Slappy Squirrel takes her nephew Skippy to see the film 'Bumbi.' Things seem to be going well, until the film gets to the part where Bumbi's Mom is killed. Slappy tries to calm Skippy down,... See full summary »
Slappy Squirrel takes her nephew Skippy to see the film 'Bumbi.' Things seem to be going well, until the film gets to the part where Bumbi's Mom is killed. Slappy tries to calm Skippy down, but the little squirrel is traumatized. In desperation, Slappy takes Skippy to meet the actress who played Bumbi's Mom. Seeing that she's alright, Skippy finds closure...that is, until he watches the in-flight movie on the way home, which happens to be 'Old Yellow.' Written by
In my opinion, any Animaniacs episode featuring the Warners and Slappy squirrel is a perfect episode. First you get the zany, wacky, immature type of humor that everyone can understand. then you get the old-school, violent, yet satirical sense of humor that everyone can understand...except maybe the satire part.
The first bit of this episode is a direct parody of the 1960's classic which has been rerun for many, many years, Gilligans Island. The Warner movie lot is a parody of the show's theme song, replacing "Gilligan, the Skipper too, The millionaire & his wife." With "Scratchansniff, & Hello Nurse, the CEO, Ralph the guard." The second bit is the Warner's main bit for this episode. The set-up? A greedy candy store owner refuses to give a nun a candy donation for the orphaned children. However, after she's forcefully removed from the store, the 3 Warner siblings arrive, and pester the beans out of the owner.
The final bit on this episode is definitely Sherri Stoner at her best. Slappy takes Skippy to see "Bumbie's Mom" a movie about a young fawn growing up in the meadow with his mother, eventually losing her to hunters. As a result, Skippy is traumatized by the fact Bumbie lost his mom, and Slappy tries to convince young Skippy that cartoon characters don't die, and takes him to meet the actress who played Bumbie's mom.
What makes Bumbie's mom a special short for me, is when I watched it for the first time, I got about 10 seconds in, figured out what was going to happen, and just burst out laughing. According to the Animaniacs DVD extras, Stoner wrote the bit based on her experience watching Bambi as a young girl. And after the dawn of the internet, more & more people eventually came forward and admitted how that scene from Bambi traumatized them as children. So that's what makes the episode so special in a way.
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