- Shirley the Loon
name =Shirley the Loon
image caption =Promotional image of Shirley the Loon
first appearance =A cameo on "
Tiny Toon Adventures" in the series premiere "The Looney Beginning". Introduced as a regular character since the fourth episode "Test Stressed" in the segment "Never To late To Loon".
created by =
voiced by =
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known relatives =
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known friends =
Fifi Le Fume, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, Fowlmouth, Hamton, Buster Bunny, Li'l Sneezer, Dizzy Devil, Furrball
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Shirley "the Loon" McLoon is a
cartoon characterfrom the Warner Bros. animated television series" Tiny Toon Adventures". She is one of the main characters on the show. Shirley is voiced by Gail Matthius. Shirley is a young, white female waterfowlwith a pink, long-sleeved shirtand large bowed ribbonin her hair. She attends Acme Looniversityand lives in Acme Acres.
Shirley is one of the few characters of the show not associated with an on-screen 'mentor'
Looney Tunescharacter, but is likely heavily inspired by Melissa Duck.
Her intelligence is somewhat obscured by a thick
Valley girlaccent and obsession with superficial New Ageparaphernalia. Her name is derived from fellow New Age aficionado Shirley MacLaine, while the latter part of the name is an obvious pun. More often than not, characters refer to Shirley as "Shirley the Loon" rather than "Shirley McLoon." Shirley is often pursued romantically by Plucky Duckand Fowlmouth; there's indication she is more in favor of Plucky, however sees Fowlmouth as more of a little brother persona and best friend. Ironically, Plucky and Fowlmouth did not appear together in her particular episodes. When not meditating (and sometimes levitating while chanting, "Ohm what a loon I am... Ohm what a loon I am...") or fortune-telling, Shirley hangs out with her Acme Looniversityclassmates Babs Bunnyand Fifi Le Fume.
In the Series
Shirley is a keen
ballerinawho has to face prejudicewhen attending an upmarket balletschool otherwise attended exclusively by Perfecto Prep swans. Jealous at her superior dance skills, they mock her accent and try to sabotage her performance at their recital, but are soon thwarted by Shirley's nimble moves and a behind-the-scenes Babs, staging a sabotage of her own.
Shirley also seems to have telekinetic powers. She can levitate herself during meditation, commune with her aura (which is sometimes a separate entity from her), and also fire force-blasts from her hands when agitated. During an episode where Babs Bunny, Fifi LeFume, and Shirley attend a prom at Perfecto Prep, a rival university, red punch gets spilled on Shirley, and she begins a rampage very similar to that of Carrie (although much more G-rated), from the Stephen King novel of the same name. The scene even goes as far as when Fifi asks what is Shirley doing, Babs dryly remarks, "Remember the movie "Carrie"?" During another episode she demonstrates that she apparently also has the power to change a person's intellect, personality, and appearance. When Plucky begs her to give him
Einstein's intellect to help him pass a math test, which she adamantly refuses many times, she eventually gives him Einstein's intellect and so on, but in the end this doesn't help Plucky as she (perhaps deliberately) forgot to mention that when he was a kid, Einstein failed math too. Presumably the effect is only temporary as Plucky was back to normal in his next appearance.
In the episode segment from 'New Class Day', titled 'Just-Us League of Supertoons', Shirley was a member of the mighty superhero team, the Just-Us League of Supertoons. She played Hawk Loon, a parody of
Shirley did not have an end tag.
Shirley is voiced by
Gail Matthius, a former cast member of NBC's Saturday Night Liveduring its low-rated and widely panned 1980-1981 season. Matthius's recurring character from SNL, an irritating Valley Girl named Vicky, is similar to Shirley the Loon in voice.
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