Animaniacs

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Warner Bros. follow-up to Tiny Toon Adventures was a show even nuttier than its predecessor. It originally ran every weekday afternoon and Saturday mornings on Fox for the first season, then moved to Saturday mornings on the (new at the time) WB permanently for the remaining seasons. The two Warner Brothers, talky Yakko and Liverpool-accented Wakko, and their Warner Sister, Dot ("I'm cute") had supposedly been created in the 1930s, but their cartoons were too screwball for the general public. The three Warners (all black with long ears, but no distinguishable species or breed) were locked up in the studio water tower until they escaped in the early 1990s. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot ran wild around the lot, pursued by studio CEO, Thaddeus Plotz, security guard, Ralph, studio psychiatrist, Dr. Scratchinsniff, and Scratchinsniff's buxom assistant, Hello Nurse (who didn't really have to do much pursuing, if you know what I mean. "Hellooooooo, Nurse!"). The show spat out pop culture references and throwaway visual gags with machine-gun rapidity, entertaining kids and adults alike. Also popular were the many songs and song parodies that graced the program. Various shorts rotated through the program, and characters often popped up randomly in other characters' segments. Among the supporting featurettes: "Pinky and the Brain" were a duo of lab rats, one goofy (Pinky), one bent on taking over the world (Brain). The Brain's best-laid plans always went astray, but he kept trying with Wile E. Coyote-like persistence. This was the most popular of the supporting segments, later spinning off into its own series. "Slappy Squirrel" was an aged cartoon star with a cranky temperament, plenty of anvils and dynamite, and a nephew named Skippy. "Mindy and Buttons" were a baby and dog, respectively. Cute, but mischievous, Mindy perpetually escaped from some sort of baby harness, playpen, etc., forcing Buttons to rescue her, sacrificing his own body in the process. "Goodfeathers" parodied mob movies with a trio of pigeons. And, yes, there was a Godpigeon. "Good Idea/Bad Idea" was an informative segment starring Mr. Skullhead ("Good Idea: smell the roses. Bad Idea: grab the roses.") "Chicken Boo" was a chicken who masqueraded as a human Santa Claus, sheriff, prom date, etc., but was always discovered at episode's end. "Rita and Runt" were a singing cat and dog team searching for a good home (and food). "Mime Time" showed a hapless mime practicing his art, which inevitably led to some painful physical consequences. "The Hip Hippos" were husband and wife Flavio and Marita, always concerned about being fat. "Minerva Mink" was a spoiled, but beautiful mink model who made male characters faint in about every episode. "Katie Ka-Boom" was a moody teen who exploded (literally) when things didn't go her way. Colin told stories about his friend Randy Beaman and his family. The show ran five seasons of original episodes, then reappeared as part of The Cat & Birdy Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show.They're zany to the max!moreless
Tony Pope

Tony Pope

Additional Voices

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

voice of Dot Warner / Marita Hippo / Hello Nurse

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

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

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

voice of The Brain

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

voice of Mindy

Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett

voice of Narrator / Additional Voices

Fan Reviews (154)

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  • Animaniacs

    10
    Hi. I am six years old and I think it is a great show for all ages.
  • One of Warner Bros. greatest creations

    10
    Oh my god, this is one of the most creative cartoon series I have ever seen. A certified Top 10 in my list of all-time greatest animated shows in history along with Kim Possible, Avatar, Ed, Edd n' Eddy and fellow Warner creation, Looney Tunes. The stories, the characters, the jokes, everything about Animaniacs was pure genius!



    Let's start with the characters. Yakko, Wakko and Dot are of course our main characters, and are the best part about Animaniacs. Yakko is witty, and makes many of the pop culture references that make this show so spectacular. Wakko is the dumb brother, but he's not annoying when he tries to be funny, he's just hilarious by nature. Dot, not really much to say except that she's funny too. The side characters are also pretty hysterical. Particularly Dr. Scratchensniff and Slappy Squirrel. Every segment they're in always have me laughing out loud. Slappy is especially hilarious for how much of a troll she can be in her segments. She's cranky, sarcastic, but at the same time cares deeply about her nephew Skippy to where she's the most likable of the side characters. Scratchensniff's voice, the way he talks, and his misadventures with the Warner Bros. and sister makes him a close second. And then there's Hello Nurse... Hooo! So sexy! And smart too. Which is a good spin on the usual attractive animated woman stereotype in shows like this.



    Though there are some controversial segments that involve Minerva Mink (though I personally have no problem with her episodes. most, if not all the episodes were very entertaining. Even ones with really minor characters like Mime Time, Good Idea/Bad Idea and the Chicken-Boo. Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, and the pigeons all had some great segments. But I think my favorite ones apart from Yakko, Wakko and Dot and Slappy's were The Pinky and the Brain episodes. Their chemistry of smart and dumb is one of the funniest partnerships I've seen in animation period.



    Another thing I really liked about Animaniacs was that it was set in present day, and there were many cameos/parodies of celebrities who were famous at the time of the show's release. Animaniacs is a show that will stand the test of time! Hilarious jokes and references, great segments with funny and likable characters, and an all-around great idea come to life, Animaniacs will always be one of the best animated shows of all time.moreless
  • Top Shows - Thanks Spielberg!

    10
    Various ep (98)
  • A very creative show

    10
    Animaniacs was a very creative show from it's time.

    Despite some often compare them with Bugs Bunny, the Warner Siblings went in adventures which none of those who had preceded them gone before.

    The series does parodies of several media related from movie, live action, tv shows and even rival cartoons.
  • A very creative show

    10
    Animaniacs was a very creative show from it's time.

    Despite some often compare them with Bugs Bunny, the Warner Siblings went in adventures which none of those who had preceded them gone before.

    The series does parodies of several media related from movie, live action, tv shows and even rival cartoons.
  • SCHOOL'S OUT AND THIS WEEK'S BATCH OF RELEASES OFFERS PLENTY OF WAYS TO KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED AT HOME. AFTER ANIMANIACS IS OVER, GEAR UP FOR THE FIRST SEASON OF POWERPUFF GIRLS AND PINKY AND THE BRAIN: VOLUME THREE. THEN, DON'T FORGET TO DELVE INTO SUCH CLASSICS AS DANIEL BOONE: SEASON FOUR AND PERRY MASON: SECOND SEASON VOLUME ONE.

    June 19, 2007 DVD Releases

  • DREADING THE CROWDS OF HOLIDAY SHOPPERS AT THE MALL? STAY IN WITH THIS WEEK'S HOT NEW DVD TITLES. LAUGH IT UP LATE AT NIGHT WITH CLASSIC SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON OR WATCH THE STRUGGLE ON SURVIVOR: VANUATU. SEASON SIX OF 24 STARTS IN JANUARY, SO MAKE SURE YOU CATCH SEASON FIVE ON DVD THIS WEEK BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT.

    December 5, 2006 DVD Releases

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    Categories

    Animation, Comedy, Drama, Kids

    Themes

    celebrity impersonations, for the nostalgic, for the child in you, essence of youth, kids hijinks