Teen Titans

Season 3 Episode 11

Bunny Raven or How to Make a Titananimal Disappear

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Aired Weekdays 4:30 PM Jan 08, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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The Amazing Mumbo is up to his old tricks. When the Teen Titans try to stop the madcap magician in mid-performance, Mumbo pulls a fast one. With a wave of his wand, he sucks the Titans into his hat where our heroes discover a strange magical world of weirdness.

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  • The birth of bunny Raven!

    9.0
    This is one of my favorite episodes of all time. This epsisode gave birth to my favorite character, bunny Raven! The episode does have a wierd vibe to it, so it doesn't get quite a perfect score. In this episode, Mumbo sucks the Titans into his magical hat. He turns them all into animals. Raven a bunny (of course), Robin a monkey, Starfire a cat, and Cyborg a bear in a tutu. Beast Boy opened his mouth admitting he could change animals and made Mumbo realize that he couldn't turn him into an animal, so a lamp was his choice. In the end, the Titans pull a trick of their own that even Mumbo couldn't figure out and manage to escape.moreless
  • Mumbo Jumbo has trapped the Titans inside his hat

    9.9
    Wow! This episode is hilarious, got to be one of my favourite episodes in the first 3 seasons (I haven't got the tech to watch seasons 4 and 5) topped only by Mad Mod and X. The atmousphere in the hat is crazy and the thought of Cyborg wearing a tu-tu was hilarious. To top it all we get to see Raven expose some magic secrets and we get to hear Mumbo sing. His song was and the voice was fantastic. The only small thing wrong with this episode is the lack of fights, but it doesn't matter, it wouldn't have worked anyway.

    Overall: Impressive and hilarious.moreless
  • No offense. This wasn't a bad episode but I was sort of disappointed.

    8.0
    I am a fan of Teen Titans but in my opinion Season 3 was the worst season.I have nothing against Cyborg but nothing happened.Some good episodes were Spellbound and The Beast Within. They almost always have a weird episode before the season finale.But I didn't like how they got stuck in Mumbo's hat and got turned into animals. Beast Boy really shouldn't have told Mumbo he can turn into animals. I like Raven but in my opinion she was sort of annoying here. Sorry. She came up with the idea for them to paint themselves. Luckily she got better in Season 4.moreless
  • Mumbo kidnapps the titans and turns them into animals.

    10
    This was the best episode ever since "revolution". The fact that Cyborg was wearing a tu-tu was so hilarious. Its was also funny when Robin picked his nose on stage and in front of all of those mumboes. Bunny Raven and Kitty Starfire were soooooooooo cute. Beast Boy shoulda kept his mouth shut about being able too change back into a human. The musical though could have been avoided though, cause when a villan starts singing, head for the hills! All in all, with it's high comedy level, great usage of the magic arts, and the fact that they were tourturing the titans/titanimals in a comedic way, if I could, I would give this episode a 100 on a 1-10 rating scale.moreless
  • Pretty much the most entertaining and funny show of all time!

    8.0
    This episode is a comedy, yet not as wild as Revolution or Mad Mod. It is just a simple, subtle comedy to create a few gentle chuckles and giggles but no burst-out laughs. That is the kind of comedy I love, subtle and intelligent. Raven's idea was marvellous and unexpected and this episode sure protrays Raven as someone friendlier and cheerier than the one in Spellbound. The gigs in the episode are also fabulous. Mumbo Jumbo just creates fun other villains never can. This series is turning out better than I thought, with the right mix of comedy, drama, intellect and action.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Mobo likes rabbits example: Sum of his parts he hits raven with stuffed rabbits then in the same episode a mailbox starts shooting them out of the mail shoot

    • Beast Boy's transformations: alligator, mammoth, pterodactyl, mouse, duck, dog, lamp, telephone, air horn, phone booth, stock ticker, record player, help sign, plate on a stick.

    • During Robin's performance, numerous items are dropped, including two that normally wouldn't fit in the entire theater, much less the stage. These two items were the airplane and the cruise ship.

    • The bank teller that Mumbo had tied up at the beginning was the video store worker from "Fear Itself."

    • When the Titans (excluding Raven) were fighting the "hand police," why didn't Beast Boy turn into a truck or a weapon of some sort rather that bouncing around uselessly?

    • Since Mumbo didn't seem to remember that Beast Boy can turn back after he changes him, why didn't he keep his mouth shut? It would make at least one of the team fully capable of their powers, at least for while.

    • A second before the Titans escape, they are covered with paint - a second after, the paint is cleaned off. This may be attributed to the spell being broken, but still...

    • When Cyborg is turned into a bear, his left ear is a little light bulb.

    • How could telephone Beast Boy see anything?

    • Usually, when Raven chants "Azarath Metrion Zinthos" her chakra doesn't glow black, but in this episode when she is a bunny stuck in the cage trying to get out, her chakra glows black.

    • In "The Sum of His Parts," the source of Mumbo's power was apparently his wand - but here, it seems to be his hat.

