Trivia: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

  • Actor Allusion: Nancy Cartwright plays a jerkish brute who loves to bully people. Sound familiar?
  • Creator Backlash: During the show's own theme song, no less! It's understandable however as the staff and cast did not approve of this change in direction from the outset.
  • Executive Meddling: The only reason this Re Tool even exists. The theme song explicitly states, "It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?", as Pinky and the Brain get kicked out of the Warner Brothers studio lot. At the end of the song, Brain says "I deeply resent this."
  • Franchise Killer: Before the Re Tool, Pinky and the Brain was a mega hit shown on prime time. 5 episodes later, it got cancelled. It also wound up being the final collaborative work between Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment as a result.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Ben Stein guest stars in "At the Hop as "Rockin' Johnny Hot."
    • Tim Curry plays an evil carnival barker in "Teleport a Friend".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The fate of the show for the longest time before finally getting a complete DVD release in 2014. Due to the show's reputation, many would be fine if it were to stay unreleased.
  • Old Shame: Nearly everyone who worked on this thing (Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), Rob Paulsen (Pinky), the writers) hated it with a passion. So much so that the theme song takes pot shots at the idea.
  • Technology Marches On: One episode has Brain planning to switch the background music of an amusement park ride with a subliminal message he recorded using audio cassettes as the medium. At the time the series aired, tapes were experiencing their last breath in the mainstream media.
  • Too Soon: "A Walk in the Park" has a parody of Shari Lewis and Lamp Chop (called Marie Flewis and Pork Chop) that was somehow left intact considering Lewis passed away six months before the episode aired.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The show made references to several late 90's bands and TV shows, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Teletubbies, and Hanson.
  • Writer Revolt: See... most of this page. You'll understand.