In 1999, Animaniacs was pretty much on its last leg as Kids' WB!'s signature show — many of its writers and voice actors had moved on to Histeria! and Pokémon was fast becoming the most successful show of the block — but at the end of the year, the series was given a Grand Finale in the form of the direct-to-video movie Wakko's Wish.In the film's continuity, the majority of the regular cast of Animaniacs — and a few extras here and there — are living happily in Acme Falls, a nice town in the peaceful kingdom of Warnerstock that is ruled by Sir William the Good. When King William passes away, King Salazar the Pushy of the neighboring kingdom Ticktockia takes over Warnerstock and sends everyone into misery thanks to overtaxing. The Warners — Yakko, Wakko, and Dot — are a trio of orphans who are suffering more than any other Acme Falls resident, especially Dot (who is in need of a vital operation).One cold winter night, Wakko wishes upon a star — and happens to choose the one wishing star in the sky, which then falls into the mountains; the first person to touch it gets exactly one wish. The Warner siblings, eager to make their dreams come true, begin their quest to get to the wishing star so Wakko can make his wish — but the rest of the citizens of Acme Falls are after it as well, and so is King Salazar. Who will get to the wishing star first and make their wish? And will any of them find lasting happiness with a tyrant like King Salazar doing his best to take it all away?
Covers Always Lie: The traditional water tower, which is on the cover of the VHS, isn't actually anywhere in the movie. It's replaced with a crumbled-down wooden "water tower shanty" as befitting of the setting.
Crowd Song: Most of them features most of the main cast getting at least one solo line.
Demoted to Extra: Given the huge cast, it's not unreasonble. A notable example is Minerva Mink; other than some solo lines at the beginning, she isn't exactly a featured member of the cast, even though she pops up here and there during the musical numbers. (Then again, it's not as if she was a big part of the original show to begin with due to Executive Meddling, but still.)
Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: If King Salazar hadn't wasted time building a barricade around the Wishing Star and capturing his rivals he would have got the wish.
Disney Death: Dot, who recovers right when Wakko makes it to the star.
Averted since she wasn't even dead. She just acted like it to get the king arrested.
Earn Your Happy Ending: Everyone (except the Mime and the Big Bad) works their butts off throughout the entire movie trying to get the Wishing Star; thanks to Wakko, they end up all getting what they wanted. For Woobies like Runt, Rita, and Buttons, they really earned their happy ending — and then some!
Feelies: The video came with a rolling toy of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot on snowboards stuck under the plastic. Like with the VHS release of Quest for Camelot, the toy was under the plastic of the clamshell cover and difficult to remove.
Moral Dissonance: The other residents of Acme Falls, while sympathetic to Dot's illness, immediately start thinking of their own dreams when they hear of the Wishing Star, and immediately start racing the Warner siblings to get to the star first, when it should be obvious to them that Wakko wants to wish his sister well again. What?!
May cross over into Fridge Brilliance in the ending. She was never dying at all, the surgery she wanted was for a beauty mark on her cheek.
Mundane Wish: The wish that Wakko ultimately makes is for two ha'pennies. Subverted in that spending them helps revive Acme Falls.
Multiple Choice Past: The Warners' original backstory from the TV series is completely chucked, so that now instead of being cartoon characters created in 1930, they are the long-lost children of the king and queen whom Salazar overthrew.
Series Goal: Some of the minor characters pursue the Wishing Star to resolve their subplots, e.g. Rita and Runt want a permanent home; Buttons wants to be acknowledged for his heroism; Brain wants to rule the world, etc. Most of them come true — kinda.
Shaggy Dog Story: Dot's vital operation, which turned out to be just getting her a beauty mark.
Rita and Runt get the home they've always yearned for when they are adopted by Doctor Scratchnsniff.
While he doesn't get the world, The Brain does finally achieve some political power.
Triumphant Reprise: At the very end of the film, the entire cast sings a cheery, non-depressed reprise of "Never give up hope" after Acme Falls is prosperous once again.
Visual Pun: The Warners literally kick Salazar out of the palace.
Also, in the end, when Pesto says, "Finally, people are looking up to us," the "camera" pans out to reveal that he and the other two Goodfeathers are on top of a high column with statues of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot pointing to them. People are literally looking up to them.