History TearJerker / Animaniacs

25th May '18 9:40:41 AM Crimson_Vega
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*** Her song ''I'm Nobody's Mama'' counts as well. Just listen. Rita goes on how she is not going to be the kittens' mother, but her reasons for it seems to have very little to do with selfishness: ''They're so small/ How can I care for them?/ [...] On the other hand, "Oh, my Mama; I love you, Mama/ I will never leave you, Mama/[...]/I'll worry about 'em each day, every minute/ I gotta tell you my head isn't in it.
I won't let my heart talk''. It nails the feels when she looks through a window and sees a mother cat with her kittens...




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*** Their reunion always brings a tear to this troper's eyes. Remember that when they met, Rita was clear that once they each found a home, they would part ways. When she goes back to Runt and he asks why she did it when she was on her way to a better life, Rita sings that she likes Runt and couldn't go without him. ''We'll always be together, me and you'' indeed.
5th May '18 6:09:07 PM Pamina
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* The "Bully for Skippy" episode. Basically, Skippy's classmate Duke has been hitting and teasing him, Ms Butley (one of the staff members who works as TheConfidant) suggests resolving it diplomatically, but it doesn't work and Skippy continues to be bullied. At the end, Ms Butley gets bashed up and possibly {{Brainwashed}} by Slappy's machine, despite not really having done anything wrong, naivete aside, and we still don't know what happens to Duke.

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* The "Bully for Skippy" episode. Basically, Skippy's classmate Duke has been hitting and teasing him, Ms Butley (one of the staff members who works as TheConfidant) suggests resolving it diplomatically, but it doesn't work and Skippy continues to be bullied. At the end, Ms Butley gets bashed up and possibly {{Brainwashed}} by Slappy's machine, despite not really having done anything wrong, naivete aside, and we still don't know what happens to Duke.


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* The "Bully for Skippy" episode. Basically, Skippy's classmate Duke has been hitting and teasing him, Ms Butley (one of the staff members who works as TheConfidant) suggests resolving it diplomatically, but it doesn't work and Skippy continues to be bullied. At the end, Ms Butley gets bashed up and possibly {{Brainwashed}} by Slappy's machine, despite not really having done anything wrong, naivete aside, and we still don't know what happens to Duke.
5th May '18 6:07:33 PM Pamina
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** What makes it one of the more gut-wrenching Rita and Runt shorts is [[BreakTheCutie Runt actually breaking down in tears when the kittens go away.]]

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** What makes it one of the more gut-wrenching Rita and Runt shorts is [[BreakTheCutie Runt actually breaking down in tears when the kittens go away.]] Rita sheds a tear too, though being [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Rita]], she [[SandInMyEyes passes it off as a raindrop.]]
18th Apr '18 11:59:41 AM twilicorn
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** Slappy driven insane by the endless surge of weekday talk shows becomes HarsherInHindsight out-of-universe when weekday cartoons on basic syndicated television ended circa 2006 and replaced with talk shows such as the highly age-inappropriate ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and ''Series/{{Maury}}''. A similar fate would occur to basic TV Saturday Cartoons 8 years later.

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** Slappy driven insane by the endless surge of weekday talk shows becomes HarsherInHindsight out-of-universe when weekday cartoons on basic syndicated television ended circa 2006 and replaced with talk shows such as the highly age-inappropriate ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and ''Series/{{Maury}}''. A similar fate would occur to basic TV Saturday Cartoons 8 years later.later (though this is somewhat remedied by the creation of Creator/KidsClick).
3rd Mar '18 10:18:09 PM Unicorndance
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* The "Bully for Skippy" episode. Basically, Skippy's classmate Duke has been hitting and teasing him, Ms Butley (one of the staff members who works as TheConfidant) suggests resolving it diplomatically, but it doesn't work and Skippy continues to be bullied. At the end, Ms Butley gets bashed up and possibly {{Brainwashed}} by Slappy's machine, despite not really having done anything wrong, naivete aside, and we still don't know what happens to Duke.
23rd Jul '17 11:50:14 PM LavenderCat
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* It's quickly remedied, but in "A Hard Day's Warner" Yakko and Dot both get tons of fan mail. Wakko disappointedly asks Dr. Scratchnsniff if there's anything for him. The look on his face when he's told there isn't heartbreaking.

