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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.
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":
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!" 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..."
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. 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Disgruntled Former Co-Worker: It was funny at first, but this went on for six 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:
From the Fargo parody, Dot and Yakko are discussing whether a man in the snow is dead or just sleeping. Dot comments how good her coffee is and accidentally spills some on the guy, who then gets up and runs away screaming because of how hot the coffee was.
Dot: Oh gee he really was sleeping!
The Overly Long Gag of the Warners going "We wanna make a movie!" and Plotz going "You can't make a movie!:
Skippy Squirrel: That was pretty much it. For a full half hour.
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(reading directly from the script): And I'm Princess Angela Luisa Fran... (tosses the script aside) Ah, forget it. Here, have some dynamite down your pants.
The Slappy cartoon "I Got Yer Can" is based on something that happened to one of the writers. Although the parts with the dynamite, the quiz show and Santa Claus were probably only in the Slappy version.
The Villainous Breakdown and the can becoming 'the thing that wouldn't leave' seem to be building to an epic climax... when, inexplicably, an anvil falls on the Designated Villain instead. Slappy looks up and sees Skippy leaning out of an upstairs window with a satisfied expression.
Slappy: What about the plot, Hemingway!? What's an anvil got to do with this story?
Skippy: Who cares. Anvils are funny.
"No Face Like Home": Walter Wolf tries to botch Slappy's plastic surgery, but in the end fails and Slappy tells the doctors to operate on him instead and gives them a photo from her wallet. When Slappy and Skippy are walking home, Walter runs out of the clinic and his face and hairstyle now look like Hello Nurse's as he yells "What will the other villains say?!"
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.
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.