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Collect ‘Em All/Pinkasso is the 2nd episode of the 2nd season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 15th episode overall. Both cartoons in this episode were animated by Akom.

Collect 'em All[]

Collect em All title


Brain uses Johannes Gutenberg's printing press to make up collectable trading cards in order to gain the adoration of the public.



  • Johannes Gutenberg is credited with producing the first work using movable type in 1455, in Mainz, Germany -- the first item was the so-called  "42-line Bible."  It is speculated that his financial backer, Johann Fust, and another printer, Peter Schoeffer, did most of the work.
  • This cartoon parodies the "collectible card" craze which was particularly popular in the 90's.
  • When Brain calls the printing press "Gutenberg's greatest achievement," Pinky replies, "You mean Police Academy 4?". The movie he mentions stars Steve Guttenberg.
  • The Pied Piper appears in this cartoon, luring the children away from the town (which the townsfolk miss while attacking Brain).


Pinkasso title


Brain schemes to become a famous artist to fund money for a giant mirror disco ball as part of his latest plan, but nobody is interested in his art. After Pinky accidentally sneezes paint onto Brain's art, the work becomes praised and Pinky is praised as the great "Pinkasso". Brain aids in making the paintings profitable, and things seem to be going well... until the final phase of the plan.



  • Yakko, Wakko, and Dot make a cameo in this episode.
  • Brain's attempt to start a "Donutism" movement may be a reference to Contemporary American painter Wayne Thiebaud. He has made a name for himself in the Pop Art era with paintings of cakes, pies, hot dogs, and similar iconographic American foodstuffs.
  • The art critics’ "Two noses up" parodies movie critics Siskel and Ebert's famous way of making movie recommendations, two thumbs up.
  • Pinky expresses excitement at the prospect of Lenny and Squiggy receiving their own show. Lenny and Squiggy, of course, are characters from the TV shows Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley. Lenny was also played by recurring Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain guest-star Michael McKean.
  • "15 minutes of fame" is the compact version of Andy Warhol's famous saying: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."  
  • Pinky mentons the Macarena. This song of course, was a popular, but short-lived dance craze of 1996, and a favorite target for jokes by the crew of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain crew (see also "Macadamia Nut" and the "Schmeerskahoven").
  • While the Brain was claiming to be Robert Del Monte (Bob Dole), he holds a pen in his right hand. This is a reference to how Bob Dole holds a pen in his right hand due to a war wound. He carries the pen so that people will not extend their right hands to shake his. The pen serves as a reminder to people that the hand is occupied.
    • The name "Del Monte" is based off a food company, much like how "Dole" parallels a food company.
  • The background music for the scenes in the art gallery comes from "Pictures At An Exhibition" by Mussorgsky.
  • One of the bidders holds up a card which reads 839: this refers to the "Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists" union local 839 that represents cartoonists in the Los Angeles area.


  1. The More We Get Together
  2. Funeral March
  3. Shortnin Bread
  4. Deutschlandlied
  5. Oh Du Lieber Augustin
  6. Jolly Robbers Overture
  7. Volga Boatmen
  8. Pictures at an Exhibition
  9. Le Marseillaise
  10. America the Beautiful
  11. We're in the Money


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Genevieve, Critic #2, Additional Voices
Larry Cedar Johannes Gutenberg
Brian George Critic #1


Special thanks to Brian Norman's "Bunches of References Accumulated In a Nutshell" (B.R.A.I.N) reference guide for aiding in documenting this episode's references.

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)