Animaniacs

Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience

Season 1, Ep 19, Aired 10/7/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Meatballs or Consequences: In Sweden, Wakko enters a meatball eating contest and eats too many meatballs and says he will die. He is declared dead by Death. Yakko and Dot must play checkers with Death to stop Wakko from being taken to the ever after. A Moving Experience: Flavio and Marita head to New York in order to find a trendy new place to live.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nancy Cartwright

    voice of Mindy

  • Tress MacNeille

    voice of Dot Warner / Marita Hippo / Hello Nurse

  • Frank Welker

    voice of Buttons / Ralph / Runt / Flavio Hippo / Chicken Boo

  • Tony Pope

    Additional Voices

  • Chick Vennera

    voice of Pesto Pigeon

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The cartoon that has the Warners pestering Death.

    By sfan64, Jul 25, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Death: I am Death. And I hereby declare you to be living-imparied. Hence you must go with me to a dark kingdom of no return. Wakko: Okay, that sounds fun. When do we leave? Do bears live there? Want some meatball grease? (Put some grease on Death's finger) Death: Don't do that. It attracts ants.

    • Death: (His head is now a flaming skull) Listen, you nasty little munchkins! I don't get paid extra for bringing tourists along, so bug off! (Yakko and Dot scream and run off) There, I said it. I feel better.

    • Yakko: (to Death) Look! It's Merv Griffin!

    • (Death has just declared all three Warners dead) Yakko: That means we'll all be like a family! Wakko: Can we call you "Dadoo"? Dot: Hey, pops, can we stay up past ten? Yakko: Can we watch the adult channel? Wakko/Yakko: HELLOOOO, NURSE!

    • Dot: We win! But you put up a heck of a fight for a literary personification of the state of non-being. (to audience) I read that in Cosmo.

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    Notes (4)

    • Buttons and Mindy make a cameo appearance in this cartoon.

    • This episode is included on the Animaniacs: Spooky Stuff video.

    • Steven Spielberg is referenced at the end of this short.

    • This episode was originally supposed to be called "Death or Consequences" but the name was changed, since the word "Death" was considered too bleak. In retaliation, the word "Meatballs" that replaced "Death" was italicized for the title shown on screen, as if to say, "there, we changed it, happy now?"

    Trivia (2)

    • Death can be seen in a level of the Animaniacs video-game on the Sega Genesis.

    • The sign in the beginning of the episode says: Welcome to Sweden, land of meatballs and Volvos.

    Allusions (3)

    • Yakko: Look! Merv Griffith! Merv Griffith is the creator of many famous gameshows, including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

    • The scene with Yakko and Dot's heads turned in profile in the foreground talking about random things is a reference to Persona one of Ingmar Bergman's films.

    • Death: ...we'll decide with a game of chess.
      In the Swedish film "The Seventh Seal" directed by Igmar Bergman a knight plays a game of chess with Death to decide the fate of himself and his comrades. The fact that this episode also takes place in Sweden is an homage to the film.

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