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It’s Only A Paper World is the 14th overall episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the first episode of season 2.

It's Only A Paper World[]

Animation by Rough Draft Studios, Inc.

Only a paper world title


Using the Papier-mâché technique, Pinky and the Brain attempt to take over the world by creating a planet near indistinguishable from Earth with newspapers, flour, and some special seeds. They somehow manage to make one, what is essentially Chia World, and drive all humans to that duplicate planet, but ultimately find little enjoyment in ruling over an empty Earth.




  • This is the first episode to be animated by Rough Draft.
  • The title of this episode parodies the 1933 song It's Only A Paper Moon.
  • This episode's leitmotif comes from the first, second and fourth movements of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World" – more popularly known as the "New World Symphony."
  • Near the beginning of the episode, Pinky learns oil painting from a TV programme, which showcases a happy painter. The show resembles The Joy of Painting starring Bob Ross.
  • Brain threatens to loan Pinky to a tobacco company again, an action which Pinky laments. The topic of smoking would be treated more seriously in the episode "Inherit the Wheeze."
  • Various TV programmes casually mention a meteor that will destroy the Earth, foreshadowing what leads to the mice's inevitable downfall.
  • When buying flour, Pinky is distracted by the audiobook, I'm Only One Man!, written and read by Regis Philbin.
  • A Variety newspaper Pinky puts together contains the headline "A Boffo Smash Makes Warner Cash." This is a reference to "Variety Speak" from Animaniacs, which also briefly plays in the background.
  • The "trademark?" bit was previously used in a bumper from the Animaniacs VHS "You WILL Buy This Video!"; a VHS compilation of Pinky and the Brain cartoons from the prior series.
  • In the planet-building process, Pinky creates alternate versions of Earth's landmarks, including a Sphinx that resembles comic strip character Garfield, and an alternate Mount Rushmore showing the faces of "beloved tunesmith Neil Sedaka, actor's actor Nick Nolte, TV funny man Abe Vigoda, and of course, Abe Lincoln."
  • Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade 1 - Gnomus" plays when Brain visits Pinky's replica of the Sistine Chapel, much like how it played in scenes of the Animaniacs cartoon "Hooked on a Ceiling" (which was set in the actual chapel).
  • The flag of Brainus is identical to the Brainania flag from the episode of the same name (although the Brainus flag has a red background and not a blue one).



Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky
Maurice LaMarche Brain
Tress MacNeille Marna Strutt
Frank Welker Mr. President
Roger Rose David L.

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)