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

In 1999, ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' was pretty much on its last leg as 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 direct-to-video 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.
* 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.]]
* 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: King Salazar.
* BigDamnMovie: ''Wakko's Wish'' is this compared to the series.
* 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.
* ChekhovsGun: The story and Dot's acting lessons.
* 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 crumbled-down wooden "water tower shanty" as befitting of the setting.
* ContinuityNod:
** "[[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 [[JerryLewis Mr. Director]] (all of which they [[ContinuityNod encountered previously on the series]]).
* 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 unreasonble. A notable example is Minerva Mink; other than some solo lines at the beginning, she isn't exactly a featured member of the cast, even though she pops up here and there during the musical numbers. (Then again, it's not as if she was a big part of the original show to begin with due to ExecutiveMeddling, but still.)
* 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 recovers right when [[spoiler:Wakko makes it to the star.]]
** [[spoiler:{{Averted}} since she wasn't even dead. She just acted like it to get the king arrested.]]
*** [[spoiler:Which could also count as an {{averted}} KillTheCutie moment]].
* 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, to King Salazar.
* 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.]]
** Also, Plotz and Ralph are horrified when Salazar orders them to kill the Warners.
* 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.
* {{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 ''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!
* HumbleGoal: As it turns out, what Wakko really wants is [[spoiler:''two'' ha'pennies!]]
* IllGirl: Dot
* 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), of course.
** Along with some FantasticRacism on Brain's part.
* IWantSong
* LiteralGenie: The Warners try to convince Salazar that the Wishing Star is one of these, in one of the film's more hilarious scenes. He quickly loses his patience (and who can blame him?).
* 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
* 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]].
* MilestoneCelebration: This movie is essentially ''Animaniacs''' 100th episode.
* 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, when it should be obvious to them that Wakko wants to wish his sister well again. What?!
** 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
* MundaneWish: The wish that Wakko ultimately makes is for [[spoiler:two ha'pennies]]. {{Subverted}} in that [[spoiler:spending them helps revive Acme Falls.]]
* 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]].
** Justified this is non-canon.
* TheMusical: Just like ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', this is a musical movie of a series that only occasionally featured musical numbers.
* [[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!"
* OrphanageOfFear: The Warner siblings had to live in one of these.
* PetTheDog:
** More like "[[ThrowTheDogABone Give the Dog a Meal for All His Troubles]]." The '''ultimate''' PetTheDog, seeing as all his heroism in the entire TV show went unrewarded.
** 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.
* 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]].
* 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: Shaggy Dog Story]]: 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 ''RomeoAndJuliet''.
** In the film's teaser, Wakko is seen carrying an exact duplicate of the iconic sled Rosebud from Orson Wells' classic ''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
* SpoilerTitle: Guess who gets to the Wishing Star first. [[spoiler:Wakko.]]
* TemptingFate: "You know, for a cave of your worst nighmares, 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.
* 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.]]
* XMeetsY Animaniacs meets ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld
* 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).]]