Have a seat, you're gonna be here a while.
- "The Wheel of Morality adds boring educational value to what would otherwise be an almost entirely entertaining program!"
- "The Big Candy Store", during the climax. The nun, who was rather rudely kicked out by Mr. Flaxseed, the store owner for asking him for charity, returns to find Flaxseed in the middle of abusing Yakko, Wakko and Dot. This does NOT sit well with the nun, who calls for backup in the form of her justifiably angry convent, who begin bearing down on Flaxseed with yard sticks. Flaxseed tries to get out of it by interjecting with the fact that nuns can't resort to violence. Stopped in their tracks, the lead nun stops the others. It then leads to this:
Nun #1: He's right girls, let's pray.
(The nuns huddle together and pray furiously)
- 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
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.
- Dot chewing out Wakko for "P-popping" into the mic:
I never P
op my P
- In the same episode, Dot telling Yakko off with, "Well, pardon me, Mr. United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama!"
- The ending credits gag of this episode. The Warners finish up their sign off to the viewers, the lights fade out and the credits begin rolling. However, as the credits are appearing on the screen, the Warners are still seen (as silhouettes) and can be heard making complaints about the shows staff and how tiring it is to work for the network, before realizing they left the mics on. While the show is not the only one to use this sort of gag, the execution is done perfectly, with the Warner's shedding their childish demeanor and actually sounding quite adult and real, and having good banter. Here.
- Also an example of Getting Crap Past the Radar, the episode with the teacher.
Ms. Flamiel: Yakko, can you conjugate?
Yakko: Who me? I've never even kissed a girl.
Ms. Flamiel: No, no, no, it's easy. I'll conjugate with you.
Yakko: Goodnight everybody!
Ms. Flamiel: You don't understand. Let me go to the board and show you.
Yakko: (To the audience) Don't look.
- And it gets taken even further in other places.
Yakko: (as a detective) Number One Sister, dust for prints!
: I found Prince
! (Carries the singer.)
Yakko: No, no, no. Fingerprints!
Dot: (looks at Prince, who grins) I don't think so. (throws him out the window)
- "King Yakko"
- Basically, Duck Soup updated for the 90s.
- "Polka Dot?" (Cue Dot with polka music)
- —>Dot: Not again! (cue Dot involving EVERYONE in immediate area in polka dance)
- From that same episode:
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.
- Inevitably and hilariously, the Warner siblings wound up crossing paths with a certain well-known purple dinosaur in Baloney & Kids.
Wakko: Are we being punished?
Dot & Yakko: Yes.
- From "Papers for Papa":
: [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]
You can't fool us. Alice B. Toklas doesn't live here anymore!
- Hemingway's breakdown earlier also makes me laugh.
- Pavarotti + Close encounters + Animaniacs? Funny? Definitely. Awesome? That too.
- 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!" Not to mention the Warners "WTF?" reaction to Mr Directors behavior, and their increasingly desperate attempts at getting away from him. Thats right, there is a person who is so zany and over the top that even the Warner siblings are afraid of him.
- From "Clown and Out": The Yiddish Clown who, like Mr. Director, acted in a very Jerry Lewis fashion with an extremely stereotypically Jewish style.
(just before a fall from a great height): "I'm in the sky."
(after his third fall from a great height): "I don't want to do this no more..."
(after his fourth fall from a great height) "I wish the ground was mushy and soft..."
- After Wakko uses a cannon made out of a balloon to hit the clown, who says, "That hurt my face", before falling, Plotz and Scratchansniff are watching the whole thing from Plotz's office and Plotz is expressing utter glee at the clown's pain. When the clown attempts to leave, Plotz sends him back for more and gleefully exclaims, "Oh, baby, is that clown gonna get it! Yes!" and Scratchansniff guides him back to the couch for more therapy.
- "A clown is my friend. A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement. A clown is not a big spider."
- 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.
- "Yakko's Universe":
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. Aireborne ows, orbital satellites and the Warner Brothers studio tour all play key roles.
- The short sketch in which Dot "translates" Puck's closing monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Yakko: That you did but slumber here / while these visions did appear...
Dot: Ya fell asleep on your butt and dreamed the whole thing.
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.
- One from "Dezanitized", the first short of the entire series, mostly due to the Genius Bonus that comes with the territory:
: (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 grandeur". 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 Breaking the Fourth Wall in reverse, going into the movie he was watching at the beginning of the episode in order to find a restroom. He then shakes hands with the actor in the movie, who remarks in a slight lisp,
"That's disgusting. He didn't even wash his hands!"
