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A spin off from the wonderful 'Animaniacs', 'Pinky and the Brain' was
one of the funniest and best cartoons of the 90s.
The show followed the exploits of two laboratory mice on a mission to take over the world. The Brain was a super-intelligent megalomaniac, and was assisted by Pinky, an idiot. Each night, The Brain would come up with a highly elaborate plan to overthrow the worlds leaders and assume control, but was always foiled at the last minute and sent back to the drawing board.
Even though the plot was the same every episode, 'Pinky and the Brain' managed to be consistently fresh and funny. The great writing was backed up by superb voice performances, particularly by Rob Paulson (Pinky) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain). The humour works on enough levels to appeal to kids and grown-ups alike, and if you've never seen an episode of this, I suggest you seek it out!
Two genetically altered lab mice, Pinky, and The Brain, spend each
night following Brain's latest plan to try and take over the world.
Pinky seems an addle-headed moron who is nevertheless capable of
brilliant inspiration, while Brain displays an Einsteinian IQ and an
insatiable desire to rule the world. But The Brain has a fatal flaw...
The premise states one mouse is a genius and the other is insane. But which is which?
65 episodes of great multi-level writing, hilarious jokes for adults and kiddies alike, exceptionally expressive animation, top-notch voice talent: this series has it all. The quality of the shows often evoke Looney Toons at their best. This wonderful creation is begging for a box-set DVD treatment. Are your listening, WB? Mr. Spielberg? Anyone?
Pinky and the Brain has got to be one of the funniest cartoon shows ever. Steven Spielberg himself co-produced this film, and once and a while actually would do a cameo on the show. If you want to see two lab mice, every week trying to take over the world, doing some of the most ridiculous, outrageous things ever see Pinky and the Brain. Just not the spin-off Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain. Yuck, talk about a bad show. The voice talents were great in the show and I loved both the characters. Especially Pinky, the stupid but of course humorous one. Then there's Brain, the brainy idea expert. Together, these two caged lab mice have a great time letting us have a good time. I was so sad when the show stopped airing after three years. I can't find it anywhere now and it makes me mad. I hope someday they do the re-runs on WB because this show is not just for kids, it's got great adult humor too. One of which like I said before, when the mice run into Steven Spielberg. But anyway, if you can find this show on your local listings, watch it. It's an instant classic. NARF!
This was a great cartoon, following the same tradition of the equally
good "Animaniacs", using a clever style of humor that made it enjoyable
for kids and adults as well. Like in "Animaniacs" segments about this
same two characters, the show follows the frustrated attempts of two
mouses to conquer all the world.
They are Brain, the genius,and his assistant,Pinky,who is a complete idiot, but adorable at the same time.
The voices were quite good, and the script was funny and clever.
I miss the time were it was still possible to see good cartoons for the whole family like this.
I don't like very much the kid's cartoons from the recent years (Well, some are good but most of them are pretty bad).
However, "Pinky and the Brain " remains as a timeless classic.
When I discovered that Pinky and the Brain had spun off from Animaniacs
and received their own show (the first step towards world domination,
no doubt), I was thrilled. The show quickly became a favorite of mine.
Now that I have it on DVD many years later, I realize just what a
spectacular piece of work it really is.
Children can watch this show, sure. They'll think Pinky's ridiculous remarks, physical humor, and nonsensical catch phrases like "poit!" and "narf" are hilarious. Sometimes they are. Yet I am amazed that so much of the humor is for adults. There are multiple references in every episode to pop culture (I just watched an episode with a sly Pulp Fiction allusion), politics (the same episode included caricatures of Bill and Hilary Clinton), and general observations about the world that will definitely go over kids' heads. It just makes the show all that much funnier to me now. It's definitely an experience with multiple layers. Not to mention the people writing Brain's dialog have done some research. His vocabulary is years beyond what grade school children comprehend, let alone use. Sure, there's lots of fuzzy science just for the sake of making him sound smart, but many times there are legitimate uses of math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, anatomy, etc. Heck, there's even a song that tells you the parts of the human brain. The show's downright educational.
Don't let that scare you, though. It's also consistently zany. There's plenty of the comic falling and maiming that comes standard in most cartoons. Of course a good portion of the humor comes from the concept of Pinky's stupidity as a foil for Brain's genius, and Pinky's unwittingly stumbling on the best ideas. Yet, for me, the comedy in this show comes mostly from Brain. I love the way he vents his frustration with his dense but loyal accomplice, and the way he flatly tells people his mission knowing they will never believe him. "Actually I am lab mouse involved in an elaborate scheme to take over the world" is usually greeted with laughter from the unsuspecting buffoons that populate his universe.
Well animated and superbly voiced, Pinky and The Brain entertains with the fearless abandon of the classic toons and the sharp wit of a modern satire. I highly recommend this for kids, but even more so for older teens and young adults.
Next to Animaniacs this has to be the funniest cartoon of the `90s.
"Pinky are you pondering what I'm pondering? I think so Brain but if Jimmy cracked corn and no one cared why does he keep on doing it?"
This was one of the best animated shows ever. This show isn't just for kids. The humor of the show can be enjoyed by all ages, much like the classic Warner Brothers shorts. Pinky & the Brain also has great dialogue. The plans to take over the world are also a hoot. Many of the episodes are classic.
I consider that Pinky and the Brain is exhaustively underrated, I feel
that the series should continue as 'Pinky and The Brain' are
Pinky: So what are we going to do tonight Brain? Brain: The same thing we do every night Pinky....Try to take over the WORLD!
When people suggest who is funniest on the programme I always protested Brain as he had complete power and a big sense of authority, of what he was doing. Brains anger amused me in a way that no other programme has.
Brain, in general has an wrathful attitude and his inclination for global domination can be understood, (I know how he feels), He should have found me. We could have ruled the world side by side......BRAIN LIVES!!!!
Only he can understand what I'm becoming..........
7 wins 10 nominations, enough said really!
"Pinky and the Brain" was one of my favorite childhood cartoons. I used
to watch it after "The Anamaniacs" on WB with my brother and sister. My
favorite character was Pinky but my brother and sister's were the
Brain. I think Pinky was so cute and hilarious. I also loved the theme
song of this show.
My favorite part of each episode was when the brain asked Pinky "Are you pondering what I'm pondering". I couldn't wait to hear Pinky's response. My favorite episode was the one when Pinky and the Brain found baby superman. I also liked the episode when Pinky planned a surprise birthday party for the Brain.
I miss this show and occasionally watch it on Nicktoons. I give this show 9/10 stars.
As an avid fan of Animaniacs, I watch this spin off show with the
lovable characters Pinky and the Brain religiously, and I love it just
as much as Animaniacs. It is simply brilliant and so much fun,
something cartoons now should learn from. It is hilarious, cute and
zany, and not only is a worthy successor to Animaniacs but almost
Pinky and The Brain is brilliantly animated, I love looking at the audacious colours, the pretty backgrounds and how the characters move. The music is very memorable and really cleverly composed, and the theme song is deliciously catchy. Plus the story lines are clever, outrageous but brilliantly structured, and the scripts and humour is engaging, hilarious and zany. I think it is thanks to the superb writing, and the characters are endearing and unique, Pinky being stupid but funny and adorable and Brain being brainy and somewhat deadpan. The voice acting is absolutely stellar, Rob Paulson and Maurice LeMarche both do superb jobs, and they are supported brilliantly by Tress MacNeille and Frank Welker.
Overall, brilliant, perfect for kids and adults. Shame it didn't last longer. Personally, I would avoid the spin off Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, the obnoxious Elmyra alone was enough to make me stop watching. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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