Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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My Mother the Squirrel/The Party/Oh! Say Can You See/The Twelve Days of Christmas Song 

In "My Mother the Squirrel", the Bluebird thinks Slappy Squirrel is his mother. Then, in a musical segment, the Warners host "The Party" in the water tower. Next, the Flame helps Francis ... See full summary »

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Charles Visser
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Frau Hassenfeffer / Joanne (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Nate Ruegger Nate Ruegger ... Skippy Squirrel (voice) (as Nathan Ruegger)
Luke Ruegger Luke Ruegger ... The Flame (voice)
Cody Ruegger Cody Ruegger ... Little Blue Bird (voice)
Frank Welker ... Thaddeus Plotz / Ralph the Guard / Ralph's Wife / Narrator / Francis Scott Key / British Crewman (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... William Shatner / Wakko's Burps / Announcer (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Christopher Walken / Steven Pudner (voice) (as Jeff Glen Bennett)
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In "My Mother the Squirrel", the Bluebird thinks Slappy Squirrel is his mother. Then, in a musical segment, the Warners host "The Party" in the water tower. Next, the Flame helps Francis Scott Key write our nation's anthem in "Oh! Say Can You See", and the Bluebird returns to sing his version of the classic holiday song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1996 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1993 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(uncredited)
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin
Performed by Cody Ruegger
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Mothers, parties, anthem and Christmas
27 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.

This is an excellent episode in a show where even the weakest episodes were not failures and one where there were many classics. For me, it's not quite one of my favourites, not much inherently wrong, just that there are episodes that are funnier, wittier and cleverer or at least even more so.

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. The episode's witty versions of pre-existing songs are inspired, especially "The Twelve Days of Christmas". 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 Warners are so endearing. The Bluebird is a nice enough addition is occasionally slightly cloying.

Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period and in the business.

Concluding, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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