Sure you have your standard wacky and super humorous Looney Tune like characters, but add in some fun songs,wit, charm, poems, other running themes/stories, and lessons on science, history, nature, government, and other stuff and you've got yourself a real winner. Truly timeless because young kids can watch and enjoy this wacky, fun, clever, and educational cartoon that is so much better than most of the cartoons today. Heck even adults and teens can enjoy this. It even spawned a successful spin off: Pinky and the Brain. Not too many cartoons can boast of that. For those who are seeking a good/great parody, I highly recommend this. Way too many cartoons these days are pure garbage due to dullness, repetition, excessive stupidity or just flat inappropriate.
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, Dragon Ball Z, 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. *Blows kiss* Goodnight Everybody.
Okay let's be honest, "Animaniacs" is by far one of the greatest cartoons for everyone to watch. Unlike several animated cartoons (that are now being sour in this current generation), this is one of the best classics. I hope this will inspire those who want to be animators, unlike a few of those disgusting current cartoons. My favorite characters on the show are: The Warner Siblings, Pinky, the pigeons, Mindy and Skippy Squirrel. In "Wakko's Wish", I literally nearly cried when Dot was hit, but she survived. This show is funny, sweet and entertaining that I am gonna give this series a 10 out of 10, and an A++++++.
Every single character in the show is well done. I love every different sketch from the Warner Brothers and Warner Sister, Katie Kaboom, Pinky and the Brain, Goodfeathers, Slappy Squirrel, Chicken Boo, Rita and Runt, and the short lived Minerva Mink who only got 2 shorts. I've watched this when I was a little kid, and to this day, the show can still make me laugh. That was great writing.
This show is creative and funny, why they got rid of this was beyond me.
Characters: 95% (A)
The characters are funny, unique and original
Plot: 95% (A)
The plots vary between parodies of kiddie shows and Disney films to Dr. Scratchnsniff (appologies if I spelt it wrong) trying to get the Warners stop being zany in therapy sessions.
Humor 97% (A+)
Humor can range from literal jokes to pop culture refrences and I also love how they make fun of the over protective parents who think putting violence in cartoons is bad for their kids and how they hate having morals in them.
Voice Acting: 95% (A)
The voice acting is great, and not generic crap we get today.
I love how all the reviews on this page have "ten" next to just how great this show is! I grew up with Pinky and the Brain and it wasn't until a few months ago that I discovered Animaniacs! This show has such an awesome concept, characters, and amazing drawings. I love the "goooood night everybody!" joke and I LOVE buttons and mindy, although Slappy is without a doubt my favorite. :D
PS- This is one of the shows that made me want to become a cartoonist/ storyboard illustrator someday!
I am so happy the hub has aired this show i just got introduced to it but i think it's the best show ever. If you have ever seen Wakko's Wish it is funny but sad too. With one hay penny your practicly rich. I also read these reviews futher down and there not cats there dogs trust me i do my research. Wakko Is my favorite because he is just like my goofy and funny. I am so giving this show 100% because it deserves it. ANIMANIACS YOU ROCK I WISH I CAN MEET YOU IN PERSON. TOO BAD I CAN'T. BOO HOO. My birthday just past and only need $74 more and then i can get all 4 volumes of Animaniacs ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I can't wait.
This show is hilarious. I am so glad the Hub is airing it again. This is better than most shows on CERTAINICK networks. Unlike other shows that doISNEY lame and stale jokes, this show was amazingly funny.
This is a very good show in my opinion. I really liked "look it the little fuzzy heads" because they got elmyra from "tiny toon adventures" which is another good show, anyways about animaniacs my fave chars are the siblings and I like how they make parodies on this show like that power rangers parody and I really like the good night everybody adult jokes like when this happened: Yakko: and that's our solar system everybody Wakko: You forgot uranus( your anus) Yakko: good night everybody! Man that's one of the best parts of animaniacs and I'll say that when they say hello nurse it cracks me up sometimes and if you haven't already joined, please join the animaniacs revival project on Facebook
This show was amazing it had great humor, writing, animation, love-able characters and the music the songs fro the show had me trying to sing along as a kid (but failed occasionally). The show was also very original with it's plots, and so it was easy for it to not go bland or boring. Alas, it ended but if it kept going it would end up like Spongebob or The Fairy Odd Parents over-staying it's welcome.
The show itself was Great.They did,However take Minerva Mink in the Wrong Direction.She woul have been perfect to do Anti-Fur Plots.Her Nemisis,From Tiny Toons,Gotcha Grabbmore! Maybe She would have learned Humility and Seen Somthing iside Walter Wolf that she Liked.Anti-Fur,Humility and Not Judging Others By looks,All would have been good Plotlines for her .Oh Well.
