would be an understatement: it was more like all-out war. And the radar was hopelessly outgunned. Backed by Stephen Spielberg (who, at that time, was the 500-pound gorilla in the animation world) and Warner Brothers' decades-long belief that the
moment into the show. The material was snappy, the writing multi-layered, and Censor Decoys were deployed in a
. In general,
- Speaking of Censor Decoy blitzes, here is a deleted cel, from the cartoon "King Yakko", of Yakko distracting Prime Minister Nurse with his face wedged snugly in her chest.
- The bouncing car up-and-down, up-and-down, up-and-down, up-and-down at the Drive-In Theater in "Drive-Insane". There was even a woman with a child who had to drag him away so he wouldn't ask questions about what was (allegedly) going on inside the car.
- Later in that same episode, there is a shot of the Warners jumping on Frau Hassenfeffer inside the car after Dr. Scratchansniff gets kicked out of the vehicle. Wakko in particular is laid out in a very... comfortable manner on her chest.
- In their version of Jack and the Beanstalk, Wakko plays the girl-harp, electing a sound that could charitably be called laughter, and ending in "That tickles!", but that's not what that.
- This one:
: Number-one Sister, dust for prints! (time passes; pan over to Dot carrying The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) Dot
: I found Prince! Yakko
: No, no, no, finger
: (stares briefly at a grinning Prince, then back at Yakko)
I don't think so. (tosses Prince out a nearby porthole)
- And they were just short of blatant in "King Yakko":
Prime Minister Nurse:
Your Highness, it's time to meet your Cabinet. Yakko
(to an actual cabinet
): Hi there, how are you doing? Prime Minister Nurse
: Sire? Yakko
: Wait 'til we're alone...
Cardinal: King Yakko, your throne.
Wakko: The throne? How do you lift the lid?
Dot: Since when do you lift the lid?
- And in a clever Stealth Pun, when talking to the aforementioned cabinet, Yakko opens one of its drawers and peeks into it. And since he was talking to it like he would a lady, he was essentially peeking into her drawers!
- In Calling Me a Logarithm style, Yakko and his sibs react with horror to a word that only sounds dirty a number of times:
Beethoven: I am Ludwig Van Beethoven! Vorld famous composer, und pianist!
Yakko: You're a WHAT?!
Beethoven: A PIANIST!
Yakko: (smooch) Goodnight everybody!
Beethoven (confused): But zat is vat I am! A pianist!
Yakko: I think we've heard enough out of you! (proceeds to wash out his mouth with soap)
- And also:
Yakko: Hey, did you know there's P. P. on your smock?
Pablo: That stands for "Pablo Picasso"!
- When the Warners are forced to attend educational classes:
: Yakko, can you conjugate? Yakko
: Who, ME?
I've never even kissed a girl. Teacher
: No, no, no! It's easy. I'll conjugate with you. Yakko
: (to the audience
) Goodnight, everybody! Teacher
: You don't understand. I'll go to the board and show you. Yakko
: (to the audience
) Don't look.
- In the same episode as above, Ms. Flamiel, the teacher, pulls a pen from out of her dress to write F's on the heads of Yakko, Wakko and Dot.
Yakko: Ooh, what else you got in there?
- In one episode, Dr. Scratchensniff got a parking ticket and Yakko was his legal representation in traffic court. There was a bit of a running gag that was obvious enough for us kids to get:
Judge: Have you subpoenaed the witness?
Yakko: Have I what?
Judge: Subpoenaed! Subpoenaed! Have you subpoenaed the witness?!
Yakko: I most certainly have not! You should be ashamed of yourself for even suggesting it!
(later, while he's questioning the meter maid that gave the ticket)
Yakko: Why did you give Dr. Scratchensniff a ticket?
Meter Maid: His parking meter had expired. That's a violation of the Burbank Penal Code.
Yakko: The what?
Meter Maid: The penal code! The penal code!
Yakko (to the judge): You know, the two of you oughta get together.
- In the Rita and Runt short "FrankenRunt", Rita sneaks into the lab and crawls up the operation table where Runt was strapped to. She also crawled under the sheets, then pops her head out above Runt to face him.
