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Airdate: May 23rd, 1994

A half-hour special centered around the in-universe history of The Warners, revealing new details on what led to their creation, and what prompt Warner Bros. management to lock the trio in the iconic water tower for the next six decades.

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The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special contains examples of:

  • Animated Actors: Several Looney Tunes characters are interviewed for the special as if they were real actors.
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  • Been There, Shaped History: In those times the Warners had to be let out of the water tower for cleaning, they end up interrupting such historic events as the Malta Summit between Allied leaders in WWII, the first appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the tearing down of the Berlin wall.
  • Brick Joke: When the audience, except the Warners, applauds the opening stage number, Yakko comments that they’ll clap at anything, so Wakko asks loudly if they want to hear him play "Yankee Doodle" with his armpits, cue Chirping Crickets. We later learn that they already made a cartoon, which Wakko himself directed, where it was all about said act. It was so disaterous that it ended their series of cartoons.
  • Driven to Madness: Lon Borax, the in-universe creators of the Warners, apparently "went all funny in the head" after adding the Warner siblings to one of Buddy's shorts. It's unclear if it was the Warners who did it, or if it was the stress from working all into the night. Either way, he's still nuts to this very day.
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  • Driven to Villainy: Buddy has held a grudge for the Warners, believing they were responsible for derailing what he thought was a successful acting career. As a result he plotted a way to destroy them via placing a bomb under the podium where they would make their speech.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Buddy had set a bomb under the podium for the Warners, but when they call him up on stage to thank them for his support, he gladly steps to the podium and is blown up by his own bomb.
  • My Greatest Failure: Played for laughs; Mr. Plotz considers giving the Warners starring roles in their own shorts one of his biggest mistakes of his life. Of course, this would be surpassed by his later decision to let Wakko direct the Warners' last one short.
  • Oh, Crap!: Buddy gives off such a face when his time bomb starts ringing right as he's standing next to it at the podium.
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  • Overly Long Gag: In the first short in their contract, Flies in the Ointment, the Warners somehow got flypaper stuck to their "fannys." We only get a short clip, but according to Daffy Duck
    Daffy: It was okay for a short, but this went on for eight hours. Eight. hours!
  • Milestone Celebration: In-Universe. A special celebrating the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Warners.
  • Series Continuity Error: The "Newsreel of the Stars" prologue that preceded many episodes of the show established that the Warners had been locked up in 1933 for six decades (60 years). The episode claims that they were first locked up a year later in 1934, not escaping until 1994.
    • Also, it's also claimed that the Warners started out with a 4-cartoon contract, when previous episodes showed off that the studio had made more than that, with episode 51 providing a brief montage of the posters for shorts that weren't mentioned in this episode.
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