Remember during the Beauty and the Beast episode when they were lost in the woods? Funnier if you're aware of the political environment during the time it was made.note Aired September 7, 1996, about two months until the Presidential Election.
Wakko (looking at what is presumed to be a map): According to this we've lost our way. Yakko (taking the map): This isn't a map. It's a flyer for the Republican Party! Wakko: "Lost our way as a country," that is.
Earlier in the same short, we had Yakko, Wakko and Dot trying to introduce themselves to the audience... only for Dot to fail to say her full name correctly four times in a row, in a set of 'out-takes', until she eventually snaps and begins cussing angrily.
Umlatt: No, no! This is the uniform of a great man! Yakko: Does he know you're wearing it? Umlatt: I am Umlatt of Donlikus, and I am here to demand you surrender Anvilania to me! I give you 24 hours to vacate! Yakko: Vacation already? This is only my first day on the job! Umlatt: I demand your surrender! Yakko: I will not surrender! You surrender! Umlatt: Me, surrender? Yakko: Okay, I accept. Hand over the keys to your castle. Umlatt: Don't be ridiculous! I'll go to war before I surrender! Yakko: Well go ahead, and don't you come back until you've learned some manners, young man! Umlatt: Very well, you silly child! [throwing his hands into the air] This means war! Yakko: I thought that meant touchdown?
"Get that camera out of my mouth!"
The "Anvilanian Family Tree" song and "Perry Coma" are two of the series' best musical gags.
Ernest Hemingway: [talking in a woman's voice] Who is it? Dot: Pushpen Office Supply delivery for... Mr. Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway: Mr. Hemingway isn't here right now. This is, uh, Alice B. Toklas. Warners: No you're not. Hemingway: Yes I am. [Camera zooms out to show the Warners standing right behind him.] Warners: No you're not. Hemingway:[in his normal voice] Daah! Yakko: You can't fool us. Alice B. Toklas doesn't live here anymore!
Hemingway's breakdown earlier also makes me laugh.
Mr Director (the Jerry Lewis-esque director) pretty much anytime he appears, especially in the first episode with him. "Ohhhh I LOVE these kids, they's so funny, nice kids that look like puppies! Flammeil!"
From "Clown and Out": The Yiddish Clown who, like Mr. Director, acted in a very Jerry Lewis fashion with an extremely stereotypically Jewish style. Combined with his obvious and repeated aside jokes: "A clown is my friend...a clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement... a clown is not a big spider..."
Actually, I think that clown WAS Mr. Director...
"I'm in the sky..." "I don't want to do this no more..."
From "The Girl With the Googily Goop", when the sibs get spat out into another studio's cartoon, where literally everything is alive:
Yakko: This is going to be the most frightening six minutes of our lives.
It's a great, big universe and we're all really puny!
We're just tiny little specks about the size of Mickey Rooney!
"Wakko's Gizmo," a loving tribute to Rube Goldberg taking his absurdly complex machines Up to Eleven
The short sketch in which Dot "translates" Puck's closing monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Yakko: And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream!
Dot: There's a hole in the plot you could drive a truck through.
"Fair Game" is a goldmine of these, when the siblings constantly buzz at the wrong time, usually saying "Issac Newton," until the answer actually is Issac Newton, when they just can't seem to remember it. One of the best moments, however...
Host: Very well. The answer is what?
Yakko: It is? What was the question?
Host: I don't know.
Yakko: Then don't buzz in.
Host: I didn't buzz in!
Yakko: Then you can't answer the question.
Host: Do you think this is funny!?
Dot: (Buzz) Yes.
At one point, the host grabs them all by their tails to keep them from buzzing while he can say the entire question, while the Warners try to reach for the buttons. After letting them all, each of them were about to buzz, but then rub their chins. They're ready to buzz, but rub their chins again.
Any of the Great Wakkorotti musical shorts, where Wakko belches to classical music.
Excuse me, oh excuse me.
One from "Dezanitized", the first short of the entire series, mostly due to the Genius Bonus that comes with the territory:
Scratchansniff: (with fuller, wilder, and brown Einstein Hair): Now, tell me about these dreams you've been having, Mr. Reagan.
