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This week I decided I wanted to update and refine my blatantly self-inserted Tiny Toons OC character for #FifiFriday.  TTA didn't have a very expansive human cast, so looking up references on Max, Mary Melody and Elmyra, I was reminded of Elmyra's ill-fated family sitcom spinoff episodes.

ElmyraFam house by PixelKitties

For those who've forgotten (myself included, as will be discussed later) someone at WB thought people actually liked Elmyra enough to have her own show.  They tested the waters with two episodes featuring Elmyra and her lovable family unit, the Duffs.  There's her dad, MacArthur, a halpess inventor in the vein of the dad from Gremlins.  His brilliant ideas include a machine that turns tears into drinking water and chemically transforming egg yolks into thermite plasma.

ElmyraFam MacArthur by PixelKitties

There's Elmyra's mom Emily who works at a radio station and seems to be the main breadwinner of the family.  She seems like a very nice lady and is one of the more stable members of the Duff household.  Unfortunately she has a terminal case of the Duff Look, which is like the “Innsmouth Look” except with 60% more Elmer Fudd.  

ElmyraFam Emily by PixelKitties

Brother Duncan is a rambunctious scamp with a big imagination who wears a fanny pack and pretends to be a superhero.  PFFT! What a loser!  At one point he ninja rolls out of Elmyra's closet wearing her bra.  Did you know Elmyra wears a bra?  I'm telling you this because this shit can't be unlearned and I'm damn well not carrying this eldritch knowledge in my head alone.

ElmyraFam Duncan by PixelKitties

There's a baby who everyone in the family is terrified of because it has mutant rage strength.  This isn't even a joke, in the first episode “Take Elmyra Please” mom Emily has a panic attack when the baby rends the bars of its cage free and begins destroying the house.  Remember the movie “It's Alive?”  It's like that.

ElmyraFam baby by PixelKitties

There's, of course, Elmyra herself who is somewhat different from her Tiny Toons portrayal.  She's toned down, with slightly less murdery tendencies.  

ElmyraFam pets by PixelKitties

Slightly...

Anyway, in this elseworlds tale she doesn't go to Acme Loo, instead attending a human school full of other humans.  BORING.  She does have Furrball and Byron Basset as pets, which considering her family is portrayed as mostly normal says a lot for the parental supervision in this house. She also seems even more dense, if that's possible?  The plots of both episodes in this show-within-a-show are driven by Elmyra's utter cluelessness to everything around her.

The family also has a thicc German maid named Queequeg for some reason?  Mom clearly has a REALLY good job at the radio station because I don't think Dad's patent on a juicer/phone/shaving kit combo is bringing in the cash.

ElmyraFam Maid by PixelKitties

The part that really intrigued me was Elmyra's weirdly normal sister Amanda.  She's a cool 90s lesbian teenager who has 9,999 Maniacs posters on her wall and has a crush on a girl at school named Nickie Butler.

ElmyraFam Amanda by PixelKitties

 What blew my mind was that she looks almost exactly like my OC, right down to the purple hair and skull earrings!  I very clearly remember, in my own play and imaginings, that even back then this was the look of my avatar in that universe.  So I'm not sure whether I completely ripped off this character and forgot about it or whether I just subconsciously ticked off all these traits that I wanted to emulate and integrated them without even realizing it.  It's weird that my mental image of this made up character permeated all through the years, long after I forgot this unsettling and ill-advised field trip into Elmyra's domestic life was forgotten.

FifiFriday Friends by PixelKitties Es02 by PixelKitties

So, long story short, the Elmyra spinoff episodes were, literally, forgettable.  EXCEPT for the fact they were the first appearance of Mr. SkullHead who is baller and I SWEAR is the inspiration behind Teen Girl Squad.  If anyone should have gotten their own show out of this, it's Mr. SkullHead.

Skullhead01 by PixelKitties Skullhead03 by PixelKitties Skullhead04 by PixelKitties

Amazingly enough, Elmyra DID get her own series in 1998, which in itself was a spinoff of Pinky and The Brain called Pinky and Elmyra and The Brain (fucking seriously!)  

Elmyra with Pinky and Brain by PixelKitties

Much like Elmyra, this perfect storm of awfulness was wanted by absolutely no one.  Peter Hastings, writer and producer from TTA and Animaniacs, was essentially press ganged into working on the show.  He loathed the idea, and his lyrics to the theme song express that sentiment:

So Pinky and the Brain
Share a new domain
It's what the network wants,
Why bother to complain?


Followed by The Brain intoning “I deeply resent this.”

In this version, Pinky and The Brain now live with Elmyra in a different house with no visible family or parental supervision.  Also, Elmyra now goes to a DIFFERENT human school with a cast of classmates nobody cares about.

