be fun to share one of my cooler items here as well.  

This is a Tiny Toon Adventures Pre-Release Press Kit that was mailed out to television stations, marketing people and merchandise producers back in 1989 and early 1990:
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It comes in a nice TTA folder and is filled with all sorts of fun and even archaic items!  Let's take a look. 

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When you open it up, the left side features a plastic organizer with twenty slides for an old-school slide projector.  The right side contains a number of images including concept art, character pictures, headshots of the producers and cast as well as many pages of character bios and cast lists.

The slides are really cool and, of course, very retro!  They include a bunch of preview art as well as single images for a number of the characters.  Sadly, there's very little Fifi La Fume content in the pack.  The only reference to her is this slide which features a pretty common bit of promo art that's shown up on posters and packaging. 

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More interesting are these two slides featuring art that I've never seen previously.  Similar to the above, it shows various cast members interacting in amusing ways.  I believe the Elmyra hugging Max bit has shown up in marketing materials before, but the rest is really unique!  Also note that Furball has dark blue hands rather than the usual light blue matching his feet. 

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I wonder if part of the reason these didn't show up so much is because the portrayals of the characters here are slightly "off" the norm.  Dizzy was made into more of an antagonist character (which certainly softened over time) rather than "just one of the gang" in these images.  Buster is shown to be a bit more lazy, rather than the energetic rabbit of action.  Babs is playing on a tire swing and seems younger and more playful rather than an over-the-top shit disturber!

Likewise Furball is reaching for pink ice cream rather than a pink bird.  Hamton is gleefully eating a handful of sticky, goopy second-hand ice cream when his show portrayal is much more fastidious and a neat-freak.  Again, Dizzy seems to be more of a friend than an antagonist. 

The other side of the folder contains all the printed material, starting with headshots for Babs, Buster, Plucky as well as some group images and the show's logo.  It also has photos of Steven Spielberg and producer Tom Ruegger looking very...denim!
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After that there's a lot of text material detailing the plot of the show, a guide to the various slides and bios for the main characters.  These bios are a lot of fun, including weird, random info that never made it into the show!  For instance, did you know Babs actually owned a mobile phone...in 1990!?!  Clearly Max wasn't the only multi-millionaire in town!  Plucky maintains a C- average in school and seems to have serious, untreated anxiety and paranoid disorders.  FUN!  
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Also, weirdly, Babs is noted to be the Co-Host while Buster is just the Host.  

Max has a bit of a depressing bio, describing him as just wanting friends and using his villainy and greed as a coping mechanism for insecurity.  This is deep stuff!
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All told, this is a wonderful, nostalgic piece that I'm very proud to own!  It also give a lot of insight into how a children's cartoon was marketed to the people who run the stations, sell the toys, etc.  In this day of viral buzz, social network bombardment and instantaneous word-of-mouth (or at least word-of-Twitter) you don't image a lot of station managers sitting in a boardroom looking at a slideshow of cartoon rabbits and passing around one color copy of Steven Spielberg's professional bio.    But it was a different time and it's really fun getting a glimpse of it!
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I hope you enjoyed seeing this stuff!  If you like, I'll continue posting my collections here as well as Twitter.  It's certainly nice having more room to talk about the pieces and explain them a bit.  Thanks for reading and I hope everyone is doing great!

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Ooo8888 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Ant-Man and the Wasp is out man, I wish you could make art.
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fox-mccloud Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The best thing about this upcoming Fifi Friday is that while it's Friday in the Americas, it will be Bastille Day in France this year. :)
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the reminder!  Sadly, I had no idea, but thanks to your reminder I was able to plan accordingly!  =)
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TheFerbguy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had an idea for a photo!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh?  I'd love to hear it!
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TheFerbguy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is kinda all over the place but follow me on this.

It's based on a song by Aviators and 4everfreebrony called Reach (All Along), What I see while listening to the song many of times is... The Mane Six, Spike and the CMC are all huddled around each other, they are smiling and laughing. They look like they are telling each other their tales about helping each other and others out. Twilight is in the group as they're telling their tales, She thinks to herself how much she has accomplished living in Ponyville and becoming a better student leading up to becoming the princess of friendship.

The intent of the song was that it was based on the CMC, but I feel like it is a little more that. It's about how much they have accomplished through the series... Spike reaching out to Ember and bridging communications between ponies and dragons, helping Starlight understand the true meaning of friendship, The Cutie Mark Crusaders getting their cutie marks and helping others out when they do not know what to do, Fluttershy being able to take care of Discord, ETC...

Just think on it for a bit. I thought about it not only as a standalone picture but also for a project that I am working on that relates to what I have mentioned. If you don't want to do it that is fine.
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RazeTheBeast Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
How much is commissions?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately, I don't really take commissions!  My official work and personal projects take up most of the limited time I have!
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RazeTheBeast Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Oh I see sorry my mistake
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Don't worry about it!  I really appreciate your interest and I'm happy you like my art enough to ask!  That means a lot to me, so thank you!
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Clovershroom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Of course!  Your art is just lovely!  Than you for watching me!
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Johnny888845 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  New Deviant
Excuse me, if I may, what was that ship that crash landed there, the mysterious crashsite, is it from some franchise?
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toonaddict2001 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist
I love your art; especially your Tiny Toons art!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  I worry that I've been focusing so much on TTA stuff lately that my pony fan friends might get sick of it all, but it really does make me so happy to revisit that show!  I'm so glad you're enjoying it!!!
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for watching me! To what do I owe the honor?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! 

Well last nightI happened to remember that my husband and I attended a Transformers convention called Iacon One in Indiana many years ago.  I was looking around Google for pictures from the con and I found a bunch of photos on your DA page. 

I noticed that you were watching me, so I did likewise!
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! I had fun at that convention, still wish they'd done another one. Anyway, I'm honored; you do amazing work.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Same here!  We had a really good time.  My husband won the kitbash/custom contest and I won the auctinon for the signed Beast Wars figures!  I have very very fond memories of watching Path of Hero with the cast.  Really wonderful time!
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Johnny888845 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 20, 2018  New Deviant
What is that crash site? A ship from Marvel? Transformers? Or Star Wars?
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