Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position 

Greek playwright Aristotle tries to win cash and prizes on "You Risk Your Life," a game show hosted by Yakko.

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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff / Blink Winkleman (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Santa Claus (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Myra Puntridge (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Nate Ruegger Nate Ruegger ... Skippy Squirrel (voice) (as Nathan Ruegger)
Gail Matthius ... Candie Chipmunk (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain / Aristotle (voice)
Neil Ross ... Announcer (voice)


Greek playwright Aristotle tries to win cash and prizes on "You Risk Your Life," a game show hosted by Yakko.

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Release Date:

25 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Sherri Stoner the "I Got Yer Can" segment is inspired by real-life events. Late one night, plagued by insomnia, Stoner went for a walk and used a neighbor's trash bin (set on the curb for pickup) to throw away a soda can. The neighbor came out and demanded that Stoner remove it. Stoner obliged but thought it a bit obsessive of the neighbor and began wondering how Slappy the Squirrel would react to such a situation. See more »


Santa Claus: Ho ho ho, have I got something for you.
Candie Chipmunk: [sarcastic] Mmmm, a present, from Santa Slappy? Let me guess, could it be... A CAN?
Santa Claus: Being the jolly representation of the holidays isn't what it use to be.
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References The Pirates of Penzance (1939) See more »


Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Game shows and cans
15 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 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 throughout. Particularly in "You Risk Your Life". 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.

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

In summary, brilliant once again. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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