And that's that!  All because of an OC I fell down this rabbit hole and felt it important to share it with you as well.
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Strebiskunk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019
Personally, while Elmyra was never on my list of favorites, I never really minded her that much on TTA.  She had her place in the cast, and even had a few funny lines once in a while.  Though I thought Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain was absolutely terrible.  Her dialogue in that show was so one-note and dumbed down, I think it retroactively makes her TTA appearances better, even if you're not a fan.
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
You think the baby is one of dad's experiment?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think that's pretty heavily implied!  
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
Glad to hear I'm not the only one to think that
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jasonbres Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
Oh, BTW, Mr. Skullhead did get somewhat of a spinoff, when he became the star of the Tom Bodett-narrated "Good Idea/Bad Idea" segments of Animaniacs. Also, Mr. Skullhead was the creation of Sherri Stoner, who was the model for both Ariel and Belle, and would later become the voice of Slappy Squirrel on Animaniacs.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I loved the Good Idea and Bad Idea segments!  Thanks for the great info!
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
Surprised Discovery Family didn't include these when they had TTA & Animaniacs...
Never heard of the first one, but barely remember the other...
I think there's a DVD floating around with a couple eps of PE&TB...
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed there is!  You can pick up the complete series on Amazon for around 10 bucks!  Only recommended if you hate yourself or are looking for a particularly cruel gift for someone you loathe!
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Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
lol
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TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
TMBG had a connection wit Tiny Toons:  Is TMBG's Mr. Skullivan just Mr. Skullhands with the serial numbers filed off?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
OMG!  Tiny Toons is responsible for making me a TMBG fan for life!  I've loved them ever since the Triangle Man and Istanbul segments!  
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Hugbell Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
. . . .I'm not sure I realized it was a spin off show??? I remember the brother but not the sister. o-o
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
These particular episodes weren't the spin-off, although they were WB testing the waters to see fan response to a potential spinoff.  If this iteration had made the jump to it's own series, these would have probably ended up as regular episodes.

Interestingly, the opening of Take Elmyra Please actually begins with recycled and re-dubbed footage from K-Acme of Buster and Babs introducing the Elmyra Show!  
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Hugbell Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhhhh no wonder I remember them and not the sister. xD

Poor Buster and Babs always getting drug into something by Elmyra. If it's not poor furrball.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I know right!  That just seems excessively cruel to shove them into this against their will!  That has got to be against the Geneva Conventions!
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Hugbell Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seriously, plus what did the three of them ever do to Elymra to deserve such treatment. I hope they were at least paid well in carrots and cat food.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew about Elmyra's Family Values and the less said about Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain the better. Fuck Jamie Kellner for canceling many of the shows that we loved watching.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I was no longer following Tiny Toons or Animaniacs by the time Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain came along but scrubbing through the episodes...it's not good.  Definitely not good.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
None of it was good. I was around 13 years old when that show came about and I hated what Jamie Kellner did. He cancelled BTAS, Superman TAS, Animaniacs and Pinky & the Brain because in his idiotic mind, he believed that the shows didn't attract their age groups. God damn. All of this makes me feel angry for some dumb f*cking reason.
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jasonbres Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
Many people forget that Elmyra was created to be a tween counterpart for Elmer Fudd. But I'll say this, Cree Summer always gave a hilarious vocal performance as the character, even if it was a little annoying. But it amazes me that Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain lasted more episodes than The Plucky Duck Show, which was just one original episode (The Return of Batduck) and compilation episodes of different Plucky shorts.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
You're totally right!  It's right there in the last name if you flip it and reverse it!  F-U-D-D to D-U-F-F!  And while Elmer was more firearms-focused when it came to the murder of adorable creatures, Elmyra was more the...serial killer variety!

But yeah, The Plucky Duck Show had a lot more potential (and character appeal) than anything with Elmyra who, in all seriousness, is pretty one-note.  She's a fine and amusing antagonist, but the idea of her carrying an entire series is a weird decision!
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
I remember the episode like Rear Window with the little brother thinking their neighbour is a murderer or something.

AND YES, MR. SKULLHEAD IS A BAMF.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes!  That was the second spinoff-test episode Grandma's Dead.  Grandma, in that case, was the name of one of Elmyra's ill-fated hamsters, though the episode also featured her actual grandmother on her father's side who also has the unfortunate resting Fudd face.

It does have a pretty great line- "Yeah, but she was old and whenever we let her out of her cage, she wet on everything."
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Shirokou Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
UNFORTUNATE RESTING FUDD FACE, I CANNOT.

I just had flashbacks, omg.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
I knew that Elmyra got her own show for some bizarre reason, but not how bad it actually got. My sympathies to everyone who endured watching it.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I'm certainly exaggerating a bit when it comes to Take Elmyra Please.  It was a WEIRD episode, but not exactly bad.  But the fact it was so tonally different from Tiny Toons proper and that anyone thought a sitcom about Elmyra was something kids wanted made it both remarkable and weirdly forgettable. 

