31 May 2013

Crisis of Infinite Episodes - The Return of Batduck

In 1992, The Plucky Duck Show was imagined as a spin-off of Tiny Toon Adventures, though only the first episode was original to the spin-off series. It just so happened that this episode, a full length adventure, payed homage to the then in release, Batman Returns. The episode was less parody and more meta-humor packed focusing on Plucky Duck hoping to land the lead role in Tim Burton's Batman sequel. After all, Plucky had "played" Batduck before.

There were plenty of funny jabs at other Burton films like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice as well as tons of other cameos (such as a cameos by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Penguin and Captain Hook) as well as Tim Burton himself playing a key role. 

One of the funniest sequences is probably the part lampooning Sean Young who in real life lobbied publicly, embarrassingly, and unsuccessfully for the role of Catwoman. Batman, or rather the actor playing Batman, eventually appeared and Plucky landed the role of the film's stunt-duck. In the end, a decent episode, maybe a little long, but full of fun references for movie geeks and fans of Burton's Batmans.

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