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Animaniacs (A Review)

Today’s Old School Wednesday Review comes from Michelle.

Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many books about giants, romance, and chocolate. The author of many published fantasy stories and the Haanta series. Lover and promoter of classic literature.
Website: The Haanta Series
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When I was about thirteen, I lived in what I should like to call the Golden Age of Children’s Television: Anime such as Pokemon began pouring in from Japan; Looney Tunes had regular reruns on two major channels; both Disney and Warner Bros. had their own rivaling four-hour specials rife with excellent shows like Duck Tales, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, and Tiny Toons; even CG began gaining popularity with shows like Beast Wars and Reboot; but among the crowd of immensely wonderful shows, one of them stood out for me as the precedent in comedy.

A cast of characters like no other, too!

The Animaniacs was a show like no other. With its fluid animation, its level-above writing, insane humour, running japes, and cast of differing yet all-endearing characters, it harkened back to days when cartoons didn’t take them seriously, when anvils and ka-pows were still hilarious, and when non-nonsensical humour was in its heyday. There were songs -particular one about the nations of the world, which I have never forgotten- various skits, parodies of popular cultures items- like three mobster pigeons recreating West Side Story- educational segments proclaiming the various uses of starfish, and all of this done with the same zany savour as its Warner predecessors.

The show truly stood out as being the only of its kind in the day: it poked fun at ridiculous children’s programming like Barney the Dinosaur, had Jerry Lewis as a regular guest star, and even featured the voice talents of acting veterans like Rob Paulsen and Tress MacNeille. The show was so successful at recreating the Looney Tunes feel that it spawned other brilliant shows like Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid and Histeria! to add to the Animaniacs family.

The phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to” I feel really applies to Animaniacs. I have never since seen a show that makes burping the Star Spangled Banner hilarious or even one that is willing to rewrite the HMS Pinafore and make it even more entertaining than the original. If you have not seen Animaniacs, I wholeheartedly urge you to investigate. You will not be disappointed.

Helloooooooooooooooooooo, nurse!

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  1. I absolutely ADORED the Animaniacs. And right now I’m singing that ridiculous theme song in my head. 🙂

    1. There is nothing wrong with that, Krystal! 🙂

  2. I loved the animaniacs! I use to watch it with my son. Pinky and the Brain and Freakaziod cracked me up.

    1. Absolutely! Pinky & the Brain was a direct spinoff that actually worked. I don’t think any of the other segments would have worked as a spinoff. They were smart to not try.

      Freakazoid was more of an ideological spinoff (thanks to Tom Ruegger, who produced them both), with the pop culture parody, fourth wall breaking, etc. Little remembered fact: this style wasn’t started with Animaniacs or the precursor project by Ruegger, Tiny Toon Adventures.

      Nope, he started this parody cartoon genre with A Pup Named Scooby-Doo until he bolted from Hanna-Barbara for Warner Brothers.

      The more you know!

  3. OMG! I loved Animaniacs! I used to sing the countries song with friends, and I still like to requote Pinky and the Brain lines! Poit, Zort, Narf!! LOL

    Thanks for bringing back old fond, memories!

    ~Poison

  4. OMG I love the Animaniacs!!!!

    And Pinky and the Brain too!

    Great review!

    Lisa 🙂

    • Dade - LookView Screens on April 21, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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    The Characters are listed perfectly and the way they designed them.

    The series’ main characters is like the 30’s traveled to the future = 90’s of course. The music is like it’s the grandson of John William’s music scores, because of that, for the music on the show is clean, beautiful,
    and has it’s own vocabulary of treasuring arts in movies and televisions. The writings on the series is like painting some kind of art that has stories in pictures. For the animation, it’s movements in actions, comedies, and (sometimes) dramas are like our stories because their moves in the animation are like words that shows us of what their doing and what are they supposed to do, and how do they feel also. the show is perspective when it comes to doing an outside of the looney tunes and merrie melodies cartoons show.

      • Dade - LookView Screens on April 26, 2015 at 1:27 am
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      Back in 1994, the Series’ short called, I’m Mad, was one of the rarest Animaniacs
      segment ever because the show never had an actual released to movie theatre cartoon throughout the years of animaniacs, it’s amazing that a popular cartoon with no theatrical feature film, can ever make it to theatres.
      It can be suprising for some viewers who are big fans of the show.
      I bet there saying it’s COMPLETLEY RARE! of course I know that it can back to be released with major league 2 in theatres, but it was one time that it came back, and that was it. this is like it’s a treasure of the lost film and legend for the animaniacs show, this is amazing.

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