- The Dot's Pet gags are usually hilarious. Dot carries a tiny box that, thanks to Hammerspace, contains a giant hideous beast that's different every time she opens it. The best one is definitely the one from The Party episode, where she shows it to an Alien 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! (disturbed laughter)'
- "The Warners and the Beanstalk":
Giant: Ow, that smarted me!
Yakko: I doubt it.
- "Turkey Jerky". After being outwitted by the Warners and the turkey, Miles Standish orders them to go away and leave him alone. They do just that and remove the props and scenery, leaving him standing alone on a blank white screen.
- The 65th 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.
*cut to an aged Borax sticking his head out the window of an asylum bearing the sign "Home For Retired Animators".
- Another comedy gem from the 65th 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 water tower.
It was alright for a short, but this went on for eight hours. Eight. Hours.
- Can't forget the expose on the Warners activities between WWII and present day. Once every decade or so, the water tower had to be fumigated for termites, to Plotz would allow the Warners out for a day. They'd rush off to run amok elsewhere. They showed up at the post-war meeting between Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt (where they asked to jump on Churchill's belly like a trampoline), did a surprise walk on music performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, outperformed John Travolta in a disco contest and helped tear down the Berlin Wall in exchange for candy money.
- 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 notably the Pocahontas parody and the "Temporary Insanity" episode.
- The Cutaway Gag about the writers laughing about the Warners being right behind Thaddeus Plotz.
- The whole of "Ups and Downs" could qualify, but Wakko's "Knock Knock" Joke really stands out:
Wakko: Knock knock.
Scratchensniff: (completely unenthusiastic) Who's there?
Scratchensniff: Max who?
Wakko: Max wants to come in and go crazy!
Scratchensniff: (giving the audience a confused Aside Glance)
Well, ok, that's not really a joke, is it? You see, because it makes no sense.
Wakko: It does if you know Max.
Scratchensniff: But I don't know Max!
Wakko: If you did, you'd be laughin'!
- Hooray For North Hollywood which had the Warners' film consisting of as many film parodies as the staff could shove into a single episode, including The English Patient, Forrest Gump, Fargo, and Jerry Maguire.
- From "Draculee, Draculaa":
Count Dracula: I am Count Dracula...
- "Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled":
Singer: ♪Oh, I hate the government, more than you and me. The government stole my goldfish, and unplugged my TV!♪
[The Warners scream in terror].
Satan: Enjoy! [Satan gets thrown in instead]
- What happens when Wakko and Satan have a challenge to see who can grow taller:
[an angry Satan grows taller than he previously was]
Wakko: I can do that, too! [Wakko's neck stretches up to Satan's head] Look at me, I'm a giraffe!
Satan: Hah! Silly mortal, I can grow taller than you!
Wakko: Bet you can't. [he and Satan gradually grow taller until Satan hits the roof with his horns] You win.
: [with his horns stuck in the roof, he shrinks back to this normal size]
Blasted horns, I knew I should've gotten them trimmed.
- Extra Bonus Injoke: Satan is played by Ron Perlman, probably best known for doing Hell Boy—you know, the demon with the trimmed horns...
- The William Shakespeare shorts, where Yakko acts out a scene from a Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet and Macbeth respectively, with Dot translating the dialogue.
Narrator: Welcome to (Play Name), translated for those viewers who, like Yakko, have no idea what he's talking about.
*Yakko looks offended and Dot giggles*
- The funniest part is that the dialogue is word for word, even if the translation isn't, though it usually goes somewhat by what the dialogue means.
- While escaping from Ralph, the Warners use a trampoline to bounce back to the water tower. Then, Ralph tries to do the same and emulates their "Boinkie-boinkie-boinkie!" chant before the trampoline collapses on him.
- The "Super Warner Siblings" parody of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers which legitimately could be considered an episode of Power Rangers with the Warners in it. What's especially funny about the whole thing is that Rita Repulsa knockoff's voice is so similar to the real deal you'd genuinely think she was voiced by Barbara Goodson.
- Chairman of the Bored is wonderful solely due to the fact that the Warners are the ones being tortured. It's beautiful to see a creature so annoying that even the Warners can't handle him.
- The entirety of "Bingo" counts due to being several Who's on First? routines between Wakko and Otto Von Scratchansniff at a Bingo game, such as Wakko misinterpreting "I-30" as "I'm thirsty" and "Oh, nein" as "O-9", but this exchange takes the cake.
Wakko: Oh, no you're not! You must be at least fifty! Really, 29...
- When the Warners see a rumbling in the ground in The Warners and the Beanstalk:
Yakko: Beans'll do that to ya.
