Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Of Course You Know, This Means Warners/Up a Tree/Wakko's Gizmo 

The first segment of this three-cartoon episode stars the wonderfully weird Warner siblings in "Of Course You Know, This Means Warners," a parody of patriotic propaganda films of the 1940s.... See full summary »
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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Mabelloota 'Ma' McCoy (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Narrator / Dog (voice)
Tom Bodett ... Announcer (voice)
Frank Welker ... Runt / Ralph the Guard (voice)
Bernadette Peters ... Rita (voice)
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The first segment of this three-cartoon episode stars the wonderfully weird Warner siblings in "Of Course You Know, This Means Warners," a parody of patriotic propaganda films of the 1940s. Next, when Rita is frightened "Up a Tree," she's too scared to climb back down. Then Wakko creates "Wakko's Gizmo," the ultimate Rube Goldberg device. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(1993 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[singing]
Rita: I'm dizzy, in a tizzy./I am acrophobic./Muddled, befuddled./I think in going to be sick./In a spin so unlucky./I can't stand heights./Somebody look at me./I'm helpless as a kitten up a tree.
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References The Fly (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Is This My Destiny?
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Stone, Carl Johnson, and Steven Bernstein
Lyrics by Deanna Oliver
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Patriotic parody
5 August 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 some of it, being at times in "Up a Tree" a mite corny and some characters being not as interesting in personality as others, there is still a huge amount of what makes me love 'Animaniacs' so much.

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 amusing with clever references and inside jokes. "Of Course You Know, This Means Warners" and its patriotic propaganda parodies is the highlight segment. 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 regulars are fun and endearing as they should

Characters that are brilliantly voiced by the likes of Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Frank Welker, some of the best and most prolific voice actors in the business.

Overall, not one of the best from 'Animaniacs' but it is a long way from disgracing it. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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