History WesternAnimation / Animaniacs

22nd Mar '17 9:05:16 AM 32_Footsteps
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* VerySpecialEpisode: "The Little Drummer Warners" has Yakko, Wakko, and Dot go back in time to first-century Bethlehem to witness the birth of the baby Jesus (religion always a controversial subject for kids' cartoons, for various reasons). You'll notice they are unusually low-keyed and respectful - at least until they start performing "The Little Drummer Boy" and suddenly turn it into a 1940s-style swing number. (Hey, [[RuleOfFunny they had to do]] ''[[RuleOfFunny something]]'' [[RuleOfFunny wacky]].)

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* VerySpecialEpisode: "The VerySpecialEpisode:
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Little Drummer Warners" has Yakko, Wakko, and Dot go back in time to first-century Bethlehem to witness the birth of the baby Jesus (religion always a controversial subject for kids' cartoons, for various reasons). You'll notice they are unusually low-keyed and respectful - at least until they start performing "The Little Drummer Boy" and suddenly turn it into a 1940s-style swing number. (Hey, [[RuleOfFunny they had to do]] ''[[RuleOfFunny something]]'' [[RuleOfFunny wacky]].)


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** Also parodied in one episode opener. The opener begins with a subdued Yakko and Dot, talking about how the upcoming episode was a very special episode, and how it had special meaning to all of the cast, with both sounding very earnest... until they get to TheReveal about what made the episode so very special...
-->'''Wakko:''' [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal I'm not wearing any pants!]]
21st Mar '17 2:45:25 PM rafi
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* ShoutOut: A whole lot. The show slightly dates itself with a lot of early 90's and other contemporary-at-the-time references, but it also abounds in references dating back to the dawn of television comedy.
** "The Taming of the Screwy" is pretty much their version of Looney Tunes shorts like "Hollywood Steps Out", with moments like:
*** Creator/RobertPatrick entering in a policeman's uniform, until Ralph tells him it's a Black Tie affair. At which point he [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay liquid-metal-shifts into a tux]].
*** Creator/MichellePfeiffer in her [[Film/BatmanReturns Catwoman costume]]. Yakko tells her there's something(or rather, some [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Thing]]) in her milk saucer. Creator/MichaelKeaton also appears in full Bat-costume.
*** Creator/DannyGlover complaining that he's [[Film/LethalWeapon "Too old for this [shit]"]] at Creator/MelGibson's antics.
*** Creator/SpikeLee begging "Please, baby!" (to an actual baby).
** When Yakko "Sings the Entire English Language", he makes a "slight error at the F's."
-->Frankincense, frankincess, franchncss... shoot! [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Yadda yadda yadda]] flambé.
** See also the CRGA, mentioned above under RealLifeWritesThePlot. It's basically a huge repository of these.
** In the episode Potty Emergency, when a character looks out of a window into space, above the window the letters [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] can be seen.
** "A clown [[Literature/{{It}} is not a big spider]]".
*** "A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement" is a reference to the famous SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy.
** This show provided probably the one and only spoof of ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' in the short, ''Hearts of Twilight''. Surprising since the movie was never released.
*** On the other hand, Steven Spielberg ''has'' seen the movie, one of the few people Creator/JerryLewis has shown it to.
** When Wakko makes a face to freak people out - the one with the swirling eyes and tongue hanging out - it's referred to as a 'Gookie'. The facial expression itself is an homage to a similar face regularly made by Harpo of Creator/TheMarxBrothers: and Harpo revealed in his autobiography that this goofy face was made in mockery of a certain butcher in his New York City neighborhood named... Gookie.
** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example: In "Sir Yaksalot", a background cart driver looks exactly like a medieval version of [[Franchise/LupinIII Daisuke Jigen]]. Not too surprising as TMS worked on the episode.
** In one of the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segments ("Bad idea: having the circus come to you") the theme from Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus plays in the background.
** A Steven Spielberg reference: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWcNcJuTHVo this Katie Ka-Boom segment]] features Katie's younger brother making a tower out of mashed potatoes, much like the protagonist of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
** The name of the episode ''Garage Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', though it doesn't reference the show otherwise.
** The Swuit-shaped statue in "This Pun For Hire" is a nod to ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
** Both Newt and Minerva use the catchphrase of Music/TheBigBopper in "Meet Minerva."
** The Buttons & Mindy episode "Cat on a Hot Steel Beam" lampshades just how old the concept is by having a scene where [[WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} a sailor]] and [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry a cat and mouse]] cross Buttons' path chasing their own babies.
** In "Brain Meets Brawn", the Brain only transforms into the Hyde monster when he gets angry, much like the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.
** In "Hello, Nice Warners", after the Warners reluctantly agree to star in the Jerry Lewis-esque director's movie, they remark to the viewers, "[[Film/TheFly1986 Be afraid. Be very afraid.]]"
** 'Woodstock Slappy' riffs relentlessly on the famous 'Who's on First' vaudeville exchange popularized by Abbot and Costello.
** Creator/TheMarxBrothers are also given the greatest honor any comedy series can bestow on any other comedy series: stealing its jokes.
--> '''Dot/Chico:''' I can't think of the end of this [song/episode.]\\
'''Yakko/Groucho:''' I can't think of ''anything else.''
** "Googy Goop" in the episode "The Girl With the Googily Goop", a full-on parody of the ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' cartoons. She had a red nose like the Warners', but otherwise looked exactly the same as Betty.
** In one of the episodes featuring the Wheel of Morality, Wakko [[Series/WheelOfFortune wants to buy a vowel]] but Yakko says "wrong wheel" in reply.

