Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Karaoke Dokie/The Cranial Crusader/The Chicken Who Loved Me 

In the first segment of this three-cartoon episode, "Karaoke-Dokie," the Warners compete for the microphone at a karaoke song festival on the studio lot. To achieve fame, fortune and global... See full summary »
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Episode cast overview:
... Yakko Warner / Pinky / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff / Mr. Hooper (voice)
... Wakko Warner / Alphonse / P (voice)
... Dot Warner / Miss Hennypenny (voice)
... The Brain / Caped Opossum / Johnny Badnote / Willie Slakmer / Lenny Neeboy (voice)
... Chicken Boo / Ralph the Guard / Dr. Not / Day Labor (voice)
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In the first segment of this three-cartoon episode, "Karaoke-Dokie," the Warners compete for the microphone at a karaoke song festival on the studio lot. To achieve fame, fortune and global domination, Pinky and The Brain become nocturnal superheroes in "Cranial Crusader." Finally, Chicken Boo dresses up as secret agent "James Boo" in "The Chicken Who Loved Me," a parody of James Bond films. Written by Anonymous

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(1993 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Dot Warner: [after watching Lenny Neeboy perform] Oh, I get it, it's a whole Star Trek gag thing.
[laughs sarcastically]
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Spoofs Dr. No (1962) See more »

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Chicken Reel
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Written by Joseph M. Daly
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Karaoke, superheroes and secret agents
8 August 2018 | by See 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.

Another one of my favourite episodes definitely, very clever, very funny and very amiable.

In all the segments throughout, 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 script and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes throughout. "The Chicken Who Loved Me" is a perfect situation for Chicken Boo and actually gives him more personality. "Karaoke Dokie" is littered with smart and hilarious moments and superhero and world domination fans will love "The Cranial Crusader". 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 Cranial Crusader" is my personal favourite. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. Brain is as always a great character.

Voice acting is terrific all round, especially from Maurice La Marche, cannot imagine anybody else voicing Brain.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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