->''"One wish? Who could ask for anything more?"''
-->-- '''King Salazar'''

In 1999, ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' was pretty much on its last leg as Creator/KidsWB's signature show -- many of its writers and voice actors had moved on to ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' was fast becoming the most successful show of the block -- but at the end of the year, the series was given a GrandFinale in the form of the feature-length DirectToVideo movie ''Wakko's Wish''.

In the film's continuity, the majority of the regular cast of ''Animaniacs'' -- and a few extras here and there -- are living happily in Acme Falls, a nice town in the peaceful kingdom of Warnerstock that is ruled by Sir William the Good. When King William passes away, King Salazar the Pushy of the neighboring kingdom Ticktockia takes over Warnerstock and sends everyone into misery thanks to overtaxing. The Warners -- Yakko, Wakko, and Dot -- are a trio of orphans who are suffering more than any other Acme Falls resident, especially Dot (who is in need of a vital operation).

One cold winter night, Wakko wishes upon a star -- and happens to choose the one wishing star in the sky, which then falls into the mountains; the first person to touch it gets exactly one wish. The Warner siblings, eager to make their dreams come true, begin their quest to get to the wishing star so Wakko can make his wish -- but the rest of the citizens of Acme Falls are after it as well, and so is King Salazar. Who will get to the wishing star first and make their wish? And will any of them find lasting happiness with a tyrant like King Salazar doing his best to take it all away?
!!Tropes present:

* AchievementsInIgnorance: Done with Buttons when he attempts to climb a tree, only to fall down when Mindy points out that dogs can't climb trees.
* AcmeProducts: Not only does the movie take place in Acme Falls, but also an anvil with "ACME" written on it falls on Baloney.
* AdiposeRex: Subverted, as King Salazar has a pretty toned physique. (We see him naked - well, semi-naked - in the bathtub.)
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: [[spoiler:The Wheel of Morality finally presents an actual moral at the end.]]
* AndStarring: Creator/BernadettePeters as Rita.
* AnvilOnHead: Happens to Baloney (extra points for the anvil having "ACME" written on it).
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Buttons the dog, as in the series, [[ThrowTheDogABone but his heroism is finally recognized and rewarded]].
* BigBad: Baron Plotz is [[DiscOneFinalBoss set up as one]], but it's really King Salazar.
* BigDamnMovie: ''Wakko's Wish'' is this compared to the series.
* BitingTheHandHumor: The nation of Warnerstock being taken over by the neighboring Ticktockia is apparently a reference to the Time-Warner merger that occurred in 1990- though Time didn't take over the company (indeed, WB's rival Paramount actually interfered via suing), but presumably someone on the writing staff disliked the merger for whatever reason. Also note how Salazar is referred to as a "corporate raider".
* TheCameo: Chicken Boo only makes a brief appearance during the scene when the people of Acme Falls are being held in a prison camp by Salazar; Katie Kaboom and her mother and father are there too.
* ChekhovsGun: Dot's acting lessons are brought up again during her DisneyDeath. The story Yakko tells her at night also gets referenced as [[spoiler: the Warners are of royal blood.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** [[Creator/JerryLewis Mr. Director]] and Baloney have cameos.
*** So does the restroom from "PottyEmergency".
** The King also calls Bobby, Pesto, and Squit "rats with wings," a nod to an epithet once hurled at them in the series (not to mention an actual pejorative for pigeons).
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Salazar sends the Warners through The Cave of Your Worst Nightmares, where they are scared by [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Baloney]], a [[DisgustingPublicToilet filthy gas station bathroom]], and [[Creator/JerryLewis Mr. Director]] (all of which they [[ContinuityNod encountered previously on the series]]).
* CoversAlwaysLie: The traditional water tower, which is on the cover of the VHS, isn't actually anywhere in the movie. It's replaced with a crumbling wooden "water tower shanty" as befitting of the setting.
* CrowdSong: Most of them features most of the main cast getting at least one solo line.
* DemotedToExtra: Given the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters huge cast]], it's not unreasonable. A notable example is Minerva Mink. She has some of her own singing lines and gets mentioned in the credits, but she's usually in the background with the two women and three men of Acme Falls that make up the chorus. The Hip Hippos didn't even get their own lines, they were just chorus members.
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: If King Salazar hadn't wasted time building a barricade around the Wishing Star and capturing his rivals, he would have got the wish.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Dot, who turned out to just be acting like she was dead to get the king arrested.]]
* DontLookDown:
-->'''Yakko:''' Whoa! Just don't look down.\\
'''Wakko:''' Do you get vertigo?\\
'''Yakko:''' No.\\
'''Wakko:''' Me neither.\\
'''Yakko:''' Yeah, I've seen [[Film/{{Vertigo}} that movie]] three times and I still don't get it.
* TheDragon: Plotz works for King Salazar and is ordered to try and get the wishing star.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: ''Everyone'' (except the Mime and the BigBad) works their butts off throughout the entire movie trying to get the Wishing Star; [[spoiler:thanks to Wakko, they end up all getting what they wanted]]. For [[TheWoobie Woobies]] like Runt, Rita, and Buttons, they ''really'' earned their happy ending -- and then some!
