Animaniacs

Animaniacs

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

“It’s time for Animaniacs,
And we’re zany to the max,
So sit back and relax,
You’ll laugh ‘til you collapse,
We’re Animaniacs!”

Warner Bros.’ follow-up to Tiny Toon Adventures was a show even nuttier than its predecessor. The two Warner Brothers—talky Yakko and Liverpool-accented Wakko—and their Warner Sister, Dot (“I’m cute”) had supposedly been created in the 1930’s, 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 1990’s.

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. Adorable 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.

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 looking for the next trendy thing.

Minerva Mink was a spoiled, but beautiful model who rejected suitors before getting her comeuppance in the end.

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. It’s true. ‘kay, bye.

The show ran five seasons of original episodes, then reappeared as part of The Cat & Birdy Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show.

Release History

9/20/93 - 9/2/95 Fox
9/9/95 - ? WB

TV Sub Categories

animated
comedy

TV Studio

Warner Bros.

Television Cast

Yakko Warner Rob Paulsen
Wakko Warner Jess Harnell
Dot Warner Tress MacNeille
Thaddeus Plotz Frank Welker
Dr. Scratchinsniff Rob Paulsen
Hello Nurse Tress MacNeille
Ralph the Guard Frank Welker
Mr. Director Paul Rugg
Narrator Tom Bodett
Narrator Jim Cummings
Pinky Rob Paulsen
The Brain Maurice LaMarche
Billie Tress MacNeille
Snowball Roddy McDowell
Romy Maurice LaMarche
Romy Rob Paulsen
Elmyra Cree Summer
Slappy Squirrel Sherri Stoner
Skippy Squirrel Nathan Ruegger
Walter Wolf Jess Harnell
Beanie the Bison Avery Schreiber
Sid the Squid Jack Burns
Mindy Nancy Cartwright
Buttons Frank Welker
Bobby Pigeon John Mariano
Pesto Pigeon Chick Vennera
Squit Pigeon Maurice LaMarche
Chicken Boo Frank Welker
Rita Bernadette Peters
Runt Frank Welker
Flavio Hippo Frank Welker
Marita Hippo Tress MacNeille
Geena Embryo Tress MacNeille
Minerva Mink Julie Brown
Newt Arte Johnson
Wilford B. Wolf Peter Scolari
Katie Ka-Boom Laura Mooney
Katie's Mom Mary Gross
Katie's Dad Rob Paulsen
Tinker Justin Garms
Colin Colin Wells

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