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Rome Sweet Rome/Backwards Pinky/Wakko's Short Shorts: Now Loading[1] [2] is the first episode of Season 2 of the Animaniacs reboot, as well as being the 14th episode overall in the reboot.


The Warners deal with Nero. Brain and Pinky accidentally become conjoined. Wakko waits for his new game to load. [3]

Theme Song[]


Variable Verse[]

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: Back again-ey!

Rome Sweet Rome[]

Animation by Titmouse

Rome Sweet Rome Title


The Warners deal with Nero in Ancient Rome in a Gladiator match and upstage him in his own musical number.


  • Written by Lucas Crandles and Timothy Nash
  • Directed by Katie Rice



  • The name of the segment is a pun on the phrase "Home Sweet Home".
  • This is the first of Nils Niedhart's appearances where he is not sent to Hell in the end.
  • A running gag in this cartoon is a smug fanboy nitpicks the different errors present (such as grammatical errors and time period discrepancies).
  • Nero of course; is mostly a parody of former US president Donald Trump. His voice however, is different.
    • "Hail to the Chief" plays in the background when Nero makes his speech.
  • This marks the first innuendo of the new Animaniacs reboot's second season.
  • At one point, Dot bodly yells to the audience "Are you not entertained?" This is a nod to a famous line spoken in the 2000 historical epic film Gladiator by Maximus Decimus Meridius (portrayed by Russel Crowe). She would later repeat this for episode 20's theme song variable verse.
  • Yakko puts an end to Nils Neidheart and his Conan the Barbarian-style gladiator fight with a DMCA-takedown notice from Universal legal department. Universal distributes the 1982 Conan film in North America.
  • A caricature of John Cena appears in this cartoon, and his entrance is a parody of his actual WWE entrances.
  • The "Gladiators of America" are a play on American Gladiators.

Backwards Pinky[]

Animation by Yowza

Backwards Pinky Title


After a teleportation accident, Pinky and The Brain become conjoined together.




  • The episode's concept shares similarities to the Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain episode "Teleport a Friend", which also involves a plot about The Brain being conjoined to someone.
  • Warren Harding is on the 40 dollar bill.
  • The "Backwards Gary" scenes were animated using Flash. [4]
  • The pawnshop seen in this segment, or at least a very similar store, would appear 2 episodes later in the cartoon "Rug of War."
    • The pawnshop security guard would also make an re-appearance in the cartoon "Run Pinky Run."


Production Art[]

Sourced from Kasey Williams' website

Sourced from Gabe Swarr's Twitter page

Wakko's Short Shorts: Now Loading[]

Animation by Saerom

Wakko's Short Shorts Now Loading Title


Wakko waits for his new gaming app, Two Weeks 2: Twotal Twomoil, to download. The game ends up taking decades (literally) to load, going through many loading, waiting and user agreement screens. As soon as the game finishes loading in a dystopian future, Wakko (with an overgrown beard) gets an ad for another game, and starts the advertised game. Excited to play the new game, another loading screen appears; Wakko destroys his tablet and his head.


  • Written by Timothy Nash and Lucas Crandles
  • Directed by Brett Varon and Gabe Swarr [5]


  • The game "Two Weeks" is a parody of Fortnite. A "fortnight" is also a term for a period of two weeks.

International Releases[]

  • Australia: November 6, 2021 (Stan)
  • Canada: November 6, 2021 (Teletoon)
  • Latin America: March 31, 2022 (HBO Max)

Production Notes[]

  • This is the first episode to use the 2021 Hulu Originals logo in the ending credits (this logo is left out on the DVD, digital, and HBO Max releases).
    • On DVD, digital, and HBO Max, this is also the first episode to replace the "Hulu Presents" logo before the intro with a "Steven Spielberg Presents" logo. The "Distributed by Hulu, LLC" text in the copyright notice during the credits, however, remains intact.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner/Yakkus, Pinky, Nervous Senator
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner/Wakkus, John Cena, Pawnshop Guard
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner/Dottina, Female Gallery Member, Security Guard, Technician
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Dr. Bonezo, Man
Frank Welker Ralphus, Male Gallery Member
Fred Tatasciore Nils Niedhart, Nero
Rachael MacFarlane Lady In Bank
Carl Faruolo Backwards Gary
Ely Henry Nerdy Troll
Danny Jacobs Crier


List of Animaniacs (Reboot) episodes
Season 1
Jurassic Lark / Suspended Animation (Part 1) / Of Mice and Memes / Suspended Animation (Part 2)Warners Unbound / How to Brain Your Dragon / Suffragette CityGold Meddlers / Pinko and the Brain / Math-Terpiece Theater: ApplesBun Control / Ex-Mousina / BloopfGood Warner Hunting / No Brainer / Ralph CamThe Cutening / Close Encounters of the Worst Kind / Equal TimeWarner She Wrote / France France Revolution / Gift RapperWhoDonut / Mousechurian Candidate / Starbox and CindyHere Comes Treble / That's Not the Issue / Future Brain / The Incredible Gnome in People's MouthsAnima-Nyet / Babysitter's Flub / The Warners' Press ConferencePhantomaniacs / Fear and Laughter in Burbank / Bride of Pinky / Things That Go Bump in the NightA Zit! / 1001 Narfs / Manny ManspreaderHindenburg Cola / FLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?
Season 2
Rome Sweet Rome / Backwards Pinky / Wakko's Short Shorts: Now LoadingPlease Submit / The Flawed Couple / Everyday SafetyRug of War / Run Pinky Run / The Hamburg TicklerRalph World / My Super Sour Sixteen / How To: Brain Takes Over The WorldThe Warners Are Present / The Pinktator / Know Your ScrollYakko's Big Idea / Mouse Congeniality / Rejected Animaniacs CharactersYakko Amakko / The Longest Word / Happy Narfday / Magna CartoonWakkiver Twist (Part 1) / Plight of Hand / Wakkiver Twist (Part 2)What Is That? / Mouse Madness / Christopher Columbusted / Fake MedicinesExercise Minute / Reichenbrain Falls / Targeted Ads / BathtimeA Brief History of History / Gerard / The Prisoner's Dilemma / Math-Terpiece Theater: Beach BallsWarner's Ark / The Apology / Narf Over Troubled Water / The Warner's Vault80's Cats / All About the Benjamin / 23 and WB
Season 3
Previously On / Season 3 and WB (Part 1) / How To: Friendship / Season 3 and WB (Part 2)Soda-pressed / A Starbox is Born / Royal FlushPlanet Warner / Talladega Mice: The Ballad of Pinky Brainy / D.I.WHY?Fantasy / Über Nachtmare / Mad Mouse: Furry RoadTeeniacs / Dog Days / Groundmouse DayAnimaliens / Murder Pals (Part 1) / Groundmouse Day Again / Murder Pals (Part 2) / The Island of Dr. Warneau / Murder Pals (Part 3)Global Warnering / Lawn in Sixty Seconds / All's Fair in Love and Door / Cute Things That Can Kill YouWARnerGAMESBedtime / WARnerGAMES 2 / Crumbly's MomentHow the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 1) / Santamaniacs / How the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 2)International Mouse of Mystery / Aliens Resurrected / Joe / The Stickening / Slappy's Return / Everyday Safety: Giant Adirondack Chair