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* ShoutOut: A whole lot. [[ShoutOut/{{Animaniacs}} Has his page]]. The show slightly dates itself with a lot of early 90's and other contemporary-at-the-time references, but it also abounds in references dating back to the dawn of television comedy.
** "The Taming of the Screwy" is pretty much their version of Looney Tunes shorts like "Hollywood Steps Out", with moments like:
*** Creator/RobertPatrick entering in a policeman's uniform, until Ralph tells him it's a Black Tie affair. At which point he [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay liquid-metal-shifts into a tux]].
*** Creator/MichellePfeiffer in her [[Film/BatmanReturns Catwoman costume]]. Yakko tells her there's something(or rather, some [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Thing]]) in her milk saucer. Creator/MichaelKeaton also appears in full Bat-costume.
*** Creator/DannyGlover complaining that he's [[Film/LethalWeapon "Too old for this [shit]"]] at Creator/MelGibson's antics.
*** Creator/SpikeLee begging "Please, baby!" (to an actual baby).
** When Yakko "Sings the Entire English Language", he makes a "slight error at the F's."
-->Frankincense, frankincess, franchncss... shoot! [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Yadda yadda yadda]] flambé.
** See also the CRGA, mentioned above under RealLifeWritesThePlot. It's basically a huge repository of these.
** In the episode Potty Emergency, when a character looks out of a window into space, above the window the letters [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] can be seen.
** "A clown [[Literature/{{It}} is not a big spider]]".
*** "A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement" is a reference to the famous SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy.
** This show provided probably the one and only spoof of ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' in the short, ''Hearts of Twilight''. Surprising since the movie was never released.
*** On the other hand, Steven Spielberg ''has'' seen the movie, one of the few people Creator/JerryLewis has shown it to.
** When Wakko makes a face to freak people out - the one with the swirling eyes and tongue hanging out - it's referred to as a 'Gookie'. The facial expression itself is an homage to a similar face regularly made by Harpo of Creator/TheMarxBrothers: and Harpo revealed in his autobiography that this goofy face was made in mockery of a certain butcher in his New York City neighborhood named... Gookie.
** A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example: In "Sir Yaksalot", a background cart driver looks exactly like a medieval version of [[Franchise/LupinIII Daisuke Jigen]]. Not too surprising as TMS worked on the episode.
** In one of the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segments ("Bad idea: having the circus come to you") the theme from Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus plays in the background.
** A Steven Spielberg reference: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWcNcJuTHVo this Katie Ka-Boom segment]] features Katie's younger brother making a tower out of mashed potatoes, much like the protagonist of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
** The name of the episode ''Garage Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', though it doesn't reference the show otherwise.
** The Swuit-shaped statue in "This Pun For Hire" is a nod to ''Literature/TheMalteseFalcon''.
** Both Newt and Minerva use the catchphrase of Music/TheBigBopper in "Meet Minerva."
** The Buttons & Mindy episode "Cat on a Hot Steel Beam" lampshades just how old the concept is by having a scene where [[WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} a sailor]] and [[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry a cat and mouse]] cross Buttons' path chasing their own babies.
** In "Brain Meets Brawn", the Brain only transforms into the Hyde monster when he gets angry, much like the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.
** In "Hello, Nice Warners", after the Warners reluctantly agree to star in the Jerry Lewis-esque director's movie, they remark to the viewers, "[[Film/TheFly1986 Be afraid. Be very afraid.]]"
** 'Woodstock Slappy' riffs relentlessly on the famous 'Who's on First' vaudeville exchange popularized by Abbot and Costello.
** Creator/TheMarxBrothers are also given the greatest honor any comedy series can bestow on any other comedy series: stealing its jokes.
--> '''Dot/Chico:''' I can't think of the end of this [song/episode.]\\
'''Yakko/Groucho:''' I can't think of ''anything else.''
** "Googy Goop" in the episode "The Girl With the Googily Goop", a full-on parody of the ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' cartoons. She had a red nose like the Warners', but otherwise looked exactly the same as Betty.
** In one of the episodes featuring the Wheel of Morality, Wakko [[Series/WheelOfFortune wants to buy a vowel]] but Yakko says "wrong wheel" in reply.
comedy.
21st Mar '17 2:41:11 PM rafi
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* ParodyMagicSpell: From their Shakespeare "translation":

