Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Looney TV: Pinky, Elmyra, & the Brain (1998)

Pinky & The Brain were fine by themselves, but some jabroni at Warner Bros. decided to shake things up by giving them a human foil who proved to be even more clueless than Pinky (Rob Paulsen), if that was even possible.

That would be Elmyra Duff (Cree Summer), formerly of Tiny Toon Adventures, who one day went into a pet shop to buy a turtle, and ended up with more than she bargained for. Combine her IQ with that of Pinky, and, suffice to say, it ain't much. Brain (Maurice LaMarche doing a Orson Welles mimic), who's had to suffer with Pinky's mental shortcomings to begin with, now must deal with Elmyra's suffocating presence.

Pinky, Elmyra, & The Brain, however, proved to be the last straw for Amblin Entertainment's collaboration with WB. Viewers voted with their remotes, and after six weeks, the series was cancelled. The remaining seven were divided up and mixed into an anthology series combining other WB cartoons.

Here's the intro:

It turns out that Elmyra's red hair is actually a wig, suggesting a connection to Elmer Fudd, as if her first name and facial features weren't enough. Her personality, though, reminds me of a minor character in "Snoopy Come Home" who claimed possession of Snoopy for a time, and was just suffocating.

No rating.


Goldstar said...

"Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain" was just as good an idea on TV as it sounded on paper, which is to say, not good at all. I saw a couple episodes of this thing and didn't laugh once. Not even a cameo by Baloney (from A!'s 'Baloney and Kids') could save this train wreck. For those who haven't seen PE&tB, just try to imagine what "Game of Thrones" would be like if the producers suddenly decided to add Steve Urkel to the cast and you have an idea what PE&tB you're in for.

There's even a line in the shows' opening theme song that shows how not on board the producers were with this idea. I read that PE&tB was so bad that it lead to Peter Hastings leaving WB to work for Disney.

hobbyfan said...

Read the same thing you did, Goldstar. As I noted, this might've been the end of the deal between Amblin & WB because of this fool's folly.