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Gang Busters
Season 1, Episode 21
Air date 9 October 1990
Written by Wayne Kaatz, Jim Reardon
Directed by Ken Boyer
Gag credit Free T.V. - You get what you pay for
End tag Buster: "And that's a wrap!"
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Gang Busters is the 21st broadcast episode and 12th production episode of the animated series Tiny Toon Adventures. It was written by Wayne Kaatz and Jim Reardon, and directed by Ken Boyer.


Montana Max hangs out with three gang members, so he can be cool. He and his gang go into Acme Buy N' Buy, where Rémi Bughari asks them if there is anything they want to purchase. Monty tells Remi that they're just looking as he and his gang steal a slushie machine. Buster is on his way to Acme Buy N' Buy to get a carrot slushie, but Monty and his gang pass by him with the police on their tails. Buster confronts Monty and his gang in an alley and demands they give the slushie machine back. They toss the slushie machine on top of Buster and flee as the police arrive. Remi thinks that Buster is the one who stole his Slushie Machine, and one of the police officers arrests him, as Monty and his gang have framed Buster for the theft.

Buster is put on trial and Plucky is his lawyer. Babs is the court reporter who also tries to impress the judge with impersonations of Looney Tunes characters. Plucky turns out to be a very obnoxious lawyer and he and Buster are sent to jail when they are found guilty of both slushie theft and disorderly conduct in a courtroom (the jury is made entirely of Yosemite Sam clones). As they are being bused off to jail, Plucky loudly protests his innocence until Buster whacks him with the judge's mallet.

Monty is pleased that Buster is in jail. Plucky goes insane being locked up, despite the fact that he and Buster have only been in jail for five minutes. Buster and Plucky tell a guard that they want a better room. The guard assigns them to working in the garden, threatening to put them in the hole if they fail. Using a garden hose, Plucky tries to escape, much to Buster's disapproval. They are sent to the hole, where it is so dark, all they can see are their eyes. To pass the time, they use their eyes to play the video games Pong and Pac-Man. With nothing to look at but their eyes, Plucky suggests they find a way out. Buster starts digging his way out with Plucky following closely behind. They make several attempts to burrow out, eventually ending up in the Juvenile Hall storage room, where they meet up with the prisoners Rocky and Mugsy who force them to dig them to freedom.

Meanwhile, Gogo Dodo, Babs Bunny, and Hamton want to free Buster and Plucky, and they beg the Warden to release them. Babs also tells them that they are Buster's friends and have signed petitions to release them. Buster digs his way up and leads them to the Warden's office where the Warden releases Buster and Plucky for turning over Rocky and Mugsy. In return for turning them over, Buster is given a chance to prove he was framed.

Monty and his gang are roaming the streets, making a mess of Acme Acres. Buster, Gogo, Plucky, and Babs start rapping with Plucky as the DJ to get Monty to confess and he refuses. Among the gags they use is the prison bus, retooled as a boom box, which they use against Monty and his gang. Hamton tries to think rap and fails. He plays a banjo and then does a disco dance, neither of which impresses the others.

Despite Hamton's mishaps, the Toons continue chasing Monty using hip hop and other pressure tactics against him and eventually this strategy pays off. Monty finally turns himself in to the Warden and confesses to the crime so that he doesn't have to hear that rapping sound. Buster is given a full pardon as Monty is sentenced to three months of juvenile hall and community service. Hamton ends the cartoon by telling Buster he knows how to rap. He wraps a gift box, and Buster tells him not to quit his day job.


  • The beginning and ending of this episode are a parody of the TV series Dragnet. Above the WB shield in the beginning is "Dum Dee Dum Dum", which is a vocalization of the Dragnet fanfare. Buster and Babs both impersonate the Dragnet protagonist, Joe Friday.
  • The license plate of the police car that takes Buster away says "LWOOD", a reference to the character of Elwood Blues from The Blues Brothers.
  • When Buster and Plucky are in jail in a dark cell, they get bored and start playing Pong with each other's eyes. Plucky also plays Pac-Man for a few seconds mimicking the sound effects.
  • When Buster and Plucky try to escape, their side stops include the Pirates of the Caribbean ride from Disneyland, a temple filled with snakes from Indiana Jones complete with a cameo by Indiana Jones, and Batman's cave.
  • Judge Whopper is a reference to Judge Wapner from People's Court.
  • When Judge Whopper sentences Buster and Plucky while grinning wickedly the way he's animated is very similar to the scene in Pinocchio when the evil Coachman smiles after telling his cronies what he plans to do to the boys on Pleasure Island.
  • When Buster, Plucky and Gogo are dressed as The Fat Guys, they were a parody of the hip hop act The Fat Boys.
  • When Hamton is disco dancing, Fifi, Elmyra and Shirley sing "Disco inferno! Disco inferno!" Disco Inferno is a hit disco song by The Trammps.
    • Hamton is also wearing the disco suit from the film Saturday Night Fever.


