"I wanted to be involved
with the realization of some new characters, for the '90s
and into the next century." -Steven Spielberg-
Animaniacs is a Spin-off of Tiny
Toon Adventures. Produced by Warner Brothers this cartoon
is about (from top to bottom) Yakko, Wakko and Dot.
Together these characters ARE the Warner Brothers (and
their sister Dot).
What are the Warner Brothers? I
don't know either, but they have written a song about it
called "What are We?", which was released on
one of two albums. The Warner Brothers use puns, slap
stick and a lot of 1930's humor to keep both young and
older audiences tuned in. The only plot to speak of is
that they don't like to be locked in the water tower (and
who would), so they run from a security guard while
driving their shrink insane and drooling over a nurse. (HELLLOOOOO
Along with Yakko, Wakko and Dot,
Animaniacs features several other sets of characters.
Pinky and the Brain, two lab mice who try to take over
the world, became popular so fast they had to be given
their own show. Meanwhile, Little Mindy gets into all
kinds of trouble while her baby-sitting dog, Buttons,
tries to rescue her. The Goodfeathers are a group of
gangster pigeons, who seem to mimic the Godfather movies.
Slappy the squirrel shows her young one the ins and outs
of being a cartoon hero. And finally there is Rita and
Runt, who make up a Laurel and Hardy combination while
roaming the streets.
The quote at the top of the page is
from "In Toon with the Times" by Andy Meiser of
the New York Times News Service as printed in the St
Louis Post-Dispatch on July 20, 1990