This show is about three cats who go on adventures with people, and they do smart stuff like go teach us some stuff or anything, like the short when one of the cats taught us the names of the states. This is the coolest show I've ever seen in my entire life!
I love this show so much. It's about 3 animal (mouse or rat) siblings and their wacky adventures. To me this is as good as Rocko or Spongebob, or any of the best cartoons often mentioned. It uses all the normally mentioned cartoon antics (extremely crude violence, silly humor, loveable characters) and makes them seem new all over again. The show was also very original with it's plots, and so it was easy for it to not go stale. This show is definitly one of the biggest enjoyments of my young childhood, and I reccomend it to you. 10/10 A+
What is there to say about Animaniacs that hasn't already been already said? Nothing at all. In short, everything in this show is perfect, the characters, the humor, and the plots. The show is about Wacko, Dot, and Yakko, three Warner Brothers creations that were sealed away after being dubbed failures but escape. All three of them get into trouble at the Warner Studio and make life hectic for those who try to catch them. Yakko is the one who makes plenty of smart remarks to everyone. Wacko is a glutton and makes plenty of crude humor. Dot is the female and the one who flirts with men and is funny as well. All three of them have their own style of humor that is combined and executed perfectly. The stories with the Warner Bros and the sister are usually unique and revolve around the studio and driving everyone insane, but sometimes there are episodes that are satires like Star Trek and are well done. There are also other characters in the show who have their own funny segments. Slappy Squirrel and Skippy's episodes contain plenty of slapstick humor. Rita and Runt is about a cat and a dog who has no idea Rita's a cat who look for a new home and is a musical segment and combines humor and music together that is done very well. The three pigeons. can't remember names sorry, feels like watching the Three Stooges and is as funny as every other segment. Then there is Good Idea and Bad Idea witch has normal ideas that could work and exaggerated ones that don't. I could go on, but there are so many segments that I would probably be writing this review for a good hour. The humor itself may at first be for kids, but there are also adult jokes that are hidden well and some caught me by surprise when I saw this show again, so it appeals to kids and adults. The artwork and animation is perfectly well done and the characters are drawn with different and creative styles. There are really no other words to describe this show and I could go on for hours. The bottom line is, Animaniacs is truly a show that must be seen. The plots are original, the characters are funny and unique, and the humor appeals to everyone. I highly recommend this show for everyone, so go to a movie store and get the DVD season sets, or go to the internet and find episodes online. It's a masterpiece that must be seen by everyone and is a golden cartoon.
"Animaniacs" is an animated variety show that succeded in doing what it's predecessor "Tiny Toon Adventures" tried to do. Bring back the style of the classic Looney Tunes shorts from the 1930's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. It premiered in 1993 on Fox as part of their Fox Kids line-up (wich doesn't exist nowadays). But in 1995 when Warner Bros. launched their own network (The WB) "Animaniacs" aired on their Kids WB! line-up (wich like Fox Kids sadly no longer exists). "Animaniacs" was just amazing. It was not only a funny kids show, but it was enjoyable for adults too. To this day, this show makes me laugh so hard that I can hardly breathe. The Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot always have some kind of hilarious, witty comeback to anything someone else has to say. This show was full of adult innuendo, and pop-culture references, along with old-fashioned slapstick, and the classic wit of the Looney Tunes shorts. The Warner Siblings were the funniest cartoon characters since Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck. The show ran until 1998, ending with 99 episodes, 5 seasons, and in 1999 they released a direct-to-video movie titled "Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish". This show was always funny, and clever. And the back-up segments like Pinky and the Brain (wich got it's own spin-off show), The Goodfeathers, and Slappy Squirrel were funny as well, but the Warners were the best. I don't see how anyone couldn't enjoy this show, anyone who hates it clearly has no sense of humor. Everyone should watch it. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, they did start to release this show on DVD, but sadly they stopped after only a few volumes, and never released the whole show. I say people who like "The Ren & Stimpy Show", "The Simpsons", "Rocko's Modern Life", "SpongeBob SquarePants", and classic cartoons like "Looney Tunes", "Tom & Jerry", "Popeye", "Droopy" and "Mickey Mouse" will most likely love this show. Not only is "Animaniacs" one of the best 90's cartoons, but it could possibly be the greatest cartoon of all time.
"Animaniacs" is quite a memorable cartoon. Maybe it wasn't the most plot-heavy of cartoons, but it's character-driven nature made up for it.
The best part of "Animaniacs" was its multi-tier level of humor. Like the Looney Tunes of the 1940s and 1950s, the slapstick could appeal to children while the satire and spoofing could appeal the more mature audience.