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* ParodyMagicSpell: ParodyMagicSpell:
** A Pinky and the Brain episode had "Charlie Sheen, Ben Vereen, Shrink to the size of a lima bean!".
**
From their Shakespeare "translation":
18th Mar '17 11:09:33 AM TitaniumDragon
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** In the '''Please Please Please Get A Life Foundation''' skit, they talk about people obsessing over miniscule background details that have been inserted into cartoon shows (specifically their own), talking about how they need to get a life... details that they themselves put into the episode in the first place. They even lampshade their inclusion of such trivial details within the short, encouraging people to "call us ''before'' you rewind to see what was in the room in the opening shot!"

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** In the '''Please Please Please Get A Life Foundation''' skit, they talk about people obsessing over miniscule background details that have been inserted into cartoon shows (specifically their own), talking about how they need to get a life... details that they themselves put into the episode show in the first place. They even lampshade their inclusion of such trivial details within the short, encouraging people to "call us ''before'' you rewind to see what was in the room in the opening shot!"
18th Mar '17 11:06:53 AM TitaniumDragon
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** In the '''Please Please Please Get A Life Foundation''' skit, they talk about people obsessing over miniscule background details that have been inserted into cartoon shows (specifically their own), talking about how they need to get a life... details that they themselves put into the episode in the first place. They even lampshade their inclusion of such trivial details within the short, encouraging people to "call us ''before'' you rewind to see what was in the room in the opening shot!"
18th Mar '17 5:57:09 AM LucyFoot430
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*** For instance, "Taming of the Screwy" was given to Creatot/TatsunokoProduction who said staff at the studio will later go on to find {{Creator/Actas}} years later and the result wasn't pretty[[note]]Some examples - animation that was ''not as'' lively and in one scene, an object (a plate with a lobster claw, in this case) teleports[[/note]]. "Roll Over Beethoven", "Home on De Nile" and "H.M.S. Yakko" are also guilty of this.

