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An example of the gag from DC's Pinky and the Brain Issue #21.

"Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" (often referred to by the acronym "AYPWIP") is a question asked by The Brain to Pinky in almost every Pinky and the Brain story. Brain usually asks this question whenever inspiration for a part of his plan has struck him. Pinky's response almost always begins with "I think so, Brain, but...", followed by a non-sequitur of sorts, which frequently results in Brain hitting him on the head.

While the question is usually asked by Brain and answered by Pinky, there are a few notable exceptions to this, including at least one instance each where Pinky asks the question and Brain answers it (as seen in "Welcome to the Jungle"), or Pinky does the routine without Brain ("This Old Mouse"), or Snowball answers the question in "A Pinky and the Brain Halloween".

Pinky's responses

From Animaniacs (Original Series)

Segment Response
"Win Big" "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?"
"Where Rodents Dare" "I think so, but where will we find an open tattoo parlor at this time of night?"
"Battle For The Planet" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but if we didn't have ears, we'd look like weasels."
"Pavlov's Mice" "Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?"
"Opportunity Knox" "Uh, I think so, Brain, but balancing a family and a career ... ooh, it's all too much for me."
"Jockey for Position" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but isn't Regis Philbin already married?"
"Bubba Bo Bob Brain" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but burlap chafes me so."
"Spellbound" "Sure, Brain, but how are we going to find chaps our size?"
"Puppet Rulers" "Uh, I think so, Brain, but we'll never get a monkey to use dental floss."
"The World Can Wait" "Uh, I think so Brain, but this time, you wear the tutu."
"When Mice Ruled the Earth" "I think so, Brain, but culottes have a tendency to ride up so."
"Brain Meets Brawn" "I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'Sad Meals', kids wouldn't buy them!"
"The Helpinki Formula" "I think so, Brain, but me and Pippi Longstocking -- I mean, what would the children look like?"
"Meet John Brain" "I think so, Brain, but this time you put the trousers on the chimp."
"Cranial Crusader" "Well, I think so, Brain, but I can't memorize a whole opera in Yiddish."
"Don't Tread on Us" "Well, I think so - poit! - but where do you stick the feather and call it macaroni?"

From Pinky and the Brain (spin-off)

