In "De-Zanitized," frazzled Dr. Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, uses every psychiatric technique he knows to "de-zani-tize" the Warners because the kids are just too zany. Next, as... See full summary »
In "De-Zanitized," frazzled Dr. Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, uses every psychiatric technique he knows to "de-zani-tize" the Warners because the kids are just too zany. Next, as the Warners drive him crazy, Dr. Scratchansniff sings a song of woe "The Monkey Song" to a calypso beat, while the rest of the "Animaniacs" cast sings the chorus. Finally, in "Nighty-Night Toon," the Warners and company spoof a famous children's bedtime storybook. Written by
We are introduced to the characters in this zany cartoon series which ran for a half decade the 1990s, and was produced by famous film director Steven Spielberg. The series about three members of the Warner Brothers animated film family who never made it to the screen because they were "out of control." Supposedly, they've been "released" now, and we get to enjoy their antics.
The first thing that hit me was the number of references to the film industry. Then, the bold colors and nice look to these cartoons reminded of the excellent remastered prints of the Looney Tunes characters on those "collection DVD volumes." If the humor here can anywhere near match the great colors, this will be a fun series to watch.
There were three segments to this opening episode, the longest being the first, "De-Zanitized," and I wasn't all that impressed as the scene in the psychiatrist's office went on too long without much humor. However, once the shrink, "Dr. Scratchensniff" (voiced nicely by Mitsuru Ogata) finished interviewing the three Warner kids, it got very good and it encouraged me that maybe this series will indeed offer a lot of entertainment. Since I bought the DVD of the first 25 episodes, sight-unseen, I'm hoping it will.
The second part was a music segment, "The Monkey Song," a parody of an old Harry Belafonte calypso number, and it was fantastic. It featured very funny lyrics and pretty good sight gags. That was a fun five minutes with a lot of clever things to see and hear.
The final minutes was a rewritten nursery rhyme with a "good night" theme to all the characters we met and are going to meet in this TV program. The rhyming was excellent and humorous.
Overall, this opening episode left me intrigued and what I might see in future installments.
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