    • When Beast Boy turned from a lamp into a telephone, where was the light coming from?

    • During Beast Boy's portion of the act, Mumbo spins him with three normal white plates. He then drops four white plates, leaving only Beast Boy.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Random Audience: (to Borgy the Cybear) Nice tutu, jerk!

    • Raven: If you're so amazing, Mumbo, then what do you need me for?

    • Cyborg: (Discovering that he is wearing a tutu) Aww, man, I can take losing a fight, but this is just mean!

    • Mumbo: (To Raven) If you look like a rabbit, and hop like a rabbit, then guess what, kid? You're really a rabbit! (Plucks a whisker off Raven's nose)
      Raven: Ow!
      Mumbo: For real!

    • Cyborg: We're trapped inside a hat being manhandled by gloves, what next?

    • Beast Boy: (As a phone, speaking to Cyborg) HELLO! What have you got to complain about? I'm a lamp! And what's wrong with being an animal, anyway? At least you guys have legs, I can't even move! And do you have any idea how hot a light bulb gets... (Cyborg hangs up)

    • Mumbo: Oh, I just LOVE a captive audience!
      Robin: They may be captive now, but you're the one who's getting locked up!

    • Robin: (To Beast Boy, who's a telephone) I'm gonna have to put you on hold.

    • Beast Boy: (As a phone) Hey! Let me help! I can crank-call 'em!

    • Mumbo: If you can't beat Mumbo... join Mumbo!

    • Cyborg: Hang on a second! We're inside Mumbo's hat, and Raven is inside Mumbo's hat, inside Mumbo's hat?!
      Beast Boy: DUDE! You're making my brain hurt!

    • Beast Boy: I got it!
      Cyborg: It can't involve tanks or man-eating sharks.
      Beast Boy: I don't got it.

    • Starfire: OWW!
      Robin: Sorry, Starfire. I must have stepped on your foot...
      Starfire: I believe it was my... tail...

    • Beast Boy: (Being attacked by giant hands) Guys? Can I get a hand? (Giant hands start clapping) AHHH, KILLER GLOVES!!

    • Mumbo: So tell me, kid, how'd you do it?
      Raven: A magician never reveals her secrets. (Takes Mumbo's hat, flips it, and wears it on her head, with her raising an eyebrow and a slight smile)

    • Beast Boy: Oh, yeah? Well whatcha gonna do to me? I can already turn into animals!

    • Magician #1: What do you get when you cross a magician and a camera?
      Magician #2: A hocus focus! (Turns other guy's head into camera)

    • Starfire: What happened?
      Cyborg: He made me do a jig!
      Starfire: (Gasps) NO! THAT MADMAN MUST BE STOPPED! ... Please, what is a jig?

    • Starfire: I do not like being a cat in this hat!

    • (Raven's in a tornado, reaches for Robin)
      Robin: Raven!
      Starfire: Robin!
      Cyborg: Starfire!
      Beast Boy: DUDES!!!

    • Robin: (About Mumbo turning huge) The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

    • Cyborg: (To huge Mumbo) You may be livin' large, but this will cut you down to size!

    • Beast Boy: Why does that bunny sounds like Raven... ?
      Raven: Because I am Raven.
      Starfire: Oh! You look so cute!
      (Raven turns angry)

    • Mumbo: This will teach you not to headlink the headliner. Presto Chango.
      Raven: (Is now a white bunny) Super....

    • Raven: (To Mumbo) Cute trick, ready to see some real magic?

    • (About Beast Boy, whom he just "hung up")
      Cyborg: Hey, I think we just found a way to shut BB up!
      (Beast Boy turns into air horn, and makes the sound of a fog horn)

    • Starfire: I cannot fly, and my starbolts are furry!

    • Puppet Mumbo: Two minutes to showtime Mr. Amazing... you're great, I love you.

    • Cyborg: At least Mumbo left me with my sonic cannon... (Short pause) Bang?... Oh, dang.

    • Beast Boy: (To Robin) Yes, you have no bananas!

    • Raven: You pulled that out of your sleeve.
      Mumbo: Must you over-analyze everything? (Pulls off sleeves and birds still appear) Why don't you just sit back and enjoy the show?
      Raven: Because it isn't real, your act, this hat. It's all smoke and mirrors. You probably hypnotized me to think I'm a rabbit, and when I get home my nose will twitch every time a bell rings.

    • Cyborg: (Angry) Oh! Wait until I get my claws on that Mumbo! (Pauses) Did I just say claws? Oh, man!
      Starfire: At least you don't have the fleas... (Scratches)

    • Lyrics to "Master of Your Fate"
      Mumbo:
      Five, six, seven, eight
      Don't bother getting up, your in my control.
      No way for you to fuss and fight.
      I've taken all your powers, so lucky you.
      You will be in my show tonight.
      You think you can defeat me, oh, how very drool.
      Well, Titans one thing you should know:
      I am the one with magic powers 'round here.
      I am the one who runs the show!