That said, the actual spinoff Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain was TERRIBAD and should be avoided at all cost! 
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2019
Man, I forgot that spinoff show of Elmyra and her family. But seeing all this kinda triggered them memories, albeit I don't remember the details of the episodes explicitly. And yes, Pinkie, Elmyra and the Brain was horrible. I remember watching what I could stand of it on the WB afternoon, and simply not thinking it was funny or even remotely interesting.

I don't know why the producer/writer was exactly forced to work on it, but boy I felt sorry for him.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
It was so bad!  I mean, Pinky and The Brain are such iconic characters, it's amazing how little justice they were given in this weird alternate universe.   And unlike the TTA Elmyra's family episodes, there is so little context or background given to her life that it just seems...cheap, I guess?  Like the minimum effort was put in and WB hoped to coast on the character's name recognition alone. 
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
I would not be surprised
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Blame Jamie Kellner.
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Student Writer
It was the 90s, this isn't all that surprising. In fact... www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX6-Dw…
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
The 90s were weird alright!
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RK-Striker-JK-5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
Oh my GOD! I do remember this! Holy crap, I haven't thought about that in literal decades. Wow. Who the hell liked Elmyra so much to give her this AND have her ruin Pinkie and the Brain?!

One question, though. What is this 'Duff look', Pixel?
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
So, in the HP Lovecraft story The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the local townspeople have been worshiping and breeding with monstrous fish people from the ocean!  Others describe these odd, large-eyed, dull-looking people as having "The Innsmouth Look."  So, in this case, I would say the Duff Look is the same, except instead of looking like fish, they look like Elmyra's inspiration: Elmer Fudd.  Elmyra Duff, of course being a play on the name Elmer Fudd!
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RK-Striker-JK-5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
Ah! Thank you very much! That makes 100% perfect sense. :)
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pj202718 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019
The only good non-TTA appearance of Elmoron was on Animaniacs......when she got her stupid self mangled chasing Mindy. 

As for the baffling love the network had for the useless character, it's not so baffling to me: suits tend to be stupid too. 
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I read an article recently talking about the recent Bumblebee movie.  The director was lamenting how hard it was to get the studio heads and even Hasbro on board with the idea of showing G1 inspired Cybertronian characters.  He talked about how all the higher ups were convinced that the public and fans LOVED Michael Bay's interpretations of the characters above and beyond the original, classic versions and were terrified that fans would be angry seeing the retro designs on screen.  Anybody with a passing familiarity with the IP knows the exact opposite is true, but unfortunately decision makers are often isolated from reality and make huge decisions based on that skewed perspective!
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pj202718 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
I remember seeing a sitcom on PBS that had someone running a TV studio notice that what Flipper, Baywatch, Gilligan's Island and McHale's Navy had in common was water and come to the conclusion that a show about a municipal swimming pool would be a blockbuster. Elmyra's baffling appeal with programming execuitives must be akin to that brain fart.
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TarriPup Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I vaguely remember what you are talking about.
What have you done to me? :ohnoes:

Also for all we know you ARE Elmyra's cool older sister... maybe you didn't even realise it..? =P

Now that I have finished and posted my new Fifi Friday piece, I am now back to considering that TTA OC...
...I'm still not sure whether to go for bunny or puppy... ^^;
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Honestly, I say bunny all the way!  Puppies are fun, but my perception has always been that Bunnies are the apex species in the WB universe!
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TarriPup Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
That is true... also, my weekly comic character representing me is a bunny, so it's kind of attached... ^^;
The next question would be if the ears would be floppy like my comic character, or regular bunny ears like in WB... :3
Also age and gender... gotta figure that one out, too!
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AlexKuro Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019
To quote the Red Hood:

”Ah, memories”

Even as a kid, those episodes about Elmyra’s family felt so out of place to me.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
They really were!  And that's the thing, they weren't even bad.  There was a lot of work done in new character designs, animation, characterization and world building completely divorced from Tiny Toons proper.  But it just didn't fit, and even as kids I think the tonal differences and out-of-left-field-ness of it was jarring!
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fox-mccloud Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one knew about this rabbit hole, and that it was very deep, but was not aware of just how deep it was, and it's like the time in the 1970s musical of Scrooge when Albert Finney is frightened by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, who looks like the Grim Reaper, and he falls into his open grace, descending down in the bowels of Hell itself. The horror!
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
Cartoons are awesome...and also can be really really weird!
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2019  Professional Artist
Sweet Celestia, I was mercifully unaware of this sordid history—until now. The horror.
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PixelKitties Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
It really makes one feel like the protagonist in a Lovecraft story! 
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Catspaw-DTP-Services Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Professional Artist
I HAVE LEARNED TOO MUCH
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