Rita: Having fun?
- Also, this exchange later in the same episode:
Runt: Gee, that Dracula sure was a weird guy.
Rita: What was with that bat fetish, anyway?
- Two words - Minerva Mink. When a character gets created for the sole purpose of doing an homage to the old Tex Avery "Wolfy" shorts and their over-the-top Wild Takes, it's bound to have some crap getting past the radar.
- In the first Minerva short, the blind date that her friend set her up with turned out to be a very good greaser. Greasers often have a cigarette dangling from their mouth, but the censors wouldn't allow it. Solution? Show him put a lollipop in his mouth in his first appearance and then have the lollipop stick dangling from his mouth like a cigarette.
- The same trick is used in Jimmy Neutron.
- There were a few scenes when Hello Nurse would be called to escort the Warners away; Yakko and Wakko would sometimes be staring at her breasts.
Yakko (practicing a polite greeting with Hello Nurse): "How do you do... that thing with your mouth?!"
- In one episode, the Warners constantly foil a hunter's attempts to shoot their pet turkey.
- Or when Beethoven calls them peasants:
Yakko: We're not pheasants! We're not even birds! But I'd like to give you a bird! Here! (Wakko stuffs a turkey down his jacket)
- Also done in "This Pun For Hire" while fighting over a bird statue.
Minerva Mink: Give me the bird!
- How did this get past the radar in "Taming of The Screwy"?
(while the Warners screw around with a sculpture of Dr. Freud on Scratchanstiff's desk
: Oh, look! A giant Pez dispenser! Dr. Scratchansniff
: Stop playing with my bust!
): Mmm-wah! Goodnight, everybody!
- It's not just the Warners getting in on the action. In "Slappy Goes Walnuts", a video explained:
"The squirrel likes to hide his nuts in many odd places where the sun doesn't shine on 'em."
- From "Never Give Up Hope" (Wakko's Wish):
Yakko: All of the shops are closin',
Dot: Things couldn't get much worse,
- THIS episode, "My Mother The Squirrel", is this trope all over. Highlights include this gem:
(having had enough of the baby bird hiding under her butt) "This thing is starting to become a pain in the... well, you know."
Skippy: You want me to bring him back to his nest?
Slappy: No, Skippy... I'm actually starting to enjoy it.
Skippy: Goodnight, everybody!
- In "Wakko's America", Wakko gets a Daily Double in classroom Jeopardy. When asked if he wants to wager all of his money or part of it, he answers with "I'll blow the wad!" As he said it, the facial expressions on Yakko and Dot made it seem like even they weren't sure they'd get away with it.
- 'Course, it could have been missed because "blow the wad" is also real gambling slang.
- Even outside of gambling, it's a standard English idiom, and the term comes from the way old firearms would have to be reloaded.
- It also might have made it because Wakko's delivery of the line and accent make it a little hard to discern exactly what he says after "the".
- "Heidi Heidi Heidi Fleiss!"note
- There's a really quick shot of Wakko sipping from a straw stuck in a barrel labeled "Grog" during "The Ballad of Magellan." That's right, a children's cartoon show managed to include a Funny Background Event that beer commercials still aren't allowed to depict.
- Dot's face just SELLS it. Also from "Ballad of Magellan", in one part, the Warners are in bathing suits... except for Dot, who is wearing nothing but a duck headed floaty. No, wait, she has one... it's just not covering anything it's supposed to. She's essentially wearing a tube top around her waist... and no underwear. Wakko must have dosed the censors with that grog he was drinking for THAT to get through.
- The Warners all have cartoon animal nudity immunity anyway, even if it's not clear exactly what kind of animal they are. Dot never wears a shirt, and Wakko wears no pants. This is pretty near par for the course for them.
- Dot's worst "Where the hell were the censors on this one?" moment was in the Pocadotas bit:
John Smith (holding his hand out to shake Dot's): This is how we say "hello."
Dot (with an expression and tone that screams suggestiveness) Wanna see how we do it?
Yakko: (mmm-wah) G'night everybody!
