History Trivia / Animaniacs

12th Feb '18 4:02:30 AM Saveelich
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** Creator/MauriceLaMarche when the Godpigeon and Squit talk to each other.
3rd Feb '18 5:31:16 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: The short "Sir Yaksalot" has a segment that parodies ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies and Kaiju films in general, where the Warner siblings attempt to get help against the dragon from a council used to dealing with giant monsters, complete with their voices being (poorly) overdubbed. Franchise/PerryMason is among them, referencing Raymond Burr's role in the localized versions of some of the Godzilla movies.

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The short "Sir Yaksalot" has a segment that parodies ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies and Kaiju films in general, where the Warner siblings attempt to get help against the dragon from a council used to dealing with giant monsters, complete with their voices being (poorly) overdubbed. Franchise/PerryMason is among them, referencing Raymond Burr's role in the localized versions of some of the Godzilla movies.movies.
** Minerva's personality is that of a ValleyGirl - which her voice actress Julie Brown was known for mocking in her stand-up routines.
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** Jess Harnell randomly decided to try a Beatles-inspired Liverpool accent for Wakko and it stuck. He originally based it off John Lennon's voice, but went with Ringo Starr's instead.
** Dot's voice gets slightly deeper as the series progresses, a change reflected in ''Wakko's Wish''. This was Tress [=MacNeille=]'s idea - as she thought it would be a good idea to have the Warners age and have Dot go through puberty.



* DevelopmentGag: Slappy's brief curvaceous design in the "Got Milk" parody resembles the early concept art of Minerva Mink.



* TheOtherDarrin: Walter Wolf was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker in "Hurray for Slappy" and Creator/JessHarnell in all subsequent appearances.

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Walter Wolf was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker in "Hurray for Slappy" and Creator/JessHarnell in all subsequent appearances.appearances.
** Subverted with Nathan Ruegger as Skippy. His voice started deepening but they just pitched it higher in post production rather than recasting him.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Jamie Kellner (whom you may know as the guy who claimed watching television while skipping ads with a [=DVR=] is tantamount to stealing, as well as the guy responsible for cancelling all programming from Wrestling/{{WCW}}, leading to the company's bankruptcy in 2001) apparently ignored the very high ratings from older audiences while the show was on WB and found the low ratings from kids to be an excuse to cancel the show, though it shouldn't be a surprise as a lot of cartoons created by Warner Brothers at the time were canceled for similar reasons, like ''Freakazoid!'' and ''Road Rovers''.

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: ScrewedByTheNetwork:
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Jamie Kellner (whom you may know as the guy who claimed watching television while skipping ads with a [=DVR=] is tantamount to stealing, as well as the guy responsible for cancelling all programming from Wrestling/{{WCW}}, leading to the company's bankruptcy in 2001) apparently ignored the very high ratings from older audiences while the show was on WB and found the low ratings from kids to be an excuse to cancel the show, though it shouldn't be a surprise as a lot of cartoons created by Warner Brothers at the time were canceled for similar reasons, like ''Freakazoid!'' and ''Road Rovers''.



* ShownTheirWork: "Yes Always" is based on a recording of Orson Welles trying to do a commercial, and criticising the director trying to give him feedback. It's taken almost verbatim, except for the profanity in the original recording.
* ShrugOfGod: There are conflicting explanations on where Skippy's parents are. "One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock" implies that they are dead - as he's sent to a foster home when Slappy can't look after him. Slappy however appears in ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' to say that she is just babysitting while his parents are away on a long trip.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: A variation. When the final drafts of the characters were being approved by Steven Spielberg, Mindy and Buttons were chosen by his daughter.



* ThrowItIn: If time was running short on an episode, they would use a "Wheel of Morality" segment to pad it out.



** Minerva Mink was planned to be a blatant Creator/MarilynMonroe {{Expy}}, and her first name was originally Marilyn. She was also originally going to be completely naked, but creators realised that was far too sexual for a children's cartoon.
** Another early idea for Minerva was that she would be a DistaffCounterpart to Bugs Bunny's wit and cunning and humor.



*** One wonders what character he would have voiced if he was hired on the show.



** Slappy Squirrel was originally an older version of Screwy Squirrel, but the creators couldn't get the rights. Sherri Stoner liked the idea of an aged cartoon character because an aged cartoon star would know the secrets of other cartoons and "have the dirt on [them]".

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** Slappy Squirrel was originally an older version of Screwy Squirrel, but the creators couldn't get the rights. Sherri Stoner liked the idea of an aged cartoon character because an aged cartoon star would know the secrets of other cartoons and "have the dirt on [them]". Sherri was also not originally going to be the voice of Slappy; it was only when she did an impression of what she felt the voice should sound like that Steven Spielberg suggested she do it.