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Some of Salazar's royal army turn against him after he [[spoiler: seemingly killed Dot.]]
** Plotz is willing to tax the citizens to the extreme because it's his job. He's perfectly willing to steer the other townsfolk off course or stall them from reaching the Wishing Star, but he refuses to kill them.
* EveryoneHatesMimes: The Mime is the one reason that Acme Falls was ''not'' an entirely perfect place to live, and he is physically abused even through the [[WinWinEnding saccharine epilogue]].
-->'''Plotz''': "Clear the way, you stupid mime!"
-->'''Cast''': "[[LampshadeHanging He gets trampled all the time]]."
* EvilBrit: King Salazar is the main villain and speaks with a British accent.
* FantasticRacism: Brain doesn't approve of Pinky's relationship with Pharfignewton, the only reasoning he gives being the fact that Pinky and Pharfignewton are two different species.
* FatBastard: Baron Von Plotz and The Constable are both very fat, and in many scenes The Baron is stuffing his face.
* {{Feelies}}: The video came with a rolling toy of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot on snowboards stuck under the plastic. Like with the VHS release of ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', the toy was under the plastic of the clamshell cover and difficult to remove.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Thanks to the show's LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, the movie spends the majority of its times simply ''establishing'' what each CastHerd wants, and spends the rest of the time flipping between them all the way to the conclusion.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: One part of Dot's story has Yakko doing this to Dot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/{{Animaniacs}} As always]].
-->'''Yakko:''' All of the shops are closin',\\
'''Dot:''' Things couldn't get much worse,\\
'''Skippy:''' [''holding up acorns encased in ice''] Even my nuts are frozen,\\
'''Slappy:''' Be careful with that last verse!
** "He used to like nuts; now he's discovered dates!"
-->'''Dot:''' Tell me the story.
-->'''Yakko:''' Okay. [[BawdySong 'There once was a man from Nantucket...']]
-->'''Dot:''' Not that story!
** Hello Nurse's wish is to be appreciated for more than her looks, and she later designs a bottle for Scratchansniff's elixir that is said to be popular because of its more attractive shape. The bottle happens to have a shape similar to Hello Nurse's [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure curvaceous figure]].
** During the start of the Hungarian Rhapsody inspired "The Wishing Star" a man looks out his window, [[AThreesomeIsHot with two other women in their own bedclothes.]]
* GrandFinale: Although it's set in an Alternate Universe, ''Wakko's Wish'' more or less wraps up all the major character's individual stories from the main series.
* HumbleGoal: As it turns out, what Wakko really wants is [[spoiler:''two'' ha'pennies!]]
* IllGirl: Dot is portrayed as needing an operation. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it turns out the operation was only to give her a beauty mark on her cheek.]]
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Dot; subverted in that the operation she needs is actually [[spoiler:"plastic surgery, to implant a beauty mark on her cheek," as Scratchansniff says it]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Pinky (a mouse) and Pharfignewton (a horse) are once again shown as being a couple.
* IronButtMonkey: The Mime gets trampled by carriages repeatedly, gets bashed in the head with heavy objects, and Yakko drops a safe on him at the end, but aftetwards, he is never the worse for wear.
* IWantSong: Titled "When You Wish on a Wishing Star" and it mentions the wishes of all the main cast [[note]] The Warners, Plotz, Ralph, Rita, Runt, Hello Nurse, Dr. Scratchandsniff, the Goodfeathers, Skippy, and Slappy. [[/note]]
* JabbaTableManners: Baron Von Plotz eats like a slob.
* KarmaHoudini: Baron Von Plotz and his lackey the town Constable have their wishes come true, although, they do a HeelFaceTurn and redeem themselves slightly before that happens.
* KnightOfCerebus: Whilst he does have some LargeHam moments, Salazar is portrayed significantly more seriously than the majority of "villains" (who were jerks more than they were evil) in the series.
* LiteralGenie: The Warners try to convince Salazar that the Wishing Star is one of these, in one of the film's more hilarious scenes. The examples they give include a wish to be 16 years old forever resulting in him living the 16th year of his life forever and a wish for the world giving him nothing but a globe. He quickly loses his patience after one too many gags.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Dot appears to be this for much of the movie, but [[spoiler:it turns out she was just acting the entire time, and the "surgery" she was trying to get was having a beauty mark added.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Everyone from the main show, except for the Hip Hippos and Minerva Mink, had a substantial role.
* LogoJoke: Wakko joins WesternAnimation/BugsBunny in the opening logo and takes a bite of the WB shield.
* MakeAWish: The whole point of the movie.
* MasterActor: Dot. [[spoiler:This comes in handy at the end]].
* MoralDissonance: The other residents of Acme Falls, while sympathetic to Dot's illness, [[ItsAllAboutMe immediately start thinking of their own dreams]] when they hear of the Wishing Star, and immediately start racing the Warner siblings to get to the star first.
