Animaniacs is a cartoon that aired from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids and later on Kids' WB! from 1995 to 1998. It is set to be rebooted in 2020 on Hulu.
Why It Rocks[edit | edit source]
- Memorable and extremely catchy theme song.
- Great voice acting, with veteran actors such as Rob Paulson, Tress MacNeille, and Maurice LaMarche being standouts.
- Very well written humor.
- It received a wonderful 2020 reboot, which is zanier than the original.
- Hidden adult jokes that kids wouldn't find out about until adulthood. Whenever one of these jokes occurred, Yakko would shout out, "Good night, everybody!"
- One of the segments, Pinky and the Brain was so popular, it got its own show.
- Numerous pop culture references for the time.
- Very good character designs and good animation if done by TMS, Wang, Akom and/or Startoons.
- Often made fun of history!
- Parodied several celebrities including Jerry Lewis.
- Clever dialogue such as: And now, the nations of the world, brought to you by, Yakko Warner!, does anyone else feel like something is missing? (Yakko) like talent?
- As stated in the plot, there are numerous segments, which offered a very wide range of likable characters, each of which has so many great things going for them, that if we listed every reason they rock, this article would never see completion for a long time, some of them include Pinky and the Brain, The Good Feathers, Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, Slappy and Skippy Squirrel, and especially the Warner Trio.
- Several musical numbers.
- It would teach kids many things.
- Spawned lots of internet memes.
- A great throwback to the Golden Age of Animation such as the works of Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Max and Dave Fleischer, and Tex Avery.
- Due to it's smash hit success, it spawned other standalone shows, such as Freakazoid! and Pinky and the Brain.
- All of the characters appears as guest stars in the Pinky and the Brain series finale Star Warners, as well some characters of Freakazoid! that appearing in cameo.
- In Freakazoid!, Wakko, Pinky, Brain and the Mime appear in some episodes.
- The character Freakazoid from the animated series of the same name appears in a cameo in the episode This Pun for Hire.
- Funny gags, slapstick comedies and interesting episodes with various best memorable characters like the Warner Trio, Pinky and the Brain, The Good Feathers and Slappy and Skippy Squirrel.
- Various characters from Looney Tunes and Tiny Toon Adventures appearing as guest star in the cameo in the series.
- Some characters, such as Pinky and the Brain and The Good Feathers, are considered the most loved by fans.
- Funny misfortune gags focusing The Mime and Mr. Skullhead.
Bad Qualities[edit | edit source]
- Overuse of innuendos and sex jokes despite it being a kid's show (especially the "fingerprints" joke).
- Humor and pop culture references don't age well.
- Some toilet humor here and there.
- Mr. Plotz is a very unlikable character, mainly due to his mean-spirited nature to the Warners.
- Some other unlikable characters include Flavio and Marita and especially Katie Ka-Boom.
- The animation quality was all over the place, with only a few studios providing consistent animation. The worst of these animators has to be the Freelance animators as they constantly go off model.
- The Katie Ka-Boom segment is BEYOND MEAN-SPIRITED.
- One character, Minerva Mink, had episodes that network censors considered too sexually suggestive for the show's intended audience, for which she was soon de-emphasized as a featured character.
- Some episodes of Season 3 and episodes from Season 4 and 5 are extremely awful and negative.
- The Katie Ka-Boom segments are beyond UGLY.
- this show was sadly cancelled after 5 seasons in 1998 planning for 6 seasons, luckily the reboot came along but most likely (and sadly) won’t conclude the show the way Steven Spielberg intended
Reception[edit | edit source]
The popularity of Animaniacs along with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers helped make Fox Kids a well-known name for kids in the era of 90s Saturday Morning programming.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Animaniacs was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy), too.