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...
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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
Those are names that have been all but forgotten by the current generation, and unjustly so. They were the billboard characters of Animaniacs, one of the greatest shows to ever be created. This batch of shorts contain the following:
De-Danitized: A Hollywood psychiatrist is forced by the chairman of board of the Warner Bros. studio. to make the Warners (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot) less zany, hence the title. Overall, a great short with some good gags on its own, however, when compared to later Warner shorts, the only particularly special things about are that it's the first Warner and Animaniacs short to air and the animation from Wang is noticeably in a different style that makes everything seem like late afternoon with no lights and the Warners themselves are designed differently than later Wang efforts; They actually look like a crossbreed of the usual Wang, TMS, and Startoons designs.
The Monkey Song: As the other reviewer already mentioned, this is a take on a famous song, so I won't mention that here. This is the first shorts to be animated by TMS, and it looks great. It is also the the first song and possibly the longest as well (4:18). A step up from the previous short with its incredibly fast pacing and rapid-fire gags. Another thing about it is the fact that this is the first "crossover" and the first of only a few shorts to have every main character in it.
Nighty-Night Toon: A humorous rendition of Goodnight Moon, and the second short to have every main character, a format which would not appear again until almost a hundred shorts later in Hercule Yakko. This is probably the short with the least going for it, as although it's funny it's not particularly memorable to me. It also has the disadvantage of being the first Freelance animated cartoon, a studio which also had relatively okay or kind of bad designs for almost every character.. except for the main ones: Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Their designs here is not as horrid as what's to come, but their incredibly slow-paced animation shows its ugly head already, as everything appears to be moving in slow motion. Although, I will give it props for having the only decent design of Rita apart from Wang and TMS, everything else ranges from okay(Rita) to worse than average (Pinky and the Brain, Goodfeathers) and absolutely heinous (Yakko, Wakko, and Dot). I'm sorry if this sounds cruel but to quote a writer of the show, The Warners eyes "looked as if they were melting).
So overall, a ten, which might have been a nine or eight if not for the first two shorts.
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