Tiny Toon Adventures Cartoon Workshop
It's a video game. No, it's a cartoon. No, it's, it's...Tiny Toon Adventures Cartoon Workshop. Huh? Read on! This is not a game. Cartoon Workshop is a build your-own animation program that uses characters and elements from the smash hit Tiny Toon Adventures cartoon series. Similar to other breakthrough art games, such as Mario Paint and Art Alive, this game proves that you can have fun on your home video game system without lasers, monster bosses, or evil ninjas!
Lights, Camera, ACTION!
Cartoon Workshop places you in several roles -- writer, director, set decorator, composer, and cinematographer as you create cartoon segments that run up to five minutes in length. All your favorite Tiny Toons characters are waiting offstage, including Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Furrball, Plucky Duck, Calamity Coyote, and Little Beeper. The handy menu system enables you to scroll through and choose among a wide selection of stage settings, sound effects, music, props, and dialogue captions.
Before you start thanking the Academy, you have to learn the basics of making films. The first order of business is to prepare the setting and decorate the stage. In addition to 11 solid color backgrounds, you get eight, ready-made, scenic backgrounds, including a spooky castle, a forest, a schoolyard, and a desert. Each background is several TV screens wide, and you may connect several backgrounds together.
Toons and Tunes
Next up is the casting call. Up to two Tiny Toon characters can be on-screen' at the same time. Each character features a repertoire of animated moves, such as jumping, walking, and specific individual character movements. Some movements are quite detailed, such as Calamity Coyote jumping on a detonator and exploding in a puff of smoke, while others offer limited animation or no animation. As writer/director, you choose which animated clips best suit your setting and story. A wide assortment of props, such as explosions, water drops, fishies and bubbles, are also available.
You can add dialogue, music, and sound effects to your Oscar winner. A list of over two dozen captions is available, including key Tiny Toons phrases such as Babs' "To die for!" As for the sounds, various soundtracks create different moods, and audio effects. Bumps, klunks, slams, and bangs add extra punch to the onscreen action.
A salute to Konami for creating a groundbreaking game that is both fun and educational. Although the game is aimed at younger players who watch Tiny Toons, players of all ages will have fun creating their own cartoons. Who knows, this game just might just send future Steven Spielbergs and George Lucases on their way to Hollywood!