WordOfGod: Tom Ruegger, the show's creator; stated that besides the two Minerva Mink shorts, there were never any other shorts but notes she gets a much more expanded role in the comics.

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** Creators toyed with creating a fourth Warner called Lakko - to play the OnlySaneMan in the spirit of Zeppo Marx. The film for which he was developed - ''Wandering Warners We'' - never made it past the planning stages.
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WordOfGod: Tom Ruegger, the show's creator; stated that besides the two Minerva Mink shorts, there were never any other shorts but notes she gets a much more expanded role in the comics.
9th Jan '18 8:29:28 AM Gouken20xx
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** One major edit that the Nickelodeon edit was to use one of the variable line clips, with "Nickelaney" dubbed in, for ''every episode''.
5th Jan '18 12:27:16 PM nombretomado
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** TheHub adored this show more than Creator/KidsWB, Nickelodeon, and FOX ever did. They aired promos for it during every program on the channel including ''Animaniacs'' itself, and had constant marathons of the show whenever a holiday was near (Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and even President's Day). Not only that, the show at one point aired for three hours on weekdays. They even got Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress [=MacNeille=] to record new spots, in character as Yakko, Wakko and Dot respectively, for the show's reruns. Due to this, it gained a new generation of child fans, and parents who watched the channel say that their kids loved it even more than ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Unfortunately, after the channel became Creator/DiscoveryFamily, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the series was one of the few that was completely removed from the channel]].

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** TheHub Creator/TheHub adored this show more than Creator/KidsWB, Nickelodeon, and FOX ever did. They aired promos for it during every program on the channel including ''Animaniacs'' itself, and had constant marathons of the show whenever a holiday was near (Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and even President's Day). Not only that, the show at one point aired for three hours on weekdays. They even got Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress [=MacNeille=] to record new spots, in character as Yakko, Wakko and Dot respectively, for the show's reruns. Due to this, it gained a new generation of child fans, and parents who watched the channel say that their kids loved it even more than ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Unfortunately, after the channel became Creator/DiscoveryFamily, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the series was one of the few that was completely removed from the channel]].



* MissingEpisode: Episode #55 has a chase scene bumper that's missing from the [=DVDs=] as well as reruns on TheHub. It is, however, on digital releases.

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* MissingEpisode: Episode #55 has a chase scene bumper that's missing from the [=DVDs=] as well as reruns on TheHub.Creator/TheHub. It is, however, on digital releases.
6th Nov '17 2:32:58 PM prgiordano
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** For the show's 20th anniversary, a fourth DVD set will finally be released containing the remaining episodes.

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** For the show's 20th anniversary, following a 6-year gap, the fourth and final DVD set will was finally be released containing the remaining episodes.
6th Nov '17 8:20:39 AM CherryLotus
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WordOfGod: Tom Ruegger, the show's creator; stated that besides the two Minerva Mink shorts, there were never any other shorts but notes she gets a much more expanded role in the comics.
11th Sep '17 8:00:28 AM mimitchi33
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* BannedInChina: When Boomerang UK aired the show, episode 26 was rarely run because of the people running that feed finding the "PottyEmergency" segment indecent, a fate which also befell similar episodes of shows on Turner-owned channels in the UK that still continues to this day. This was averted during the original run of the show on CITV.
20th Aug '17 1:55:59 AM NWolfman
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* WriteWhatYouKnow: It's been said that the episode "Bumbie's Mom" was based on Sherri Stoner's own trauma at seeing the death of Disney/{{Bambi}}'s mother when she was a child.

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It's been said that the episode "Bumbie's Mom" was based on Sherri Stoner's own trauma at seeing the death of Disney/{{Bambi}}'s mother when she was a child.child.
** "One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock" was based on Tom Rugger's last few visits with his grandmother as she was growing more and more senile.
14th Aug '17 11:47:35 AM CaptainTedium
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: "Super Strong Warner Siblings" was a deliberate TakeThat against ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as the producers were not happy about ''Animaniacs'' playing second fiddle to Power Rangers (this was done after the channel hop to Creator/KidsWB). Power Ranger fans actually found the parody hilarious then and even now.
12th Jul '17 12:15:18 AM Doug86
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* ActorAllusion: The short "Sir Yaksalot" has a segment that parodies ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies and Kaiju films in general, where the Warner siblings attempt to get help against the dragon from a council used to dealing with giant monsters, complete with their voices being (poorly) overdubbed. Creator/PerryMason is among them, referencing Raymond Burr's role in the localized versions of some of the Godzilla movies.

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* ActorAllusion: The short "Sir Yaksalot" has a segment that parodies ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies and Kaiju films in general, where the Warner siblings attempt to get help against the dragon from a council used to dealing with giant monsters, complete with their voices being (poorly) overdubbed. Creator/PerryMason Franchise/PerryMason is among them, referencing Raymond Burr's role in the localized versions of some of the Godzilla movies.
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