- The Warners have defeated today's villain by casting him into a giant chocolate Easter bunny, so they donate him/it to the children's home, where he's carried off by a crowd of children. Then:
Yakko: "Wait 'till they get to the creamy filling!" (waggles eyebrows)
- "Oh Lake Titicaca, yes Lake Titicaca / Why do we sing of its fame? / Lake Titicaca, yes Lake Titicaca / 'Cause we really like saying its name! Titicaca!"
- One of Brain's best moments: "I'd say puberty was inordinately kind to you."
- Hello, Nurse! gets in on it, too, in "This Pun for Hire":
Hello Nurse: How come I always get the booby prize?
Dot: I'm not touching that one.
- Will Hays tells Googily Goop to take off her suggestive outfit — cue "Goodnight, everybody".
- From the same short, Wakko's nose has sprung to life and has taken residence in Googily Goop's picnic basket, Wakko asks if she's seen his nose and she replies "Oh do you mean the cherry? It's right in here" as she pulls out a pie which the nose pops out of and the censor tells her to watch what she says.
- In "Temporary Insanity", Wakko eats Mr. Plotz's paperweight.
Thaddeus: And give me back my paperweight!
Wakko: Okay, but you'll have to wait a while.
- In "Take My Siblings, Please", there's a scene where Yakko summons a group of busty chorus girls to "romp" with him. Bad enough already, but then comes a later bit where all the ladies are walking away groaning in exhaustion. Yakko, being Getting Crap Past the Radar personified, just has to make it sound even worse.
: C'mon! One more romp
? I'll even get in front this time!
- Wakko's interaction with the troll in the episode has a couple of... well... endowment jokes.
Wakko: Warner Brothers would be very unhappy with you. They'd sue your pants off. (Pulls troll's trousers, snapping them back, troll grabs crotch area and moans in pain)
Wakko: You should eat my brother. He's way meatier than I am (Cut to the Chorus girls tiredly walking away from Yakko's romping)
- Same episode, Wakko excuses himself (before Yakko summons the chorus girls)
Wakko: My bottom's sore from all this romping.
- And before that, Dot chides the troll saying that she can't be eaten because she's a little skinny thing. Her dress falls down exposing her underwear, then she pulls it back up quickly with a giggle. The troll seemed to enjoy that as well.
- In a parody of the poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas":
Dot: The stockings were hung so our names clearly showed.
Wakko: In the hopes that old Santa would leave a big load!
Yakko: G'night everybody!
- And then there's the "Package" conversation. Unfortunately, the video was pulled, but it went something like this:
Dr. Scratchansniff: As you know, when nature calls, you have to pick up the phone and say "Hello, I got your message. I've got a package for you."
Wakko: "I've got a package for you"? Excuse me?
Wakko: Yeah, but I never said "package"!
- Yet another example:
Hello Nurse: (singing) I don't know what to say, the monkeys won't do,
Yakko: For a nickel, I'll give you a clue.
- In "Garage Sale of the Century", Wakko has broken Papa Bear's (the same Papa Bear who appeared in a series of Chuck Jones cartoons unofficially known as "The Dysfunctional Bear Family" cartoons) garage opener and he tells him he can fix it, when he puts it back together he experiments with it and discovers he can move things up and down. Two women in skirts walk by. He gives a sly smile and wiggles his eyebrows, pointing it at them. Before he can press the button Dot stops him and says "That'll be enough of that." Yakko says "Every boy needs a hobby."
- During "A Christmas Plotz", Yakko (as the Ghost of Christmas Future) performs an elaborate musical number, complete with chorus girls:
"Let me know when those costumes get heavy!" (growls suggestively)
- Even earlier, Yakko talks with one of the chorus girls during the musical.
: Hellooo nurses!
Say, why don'tcha stop by the Warner Tower so I can show you my stamp collection?
Chorus Girl: But Yakko, you don't have a stamp collection!
Yakko: Alright, then, you can open my mail.
- One Slappy Squirrel short featured Slappy arguing, with her usual aplomb, with a boorish woman in a movie theater.
Boorish Woman: Well, I never!
