1 9 9 5 – 1 9 9 9 (USA)
99 x 22 minute episodes
After decades of imprisonment in the water tower at Warner Bros studio lot, three cartoon characters – Yakko, Wakko and Dot – escaped to wreak madcap mayhem and drop sight gags galore – often to musical accompaniment.
Each episode consisted of either one adventure or two to three shorts.
The trio were joined in their “zany to the max” antics by a crayon case of comic creature creations, among them: Slappy Squirrel, the Goodfeathers (three pigeons who were a clever take-off of the Mafiosi in the 1990 film Goodfellas), the Hip Hippos, Mr Skullhead, Pinky and the Brain, Mindy and Buttons, and Viennese psychiatrist Dr Scratchensniff.
Intended as a successor to Warner Bros’ Tiny Toon Adventures the show combined classic Warner Bros animation with rapid-fire pop culture references (eg: Gorbachev walking the streets with a board proclaiming “Will sell secrets for food”) to enjoy crossover success.
The Executive Producer for Animaniacs was Steven Spielberg – indeed its full title was Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs. He personally supervised each script.
Maurice Le Marche