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* It's quickly remedied, but in In "A Hard Day's Warner" Warner", Yakko and Dot both get tons of fan mail. Wakko doesn't seem to have any. He disappointedly asks Dr. Scratchnsniff if there's anything for him. The him, and the look on his face when he's told there isn't heartbreaking.
is heartbreaking. Fortunately, it's subverted quickly when Ralph finds an entire bag of fan mail, all for Wakko, and practically buries him in it.
23rd Jul '17 11:48:10 PM LavenderCat
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* It's quickly remedied, but in "A Hard Day's Warner" Yakko and Dot both get tons of fan mail. Wakko disappointedly asks Dr. Scratchnsniff if there's anything for him. The look on his face when he's told there isn't heartbreaking.
4th Jul '17 7:06:10 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** And the way that Thaddeus reaches out to his Alternate future self... (And personally for some strange reason I've always sort of liked him).

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** And the way that Thaddeus reaches out to his Alternate future self... (And personally for some strange reason I've always sort of liked him).


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* When "Paul Revere's Ride" was adapted for the cartoon, it showed Revere riding past one man in his bed, who was doomed to be the first to die during the Revolutionary War. It's represented in a sobering way.
5th Mar '17 8:39:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* "A Gift of Gold". A piece of shiny gold wrapping paper is used to wrap Mindy's present. Needless to say, she tears it to shreds, but one piece blows out the window. It flits from place to place, trying to find somewhere to settle, before finally landing in a trash can. Just then, a homeless man (he and his family are living out of their car) fishes it out of the can, using it to wrap a CymbalBangingMonkey, which he gives to his son. The son opens it, then folds the paper carefully and puts it in his pocket, giving it the love it sought the entire cartoon. That alone is heartmelting, but the cartoon is ''also'' voiced by Jim Cummings doing his impression of Sterling Holloway (which is associated with Winnie the Pooh), i.e. "the most emotion-manipulating voice in the world"...

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* "A Gift of Gold". A piece of shiny gold wrapping paper is used to wrap Mindy's present. Needless to say, she tears it to shreds, but one piece blows out the window. It flits from place to place, trying to find somewhere to settle, before finally landing in a trash can. Just then, a homeless man (he and his family are living out of their car) fishes it out of the can, using it to wrap a CymbalBangingMonkey, which he gives to his son. The son opens it, then folds the paper carefully and puts it in his pocket, giving it the love it sought the entire cartoon. That alone is heartmelting, but the cartoon is ''also'' voiced by Jim Cummings Creator/JimCummings doing his impression of Sterling Holloway Creator/SterlingHolloway (which is associated with Winnie the Pooh), i.e. "the most emotion-manipulating voice in the world"...



** Slappy driven insane by the endless surge of weekday talk shows becomes HarsherInHindsight out-of-universe when weekday cartoons on basic syndicated television ended circa 2006 and replaced with talk shows such as the highly age-inappropiate Series/TheJerrySpringerShow and Series/{{Maury}}. A similar fate would occur to basic TV Saturday Cartoons 8 years later.

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** Slappy driven insane by the endless surge of weekday talk shows becomes HarsherInHindsight out-of-universe when weekday cartoons on basic syndicated television ended circa 2006 and replaced with talk shows such as the highly age-inappropiate Series/TheJerrySpringerShow age-inappropriate ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' and Series/{{Maury}}.''Series/{{Maury}}''. A similar fate would occur to basic TV Saturday Cartoons 8 years later.
10th Jan '17 4:52:03 PM CanzetTheCoyote
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**What makes it one of the more gut-wrenching Rita and Runt shorts is [[BreakTheCutie Runt actually breaking down in tears when the kittens go away.]]
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