  • One of Monty's cronies in this episode first appears in "The Looney Beginning" as one of the villains who escapes from the villains box.
  • The Warden of the Juvenile Hall bears a strong resemblance to obscure Looney Tunes character Colonel Shuffle, but with darker skin.
  • Two prisoners from the episode strongly resemble Rocky and Mugsy from the Looney Tunes cartoons and they even have the same names, but they look really younger; Mugsy from Looney Tunes is bald, while Mugsy from the episode has very long hair.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Charlie Adler Buster Bunny, Guard, Batman
Tress MacNeille Babs Bunny
Joe Alaskey Plucky Duck, Indiana Jones, Yosemite Sam, Warden
Don Messick Hamton J. Pig
Danny Cooksey Montana Max
Frank Welker Gogo Dodo, Furrball, Mugsy, Judge Whopper, Babs' Groucho Impression, Police Officer
Rob Paulsen Rémi Bughari, Rocky


  • Remi: "Can I help you fellas? You want day old burrito, maybe?"
  • Plucky: "Your honor, I'm Buster's lawyer, and I'd like to present these photos as evidence."
(The photos are all of female ducks)
Judge Whopper: "Evidence of what?"
Plucky: "My photographic skills."
  • Plucky (About being in a dark room where all he and Buster can see is their eyes): "Hey, if we stay here long enough, think of the savings on animation!"
Buster: "And if we stay too long, we'll crack up."
  • Buster (after winning at Pong): "The winner!"
Plucky: "Hey, you cheated!"
Buster: "I did not!"
Plucky: "Did too!"
Buster: "Did not!"
Plucky: "Did too!"
Buster: "Did too!"
Plucky: "Did not!"
Buster: "Right!"
  • Plucky (After Buster beat him at Pac-Man): "Hey, you put out my eye!"
Buster: "Oh, relax. Just blink and you'll be fine."
  • Batman: "Oh, no. First that blonde, and now this. Oh, jeez, Alfred, why don't you just tell the world we're down here?"
Buster: "Huh, see if I stand in line for your sequel."
  • (Buster and Plucky are helping Rocky and Mugsy dig out of prison.)
Rocky: "Keep diggin', rabbit."
Mugsy: "Yeah, keep rabbit, diggin', I mean, keep dabbit riggin', I mean, just... keep going."
  • Babs: "Hamton, Disco is dead. Join the 90s."
Buster: "Keep trying pal. Think rap. Rap."
  • Buster (Spoken): "Yo, check this out. Ow!" (Singing): "Well, you think that you're the terror of all Acme Acres, well I'm here to tell you know you're all a bunch of fakers! Ow! You thought you had Buster framed for your crime, they sent him to the big house to do some time." (Rapping): "Ugh! But he broke out of prison and he's back on the street. He's here to show you boys a rap you won't beat."
  • Babs, Plucky, and Gogo (Rapping): Can't Beat the Rap. Can't Beat the Rap. Order in the court room Can't Beat the Rap."
  • Babs (Singing): "The guilty can run but they cannot hide, they've got to let their conscience be their guide."
  • Buster, Plucky, and Gogo (Rapping): "We're The Fat Guys and we'll tell you what to do. Better turn yourself in or we'll sit on you! Can't Beat the Rap. Can't Beat the Rap. Order in the court room Can't Beat the Rap."
  • Monty: "I want a lawyer!"
Plucky: "My card."
Monty: "No!"
  • Monty (As a car driver dumps a huge pile of garbage on him in a no-littering zone): "Hey, there are laws in this town, you know!"


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