Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Magic Time/The Brain's Apprentice 

It's "Magic Time" when Yakko, Wakko and Dot visit Las Vegas and attend a Schnitzel and Floyd magic show. Next, in "Brain's Apprentice," Pinky and The Brain create little robots to hypnotize the U.S. President and force him to resign.
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky / Larry Dover (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Stagehand (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Schnitzel / Tom Dover (voice)
Frank Welker ... Narrator / Ron Pickles / Lion / Elephant (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Floyd / Dick Dover / Announcer (voice) (as Jeff Glen Bennett)
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain (voice)
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Storyline

It's "Magic Time" when Yakko, Wakko and Dot visit Las Vegas and attend a Schnitzel and Floyd magic show. Next, in "Brain's Apprentice," Pinky and The Brain create little robots to hypnotize the U.S. President and force him to resign.

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1998 (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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Trivia

Two of the reporters in "The Brain's Apprentice" are caricatures of StarToons directors Jon McClenahan and Ron Fleischer. See more »

Crazy Credits

If At First You Don't Success: Rewrite, Rewrite See more »

Connections

Spoofs The American President (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Magic and hypnotism
18 September 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 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. Both stories are cleverly done and so much fun to watch, with a slight preference for "The Brain's Apprentice". The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. Can never get enough of Brain.

Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period and in the business. Maurice La Marche never gets old as Brain.

Concluding, splendid stuff once again. Does this show ever disappoint? 10/10 Bethany Cox


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