The worst part of "Animaniacs", beyond maybe the ocassional 'fluffiness' is the uneven nature of the skits. I will run down the major skits on the show:
The Warner Siblings: arguably the main skit of the show. The Warner Brothers, brainy, talkative Yakko and Liverpool-accented Wakko (and their sister, Dot, just plain cute) basically annoyed the hell out of a jerk/moron/creep (who just had it coming) and they often provided frequently funny moments (They're not supposed to be any species of animal, really just old 'inkblot' characters remembered from cartoons of the 1920s/1930s).
Pinky and the Brain: probably the most recognizable skit on the series. It was about two lab mice who, each night, would concoct a new scheme to rule Earth. Also reccommended, along with their spin-off show (but don't bother with "Pinky, Elymra and the Brain").
Goodfeathers: A pigeon spoof of movies like "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas", three pigeons, Bobby, Squit and Pesto, were always on a quest to be the best in their mob. It was an uneven skit, mainly due to the large amount of songs. Some were good, others were okay, others just stunk. Also, there are lots of "Godfather" spoofs out there.
Slappy Squirrel: my personal favorite skit. It is about a retired Looney Tune actress named Slappy and her nephew Skippy. The generation gap offered very funny moments and Slappy's acid sarcasm always made me laugh. I always thought Slappy was just plain cool.
Buttons and Mindy: A baby girl would go off wandering into potentially dangerous areas and her dog would often take the bullet for her. Extremely repetitive and formulaic, with the only difference being the cosmetics (whatever Mindy goes after and the location of danger, geographic location, superhero). When you see one of these skits, that's basically it. There's not really any reason to see the rest.
Rita and Runt: A streetwise cat and a dimbulb dog escape the pound and search for a new home. Rita does have a nice singing voice, but this wasn't a very good skit. Mainly because it wasn't especially funny, Rita's singing could be a bit excessive and there wasn't any real chemistry between Rita and Runt.
Minerva Mink: A shapely mink obsessed with her looks and boys. It almost acted like a send-up of old Tex Avery cartoons and typical Disney cliches. It did work, however, maybe beyond 4 episodes and guest spots, Warner Brothers didn't use Minerva very much mainly because her cartoons were a little too risque for a child-friendly cartoon (where the other skits depended on slapstick, hers often used the concept of sex).
Chicken Boo: A giant chicken disguises himself as a person and tries to fit in with people. This was a joke that followed a set formula, but it worked.
Katie Ka-Boom: A teenage girl becomes a horrible beast when under stress/rage/irritation. Not exactly deep and the characters never evolved.
The Hip Hippos: A pair of pampered endangered hippos indulge in the finer things in life. I don't reccommend these cartoons. They were never funny. Arguably the worst Animaniacs skit.
So yes, while not every skit is worth its weight in gold, it is still worth watching.
I'm adding on to the globs of wonderful reviews Animaniacs has gotten by begging to be born earlier, in the time this show was set in; for this show had been canned in my time. By 1996, WB! had possibly jumped ship, with shows like the dreaded Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain I've heard so much about, leaving room for Cartoon Network and other networks to kingpin its spot. It was too bad this show was brutally moidered (perfect, Bugs Bunny accent...mwahaha...) and we were ushered into a century where we didn't know whether to sit back and enjoy the remaining shows on, go outside and play in the backyard to fly kites, or test the new and glittery invention called the Internet (I tried to do the first, ended up doing the second and third). It's just sad how these days fly by...
Think of the classic age of animation, cartoon violence and just flat out clever and remarkable humor. Think of Bugs Bunny, Dafft Duck, Tom and Jerry, Screwy Squirrel (or Screwball Squirrel) and just about EVERY Tex Avery cartoon. They were masterpeices. Well animation, well written and well captured. When you even THINK of something that relates to these classic, you think of the zanist, crazist and goofist cartoon from our childhood: Animaniacs. Animaniacs is about the Warner Brothers and the Warner sister, Dot. Just for fun, they'd run around the Warner movie lot. They'd lock them in the tower, whenever they'd get caught. But, they brake loose and vama-moose and now, you know the plot. But, it doesn't stop there. Animaniacs was a varity series. It had rememberable and favoritable characters like Slappy Squirrel, Buttons and Mindy and not to forget Hello Nurse and Dr. Scratchnsniff. This show had it all. Great animation (with a pass for Freelance), great written and even a couple hidden innuendos! Such as Lake Tititcaca, The Infamous Prince Joke, "Give me the bird" and others. The series held up well, untill it's cancelation back in 1998 with 99 episodes. The movie was OK but a major disappointment. But, what I like about this series is, no matter how old you get, the jokes and quaity will remain the same. What children shows can do that? Not many. They may have had some off episode but, hey. Nothings perfect. But, Animaniacs came as close to perfect as possible.
What else is there to say? I'm the Milkman and I'm going to do exactly what my name implies. G'night everybody!