** May cross over into FridgeBrilliance in the ending. [[spoiler: She was never dying at all, the surgery she wanted was for a beauty mark on her cheek.]]
* TheMovie: A full-length animated film that allows the series ''Animaniacs'' to end on a high note.
* MundaneWish: The wish that Wakko ultimately makes is for [[spoiler:two ha'pennies]]. {{Subverted}} in that [[spoiler: these ha'pennies are enough to fulfill everyone's dreams.]]
* MultipleChoicePast: The Warners' original backstory from the TV series is completely chucked, so that now instead of being cartoon characters created in 1930, they are [[spoiler: the long-lost children of the king and queen whom Salazar overthrew]]. This being a non-canon storyline, and the Warner's past not being a huge facet of their character, it made sense.
* TheMusical: Just like ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', there are quite a number of musical numbers between the dialogue.
* [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg My Friends...]] [[EveryoneHatesMimes And A Mime]]: Well, no place is perfect!
* OhCrap:
** Buttons, when he sees [[BigFun Flavio and Marita]] about to cross the suspension bridge he's just barely clinging to.
** "Silly Buttons, puppies can't climb trees!"
* OmnicidalManiac: In one scene King Salazar says that when he gets his wish, everyone will be gone.
* OrphanageOfFear: The Warner siblings had to live in one of these. After it shuts down, they realize it wasn't so bad: They at least had food and heat.
* PetTheDog:
** More like "[[ThrowTheDogABone Give the Dog a Meal for All His Troubles]] for Buttons." The '''ultimate''' PetTheDog, seeing as all his heroism in the entire TV show went unrewarded. Earlier in the story, Mindy gives a clearly hungry Buttons the pie she was supposed to deliver to her grandmother.
** In the ending, Pinky is appointed a stable hand, so he gets to spend all the time he likes with Pharfignewton. It happens that Brain was the one who appointed him in spite of his earlier disdain for their relationship.
* PlantPerson: Dot appears to be this, at least if we are to believe the bedtime story Yakko is always telling her.
* ProducePelting: Used in a one scene just to show how unpopular Salazar the Pushy is.
* RightfulKingReturns: [[spoiler:The Warners turned out to be part of the royal line, so we see them on the thrones wearing {{Cool Crown}}s that are too big for their heads]].
* SequelHook: The Brain actually breaks TheFourthWall at the end of the movie and states they are going to plan a hostile take over of The Kingdom of Warnerstock and then The World.
* SeriesGoal: Some of the minor characters pursue the Wishing Star to resolve their subplots, e.g. Rita and Runt want a permanent home; Buttons wants to be acknowledged for his heroism; Brain wants to rule the world, etc. [[spoiler:Most of them come true -- kinda.]]
* [[spoiler: ShaggyDogStory]]: Dot's vital operation, [[spoiler: which turned out to be just getting her a beauty mark.]]
* ShoutOut:
** When Pinky first goes to see Pharfignewton, he quotes the balcony scene from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet.''
** In the film's teaser, Wakko is seen carrying an exact duplicate of the iconic sled Rosebud from Creator/OrsonWelles' classic ''Film/CitizenKane.'' He then [[TakeThat proceeds to toss it into a fire to warm him, Yakko, and Dot.]]
** When Wakko returns from making his ha'penny the musical number is remarkably similar to "The Wells Fargo Wagon" from The Music Man.
** The song when the Warners tell the town about the Wishing Star is the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
* SpoilerTitle: Guess who gets to the Wishing Star first. [[spoiler: Wakko.]]
* TheStarscream: Baron Von Plotz has ambitions of overthrowing Salazar and becoming King himself. He wants the wishing star for himself so he can wish to be King.
* TemptingFate: "You know, for a cave of your worst nightmares, this isn't so bad."
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The characters spend almost as much time singing as they do talking.
* [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw the Dog a Platter of Steaks]]: Buttons finally gets rewarded for keeping Mindy safe.
** Rita and Runt get the home they've always yearned for when they are adopted by Doctor Scratchnsniff.
** While he doesn't get the world, [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain The Brain]] does finally achieve some political power.
* TriumphantReprise: At the very end of the film, the entire cast sings a cheery, non depressed reprise of "Never Give Up Hope" after Acme Falls is prosperous once again.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Wakko causes an avalanche that buries everyone with one very loud belch. They all survive though.
* VillainSong: King Salazar at one point sings about how much he wants the wishing star.
* VillainousGlutton: Baron von Plots is constantly stuffing his face in the first half of the movie.
* VisualPun: The Warners ''literally'' kick Salazar out of the palace.
** Also, in the end, when Pesto says: "Finally, people are looking up to us," the "camera" pans out to reveal that he and the other two Goodfeathers are on top of a high column with statues of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot pointing to them. People are ''literally'' looking up to them.
* WinWinEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone getting his or her wish. Except for [[ButtMonkey The Mime.]] And also King Salazar.]]
* ZillionDollarBill: Because Acme Falls has fallen on such hard times, a ''ha'penny'' is treated as this, and [[spoiler: two of them is what restores it to being perfect (except for The Mime).]]