Western Animation: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
"Gee Brain, what do you wanna do today?" "The same thing we do every day, Pinky — endure Elmyra, then try to take over the world!"
Now Pinky and the Brain share a new domain. It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?
At some point after all their attempts at taking over the world
have failed, Pinky and the Brain
end up forced out of Acme Labs when it gets torn down to make room for a Disney
Store. To make matters worse, a man named Wally Faust is pursuing the mice so that he can use them in his own world domination schemes. While trying to escape Faust, the rodents end up in a pet store, where they — and a turtle named Mr. Shellbutt — are purchased by Elmyra Duff
. Now stuck living in Elmyra's house, Pinky and The Brain continue planning their world domination schemes — provided, of course, they survive living with their new owner.
This crossover — which marked Warner Bros.
Animation's final collaborative effort with Steven Spielberg
— came about entirely from Executive Meddling
(specifically, their insistence that Pinky and the Brain
become Lighter and Softer
). The writers didn't like this one bit; Peter Hastings not only wrote an episode of the original series predicting the series' downfall because of the executives' demands
("You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again"), but later left Warner Bros. to create Disney's One Saturday Morning
. To no one's surprise, the fans agreed with the writers
. Only five full episodes of Pinky, Elmyra & The Brain
aired before Warner Bros. pulled the plug, and the remaining segments were aired as part of the compilation program The Cat & Birdy Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show
for a grand total of 13 episodes.
While many Pinky and the Brain
fans believed(/hoped) the show would never receive a DVD release
, Warner Bros. eventually proved them wrong with a planned DVD release for the series in January 2014
Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain contains examples of the following tropes:
- All Love Is Unrequited: Elmyra has a crush on a slob named Rudy Mookich (apparently forgetting about Montana Max), but Rudy has the hots for her cousin Patty Ann — who is really just Brain in his mechanical suit. Brain, needless to say, does not return Rudy's affections, but Elmyra seems to think "she" does.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: In addition to the usual Running Gag, the series also included a variation that would appear in addition to or instead of the usual exchange. Brain would ask if Pinky has "Any questions?", with Pinky responding by asking a completely irrelevant question. Then, at the end of the episode, Brain gives Pinky the answer to his question. For example:
Any questions? Pinky:
Just one. If Fred Flintstone
knew the giant order of ribs was going to tip over his car, why did he order them every week? (later) Brain:
It was an end title. Pinky:
Fred Flintstone doesn't order ribs every week. That was only animated once, then music and voice tracks were added. The footage runs at the end of the show in the same place every time. It's called an END TITLE
- Artistic License – Economics: One of Brain's schemes to take over the world involved getting all of the money in the world for himself. However, if one person had all the money in the entire world, cash would become useless, and people would naturally resort to other forms of currency for exchanges.
- Berserk Button: Don't get caught cheating in front of Baloney. Don't let his ability to tolerate anvils fool you, you will not like the result.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The opening song features the line "It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?" At the end of the song, Brain says "I deeply resent this."
- Calling Me a Logarithm: Elmyra has a tendency to mistake Brain's technical jargon for "naughty-waughty potty talk".
- The Cameo: Mr. Director shows up in one episode as "The King of Cheese." The credits don't say who voiced him, but it is clearly not Paul Rugg.
- Catch Phrase: "Chockit pie!"
- Christmas Episode: "Yule Be Sorry"
- Chuck Norris: Elmyra goes to Chuck Norris Grammar School (instead of Acme Looniversity).
- Credits Gag: Similar to the Credits Gag of the original series, the credits here have Elmyra attempting to define the words instead, and we end up with things like the word "onomatopoeia" being defined as, "Naughty potty word!"
- Disney Acid Sequence: "The Icky Mouse Club" has one of these in the middle of the episode.
- Expository Theme Tune
- Express Lane Limit: In one episode, Brain tried to become a masked hero to get people to respect him. One of his attempted good deeds was preventing a man from using the express lane with one item above the limit. Nobody cared.
- Rudy Mookich is pretty much Nelson Muntz without the "Haw-haw!" In fact, acording to the author of the most extensive article on this series over at platypuscomix, they even share the same voice actor.
- Bob Quack the Science Hack from "Better Living... Through CHEESE!" is an obvious parody of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
- Wally Faust is clearly modeled after Christopher Walken.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: "Narfily Ever After"
- It's a Wonderful Plot: The above-mentioned Christmas Episode is about Brain dreaming that he still lives at Acme Labs and that he's never met Pinky, but somehow Elmyra has found her way to the lab.
- Lab Pet: The premise of the show.
- Multi-Character Title
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Wally is Christopher Walken.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Taken to its extreme when Brain pretends to be Patty-Ann. He doesn't bother disguising his voice, and somehow no-one notices the Larynx Dissonance.
- Replacement Love Interest: Rudy is pretty much this for Montana Max.
- Retcon: As if it wasn't enough that this series was basically an unneeded Re Tool to a show that was doing fine the way it was, practically everything else about Tiny Toon Adventures is never mentioned. The show's setting was Pinky and the Brain mixed with that of a scrapped Elmyra-based Tiny Toon Adventures Spin-Off.
- Self-Parody: The writers even take shots at the new direction in the theme song.
- One episode opens with Mr. Pussy-Wussy chasing Pinky and Brain, who are shown respectively wearing a vest and a bow-tie, ŕ la Pixie and Dixie from The Huckleberry Hound Show.
Egad! That cat hates us meeces to pieces! Doesn't he, Mr. Pixie? Brain: Stop calling me Mr. Pixie!
This isn't funny, it's sick!
- In one episode, Elmyra talks about spelling something with "lots of Qs". It's a reference to a mid-1990s Flame War on alt.tv.animaniacs (and particularly, its associated IRC channels) over a Verbal Tic that got out of hand.
- Soap Punishment: Elmyra does this to Brain every time she thinks he is swearing (when he is actually just indulging in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness).
- Spelling Bee: "Gee, Your Hair Spells Terrific"
- Stupid Question Bait: This happens Once an Episode. The Brain explains the plan of the episode, then asks, "Any questions?" This prompts Pinky to ask a completely irrelevant question. It isn't until the end of the episode when the Brain answers the question. For example, when Pinky asked why Fred Flintstone keeps ordering giant ribs every week, the Brain explains the concept of end titles at the end of the episode.
- Stylistic Suck: "How I Spent My Weekend" is drawn and narrated by Elmyra.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Rudy Mookich and Mr. Pussy-Wussy replacing Montana Max and Furrball, who aren't even mentioned in this spin-off.
- Take That: "That's Edutainment!" contains jokes at the expense of the E/I rule, Disney's One Saturday Morning (Pinky's response to Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? is "I think so, Brain, but Pepper Ann makes me sneeze," and he later performs as a parody of Manny the Uncanny), and the decision to put Elmyra in the show.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: (In-show) Brain complains about Elmyra's selection of albums, which contain such titles as "It's a Sugary-Wugary Day" by Laffi and "Life's a Rosy-Posy Bed of Honey" by Mary Flewis and Porkchop.
- Uranus Is Showing: This tidbit from "My Fair Brainy":
Brain: Let's see... Where to begin... Ah, yes, Uranus is gaseous.
Elmyra: *Gasp* Naughty mousey big head, musn't use naughty potty dirty words! (washes Brain's mouth with a bar of soap)
- Vandalism Backfire: Elmyra once stepped on Rudy's snake to force it to spit Pinky and the Brain out. Rudy tried to retaliate by stomping on something of hers but stomped on Brain's device of the week. After she told him it wasn't hers, Rudy simply gave up and left.