Fridge / Animaniacs

Fridge Brilliance

  • Their contracts, which are a form of contract where the talent gets paid, whether or not the project is made. Now, remember, they were just thrown in the water tower, and nothing else was done with them, outside of a handful of cheap knock-off cartoons... and their contracts meant they were getting paid for the entire hiatus!
  • The Warner Siblings are infamous for nearly always playing the role of the retaliator in their cartoons and getting the better of their victim... except for when they meet someone astoundingly dull - like Francis Pumphandle - resulting in them expending all their energies in a desperate attempt to get away from them.
    • Speaking of Pip, his surname, Pumphandle, is meaningful since when he has a penchant for handshaking and never stopping, and the way it's done, it almost looks like he's using a water pump.
  • From "Hooked on a Ceiling": An enraged Michelangelo hits a nearby column with his fist, which causes it to crumble and reveal his famous Horned Moses statue. You might not realize it, but it's an obvious reference to his belief that statues were "trapped" in every stone block, and that the sculptor's job was to reveal, rather than create them.
  • I noticed something about some of the educational songs and the tunes used for them. "Yakko's World" is sung to the "Mexican Hat Dance," which would be a song that the American viewers would associate with a foreign country (although a specific one). "Wakko's America" is sung to "Turkey in the Straw," which is a traditional American folk song that would be suited for a song that is specifically about American states. The song "Yippie-Ki-Yi-Yo" is about a rancher traveling with his cows, and it is used for the song about Magellan's voyage. Finally, the song about food ingredients is to the tune of the Can-Can, which is commonly associated with France, which is also famous for its food (As an added bonus, the northeast US supermarket chain Shop Rite, which does an semiannuall canned goods sale called the "Can-Can Sale" which is advertised with an (in)famous series of animated ads featuring a parody version of the song, complete with animated can can dancers and a stereotypical Parisian artist mascot.)
  • Pretty much any time drums are required (for instance, in "Little Drummer Warners" and whenever there's a Rimshot gag), Wakko is the one who plays them. He is based on Ringo Starr.
  • We all remember the episode "Meatballs or consequences", where the Warners annoy Death himself. But what's interesting is that the fact that he would be together with the Warners drove Death over the edge. Thus, confirming that being with the Warners is A Fate Worse Than Death.
  • The Warner siblings are sometimes referred to as the Warner Brothers and their sister Dot. A dot follows the words "Warner Bros" on the Warner Bros. logo, as seen here.
  • Mindy only ever calls her mother "lady", despite her mother insisting to be called "Mom". Considering that she only leaves Buttons in charge of watching Mindy, and never does it herself, Mindy probably doesn't think of her as a parent.
  • The theme song for the "In the Garden of Mindy" skit from the Animaniacs Stew episode includes the lyrics "One's a small child / And the other's... The Brain". Seems like just a play on your expectations at first, but then you realise it neatly steps around answering the eternal debate on who is the genius and who is insane.

Fridge Horror

  • Skippy is traumatized by watching 'Bumbie' and seeing the death of Bumby's mom. Considering he lives with his aunt, his parents are never mentioned, and there was an episode where CPS takes him away, it's possible his parents died and the movie struck a chord with him.
  • In "The Monkey Song" (not that one), Dr. Scratchnsniff invites the viewer to his house for "monkey stew." So, basically, he was going to eat the Warners. Sure, he didn't stand a chance against children that can torture Death, but geez!