First, a mysterious "It" chases Wakko through the house. In a musical interlude, "Dot - The Macadamia Nut," the Animaniacs dance while Yakko and Wakko sing backup for Dot in a parody of ...
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First, a mysterious "It" chases Wakko through the house. In a musical interlude, "Dot - The Macadamia Nut," the Animaniacs dance while Yakko and Wakko sing backup for Dot in a parody of MTV's "The Macarena" video. The last cartoon, "Bully For Skippy," features Skippy Squirrel confronting a school bully just as Slappy becomes the target of a Congressional hearing on TV violence.Written by
Around the time of the episode's creation, former head of the FCC, Reed Hundt released an TV mandate to include over three hours of educational children's programing on networks, which ultimately impacted the kind of cartoons that channels could put on the air. This move upset the staff at Warner Animation so much that they inserted a parody/architecture of Hundt as "Reef Blunt", to interact with Slappy (the most violent character on the show), specifically just to have her "teach Reed a lesson". See more »
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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 a brilliant episode in a show where even the weakest episodes were not failures and one where there were many classics. Very nearly one of my favourites.
Here, 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. 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. "Bully for Skippy" and "It" are both inventive and very funny, while anything that makes "Macarena" entertaining when parodying it deserves a medal, as catchy as the song is it is one of those that wears off when hearing it so many times in your life. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception, particularly love Slappy.
Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period and in the business. Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille and Sherri Stoner are particularly good.
In summary, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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