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Rug of War/Run Pinky Run/The Hamburg Tickler [1] is the 16th episode in the Animaniacs reboot and the 3rd episode in its 2nd season.


The Warners go inside the Bayeux Tapestry. Pinky needs to get money to save Brain, and fast! Scratchansniff tries to teach the Warners a lesson about lying. [2]

Theme Song[]


Variable Verse[]

Wakko: "Mutton is game-y!"

Rug of War[]

Animation by Titmouse, Inc.

Rug of War Title


The Warners discover a $5 bill on the ground, and struggle to find out what to do with it. They find an auction sale taking place at a storage garage, and manipulate their way to win the entire stock for only $5. They then discover the Bayeux Tapestry, and jump inside of it. The siblings then perform a musical number about William the Conqueror.




  • The title is a play on the game "Tug of War."
  • Dot's Monkey's Paw is a reference to W.W. Jacobs' story The Monkey's Paw.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub of this cartoon on HBO Max LA, the song itself is not dubbed despite the rest of the cartoon being dubbed.

Run Pinky Run[]

Animation by Titmouse

Run Pinky Run Title


Pinky needs money to save The Brain. With the aid of a watch that resets each hour, Pinky struggles to find a way to properly save Brain on time.


  • Written by James Butler and Brad DePrima
  • Directed by Erik Knutson


  • This cartoon is parody of the 1998 German thriller film, Run Lola Run.
    • The pasta that briefly lands on Pinky's head makes him resemble the protagonist of the film, Lola.

Character Animation By Erika Carvalho[]

The Hamburg Tickler[]

Animation by Saerom Animation

The Hamburg Tickler Title


Dr. Scratchy teaches the Warners how to tell the truth after catching them in yet another lie, where the siblings spent all of his funds on various items and refuse to tell him.


  • Written by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Erik Knutson



  • The Hamburg Tickler itself appears to be based off folklore figures such as Krampus.

Deleted Ending[]

In the original ending to this cartoon, Scratchy would've gone on a boat ride with the loot he got from the siblings, and have his toe removed by the Tickler shortly after.[3]

International Releases[]

  • Australia: November 6, 2021 (Stan)
  • Canada: November 8, 2021 (Teletoon)
  • Latin America: March 31, 2022 (HBO Max)


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff, Thug #2
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Auctioneer, Thug #1
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Food Delivery Cyclist, Uniformed Man
Stephanie Escajeda Nora Rita Norita
Romi Dames Clerk
Danny Jacobs Lawyer
Salli Saffioti Sweaty Jogger


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