Slappy: Well, you should; it's fun!
- In another Slappy Squrriel short, Candy Chipmunk makes a game show appearance and wins a wet bar, among other things.
- During the song, "A Quake, A Quake" Yakko makes this clever pun.
Yakko: Whose fault? Whose fault? The San Andreas Fault! 'Cause Mr. Richter can't predict 'er kicking our asphalt!
- At one point in "Meatballs or Consequences", the Warners ask The Grim Reaper if he'll be their father and they suggest fun things to do together; at one point, Yakko mentions watching the adult channel together — a suggestion that gets Yakko and Wakko to wiggle their eyebrows suggestively and shout "Hello Nurse!"
- This little bit from "Slappy Goes Walnuts":
Skippy: That was just like in "Prehistoric Slappy"!
Slappy: Actually, it was "Cave Girl Slappy", 1932, directed by Piz Peeners; ah, but let's not be anal...
- "Anal" in this sense is short for "anal-retentive"—meaning, "Overly meticulous" or "Prone to making detailed corrections." Not sexual, but it will still capture the ire or perverted interest of those whose minds are in the gutter.
- Anticipating the follow-up question, 'Piz Peener' (dirty though it sounds) is an homage to classic Looney Tunes short director Friz Freleng.
- In one segment, Slappy mentions needing a sitz bath. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this...
- In the Goodfeathers episode "Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump" Pesto accuses Squit of calling him ditzy when he said dizzy. When he rants about being called a "dim witted blonde bombshell here to titillate him," he inflates his chest to an enormous size.
- Goodfeathers segments occasionally use "coo" in place of dirtier words - in "Goodfeathers: The Beginning," Pesto even says "hey, coo you!"
- In a Tiny Toons cameo from "Noah's Ark," Noah is checking in the animals two-by-two, and has this conversation:
Buster & Babs: Buster and Babs Bunny. No relation.
Noah: Let's hope not, this is a family show.
- Upon finding out the Warners are in Hell, Wakko tears his way up a spiral staircase back to Earth, gathers up a snowball and then heads back down and tosses it onto the ground, where it promptly melts.
Wakko: They were right — it didn't have a chance!
- And then Yakko's "Freeze Frame," which proceeds to freeze Hell over.
- In the Pinky and the Brain segment "Meet John Brain", Larry Kling is interviewing Suzanne Slimmers on her "Thigh Monster" invention. When asked how she stays so thin, she replies, "Thigh Monster, of course!" She then demonstrates how to use it: she presses her elbows between it, making her breasts bounce in the process. Kling remarks, "I could watch this for hours!"
- And in "Baloney and Kids":
Baloney: (after a buxom assistant has brought a blackboard onscreen) Wanna sing the Imagine Song?
Yakko: Uhhh... not really. Say, is that cute girl coming back?
Baloney: Cute girl? Goshems, Yakko, I don't know what you're talking about!
Yakko: There's a shocker.
- In "Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise" they not only make a blatant butt joke but lampshade how much the show's getting away with. When the Warners wake up from suspended animation:
: Please, return to your sleeping chambers. The process does not begin until we are close to Pluto. Yakko
: No thanks. If I sleep any longer, I'll be close to Goofy. Wakko
: Just as long as we don't get too close to Uranus
: (pulls a disgusted face) I thought we discussed cutting that line. Yakko
: We did
- "Survey Ladies":
Yakko: So what are we going to get Dr. Scratchy?
Dot: Ooooooh, how about an outfit from Oedipus Rex Men's Wear?
Yakko: Nah, his mom would hate those.
- One episode has the Animaniacs collect pantyhose for the war effort. And who comes to collect them but J. Edgar Hoover (the FBI director who may or may not have crossdressed, which, at the time of Hoover's term as FBI director, was considered taboo).
- In a faux advertisement for a soda called "Soak", a group of women are excitedly watching Flavio as he works and drinks the soda. The tagline of the ad is "Come on, get soaked!"
- The Macarena parody "Macadamia Nut" features some Grade-A booty shaking from Dot, Hello Nurse and Minerva Mink.