Season 1 Episode 19

Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 07, 1993 on The WB



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Yakko: Guess who.
      Death: Uhh...Crispin Glover
      Yakko: Nope.
      Death: Kathy Lee Gifford?
      Yakko: Naw, you're way off.
      Death: That Urkel kid!
      Yakko: Hey ! You peeked!

    • (They are about to begin the game of checkers)
      Death: Feel free to move first. It really doesn't matter. I haven't lost at checkers since time began.
      Yakko: When was that?
      Death: I think it was a Tuesday. Very few people know that.

    • (Death is about to play a life-or-death game of checkers against Yakko and Dot)
      Death: I win, Wakko goes with me. YOU win, and the three of you stay together forever. Agreed?
      Yakko: We accept.
      Dot: To accept is to yeild.
      Yakko: To yeild is to allow oncoming traffic the right of way.
      Dot: Your breath is like the breeze off a landfill.
      Yakko: Food particles are wedged between your teeth.

    • Yakko and Dot: (hanging onto Death's cloak) But we wanna stay together! Waaaaahhh!
      Death: (trying to pry Yakko and Dot off) Stop acting like big babies!
      Yakko: Hey! We are NOT big babies!
      Dot: Yeah! THESE are big babies!
      (Yakko and Dot pull out two really huge babies that are at least 500 pounds; they wail loudly, which breaks Death's hourglass.)

      Death: I'm a bonded carrier. I can't bring unauthorized personnel.
      Yakko: Whyyy?
      Death: Our insurance won't cover you in case of an accident.
      Dot: Whyyy?
      Death: Because, we can't afford the insurance premiums!
      Yakko and Dot: Whyyy?
      Death: (irritated) It's not in the budget!
      Yakko and Dot: (smiling) Whyyy?

    • Yakko: Oh pleeese don't separate us mister Death! We love each other! We're a family! A set! Like Civil War chess pieces from the Franklin Mint!

    • (Yakko has just pleaded that the siblings not be separated)
      Death: (reading from Robert's Rules of Death) As you will clearly note in section five, subsection nine, paragraph two, first sentence...I quote:
      Dot: I love storytime!

    • Yakko: Hey, mister, are you about to drag our brother off to a bleak, neather realm of despair, where the future is nothing but a sea of anguish and horrible misery?
      Death: Ja.
      Yakko and Dot: WE WANNA GO, TOO!
      Dot: (to audience) Though I haven't a thing to wear.

    • Yakko: All is strange and vague.
      Dot: Are we dead?
      Yakko: Or is this Ohio?

    • Dot: So, what's death like?
      Wakko: Pretty boring. I've all ready hummed all of the songs I know.

  • Notes

    • 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?"

  • Allusions

    • 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.