Tiny Toon Adventures Design Bible/ Style Guide
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Published: January 28, 2019
It's safe to say I've been collecting Tiny Toons merchandise for most of my life.  I was 9 or 10 when the show premiered and I spent much of my tweens and teens obsessed with it.  As I got older I became more into anime and horror, but from time to time I would continue to try and add TTA items to my collection.  And within the past year I've been once again focusing on acquiring absolutely everything I can that's related to the show's production and merchandising.  

The Fifi animation cels and sprawling amount of original concept art I've acquired are the crown jewels of my collection, but one item in particular has eluded me for 30 years- the show's style guide.  For those who don't know, Style Guides and Design Bibles are put together during production as a guide for animators, artists, merchandisers, etc.  They contain vast amounts of info and art for every character and episode so everything that's made for the show can stay on-model to the characters designs and their personalities. 

Well, at long last, this rare treasure is mine!  Mwahahahahahaha!
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The book is HUGE, an expansive three ring binder filled with info on every character, season 1 episodes, iconography and typography, concept art, official merchandising art, logo design and varations...in short, EVERYTHING!
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I will post some more pages later this week for Fifi Friday!

A million, trillion, quintillion thank yous to my mysterious benefactor who helped me realize a lifelong dream!  It may seem dumb but I tear up as I go through this book. The show has meant and continues to mean so much to me. Owning this isn't just filling a hole in my collection, it's really a memento of something I deeply love!
  
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Shirokou's avatar
OMG THAT'S AMAZING!!!
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
I just keep flipping through the pages and smiling!
Shirokou's avatar
YOU DESERVE IT! XD!!!
nezudomo's avatar
Wow, what a fantastic find. Nice.
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  It's really made me ridiculously happy!
Owlor's avatar
OwlorHobbyist Digital Artist
I always love looking at show bibles and see how the show viewed itself. I'm particularly amused by the tagline "very nineties", now there's a statement that's never stopped being true, but whose meaning have shifted considerably.
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
I have a Fifi Bubble Blowing Set that's still in the package, and the back of this reprints the "Very Nineties" bit verbatim!  I always thought it was such an odd turn of phrase and selling point, but it's even more amusing to discover that it was an official mission statement for the show!
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Shame that not all the animators adhered to the style guide, with the worst offenders being, obviously, Kennedy, the early Wang episodes with the thick outlines, Encore, Startoons, and don't even get me started on the Freelance episodes. Sure they only did two, but it pretty much set in stone how they would handle their Animaniacs episodes. So the only animation company who hit it right out of the park was TMS, and I'm sure that's why Warners had them animate "How I Spent My Vacation", which featured some of their finest work, especially the water gun fight between Buster and Babs. But I ramble. Nice find!
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, I totally agree.  Many of the animation houses produced such low-quality and off-model work that even as a little kid I could tell the tremendous gulf of difference in quality between episodes like Born to be Riled and the weird proportions and movement in Fields of Honey!  
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Well, Fields of Honey is kinda given a pass since Kennedy apparently only did the first act. I believe the rest of the episode was done by Wang, similar to The Looney Beginning (which had 75% animation by Kennedy and the chase scene in Monty's mansion by Wang).
Mokey1980s's avatar
Dang, I am so jealous. If only cause I can't read it personally. But a great find, grats on it =)
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!  <3
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hrfarringtonProfessional General Artist
This is so cool, grats on the find! I used love the show and I watched the Summer Vacation movie obsessively xD
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
I pretty much wore out my copy of Summer Vacation!  I pretty much watched it every day for a year!
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hrfarringtonProfessional General Artist
:wow:
GoldandSliverDragon's avatar
So you don't know who got you it?
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
Oh, I do!  I guess I should have said "anonymous benefactor" instead since they'd prefer not to be named!
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Mighty-MuffinsHobbyist Digital Artist
That is wild pixel.  :]
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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
It's been a pretty awesome week, I must say!
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HugbellHobbyist Digital Artist
OMG this is amazeballs Pixel~!!! ;; Tiny toons is one of the best cartoons of the 90's.

You make me want to dig up my buster bunny plush. He's like my favorite beyond my Tenderheart from Care Bears. ;;

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PixelKittiesProfessional Digital Artist
I used to have Buster as well!  Sadly I haven't gotten around to collecting the stuffed animals yet, but they're on my list!  
Hugbell's avatar
HugbellHobbyist Digital Artist
Yay Buster Plush Pals!!!! I kind of wish I could find a Babs so he wasn't lonely as the only Tiny Toon's toy I have.

I have a plush. . . few. Most of them are the vintage 80's care bears from the US (the UK ones are stupid expensive now). I think the largest childhood collection has to be my little ponies which include a few random plush in there.
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phallen1Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is a fantastic acquisition. Congratulations! I hope it's still in good shape and will hold together well for you.
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