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Recap / Animaniacs (2020) Episode 2

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Release date: November 20, 2020

Opening line: (Dot) "Contains aspartame-y!"

Warners Unbound: The Warners play Greek Gods who put Odysseus through the works.

How to Brain Your Dragon: In medieval times, the Brain attempts to conquer the kingdom by defeating a fearsome dragon.

Suffragette City: On the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, Dot takes on Washington to ensure cartoon characters have the right to vote.


Tropes found in "Warners Unbound":

  • Blatant Lies: The Donald Trump cyclops claims to have two good eyes. He also claims to be very rich when all his island has is a stone hut and a lot of sand.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: The Warners have a tendency to smite those who provokes them.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Odysseus's armor is a rather revealing one, consisting of a midriff-baring breastplate, shoulder pads and a short skirt, showing off his Carpet of Virility.
  • Clingy Aquatic Life: After Odysseus sails his ship by the Warners, spraying water on them, they get covered by various sea creatures such as a starfish, a jellyfish and an octopus.
  • Composite Character: The Sea Monster is a composite of the sirens (singing an alluring song) and Charybdis (swallowing Odysseus's ship) from the original myth.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After Odysseus torments the Warners by spraying water on them and laughing and them, the three of them go all-out and punish him by unleashing a Sea Monster on him, throwing him in the Underworld, and finally, forcing him to become the Trump-cyclops's toy.
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  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Odysseus should've known better than to torment Olympian gods.
  • Enthralling Siren: The appendages of the Sea Monster look like a boy band who lure the sailors closer with their song, likely inspired by the sirens in the original Odysseus myth. Though Odysseus and his men are swallowed by the monster, they throw a big party in the monster's mouth.
  • Fan Disservice: We're treated to several close-ups of the Trump-cyclops's nipples as he uses Odysseus as a loofa.
  • Homage: Odysseus mistakes his crew's trip to Hades as a stage of Ninja Warrior. He goes through it the same way, with a skull for a goal button.
  • Jerk Jock: Odysseus definitely acts as such.
  • Pride: Odysseus uses the Greek term, "hubris", for his sudden urge to taunt the gods.
  • Shock and Awe: The Warners have lightning powers.
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  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the lost play Prometheus Unbound.
  • Steel Drums and Sunshine: When the Warners are travelling to an island for a vacation, a steel drum rendition of the show's theme song plays in the background.
  • Take That!:
    • The cyclops is an obvious caricature of Donald Trump.
    • The first of the monsters that Dot sends is a parody of teen boy bands. The credits name him as a Bieber monster.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: To the Warners' shock, Odysseus was this for the most part. That is until he becomes Truclops' new loofa.
  • Trumplica: One of the monsters that Odysseus faces is an orange cyclops with blonde hair and a huge ego. His voice and manner of speech is also a spot-on Trump impression.
  • Visual Pun: For their first obstacle, Dot pulls a worm out of her ear and turns into a catchy-song singing boy band monster.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Of The Odyssey. Events might be mixed around, but many of the trials he went through are used in the segment.

Tropes found in "How to Brain Your Dragon":

  • Brick Joke: Brain gets Benedict to act for him by claiming that the King hates the arts and wants to imprison minstrels. At the end, we find out that Brain was all too right.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The minstrels Pinky and the Brain run into early in the episode reappear near the end to reveal Brain's plan to the king.
  • Curse Cut Short: At one point, Pinky interjects, "But Brain, you hate the arts! You always say the 'Renaissance' is French for bull-" only for Brain to smack him off Benedict’s claw before finishing.
  • Large Ham: The dragon lays it on a little thick, insisting on giving several dying speeches. This leads to Brain's failure in this episode.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Done and said, word for word, by Pinky, when the duo prepare to capture the dragon.
  • Monster Façade: The dragon is an actor who plays the role of a ferocious monster in the Brain's plan to take over the kingdom.
  • Monster Protection Racket: The Brain's second plan consists of the dragon pretending to attack the royal castle, then the Brain pretending to slay the dragon and claiming the kingdom as a reward.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: A dragon named Benedict with a major acting vibe is a nod towards Benedict Cumberbatch and alludes to his role as Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit film trilogy.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: On How to Train Your Dragon.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When hearing about the dragon, the Brain imagines himself with long, flowing white hair, riding a dragon while destroying a town, declaring himself "Brain, Father of Dragons", in a reference to Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.
    • Benedict the dragon's many dying scenes include one where he says "Thus, with a kiss, I die!" and one where he yells "Adrian!"
  • Take That!: The short opens with Brain recruiting a new member into his and Pinky's operation, only for said character to be immediately grabbed and taken away. No doubt a jab at the many instances of executives trying to force a third character into the original show, which eventually resulted in Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Brain's initial plan was to tame the dragon and use it as a Living Weapon. Upon discovering Benedict was a soft-hearted aspiring actor, however, he decided to go with an Engineered Heroics approach.

Tropes found in "Suffragette City":

  • The Cameo: From various Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters, and even Buster and Babs Bunny.
  • Critical Research Failure: The song calls Marvin the Martian a robot, when he's actually an alien.
  • Musical Episode: The entire segment has Dot celebrating 100th anniversary of launch of the 19th Amendment, allowing women in the USA the right to vote, and the important figures who fought for it. It then moves to Dot's gathering toons so they can get the same rights.
  • Take That!: Some of the Loonatics Unleashed characters appear in the march and get a swipe from Dot ("Whatever these guys are").
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Dot learns mid-song that animated characters like herself didn't have the right to vote and rallies all of them march to the Capital to get it.


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Animaniacs' Cyclops

The Cyclops at the end of the "Warners Unbound! sketch, is a very blatant, unflattering caricature of Donald Trump, down to his looks, his manner of speaking and his ego.

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Main / Trumplica

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