Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Roll Over, Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle 

Slight correction to the summary above: the segment "Roll Over, Beethoven" is followed by "The Cat and the Fiddle".
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner (voice)
Kenneth Mars ... Beethoven (voice)
Frank Welker ... Runt (voice)
Hector Elizondo ... Stradivarius (voice)
Tom Bodett ... Announcer (voice)
Bernadette Peters ... Rita (voice)
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Storyline

In "The Cat & the Fiddle," famous violinmaker Stradivarius wants to make Rita into violin strings, but Runt comes to her rescue.Then in "Roll Over Beethoven," the Warner Brothers and sister Dot help Beethoven to write his famous Fifth Symphony. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1993 (Japan) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1993 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In The Cat and the Fiddle, the Violin maker, Stradivarius is trying to capture Rita the cat for the purposes of killing her and using her innards, otherwise known as catgut, to make the strings of his violins. It is also shown that he has a large number of cats in cages which he plans to use for the same purpose. Although it was said that cat gut was used to make the strings of violins, this was actually a myth more than likely perpetuated by many a renowned violin maker during the 17th century and possibly earlier. The strings of a violin were actually made from sheep innards, which would have been fairly easy to come by. However, in order to protect their methods for successfully making a stringed violin, the rumor that cat gut was integral to the manufacture of a quality violin came to be accepted as fact, and not fiction. Superstition held that it was incredibly unlucky to kill a cat, so whoever perpetuated the myth knew that superstition would thereby prevent competitors. See more »

Quotes

Wakko: [after trying to play Beethoven's hearing aide as if it were a brass instrument] Where's the mouth piece to this thing?
Beethoven: It's in my ear.
Wakko: THAT'S REVOLTING!
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Crazy Credits

"Tired of These Credits: Kathryn Page" See more »

Connections

Spoofs Rain Man (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
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Classical music with the Warners
10 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation to bits. It was a big part of my life as a child, especially Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and Tom and Jerry (with tastes broadening further getting older with Pixar, Studio Ghibli and some of the more mature animations out there), and still love it to this day as a young adult whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now, with more knowledge of the different animation styles, directors, studios and what work went into them.

'Animaniacs' has always been one of my favourites. From an early age, it always stood out as one of the most colourful, unique, funniest and cleverest shows, animated and otherwise, ever made. It is not to be dismissed as a show just for children. There is plenty for children to enjoy, any child who loves great animation, humour to laugh at and unique characters will be in heaven. There is more than plenty for adults too, especially the hugely clever in-jokes/poking fun that is likely to be better understood by older viewers with more familiarity for what is being referenced and poked fun at.

This is another wonderful episode in a show where even the weakest episodes were seldom less than decent.

In both segments, the animation is very well done, with vibrant colouring, crisp beautiful backgrounds and convincing movements for the characters. The music is not only catchy it is actually memorable as well, with an instantly hummable main theme.

The scripts and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes, being a huge lifelong fan of classical music and familiar with Stradivarious and Beethoven (the symphony in question is a favourite) this aspect was delightful. As are the situations no matter how silly they are the characters get into. This all springs from a great concept, some shows have a great concept but don't live up to it.

'Animaniacs' was always one of the finest examples of execution of a great concept doing that and superbly, with the story lines here being funny and endearing. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. The Warners are as endearing as ever and Rita and Beethoven also add a lot.

Characters that are brilliantly voiced by the likes of Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Frank Welker and Kenneth Mars.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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