- The premise of the Chicken Boo shorts, since Boo's disguises are not exactly convincing, and he acts and moves like a normal chicken, clucking and pecking and scratching at the ground for seeds and kernels. Nobody ever finds this odd aside from the Only Sane Man of each short.
- This exchange in "The Good, the Boo and the Ugly" as Chicken Boo enters the saloon, poncho and all.
Eli: You know who that is? The Man with No Personality. Some say he robbed a bank and saved a puppy at the same time.
Lee: So is he for the law or agin it?
Eli: Nobody knows. Cause he ain't got no personality!
- 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.
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!!
- In "The Monkey Song", Squit accidentally hits Pesto with the flute he's playing and Pesto beats him up. And then when Squit flies away from the Goodfeathers to continue playing the flute, Pesto catches up with him and continues beating him up, never mind that Squit flew away so he wouldn't accidentally hit Pesto with the flute again.
- 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.
- This quote from "Jingle Boo":
Colin: That's a chicken, dad! A giant chicken! He'll pick my eyes out!
Woman: (whispers to another woman) He should get that boy into therapy. He has issues.
- "Noah's Lark". Which turns Noah into a complaining guy with a Yiddish accent, stuck as the Butt-Monkey to the Hip Hippos.
- He's actually an Expy of comedian Richard Lewis.
- When God first spoke to him:
Noah: Oh my god!
- Each 'Good Idea... Bad Idea' combined "life lessons from Captain Obvious" with Tom Bodet's great deadpan delivery and Mr. Skullhead's inevitable doom:
It's time for another 'Good Idea, Bad Idea.' Good idea: Going alpine skiing in the winter. Bad idea: Going alpine skiing... in the summer. The End.
It's time for another 'Good Idea, Bad Idea.' Good idea: Climbing a mountain. Bad idea: Climbing a mountain lion. The End.
- Extra special super bonus points to the one that made Tom Bodet laugh a little in the aired recording:
- Just about all of "Animaniacs Stew", due to the placing of multiple characters in place of other characters (i.e. Pesto taking Rita's place in a Rita and Runt sketch), but special mention goes to 'Pinky and the Cat'. The entire segment is an opening theme, four lines of dialogue, and a closing theme, with any actual plot being cut short by, well, exactly what you'd think would happen if you put a lab rat and a hungry stray cat in the same cage.
Rita (to the camera): So far, this is my favorite episode!
- Pinky's remark: "Roomy accommodations, Rita!"
- "West Side Pigeons": After Squit agrees to fly away with Carloota, the rival gang's bird, he engages in his love song as he gets swallowed up by the police cat that's been following them. Even while in the stomach, Squit continues to sing in a sickly-sweet manner, causing Officer Krupkitty to immediately cough up Squit.
- "Boids on the Hood" with the Goodfeathers taking revenge on Mr. Plotz by tormenting Ralph to Ride of the Valkyries. It has to be seen to be believed.
- Pretty much the entirety of "Nighty-Night Toons", a spoof of the children's book Goodnight Moon. Highlights include the short being narrated by Jim Cummings using his Sterling Holloway impression (i.e. his Winnie the Pooh voice), The Brain objecting to being called a rat, Buttons being afraid of Mr Skullhead, and the narrator referring to Ralph T. Guard as a big baboon.
- "Definitely don't wanna wet the bunny beds."
- When Dot has her ink blot test
Doctor: "I am going to show you some pictures and I want you to tell me what they look like *shows ink blot* what do you say to this?"
Dot: "I'd say you're not a very good artist"
Doctor: "I didn't draw that"
Dot: "Well, whoever did, needs to go back to school"
Doctor: "No, it's an inkblot"
Dot: "I'll say"
Doctor: "No, no, no. It's not supposed to look like anything"
Dot: "Then you did a very good job"
Doctor (shouting): "I didn't draw it! (normal voice) Doesn't it look like a little kitty cat or a butterfly or something?"
Dot (getting up from her chair): "No" (somehow takes the blot right off the sign and turns it into a butterfly in her hands) "That's a butterfly"
- This line in the Monkey Song
We're not monkeys, we're just cuckoo.
- The loudmouthed titular characters in "Survey Ladies," who never stop trying to get the Warners to answer their questions. "WOULDJA LIKE TAH TAKE A SURRR-VAAY?"
Yakko: "Would you like to take a hike?"
- Even better is the fact that the whole survey centers on beans and George Wendt (another reference that was pretty much designed to go over kids' heads) in endless combinations. "Do you eat beans?" Would you like to see a new movie starring George Wendt?" "Would you like to see George Wendt in a bean-eating movie?" "How many bean-eating movies have you seen with George Wendt?" "How many beans do you eat at George Wendt bean-eating movies?"