(Cut to a younger Ronald Reagan, an actor at this point, dressed in a white tuxedo, purple pants and sporting a pompuador)
Actor Reagan: Well, in my dreams, I'm president of the United States.
(Cut back to Scratchansniff, who freezes from his writing to give the audience a grimace, as though he is asking us directly "You just heard that, too, right?" and proceeds to write into his notebook)
(Cut to Scratchansniff's notebook, which has the heading of "Delusions of granduer". He then adds "Incurable" in capital letters, underlining the word with a passion.)
POTTY EMERGENCY — specifically, Wakko goes through a ton of cruel yet hilarious gags about being unable to go to the bathroom. He eventually has to resort to walking inside the movie seen in the beginning of the episode in order to finally go.
The Dots Pet gags are usually hilarious, for those of you who dont know, Dot carries a tiny box that somehow contains a giant hideous beast thats different every time she opens it, but the best one is definetly the one from The Party episode, where she shows it to a xenomorph.
Dot: Wanna see my pet?
*Dot opens the box, and out pops the giant head of Mr Director*
Mr Director: "OY MONSTER!!! 8D"
*Xenomorph runs off whining like a scared dog*
This segment from "Dot's Poetry Corner"
Dot: I'm a little teapot, short and stout. Here is my handle, and here's a note from my shrink. He says I'm getting better! Last week I thought I was a toaster oven!
"The Warners and the Beanstalk":
Giant: Ow, that smarted me!
Yakko: I doubt it.
The Previously On for "Hooray For North Hollywood (And The Town Next Door...), Part 2":
From "Hercule Yakko". Yakko asks wakko to calm Marita Hippo down. He in turn gives her a comic book titled scary tales of Gore, she shrieks into the air, Wakko has her hit a block of wood, and she falls back down thoroughly calmed down.
The 75th Anniversery Special overall, especially the reveal of who the Warner siblings hired as their agent to negotiate with the studio. Irwing Laboo AKA Chicken Boo.
He's a chicken I tell ya, a giant chicken!!
The fate of Lon Borax, the animator who originally created The Warners in-universe. He and producer Weed Menlo were working on one of the old Warner Bros "Buddy" cartoons, an actual cartoon character from the 20s, and in the Animaniacs universe, Menlo hated the first Buddy cartoon and forced Borax to work day and night to come up with something to make the short funnier. Borax eventually went insane from stress and lack of sleep, and created the Warner siblings just before running off in a Laughing Mad fit.
Another comedy gem from the 75th Anniversary episode is the series of cartoons the Warners made after Buddy got fired, which included an 8 hour skit of them with flypaper stuck to their butts, a baking cartoon where you can hear Menlo screaming directions to Wakko in the background since he kept eating the props, and finally, Mr Plotz biggest mistake in his career, the last of the original Warner cartoons, which he let Wakko direct. It was nothing but the Warner siblings in navy uniforms while Wakko played Yankee Doodle with his armpit. This is what indirectly led to Plotz locking them in the watertower.
Dot's huge crush on Mel Gibson, and Mel having no idea how to handle it in the handful of episodes they have together, most noteably the Pocahontas parody, and the Temporary Insanity episode.
The Cutaway Gag about the writers laughing about the Warners being right behind Thaddeus Plotz.
A great moment when Slappy Squirrel took Dot's place in a short during the episode "Animaniacs Stew" and was less than enthusiastic about it.
Slappy: Ah, forget it. Here, have some dynamite down your pants.
Not to mention ALL of the episode with the can. You know the one.
Any time Pesto gets mad and beats up Squit on the Goodfeathers cartoons.
This dialogue from the beginning when Squit kisses Pesto after becoming a Goodfeather.
Bobby: Maybe he thinks you're cute. Know what I'm saying? Pesto: Cute?! You think I'm cute?! (Squit shakes his head) Pesto:THAT'S IT!!
A "Punchline" segment in one of the last episodes deals with the question of "Why did the chicken cross the road?" A disguised Chicken Boo is the consultant, Brain is a Conspiracy Theorist, Pinky keeps insisting that guy's a chicken, and Runt has been hired to sniff out the chicken that crossed the road.