- 5 Seasons
Animaniacs is an immensely humorous show handled by Warner Brothers Studios. The show has three major characters in the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner Sister Dot, (her full name is Princess Angelina Contesa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third). These Warners, or Warner Siblings, are all drawn in an art style reminiscent of the 1920's as they were held captive in the water tower of the Warner Brothers lot. The series is also loaded with a variety of cartoon vignettes: Slappy the Squirrel's cartoons focus on the retired Slappy Squirrel. Slappy is an old pro from Hollywood who is constantly annoyed by as well as trying to appease her excitable nephew Skippy. The Buttons and Mindy cartoons focus on the dog, Buttons, as he constantly tries to keep young child Mindy from hurting herself from her own curiosity. The Goodfeathers cartoons parody the Godfather movies but from the perspective of a group of talking pigeons. Good Idea, Bad Idea is a series of cartoons featuring Mr. Skullhead which show a good idea, and then twisting it into a bad one. The Rita and Runt cartoons focus on singing cat Rita (voiced by the lovely Bernadette Peters of Broadway fame) and dumb-as-a-brick Runt (who speaks like Dustin Hoffman's role in Rainman). The Hip Hippos was a lesser used series of cartoons focusing on a pair of rich and fabulous talking hippos. The Chicken Boo skits consisted of a giant chicken, the titular Chicken Boo, posing as a human for some event where only one person sees through the disguise. The most popular sketch from Animaniacs, even popular enough to be given its own spinoff solo series, would be Pinkie and the Brain. The Pinkie and the Brain cartoons focused on a pair of lab mice, the genius Brain (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) and the moronic Pinkie (voiced by Rob Paulsen), in their attempts to take over the world. Failure is nearly always a foregone conclusion with these cartoons, usually with gross physicaly injuries inflicted upon the Brain and much to Pinkie's chagrin.