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*** For instance, "Taming of the Screwy" was given to Creatot/TatsunokoProduction Creator/TatsunokoProduction who said staff at the studio will later go on to find {{Creator/Actas}} years later and the result wasn't pretty[[note]]Some examples - animation that was ''not as'' lively and in one scene, an object (a plate with a lobster claw, in this case) teleports[[/note]]. "Roll Over Beethoven", "Home on De Nile" and "H.M.S. Yakko" are also guilty of this.
18th Mar '17 5:55:37 AM LucyFoot430
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* OffModel: There were eight, count them, EIGHT animation companies that worked on the show; [[note]] Those studios are Creator/TMSEntertainment, Creator/{{AKOM}}, Creator/WangFilmProductions, StarToons, Creator/KokoEnterprises, Creator/FreelanceAnimatorsNewZealand, Creator/PhilippineAnimationStudioInc., and Varga Studios.[[/note]] all had different drawing and animation styles (and that does not even count the studios that TMS used under contract [[note]]these included Creator/NakamuraProductions, Creator/AjiaDo, Creator/{{Actas}}, Creator/KyotoAnimation, Creator/AnimeSpot, Creator/TokyoKids, Creator/MizoPlanning, Creator/SpectrumAnimation, Creator/FlyingDragon, Creator/StudioJungleGym, Creator/OhProduction, Creator/MagicBus, Creator/StudioJunio, Creator/StudioNue and Creator/FarEastern. All of them uncredited.[[/note]] However, almost all of them used TMS' style).

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* OffModel: There were eight, count them, EIGHT animation companies that worked on the show; [[note]] Those studios are Creator/TMSEntertainment, Creator/{{AKOM}}, Creator/WangFilmProductions, StarToons, Creator/KokoEnterprises, Creator/FreelanceAnimatorsNewZealand, Creator/PhilippineAnimationStudioInc., and Varga Studios.[[/note]] all had different drawing and animation styles (and that does not even count the studios that TMS used under contract [[note]]these included Creator/NakamuraProductions, Creator/AjiaDo, Creator/{{Actas}}, Creator/TatsunokoProduction, Creator/KyotoAnimation, Creator/AnimeSpot, Creator/TokyoKids, Creator/MizoPlanning, Creator/SpectrumAnimation, Creator/FlyingDragon, Creator/StudioJungleGym, Creator/OhProduction, Creator/MagicBus, Creator/StudioJunio, Creator/StudioNue and Creator/FarEastern. All of them uncredited.[[/note]] However, almost all of them used TMS' style).



*** For instance, "Taming of the Screwy" was given to Creator/{{Actas}} and the result wasn't pretty[[note]]Some examples - animation that was ''not as'' lively and in one scene, an object (a plate with a lobster claw, in this case) teleports[[/note]]. "Roll Over Beethoven", "Home on De Nile" and "H.M.S. Yakko" are also guilty of this.

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*** For instance, "Taming of the Screwy" was given to Creator/{{Actas}} Creatot/TatsunokoProduction who said staff at the studio will later go on to find {{Creator/Actas}} years later and the result wasn't pretty[[note]]Some examples - animation that was ''not as'' lively and in one scene, an object (a plate with a lobster claw, in this case) teleports[[/note]]. "Roll Over Beethoven", "Home on De Nile" and "H.M.S. Yakko" are also guilty of this.
16th Mar '17 3:29:08 PM MarshalGrover
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** Happens in other shorts, such as "Smell Ya' Later" and "Turkey Jerky," where the villain finds themselves suspended in mid-air somehow, only for the other characters to point out the impossibility and causing them to plummet to the ground.
15th Mar '17 7:18:57 AM KagSwirby
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** ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' are the smart-alack chorus in "Frontier Slappy".

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** ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'' are the smart-alack chorus in "Frontier Slappy".Slappy" and "Magic Time.


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** Most of this is mainly because the Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons are set in the same universe as ''Animaniacs''.
15th Mar '17 7:11:20 AM KagSwirby
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** He also blows on a bubble pipe in "Go Fish" and "The Panama Canal."

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** He also blows on a bubble pipe in "Broadcast Nuisance", "Go Fish" Fish", and "The Panama Canal."
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