Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
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You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again! 

In this change of pace episode, when studio executive Jamie Kellner presses them for higher ratings, Pinky and The Brain try out different ideas for their show, spoofing various other sitcoms.

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Russell Calabrese
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Pinky / Yurkel / TV Cop (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Billie / Mother / Timmy / Newscaster (voice)
Dick Clark ... Himself (voice)
Charles Kimbrough ... Sandy Dreckman (voice)
Townsend Coleman ... Bobby Fenster (voice)
Pat Musick Pat Musick ... TV Mom (voice)
Mark L. Taylor ... Pollster #1 (voice)
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Pollster #2 (voice) (as Phil Hayes)
Billy West ... Nifty Bizarre (voice)
John Rubano John Rubano ... Jimmy S. (voice)
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In this change of pace episode, when studio executive Jamie Kellner presses them for higher ratings, Pinky and The Brain try out different ideas for their show, spoofing various other sitcoms.

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TV-Y
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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Pinky and Brain watch the sitcom with them portrayed by human actors Pinky's eyes change from blue to pink. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Pinky and the Brain Theme - Dutch Version
Performed by Edward Reekers with Marcel Jonker and Reinder van der Naalt
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Pinky, Brain and the executives
26 April 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Pinky and the Brain' has always been one of my all-time favourites and not just for nostalgia reasons. Have actually found that films and shows that were favourites when younger are not as good as an adult or don't hold up. 'Pinky and the Brain' is not one of those. Won't say that every episode is amazing and that it is a completely consistent show, but for me it is one of those shows where there isn't a bad episode, something that can't be said for a lot of shows, ones that start off really well and then at some point decline drastically to the extent that the show is unrecognisable.

Actually though, 'Pinky and the Brain' is even better through adult eyes. Get more out of the writing, humour, characters and how they interact. Feel exactly the same way about 'Animaniacs', except there is a marginal personal preference for this show. It is not just for kids, with something for kids and adults alike, actually think young adults will get the most enjoyment out of it with the references being funnier, cleverer and more understandable when older. Not saying that that is the same for kids, just even more so for adults. As noted "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in this Town Again" is a different sort of 'Pinky and the Brain' episode, with Pinky and the Brain trying out different ideas for higher ratings.

"You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in This Town Again" is a very clever and enormously entertaining episode, albeit there are in my mind better 'Pinky and the Brain' episodes.

The animation has been smoother and had more finesse in other episodes.

Did feel too that although some of the supporting were intended to be annoying, the obnoxiousness was overdone in places with a few of them.

However, "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets in this Town Again" has a lot going for it. On the most part, the animation was bright and colourful with nice attention to character and especially background detail. Music is similarly blameless. The scoring is dynamic and composed in a way that is always adding to the actions, expressions and gestures and doing what good music scores in animation should do in enhancing them. The theme song is one of the catchiest in animation.

Everything that is great about the writing typically in 'Pinky and the Brain' is present here. It is zany, witty and surprisingly intelligent, with references that will delight adults especially as they are more likely to get them. It achieves a perfect balance of never being too simplistic or too muddled, always trying while not trying too hard. Nothing feels repetitive and there is a lot of clever and hysterically funny moments, including poking fun at other shows' bad writing which the writing here hits spot on without being too cheesy itself. Really enjoyed the story, which was both different and interesting, also basing itself around a subject that has hardly dated today. Everything with Pinky's puppet wife could have been really stupid and overdone, but was actually deliciously wacky and not over-milked. The character interaction between Pinky and Brain also shines here and vintage-'Pinky and the Brain' style and the poignant use of mature themes, that are both relatable and relevant today, does not feel out of place at all.

Characterisation always was a major strength. Pinky and Brain were two of 'Animaniacs' best characters, Brain especially stole the show whenever he appeared and elevated already very good to great episodes to an even better level, and more than deserved their own show. For me they are even more interesting and defined here, appropriate seeing as they are the focus and lead characters here. Pinky is incredibly endearing and as ever amusing, nice to see a more interesting and cleverer side to him. Also still love Brain for his deadpan personality and dark sarcasm. Have always loved the relationship between the duo, with such different personalities one worries as to whether they would gel together or clash but 'Pinky and the Brain' was always a masterclass of how to contrast two completely different characters and their personalities harmoniously and with substance and complexity. All the cast do splendid jobs, but Rob Paulsen and particularly Maurice LaMarche are the ones that shine the most.

In summary, very entertaining and well done. 8/10


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