Yeah, it's been sometime since the B&W version. Really been out of it lately -_-. Hell this was actually DELAYED a week because my hard drive crashed and the original PSD file now looks like pink static from file corruption (yes, Giygas DOES come to mind...) tried all sorts of recovery apps in self denial but just did a retake of the darn thing
So as many of you have been aware, the victim of two weeks ago is Miranda Wright from Bonkers---a pretty damn interesting Disney Afternoon toon from my childhood for one it takes inspiration from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and cop dramas and another it almost feels like two different series.
Duane Capizzi (ironically he worked on "The Mask" cartoon and the "Jackie Chan Adventures" if you remember the Oni Mask arc...) was in charge of the Miranda episodes which were little more "grown up" (notably for scenes where Miranda has to use her gun) than the Robert Taylor episodes which featured Lucky Piquel. Miranda is a very much competent officer, often played as the serious fold. Capizzi's series actually stays more truer to Bonker's "Raw Toonage" days, even his interest for Fawn Deer is more than just a thing on stage.
Taylor's episodes relied more on comedy than police business, in which Lucky is well...not always so lucky. Bonkers doesn't hang around his old buddies like Jitters and Fawn being tied in policework and all, they only show up in the hour-long pilot, an episode where Fall-Apart steals a kiss from Fawn and the transition episode with Fireball Frank which is EVEN MORE CONTROVERSIAL THAN THE MIRANDA EPISODES what with allusions to terrorism. "New Partners on the Block" is the ONLY time you'll see Miranda and Grating handled by the Australian Disney TV animation team.
It should be noted there are a few similarities and differences in my moment of nine-year old geekdom to share. Aside from the differing partner dynamic, Bonkers ACTUALLY has a different speech pattern in the Lucky episodes than he does in the Miranda episodes, the only common Disney animation studio between the Lucky and Miranda episodes is the Japanese Disney animation studio ("Calling All Cars", "Do Toons Dream of Animated Sheep?", "Never Cry Pig", "Tokyo Bonkers" and as a nod "Hear No Bonkers See No Bonkers" which is a Lucky episode with a Miranda cameo as the Chief's secretary), art and color direction differs heavily when Taylor took over. I could go on.
Although still prefer the Taylor/Piquel series myself, unlike the Disney execs of the time I really didn't think the Miranda episodes were all that bad.
Oh and to those thinking "It'll never happen" well, "Love Stuck" DID show that Bonkers has crushed on a human before...so yeah. --------------
It's another day on the beat for Hollywood P.D., Bonkers and Miranda are called to the office of Professor Ludwig Von Drake.
Upon their arrival they find his office in complete shambles. It almost looked like there was a struggle. Miranda readied her gun "This looks bad." Bonkers quivered. "Professor Ludwig von Drake? Are you all right?" Miranda shouted.
"Fine, just fine thank you!" Ludwig Von Drake laughed "I've just made a SHOCKING discovery!"
The duck doctor crawled out of the toppled bookcases then reached into his coat, holding out a wooden Mask.
"Ewwww... what's that ugly thing?" Bonkers exclaimed.
"You called us all the way here to show us an old mask?" Miranda grimaced.
"Not just ANY Mask," Von Drake dusted the Mask off a bit "This Mask transforms whoever puts it on into a wacky, kooky ragamuffin."
"What's the big deal?" Miranda shrugged "We bust toons like that all the time."
"Ah, but this isn't a TOON artifact. This design is oh so depressing. I doubt any toon would make such a ting."
"You gotta point, it looks kinda sad" Bonkers mused.
"Whatever the case it's possible this Mask may even work on to give humans to give them the property of toons as well"
The toon cop burst with excitement "Awesome Possum! Imagine if the Sarge got a hold of this thing!"
Miranda could feel a headache coming on "Let's not go there. That just sounds like a nightmare waiting to happen..."
"Whatever the case, I'd like you two to take it back to the station for safe keeping. You never know what kind of crazy kooks would be after dis ting!"
------------- (Bonkers and Miranda are out of Drake's office heading back to the station to drop off the Mask. On the way though, they're about to make a detour to grab some donuts)
"I don't get it. What's so groundbreaking about this discovery?"
"Think about it Miranda, humans can FINALLY know what it's like to be a toon!"
"You SAW what happened in Von Drake's place, that thing's GOTTA be unstable. If someone like Wild Man Wyatt or Fireball Frank got that thing, it'd be hell to be an officer."
Bonkers looked at the Mask and grinned a bit, "Oh I'm sure it could make this patrol a bit more fun."
Bonkers shoved the Mask to Miranda's face "Give it a try!"
The Mask clasped over Miranda's face obscuring her vision which caused her to lose control of the patrol car as it swerved constantly within a self-contained storm. When the storm subsided so to did the car reach a complete halt.
The cartoon bobcat, dizzy from inertia opened the passenger door and collapsed on the pavement. He was propped up by a familiar figure to wake him from his stupor. The svelte female figure in a police uniform and blonde hair he could recognize, but the green rubbery face not so much.
"Either I must be seeing things...or I think my partner just took make-up tips from the mirror in Snow White"
The "new" Miranda glowered at the quip but slowly dissolved into a daring smile. "You've got some nerve...for stealing my heart." she stole a few kisses from her partner within her embrace.
"Normally that'll break regulation, so let that be our little secret."
Bonkers was left in a lovesick daze at the rush of events. He was right about one thing, the Mask definitely spiced up this otherwise boring beat.
"You know something Miranda, I think green just might be your color."
-There's supposed to be a light source, I don't know if it can be made too well as I didn't want it overpowering the picture.
-Once again the shading may be more of an asspull like the others. Oh well.
I mean if you like Capizzi's work on Chip & Dale or Darkwing and the classic Bonkers shorts on Raw Toonage, the Miranda episodes aren't that bad. Some just tend to be a bit more intense than the humor oriented Lucky episodes.
There's also the fact that the Lucky episodes had those movie quality Disney Television Animation Australia episodes that may shift a bit of favor in their direction...on a technical level I mean.
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