Segment Response
"Das Mouse" "I think so, Brain, but there's still a bug stuck in here from last time."
"Of Mice and Men" "Uh, I think so, Brain, but I get all clammy inside the tent."
"Tokyo Grows" "I think so, Brain, but I don't think Kaye Ballard's in the union."
"That Smarts" "Yes, I am!"
"Pinky and the Fog" "I think so, Brain, but, the Rockettes? I mean, it's mostly girls, isn't it?"
"Where No Mouse Has Gone Before" "I think so, Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby."
"Brainania" "Well, I think so, Brain, but pantyhose are so uncomfortable in the summertime."
"TV or Not TV" "Well, I think so, Brain, but it's a miracle that this one grew back."
"Napoleon Brainaparte" "Well, I think so, Brain, but first you'd have to take that whole bridge apart, wouldn't you?"
"A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" "Well, I think so, Brain, but 'apply North Pole' to what?"
"Snowball" "I think so, Brain, but 'Snowball for Windows'?"
"Around the World in 80 Narfs" [Upon looking for safe passage through colonial India...]
Pinky: Well, I think so, Brain, but... no, it's too stupid.
Brain: We shall disguise ourselves as a cow!
Pinky: Narf! That was it exactly!
"Mouse of La Mancha" "Umm, I think so, Don Cerebro, but, umm, why would Sophia Loren do a musical?"
"The Third Mouse" "Umm, I think so, Brain, but what if the chicken won't wear the nylons?"
"It's Only a Paper World" "I think so, Brain, but isn't that why they invented tube socks?"
"Collect 'Em All" "Well, I think so Brain, but what if we stick to the seat covers?"
"Pinkasso" "I think so Brain, but if you replace the 'P' with an 'O', my name would be Oinky, wouldn't it?"
"Plan Brain from Outer Space" "Oooh, I think so Brain, but I think I'd rather eat the Macarena."
"The Pink Candidate" "Well, I think so, Brain, but do I really need two tongues?"
"Brain's Song" "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."
"Welcome to the Jungle" Pinky: [holding a Happy Meal box] Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Brain: We eat the box?
Pinky: No, Brain! We build a boat, and then we eat the box!
"A Little Off the Top" "Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?"
"Megalomaniacs Anonymous" "I think so, Brain - narf! - but don't camels spit a lot?"
"The Mummy" "I think so, Brain, but don't you need a swimming pool to play Marco Polo?"
"Robin Brain" "Well, I think so [hiccup], but Kevin Costner with an English accent?"
"The Maze" "I think so, Brain, but how will we get a pair of Abe Vigoda's pants?"
"Brinky" "I think so, Brain, but Pete Rose? I mean, can we trust him?"
"Hoop Schemes" "I think so, Brain, but why would Peter Bogdanovich?"
"Leave it to Beavers" "I think so, Brain, but isn't a cucumber that small called a gherkin?"
"Pinky and the Brain...And Larry" "I think so, Larry, and um, Brain, but how can we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?"
"Brain Noir" "I think so, Brain, but if we get Sam Spade, we'll never have any puppies."
"Say What Earth" "I think so, Brain, but calling it pu-pu platter? Huh, what were they thinking?"
"My Feldmans, My Friends" "I think so, Brain, but how will we get the Spice Girls into the paella?"
"All You Need is Narf" "I think so, Brain, but if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"
"This Old Mouse" "I think so, Brain, but if we had a snowmobile, wouldn't it melt before summer?"
"Funny, You Don't Look Rhennish" "I think so, Brain, but what kind of rides do they have in Fabioland?"
"The Pinky Protocol" "I think so, Brain, but can the Gummi Worms really live in peace with the Marshmallow Chicks?"
"Mice Don't Dance" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but wouldn't anything lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?"
"Brain Drained" "I think so, Brain, but three round meals a day wouldn't be as hard to swallow."
"Brain Acres" "I think so, Brain, but if the plural of mouse is mice, wouldn't the plural of spouse be spice?"
"Calvin Brain" "Umm, I think so, Brain, but three men in a tub? Ooh, that's unsanitary!"
"Pinky Suavo" "Yes, but why does the chicken cross the road, huh, if not for love? I do not know."
"T.H.E.Y." "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but I prefer Space Jelly."
"The Real Life" "Yes Brain, but if our knees bent the other way, how would we ride a bicycle?"
"Brain's Way" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?"
"A Pinky and the Brain Halloween" Snowball: "Oh Brain, I certainly hope so."
"Brainy Jack" "I think so, Brain, but Tuesday Weld isn't a complete sentence."
"Big in Japan" "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?"
"You Said a Mouseful" Pinky: I think so, Brain, but then my name would be Thumby.
Brain: In a perfect world, your name would be Dummy!
[Unused version]
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but she'd never leave Mickey.
Brain: I thought we agreed never to discuss that![1]
"Bah, Wilderness" "I think so, Brain, but I find scratching just makes it worse."
"Pinky at the Bat" "I think so, Brain, but shouldn't the bat boy be wearing a cape?"
"Broadway Malady" "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want a depressed tongue?"
"The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo" "Um, I think so, Brainie, but why would anyone want to Pierce Brosnan?"
"The Melancholy Brain" "Methinks so, Brain, verily, but dost thou think Pete Rose by any other name would still smell as sweaty?"
"Inherit the Wheeze" "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't his movies be more suitable for children if he was named Jean-Claude van Darn?"
"Brain's Night Off" "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but will they let the Cranberry Duchess stay in the Lincoln Bedroom?"
"The Family That Narfs Together, Poits Together" "I think so, Brain, but why does a forklift have to be so big if all it does is lift forks?"
"Pinky's Turn" "I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour, why did the Howells bring all their money?"
"Dangerous Brains" "I think so, Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel."
"Whatever Happened to Baby Brain" "I think so, Brain, but if we have nothing to fear but fear itself, why does Eleanor Roosevelt wear that spooky mask?"
"The Pinky P.O.V." "I think so, Brain, but what if the hippopotamus won't wear the beach thong?"
"Brain Food" Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: Whoof, oh, I'd have to say the odds of that are terribly slim, Brain.
Brain: True.
Pinky: I mean, really, when have I ever been pondering what you've been pondering?
Brain: To my knowledge, never.
Pinky: Exactly. So, what are the chances that this time, I'm pondering what you're pondering?
Brain: Next to nil.
Pinky: Well, that's exactly what I'm thinking, too.
Brain: Therefore, you are pondering what I'm pondering.
Pinky: Poit, I guess I am!
"Brainwashed Part 3 - Wash Harder" "I think so, Brain, but instant karma's always so lumpy."
"The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special" (From the fictitious Italian localization of the show; Pinky et Brainini):
Pinky: "I think so, Brainini, but arugula-flavored gelato?"
"A Legendary Tail" "Um, I think so, Big Brainy Fish Face Stovepipe Wiggle Room Eileen, but if you get a long, little doggie, wouldn't you just call it a dachshund?"
"Project B.R.A.I.N." "I think so, Brain, but then I would have to know what "pondering" is, wouldn't I?"
"Star Warners" "Um, I think so, Brain-2, but a show about two talking lab mice? Hoo! It'll never get on the air."

From Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain

Segment Response
"Better Living Through Cheese" Pinky: Narf! I think so, Brain, but what if the Telechubbies don't fight fair?
Elmyra: Ewwww, that would be bad!
"My Fair Brainy! "I think so, Brain. But even if we found a tuxedo to fit a blowfish, who would marry it?"
"Narfily Ever After" "Um, no, Cranky Mouseykin, not even in the story you made up."
"How I Spent My Weekend" "I think so, but where is a fish?"
"The Ravin!" Brain: "You pondering what I'm pondering?" I asked Pinky on the sly. "Well, I think so, Brain," he muttered. "But my feet taste better buttered." Then I grimaced and I shuddered at his typical reply.
"Wag the Mouse" "I think so, Brain. But if Pinocchio were carved out of bacon it wouldn't be the same story, would it?"
"A Walk in the Park" "Um, I think so, Brain, but wasn't Dicky Ducky released on his own recognaissance?"
"Mr. Doctor" "I think so, Brain. But suppose we do the hokey pokey and turn ourselves around, is that what it's really all about?"
"That's Edutainment!" "I think so, Brain, but Pepper Ann makes me sneeze."

From Animaniacs (2020 TV series)

Segment Response
"Of Mice and Memes" "I think so, Brain, but if I clone myself, how will I know which one to shoot when I turn evil?"
"How to Brain Your Dragon" "I think so, Brain. Nothing, right?"
"Pinko and the Brain "I think so, Brain, but what does a steam-powered giraffe even eat?"
"Ex-Mousina" B.R.A.I.N.: "I believe so, Father, however any mercy you display while ascending to the world throne may be misconstrued as weakness."
"No Brainer" "Sure, Brain, but what if our dance routine was stolen by our crosstown rivals, then we have to go first at the dance-off?"
"Close Encounters of the Worst Kind" "I think so, Brain, but if my knees bent backwards like an ostrich, which restroom would I use?"
"Mousechurian Candidate" "I think so, Brain, but do we really want to taste the Rockies? There are so many moose up there."
"Future Brain" "I think so, Future Brain, but if you're really from the future, don't you already know that I'm not?"
"Babysitter's Flub" "I think so, Brain, but do you really think we could train bees to make mustard?"
"Bride of Pinky" "I think so, Dr. Brainenstein, but isn't eleven just a fancy way of saying "oneteen"?
"1001 Narfs" "I think so, Ali Ba-Brain, but a waterbed filled with ranch dressing? Ooh, it's almost too obvious!"
"Roadent Trip" "I think so, Brain, but a banana hammock? Ooh, not as comfortable as it sounds."
"Backwards Pinky" Pinky: "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
Brain: "I think so, Pinky, but can a relationship with a puppet ever be..."
Both: "...no strings attached?"
"Run Pinky Run" Pinky: (talking to his reflection in a spoon) "Are you pondering what I'm pondering? Oh, that's not what I was pondering, but that's a better idea."
"The Pinktator" I think so, Brain, but isn't the seashore the worst place to be selling seashells?
"Happy Narfday" Pinky: "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
Brain: "No, Pinky. The mere thought of delving into your cranial activity gives me a migraine."
"Plight of Hand" I think so, Brain, but nothing in the rulebook says a possum can't play frisbee golf.
"Mouse Madness" Pinky: "I believe so, Brain, your device must be disrupting the very fabric of the universe, creating evermore bizarre and unstable timelines. One wonders if continued use of your "Temporal Inverter" will escalate the decay until the walls of reality come crashing down around us?"
Brain: "Why, that's right."
"Reichenbrain Falls" Julia disguises herself as Pinky using paper mache and a voice changing collar.
Julia/Pinky: "Yes, definitely, Brain, when your the emperor of Earth, we should make organ harvesting sustainable."
"The Prisoner's Dilemma" I think so, Brain, but if the house is pickles, who would horse the hose down?
"Narf Over Troubled Water" Brain: "Say, bleached cow skull, are you pondering what I'm pondering? Exactly, I will get on Ed Sullivan and take over the world by myself."

