Trivia: Animaniacs

  • Actor Allusion: The short "Sir Yaksalot" has a segment that parodies Godzilla movies and Kaiju films in general, where the Warner siblings attempt to get help against the dragon from a council used to dealing with giant monsters, complete with their voices being (poorly) overdubbed. Perry Mason is among them, referencing Raymond Burr's role in the localized versions of some of the Godzilla movies.
  • Adored by the Network: It was this to Kids' WB! when it channel-hopped.
    • The Hub adored this show more than Kids' WB! ever did. They aired promos for it during every program on the channel including Animaniacs itself, and had constant marathons of the show whenever a holiday was near, and had ones for Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, Super Bowl Sunday, and even President's Day. Not only that, the show at one point aired for three hours on weekdays. They even got Rob Paulsen (Yakko) Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Tress MacNeille (Dot) to record new spots, in character, for the show's reruns. Due to this, it gained a new generation of child fans, and parents who watched the channel say that their kids loved it even more than My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Unfortunately, after The Hub was turned into Discovery Family, the series was one of the few that was completely removed from the channel. Tiny Toon Adventures is still on the network, but who knows for how long?
    • GO!, an Australian family network similar to The Hub, aired this show twice in the morning, noon, and night when they had the rights. It even axed Ben 10, Tom and Jerry Tales, and the Tamagotchi anime's English dub just so they could show more Animaniacs.
  • Channel Hop: From FOX Kids to Kids' WB! when it was first-run. In reruns, the show jumped from Cartoon Network to Nickelodeon to Nicktoons TV to The Hub.
  • Composers: Unlike Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs used a comparatively small but stable group of composers: Richard Stone, Carl Johnson, Steve and Julie Bernstein, Gordon Goodwin, Tim Kelly, and J. Eric Schmidt.
  • The Danza: Colin, the kid who talks about Randy Beaman, was voiced by Colin Wells.
  • Edited for Syndication: When Animaniacs aired on Nicktoons Network and Nickelodeon, the opening theme was so plastered with references to the channel (through use of redubbing and digital editing) that fans rejoiced when the DVDs of the original episodes were released.
    • Averted with Cartoon Network and The Hub, as both channels air the episodes exactly as they used to air on FOX and the WB and on the DVD sets.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Whenever Nathan Ruegger (Skippy) had to laugh as part of the script but couldn't laugh convincingly enough, his dad would come into the studio to tickle him.
  • Fake Brit: Wakko and Pinky both have British accents provided by American voice actors, but other than their accents, there's really nothing to indicate that they are British.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Anyone who is into Broadway musicals will recognize Rita's voice (singing and speaking) as Bernadette Peters.
    • Nancy Cartwright (best known as the Simpsons voice actress for Bart, Todd Flanders, Ralph Wiggum, Kearney Zzyzwicznote , and Nelson Muntz note ) is Mindy, in one of the few times she's voiced a girl (the other rare time is when she voices Maggie Simpson [when Maggie isn't being voiced by a celebrity like Elizabeth Taylor, Jodie Foster, or James Earl Jones])
    • The "Good Idea, Bad Idea" and "Mime Time" segments are narrated by Tom Bodett, who is probably best known for his radio ads for Motel 6 ("We'll leave the light on for you").
    • In "Guardin' the Garden" and "Noah's Lark", the narrator was Ernie Anderson, the "Voice of ABC". They even got him to say "The Loooooooooooooove Ark" in "Noah's Lark"! note 
    • Julie Brown (who also played Julie Bruin on Tiny Toon Adventures, was a VJ during the days of MTV when it was a music video channel with the occasional non-music video show, like Beavis And Butthead, House of Style, and The Real World, and had a short-lived show on Comedy Central called Strip Mall where she played a washed-up child actress trying to get her life back together) was Minerva Mink.
    • Maurice LaMarche is The Brain while Rob Paulsen voices Pinky (that applies to this show and the two spinoffs).
    • Jim Cummings narrated a few episodes, such as "A Gift Of Gold" and "Nighty Night Toon" in using his Sterling Holloway voice (which is now associated with Winnie the Pooh).
    • Frank Welker is Slappy's enemy Doug the Dog. ... in fact, about half the male cast members are all voiced by Welker!
  • Missing Episode: Episode #55 has a chase scene bumper that's missing from the DVDs as well as reruns on The Hub.
  • Milestone Celebration: Spoofed by the "65th Anniversary Spectacular!" Fridge Brilliance kicks in when you realize 1) airing in the mid-90s, it roughly corresponds to when the Back Story claims the Warners were created; 2) it is a 65th - the 65th episode; and 3) it's an actual milestone, as the first season finale.
    • For the show's 20th anniversary, a fourth DVD set will finally be released containing the remaining episodes.
  • The Other Darrin: Walter Wolf was voiced by Frank Welker in "Hurray for Slappy" and Jess Harnell in all subsequent appearances.
  • Screwed by the Network: Jamie Kellner (whom you may know as the guy who claimed watching television while skipping ads with a DVR is tantamount to stealing, as well as the guy responsible for cancelling all programming from WCW, leading to the company's bankruptcy in 2001) apparently ignored the very high ratings from older audiences while the show was on WB and found the low ratings from kids to be an excuse to cancel the show, though it shouldn't be a surprise as a lot of cartoons created by Warner Brothers at the time were canceled for similar reasons, like Freakazoid! and Road Rovers.
  • Talking to Himself: Notably Rob Paulsen, who voiced Yakko, Dr. Scratchansniff, and Pinky.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The concept for the show was originally going to star a family/group of green ducks, since the baby version of Plucky Duck from Tiny Toon Adventures went over so well, but wouldn't be related to Plucky and would have nothing to do with the rest of that cast. The team eventually decided that ducks "have been done" and retooled the premise to star 1930s-style cartoon characters.
    • Pip was originally supposed to be a dog.
    • Charlie Adler auditioned to do voicework on this show (and his rejection is why he quit Tiny Toon Adventures). One wonders what character he would have voiced if he was hired on the show.