This show is the best. It is about 3 animals that escape from the warner brothers studios water tower and do wacky stuff. It is one of my favorite shows its very funny and very original. It has cartoons about different things and people. MY favorite was pinky and the brain and that got its own series spinoff which is also great. My least favorite is probably buttons and mindy one it got boring after 3 episodes. Animanics was the best cartoon during the 90s an is still the best. I would recomend to anyone who likes looney tunes 10 perfect.
Before I begin, I'm like many of the reviewers of this show on this site, this is one that I grew up other , so it's easy for me to fall into the trap of saying "90's cartoons were some much better than the $#!@ that kids get now". So to see for myself, I rediscovered the show on iTunes after seeing it 10 years before. iTunes has the first 25 episodes available for $29.99. After watching several episodes, I was extremely impressed with what I saw: off-the-wall slapstick humor mixed with rubber hose animation, sophisticated wit, and stellar stories and actors that suited both kids and adults.
The series was created by a guy named Tom Ruegger. Rugger was a cartoonist that earlier created shows like "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" and the also stellar, but less original "Tiny Toons Adventures". By the time "Animaniacs!" came along, Rugger with fellow writters Sherri Stoner and Paul Ruggs pitched the idea to Warner Bros TV and Steven Speilburg. Steve loved what he saw and agreed to help produce the cartoon by filling in as executive producer. Since Spielburg seemed to understand what Ruegger wanted with the show, he was loose with producing the show, similar to Leon Schlesinger did with the classic Looney Tunes cartoons. This is likely why the show also got away some some "adult" humor in the show.
The animation in the show is actually different for each episode because there were eight different animation companies from five countries oversaw the animation of "Animaniacs!". Four were from South Korea, one in New Zealand, one in Japan, one in America, and one in Hungary. Out of all the studios, Tokyo Movie Shinsha, the one from Japan, had the highest quality animation. They were responsible for the opening and closing credits of the show and also animated cartoons such as "Hooked on a Ceiling" and "Pavlov's Mice". With Shinsha, the characters were solid, yet sometimes had movements similar to the rubber hose characters of the 1930's. Overall, all the animation was appealing, but in my opinion, Shinsha had the best animation in the whole show.
The music is another wonderful thing about the show.Animaniacs was a very musical cartoon, with every episode featuring at least one original score. The idea for an original musical score in every episode came from Steven Spielberg. Animaniacs used a 35-piece orchestra, and was scored by a team of composers, led by supervising composer Richard Stone. The composing team included Steve and Julie Bernstein, Carl Johnson, Gordon Goodwin and Tim Kelly. The use of the large orchestra in modern Warner Bros. animation began with Animaniacs predecessor, "Tiny Toon Adventures", but Spielberg pushed for its use even more in "Animaniacs". Although the outcome was a very expensive show to produce, "the sound sets us apart from everyone else in animation," said Jean MacCurdy, the executive in charge of production for the series. The orchestration is similar to Carl Stalling's work from Looney Tunes and usually had at least one original score for each episode. It's by far, better than most other cartoons from that era.
The voice acting was also exceptional. Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Dr. Scratchansniff, Pinky) and Tress MacNielle (Dot, various characters) had also worked with Ruegger's staff on "Tiny Toons". The third Warner, Jess Harnell (Wakko), was reletivly new to the game, but did very well with his John Lennon voice. Producer and writer Sherri Stoner voiced Slappy the Squirrel. Stoner said that when she gave an impression of what the voice would be to Spielberg, he said she should fill the role. The voice actress who played the voice of Rita, Bernadette Peters, is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actress, and Romano herself wanted her for the role. Other voice actors included Maurice LaMarche, the voice of the Brain, Squit, and the belching segments "The Great Wakkorotti" (Jess Harnell said that he himself is commonly mistaken for the role); Frank Welker, the voice of Runt; and Jeff Bennett. Tom Ruegger's three sons also played roles on the series. Nathan Ruegger voiced Skippy Squirrel, nephew to Slappy, throughout the duration of the series; Luke Ruegger voiced The Flame in historical segments on "Animaniacs"; and Cody Ruegger voiced Birdie from "Wild Blue Yonder".
Some critics like fellow 90's animator John Krikfalusi (Ren and Stimpy) have called it "an imitation cartoon" or "horrible-looking". Honestly, the show had clear construction forms to it's characters, as well as silhouettes and lines of action. I think what gets them is that since the show is an homage to the classic cartoons of the 40's ad 50's, they don't see it as original. I have my own opinions and refuse to go down to thier level, so I'm not going to go into depth on this one.
To bring this long review to a close, "Animaniacs" was a very excellent and close to perfect as a cartoon variety show can get. It's a shame that this golden show isn't broadcasted on television anymore. At least there are three DVD's for all of us that grew up with this gem can enjoy with our own kids for many years to come.
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