From the Animaniacs comic book

  • "I think so, Brain, but Lederhosen won't stretch that far."
  • "Yeah, but I thought Madonna already had a steady bloke!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what would goats be doing in red leather turbans?"
  • "I think so, Brain... but how would we ever determine Sandra Bullock's shoe size?"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so. But how do we get Twiggy to pose with an electric goose?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain. But if I put on two tutu's, would I really be wearing a four-by-four?
    Brain: Why do I even bother asking?
    Pinky: I dunno, Brain. Maybe it's all part of some huge, cosmic plot formula!
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't mustard make it sting?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but can you use the word 'asphalt' in polite society?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! (Sprays his breath)
    Brain: Er... then again, let's not let our enthusiasm overwhelm us!
  • "I think so, Mr. Brain, but if the sun'll come out tomorrow, what's it doing right now?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but aren't we out of shaving cream?"
  • "Oh yes, Brain! Remind me to tape all our phone calls!"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain, but I hear Hillary is the jealous type."
  • "I think so, Brain, but Madonna's stock is sinking."
  • "I think so, Brain. But does 'Chunk o' Cheesy's' deliver packing material?"
  • "I think so, Brainwulf, but if we're Danish, where's the cream cheese? Narf!"
  • "I think so, Bwain, but I don't think newspaper will fit in my underoos."
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain--but after eating newspaper all day, do I really need the extra fiber?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But isn't a dreadlock hair extension awfully expensive?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But will anyone other than Eskimos buy blubber-flavored chewing gum?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but the ointment expired weeks ago!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But would the villains really have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky kids and their dog?"

