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Accidental Innuendo: Much like Stewie Griffin on Family Guy, Wakko speaks with a regional English accent, but uses American slang, including "fanny," which in the US refers to the buttocks. In the UK, however, "fanny" is a crude term for a woman's genitals.
Another instance of slang which failed to cross over, this time spoken in an American accent: the line "persistent little buggers," spoken in "Critical Condition." In the US, "bugger" referred to someone or something that's bothersome. In the UK, it's used to refer to anal sex.
Americans Hate Tingle: When the show aired in Japan on TV Tokyo in 1996, only 13 episodes aired (the first 12 and episode 49). While Tiny Toon Adventures was incredibly successful in Japan, this show, for whatever reason, never caught on. It has been rerun on the Japanese Cartoon Network, but only the same 13 episodes have ever aired.
To a lesser extent, the Rita and Runt segments due to the Mood Whiplash they tend to cause.
Canon Sue: Hello Nurse, if Wakko's song with the title character's accurate, especially the 'Let lighting strike us dead!' part. Subverted in Wakko's Wish where she was just beautiful and highly intelligent and just wanted people to like her for her brains rather then her looks.
Crazy Awesome: The Warners are made of this, Wakko in particular. Slappy as well.
Any of the songs. Least most of them had some educational value if you remembered the lyrics. So in a way, they were educational television.
And then... Macadamia Nut. The first time hearing this song... well, it's oddly addicting. It's not that it will never leave the listener's head, it is that one may want to listen to it again and again, over and over.
Might have something to do with the fact that it's a parody of the Macarena.
The episode "Magic Time" had famous magicians Schnitzel and Floyd being abusive to their pet lion and elephant, and later are mauled by said animals in revenge thanks to the Warners. The two magicians are even dropped off in a jungle, where it's quite obvious they get more of the same. As of October 3, 2003, that might not be so funny anymore (but, like The Simpsons example, having either Siegfried and/or Roy get attacked by the animals they use for their magic acts was pretty much going to happen some day. People just didn't expect it to be so soon).
"A Quake, A Quake" is pretty funny, but the end line (which references the then-recent Lebanese Civil War) takes on a new Oh, Crap meaning after 2006:
"We want to find some peace and quiet, so we're moving to Beirut"
Genius Bonus: Much like the early Simpsons episodes, the jokes on Animaniacs can only be understood if you knew anything about pop culture. In Animaniacs' case, the jokes aren't as obvious as what The Simpsons puts out, and doesn't always go for what's popular now.
Les MisÚrables and Sweeney Todd aren't musicals that kids would (or SHOULD) watch, but Animaniacs somehow managed to put them both together in Les Miseranimals and then also use Runt and Rita (because they're not sad enough).
Gone Horribly Right: The high amount of radar-breaking sex appeal was the reason Minerva Mink was removed from the series (except the comic books).
In "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled", Ron Perlman voiced the Devil. Years later, he'd be Hellboy.
Also, "Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled" began with a Saddam Hussein-esque dictator of Iraq getting dropped through a trap door into Hell. The Real Life version of this near the very end of 2006 would add a noose, but the principle's the same.
As an airline stewardess, Dot asks passengers if they want "Coffee, Tea, or Monster." These days, the joke goes from being a non sequitur to a pun, as there really is a drink out there called "Monster" (it's a brand of energy drink).
In "One Flew Over The Cuckoo Clock", Slappy, driven crazy after too many talk shows, mentions that it's "Time for Montel and Phil on the Oprah Channel". Several years later, there really IS an Oprah Channel!
And Dr. Phil really does air on the network as well! (Though the Phil she was referring to was Phil Donahue, not Phil MacGraw)
Love It or Hate It: Some of the lesser segments are quite divisive, such as The Goodfeathers, Hip Hippos, Mindy & Buttons, Rita & Runt, Katie Ka-Boom, Chicken Boo, etc. Likewise with some of the one-off sketches featuring none of the usual cast (one notable example being "The Flame", a mostly serious cartoon from the POV of a candle flame who watches Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence).
"Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Columbus is the capital of Ohio!..." Jess Harnell can still sing the whole song from memory. Also an awesome Ear Worm.
"Yakko's World" is also legendary — so legendary that Rob Paulsenstill remembers it (even though it's a bit outdated, as a lot of African countries have changed their names due to civil war and unrest and there is no Yugoslavia anymore).
Brain's "Brainstem" (sections of the brain) got a good run as well. Basically any song where anyone lists everything that makes up anything.
"When the whippoorwill / Whippoors in the wind / The wind can whippoor back / Oh nice and chubby baby!"
"The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!"
Moral Event Horizon: Walter Wolf faking his own death in order to turn everyone against Slappy Squirrel, including her own nephew!
King Salazar the Pushy crossed it when he tried to kill the Warner Bros. (and sis) by blasting them with a cannon. This led everyone on his side to turn against him when they believed that Dot was caught in the blast and killed.
The Hip Hippos for their attitudes; luckily the writers took notice and quietly phased them out.
Mindy's mother. She's not merely the one always yelling at Buttons (if he hasn't done something wrong yet, she yells at him to not do something), but whenever Mindy is put in danger, it's because her parents have either left her alone with Buttons and no proper babysitter, or because she wanders off without them noticing. The very first short in fact, she leaves Mindy alone in the backyard in a flimsy safety harness and relies on Buttons to watch her. In short, she is a horrible mother. Mindy's father is also guilty of this.
Katie Kaboom for basically having no potential as a character, to the point where her cartoons are almost indistinguishable.
Chicken Boo for similar reasons, though he has some fans due to the surrealness of the one-joke premise.
Seasonal Rot: Some fans consider the Kids' WB! episodes this. It's just that the "spark" seems to be missing.
Soundtrack Dissonance: You may find the overly cute background music to be very strange for a show that's infamous for getting past the radar so often.
Suspiciously Similar Song: During the Yogi Bear parody in "Back in Style", a song plays that sounds like "Tobaggan Run" by Jack Shaindlin, which was frequently used in early '60s Hanna Barbera cartoons.
They Just Didn't Care: One would think that a near six-year gap between two volumes would give WB plenty of time to get a decent volume 4 DVD out. The first three volumes had crystal-clear picture quality, but volume 4 has washed-out colors, and the footage is even interlaced. They also didn't bother with any bonus features, they just rushed it for a quick cash grab. Again, considering they had nearly six years to get this right, these kinds of results are inexcusable.
This effect was unintentionally created by some overly literal Russian translations of the show's title. While the official translation was safe, some promotional materials and TV program listings left the "maniacs" part untranslated. In Russian common usage the word "maniac" is used almost exclusively as a synonym for "Serial Killer".
The clown in "Clown and Out". Most victims that find themselves at the receiving end of the Warners' tricks amply deserve it, but he just wanted to cheer Wakko up, not knowing that Wakko had coulrophobia and that Mr. Plotz forced him to perform at the party, not caring that Wakko was hurting him. On the upside, the clown ended up in Mars, where a bunch of blue, mouthless kids actually like him.
Surprisingly, Ralph becomes one in certain episodes, such as "A Hard Day's Warner", in which he is repeatedly trampled by overenthusiastic Animaniacs fans while trying to stop their stampede, and "A Christmas Plotz".
The title character in "Wally Llama", an apparently all-knowing creature, has spent countless hours answering increasingly stupid questions, and eventually decides he's done for the day and sits down to take a well-deserved break. Cue the Warners showing up and relentlessly heckling him to answer a supposedly "extremely important" question. His attempts to make them leave are admittedly somewhat rude and nasty, but the lengths they go to in order to get him to answer what ultimately turns out to be a petty and stupid questionnote Namely, why hot dogs come in 8-packs while hot dog buns come in 10-packs arguably venture into Dude, Not Funny! or even Moral Event Horizon territory! They finally trick him into listening to their question by using reverse psychology, and when it turns out he doesn't know the answer, he goes completely insane and runs off laughing insanely while the Warners, showing absolutely no remorse for their behavior, simply shrug it off as the cartoon ends.