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Blah blah blah, yakkity schmakkity!
on August 8, 2013
"Taz Mania" is a show that elevated a minor Looney Tunes character to super-stardom, and at the time it aired, helped sell billions in Taz merchandise. Those of us who grew up with it remember it fondly, and it had some great moments. It paved the way for classic "Silver Age" Warner Bros. cartoons like Tiny Toons, Animaniacs and others.
There is only one problem with it, at least based on viewing these first episodes: it's not funny. Despite fluid, beautiful animation, sharp design, fully orchestrated music and top-notch voice talent, these "Taz Mania" episodes seem to ramble on and on. The incessant dialogue of the secondary characters seems to be overcompensating for the title character's limited vocabulary.
That said, voice actor Jim Cummings took over the voice of Taz from the late Mel Blanc beginning with this show, and with a few exceptions, he has remained the character's signature voice, and for good reason.
This show loses points with me for being way too talky, not very funny and largely slow-paced...but from an animation and design standpoint, as well as a showcase for voice talent, it's worth checking out. Just don't expect it to tickle your funnybone.