      I am the master of ceremonies,
      so let me set you straight.
      With just a wave of my magic wand,
      I'm master of your fate!

      With just some hocus pocus and slight of hand,
      you all are under my command.
      Put them in their cages, keep them all apart.

      Puppet Stage Manager:
      Places everybody! The show's about to start!

      Gloves:
      He is the master of ceremonies,
      so let him set you straight
      With just a wave of his magic wand
      He's master of your fate!
      Master of your fate!
      Master of your fate!
      Master of your fate!

      Mumbo:
      Now for the greatest grand finale,
      and the reason why you're here!
      Tonight, I will make the Titans disappear...
      ... forever.

    • (Beast Boy prints out a strip of paper)
      Robin: (Reading) Mumbo's got eyes in the back of his hat. Beast Boy's right!
      (Beast Boy prints out a strip of paper that boldly says "THANK YOU")

  • NOTES (26)

  • ALLUSIONS (17)

    • Yogi Bear
      Mumbo turns Cyborg into a bear which he calls Borgi the dancing bear, this is a reference to the main character of 1961's Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Yogi Bear.

    • This episode bears a very similar story to that of the Justice League episode "This Little Piggy," where Wonder Woman is turned into a pig. The female magician also performs many tricks with her hat that are similar to Mumbo's.

    • Robin: Batman (1966)
      When alone in that "dark room," Robin mentions that they have to get out of there while slamming his fist into his palm and monkey feet fist into his monkey feet palm. A reference to the 1966 Batman series when Robin would constantly slam his fist into his palm.

    • Inspiration: Plot
      This episode's plot is reminiscent of the Sid and Marty Kroft television serial Lidsville, which revolved around a boy who became trapped in a bizarre magical world contained inside a magician's hat.

    • Beast Boy: The Great Bluedini
      When Beast Boy talks about The Great Bluedini, he is obviously giving Mumbo a nickname after the famous magician and escape artist, The Great Houdini.

    • Mumbo: Maestro...
      The Maestro Mumbo that plays the piano right before the "Master of Your Fate" musical number begins resembles the American entertainer, Liberace. Liberace was a flamboyant, classically trained piano player who performed from the 1950s up to the 1980s. Many people alledged he was a homosexual, a claim he continuously denied (though it is now known that he was). He died of AIDS in 1987 in Palm Springs, CA.

    • Episode: Alice in Wonderland
      This episode has many quotes and actions that resemble things from Alice in Wonderland (the book). For example, Any Card says, "Must you always ask stupid questions?," this is almost (if not) exactly what the Griffon asks Alice. Also, when Mumbo's musical number is over, he disappears, leaving only his grin. This action is exactly like the Cheshire cat's disappearance.

    • Hecklers: Muppets
      The two hecklers in the box seat during Mumbo's show bear a passing resemblance to Statler and Waldorf, the famous (or infamous) Muppet Show hecklers. The Mumbo hecklers even act like the Muppet duo. During the run of the Muppet Show, the pair would sit in a box seat and hurl insults at just about anyone on stage, though usually their target was Fozzie Bear. In the original pilot, and in the short lived Muppets Tonight series, they heckled the performers through their television set. In a side note, Waldorf's wife was called "Estoria" and bore a resemblance to Statler.

    • Episode Title: Bunny Raven or How to Make a Titananimal Disappear
      This is a reference to the episode titles of the old cartoon series, Rocky and Bullwinkle.

    • Beast Boy: Yes, you have no bananas!
      What Beast Boy says to Robin is from an old song.

    • References: The Muppets
      There were actually many Muppet references in this episode. Which included the Gonzo one previously listed, the two old guys in the theater (Waldorf and Statler) mocking the acts, among various others.

    • Mumbo Puppet Stagehand: Five minutes until showtime, people.
      The Mumbo Puppet Stagehand pretty much is like Scooter from The Muppet Show.

    • Mumbo: Sign
      One of the Mumbo signs has his face in the center and blue circles in the back, resembling a Looney Tunes poster.

    • Starfire: I do not like being a cat in this hat!
      This may be a reference to Dr. Seuss' "The Cat in the Hat."

    • Mumbo: Silly Rabbit...
      When Mumbo says to Raven "Silly Rabbit, I choose when you come out," it sounds awfully close to the slogan for Trix cereal - "Silly Rabbit! Trix are for kids!" More Info

    • Episode: Mumbo Jumbo
      As this is an episode with Mumbo Jumbo, who is a magician, the classic trick is to "pull a rabbit out of a hat." Apparently, this relates to how the Teen Titans get stuck in Mumbo's hat, or is just used as one of the regular allusional names (such as "Nevermore" or "Deep Six").

    • Mumbo: "Master of Your Fate" Musical Number
      The whole musical number Mumbo sings is very similar to the musical number "You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me" from the Disney movie Aladdin. Some key similarities include dancing and singing gloves, and ascending a floating staircase, among others.

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