The zany adventures of a trio of 1930s animated characters in the modern world.


Tom Ruegger
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Series cast summary:
Rob Paulsen ...  Yakko Warner / ... 98 episodes, 1993-1998
Tress MacNeille ...  Dot Warner / ... 99 episodes, 1993-1998
Jess Harnell ...  Wakko Warner / ... 98 episodes, 1993-1998
Frank Welker ...  Ralph the Guard / ... 88 episodes, 1993-1998
Maurice LaMarche ...  The Brain / ... 65 episodes, 1993-1998


Ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Mainly staring the Warner Siblings Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, who were created by the WB Studios but found they were just too "zany" to be of any use to the studio. Other popular characters in the series include: Pinky and the Brain, two lab mice bent on world domination. Rita and Runt, a cat and dog team who get into perilous situations every episode but always seem to find time to sing a song, Bobby, Pesto, and Squit, the Goodfeathers, part of a New York City mob of pigeons, who take orders from The Godpigeon and worship Martin Scorsese. Slappy the Squirrel is a late middle-age squirrel. She starred in a series of popular cartoons in the Golden Age but is now retired and looking after her nephew, Skippy Squirrel. Buttons is a watch-dog, charged with watching the mischievous toddler, Mindy. Chicken Boo is a giant chicken trying to integrate into human society. Flavio and Marita are two urbane ... Written by Stewart M. Clamen <>

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The Pinky and the Brain sketch titled "Animaniacs: Ups and Downs/The Brave Little Trailer/Yes, Always (1994)" was taken almost verbatim from a recording of Orson Welles doing a commercial, and berating the director and his suggestions for Welles' delivery. In the recording, Welles used strong profanity, which was toned down for the sketch. See more »


Dot: I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, here is my spout. Here is note from my therapist saying I'm getting better. Last week I thought I was a toaster.
[tugs on ears and laughs insanely]
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Alternate Versions

When the show reran on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons almost all references to Warner Bros. were removed from the opening. Allowing a very unusual transition involving the Nickelodeon logo bursting and the opening cut right to the WB water tower open. See more »


Animaniacs Theme - Original Version
Music by Richard Stone
Lyrics by Tom Ruegger
Performed by Rob Paulsen (as Yakko), Tress MacNeille (as Dot) and Jess Harnell (Wakko)
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5 December 2004 | by janey_smileSee all my reviews

Animaniacs was THE cartoon of the 90s!! It was ace. The writing and animation were brilliant, and the voice acting was in a league of it's own.

Unlike Warner Brother's contemporaries, Tiny Toons and Taz-mania (which I also loved), Animaniacs would always show at least three different franchises an episode, meaning there was always something for everyone. The humour was very sophisticated for a cartoon, and as a result it could entertain kids and adults alike.

The main franchise revolved around the Warner Brothers and their sister (The Warner Siblings, then), Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Locked in the studio water tower for 60 years for being too crazy, they break out and proceed to drive just about everyone they meet around the bend. It was great. However, if they didn't appeal (as if) or you fancied a change, there were many other equally wonderful characters with their own adventures, including Slappy the Squirrel, Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy and Pinky and the Brain (who got their own spin off), to name but a few.

If, for some reason you disagree, or managed to survive the 90s without ever seeing an episode, I suggest you seek this show out! I guarantee you you won't regret it. It is, to quote the show, 'Faboo!!'

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