Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Flipper Parody/Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What Are We? 

The Warners fill in for Mr. Plotz' secretary when she is ill, making Plotz mentally ill; Buttons scrambles to protect Mindy as she hunts for her lollipop; the Warners sing about what they are.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Mindy's Mom / Ms. Hoffelmeyer / Additional Voices (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Mindy (voice)
Frank Welker ... Buttons / Thaddeus Plotz, C.E.O. (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... Mel G. (voice)


The Warners fill in for Mr. Plotz' secretary when she is ill, making Plotz mentally ill; Buttons scrambles to protect Mindy as she hunts for her lollipop; the Warners sing about what they are.

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Release Date:

20 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yakko: [helping Plotz to sign some papers] Sign here, here, here and here.
Mr. Plotz: By the way. What am I signing?
Yakko: Oh, well. You know. A little of that, a little of this.
Yakko: [holding up a check worth 80 zillion dollars] Mostly this.
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References Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) See more »


O Tannenbaum
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
[Incorrectly credited as music by Ernst Anschütz]
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Secretarial filling in, searching for lollipops and explanation through song
7 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.

While not one of the best episodes, with "Operation: Lollipop" being occasionally slightly too cute, there is still a huge amount of what makes me love 'Animaniacs' so much. Plus it's back to the more-than-one-story format.

In all the 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 in particularly "Flipper Parody" ("Temporary Insanity" being close behind). 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. Can't decide which is the better one. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. The Warners are as endearing as ever.

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

Overall, wonderful. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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