Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Distasterpiece Theatre/Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream 

First, in ancient Egypt, Rita and Runt find a "Home on De-Nile" in Cleopatra's palace until they discover that Rita is going to be Cleopatra's next sacrifice to the gods. Next, the Warners ... See full summary »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Marita Hippo / Cleopatra / Pixie (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Frank Welker ... Flavio Hippo / Runt / Chicken Boo / Furrball / Additional Voices (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain / Mark Antony / Additional Voices (voice)
Julie Brown ... Minerva Mink (voice)
Bernadette Peters ... Rita (voice)
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First, in ancient Egypt, Rita and Runt find a "Home on De-Nile" in Cleopatra's palace until they discover that Rita is going to be Cleopatra's next sacrifice to the gods. Next, the Warners spoof the mystery novels of Agatha Christie in "Hercule Yakko," a story set aboard a luxury liner featuring the entire cast. Finally, Yakko performs Puck's famous monologue from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which Dot translates for the Shakepeare-impaired. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1993 (USA) 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

The "fingerprints" gag in "Hercule Yakko" is Rob Paulsen's favorite in the series. See more »

Quotes

Yakko: If we have unearnèd luck Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
Dot: [translating for the audience] What he said.
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Connections

References Wayne's World (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
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Agatha Christie, Cleopatra and Shakespeare
14 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 one of my personal favourite 'Animaniacs' episodes.

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 "A Midsummer Night's Dream". 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 hilarious "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for me is the cleverest, though one can totally see why the fingerprints gag in "Hercule Yakko" is Rob Paulsen's favourite moment of the show, it is a classic. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception.

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

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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