Featuring Tiny Toon Adventures (SNES) and several.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
ah, Tiny Toon Adventures. One of the major players of the 90s animation boom it was intended to bring back the Looney Tunes tunes style of humor after the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988. Often overshadowed by Animaniacs and its many spinoffs. As for every successful cartoon show, a large number of video game adaptions have been made for all relevant consoles of the day.
For September 8th 2023, a reboot of the show has been announced featuring older versions of the characters in a college like environment that is to start on Max. To celebrate this, I decided to make a game/pop music comparison special featuring a game that has remained in my memory since childhood: Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! for the SNES from 1992. This is a little bit longer than usual as multiple songs of the game are featured.
I had to split this blog entry into two parts because apparently destructoid has difficulties with blog entries that have too many videos.
First we have the main/title theme of the show:
This is somewhat of a no-brainer as it is the main theme of the show. But did you know that this theme is likely to be heavily inspired by early 20th century popular music? Some examples:
Ballard MacDonald - "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers" (1922):
Apparently it was inspired by a late 19th century piece called Léon Jessel - The Parade of the Tin Soldiers (1897).
There also is a song from 1900 that may or may not be based on this song:
Horace Basler - "After the Possum Hunt" (1900):
There is also a song "The Winner" by Edmund Braham from 1898 but I cannot check it anymore because the only Youtube copy was taken down.
Next we have the song that plays after the Dizzy fight:
which of course is the infamous Chicken Reel from 1910:
The song is used in early 20th century Looney Tunes episodes. Unfortunately, the Youtube clip I intended for this has been taken down.
And of course the song on the out-of-control train:
A stock from many silent era films, this obviously from
Franz von Suppé - Poet and Peasant - Overture:
The jingle at the beginning of the football game:
Aka the infamous "Charge":
In the second part next week come the theories for the less obvious songs.