From the Pinky and the Brain comic book

  • "Uh, I think so Brain, but how are we gonna teach a goat to dance with flippers on?"
  • "Wuhh... I think so, Brain! But let's use safflower oil this time! It's ever so much healthier!"
  • "Wuh... I think so, Brain. But Cream of Gorilla Soup—well, we'd have to sell it in awfully big cans, wouldn't we?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But if he left chocolate bullets instead of silver, they'd get all runny and gooey!"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so, but do nuts go with pudding?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but a codpiece made from a real fish would get smelly after a while, wouldn’t it?"
  • "I think... so, Brain... *gag* ...but I didn't know Annette used peanut butter in that way."
  • "I think so, Brain, but do those roost in this neighborhood?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but is the world ready for angora bellbottoms? I mean I can see wearing them inside out, but that would--"
  • "I think so, Commander Brain from Outer Space! But do we have time to grease the rockets?"
  • "I think so, Doctor. But are these really the legs of a show girl?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain. But this time I get to play the dishwasher repairman!"
  • "I think so, Brainius. But what if a sudden wind were to blow up my toga?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But Trojans won’t arrive on the scene for another 300 years."
  • "I think so, Brain... but where would a yak put PVC tubing?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain, but... but if Charlton Heston doesn't eat Soylent Green, what will he eat?"
  • Pinky: (talking to his reflection in the mirror) Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky's Reflection: Why, yes, Pinky! Yes, I am! But where would you get a chicken, 20 yards of spandex and smelling salts at this hour?
  • "I think so, Brain, but Ben Vereen never answered our proposition."
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie, yellow polka-dot one-piece be better suited for my figure?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but won't it go straight to my hips?!"
  • "I think so, Ali-Brain! But isn't it cheating to use glue?"
  • "Whuu... I think so, BrainPan! But if running shoes had little feet, wouldn't they need their own shoes?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But what if the Earl of Essex doesn't like burlap pantaloons?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but should we use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! We'll dress up like biker dudes and infiltrate the "Hades Ladies." Then we'll convince them to hold a meeting inside the corn palace. Narf! The resulting carbon-monoxide buildup will allow you to complete your energy-making device and shortly after, you will rule the world!
    Brain: Actually, I was thinking of calling the police. But I like your idea better!
    Pinky: I’m honored, Brain... er, what was my idea again?
  • Pinky: (holding one of the pointy pieces from Sorry! and the bottle of Slick 'n Slide) I think so, Br...
    Brain: [shuts Pinky's mouth] No, on second thought, don’t tell me... I don't think they allow that in a book with the Comics Code.
  • "I think so, Brain, but would Danish flies work just as well?"
  • "We think so, Brain! But dressing like twins is so tacky."
  • "I think so, Brain, but practicing docking procedures with a goat at zero G's—it's never been done!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But shouldn't we let the silk worms finish the boxer shorts before we put them on?"
  • "I think so, Brain! You draw the bath and I'll fetch the alka-seltzers and candles!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But the real trick will be getting Demi Moore out of the creamed corn!"
  • "Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
  • "I think so, Brain, you'd think Lyndon Johnson would have left room for baby-kissing, wouldn't you?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But won't Mr. Hoover notice a missing evening gown?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But what's the use of having a heart-shaped tattoo if it's going to be covered by hair?"
  • [Snowball has used his Visual Transmogrifier to make himself look like Brain and has encased an iron mask on Brain's head, claiming him to be his (Brain's) visiting cousin, Clement.]
    Snowball/Brain: Listen, Pinky--Clement's a little tired. Let's go take over the world while he rests.
    Pinky: Sure, Brain--but aren't you going to ask me somethin'?
    Snowball/Brain: Eh? Ask you what?
    Pinky: You know, "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
    Snowball/Brain: That depends, what are you pondering?
    Pinky: Me? Well, actually, I was pondering which was more exciting, hand or foot pumps. Narf!
    Snowball/Brain: I see...no, I wasn't pondering that...
    Pinky: Um...
    Snowball/Brain: Does that answer your question?
    Pinky: Which question?
    Snowball/Brain: [visibly annoyed] Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: I think so, Brain! But I can't decide which is more exciting...
    Snowball/Brain: Hand or foot pumps, narf! Yes, you said that already!
    Pinky: Oh... right... Poit!
  • "I think so, Brain, but couldn't the constant use of a henna rinse lead to premature baldness?"
  • "I think so, Brain. Just make sure we don't swallow each other's bubbles!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But ruby-studded stockings would be mighty uncomfortable wouldn't they?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if I have my portrait drawn, will we have time to make it to the lifeboats?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But is Chippendale's ready for 'The Full Pinky?'"
  • Snowball: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Brain?
    Brain: There's a 99.7% probability that I am, Snowball!
  • "I think so, Brain! But do I have what it take to be the 'Lord of the Dance'?"
  • "I think so, Brain! How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren't sponges down there?"
  • "Oh, I think so, Brain! But doing a clog dance in actual clogs will give me awful blisters."
  • "I think so, Brain, but nose rings are kinda passé by now."
  • "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to get a trained octopus at this time of night?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But no more eels in jelly for me, thanks—I like my gelatin after lunch."
  • "I think so, Brain, but I didn’t know 90210 was a real zip code! Will Tori be there?"


Other sources

  • (sung) "I think so, Brain, but just how will we get the weasel to hold still?"- Wakko's Wish
  • "I think so, Brain, but how are we going to get the bacon flavoring into the pencils?"
  • [from a Kids' WB! promo] * "I think so, Brain, but I am running for mayor of Donkeytown and Tuesdays are booked."
  • [from a Kids' WB! Brain Drain] "I think so, Brain, but even with orthodontics, I don't think I'm the leading man type."
  • [from a Kids' WB! Brain Drain] "I think so, Brain, but who could eat that much pimento loaf?"
  • [from a Kids' WB! Brain Drain] "I think so, Brain, but if I had a dog, I'd name it Desiree. Here, Desiree!"
  • [From a Hub Network promo] "Well I think so, Brain, but if they were My Big Ponies, where would we keep them all?"
  • [From the Animaniacs Sega Genesis game] "I think so, Brain, but how do we teach a sardine to speak Russian?"
  • [From the back over of Animaniacs for Sega Genesis] "Yeah, Brain, but doesn't that reindeer have an exclusive contract with Santa?"
  • [From the back cover of Animaniacs for Super Nintendo Entertainemt System] "Yeah, Brain, it'll make great pancakes."
  • From Pinky and The Brain: The Master Plan "I think so Brain, but what if the monkey is allergic to rayon?"
  • [From a Rob Paulsen interview about the Animaniacs reboot] "I think so Brain, but if Jack's black and Betty's white, is Marvin gay?"
  • [From a promo on Hulu’s Twitter profile for the Animaniacs reboot] "I think so, but if Ann B. Davis and Susan B. Anthony, who Bea Arthur?"
  • [From a character spot for the Hulu Reboot] "I think so Brain, but isn't eleven just a fancy way of saying one-teenth?"

References

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