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Roll Over Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle is the 17th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on October 5th, 1993.

Theme Song


Last line

Dot: Here's the show's namey..­.

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea:
Playing a piccolo in a marching band.

Bad Idea:
Playing a piano in a marching band.


Roll Over Beethoven


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


The Warners are chimney sweeps who come over to the home of Ludwig van Beethoven, who is attempting to compose his fifth symphony.




  • This was the first script Paul Rugg wrote for Animaniacs (and his first paid writing job ever). Based on this script, Sherri Stoner hired him as a series writer.[1]
  • As the scene starts, a caption says, 'Vienna, Sausage Capital of the World' is a play on word, Vienna Sausage.
  • As the Warners siblings are looking around, after Beethoven says, 'Now see here', one can see a painting of Elvis on the wall and a few gold records.
  • The episode title is a reference to the Chuck Berry song of the same name, which has been covered by artists such as Electric Light Orchestra and The Beatles.
  • This is the third time that Yakko, Wakko, and Dot was getting kicked out, the first seen on Cookies for Einstein, and the second seen on The Big Candy Store.
  • The songs that Beethoven plays at the beginning are "Chopsticks", "Merrily We Roll Along" (the Merrie Melodies theme) and the Animaniacs Theme song.
  • The Goodfeathers make a cameo appearance at the beginning of act two­.
  • The scene of Dot on top of the piano is a parody of the scene in the film The Fabulous Baker Boys.
  • At the end, Vincent van Gogh is their next appointment, and Wakko makes a reference to his painting Still Life with Sunflowers.


Beethoven: Do you know who I am?
Yakko: No, but maybe if you hum a few bars.
Beethoven: I am Ludwig van Beethoven, world famous composer and pianist.
Yakko: You're a what?
Beethoven: A pianist!
Yakko: Mwah! Goodnight, everybody!
Beethoven: But that is what I am. A pianist!
Yakko: I think we've heard enough out of you. [Washes Beethoven's mouth out with soap]

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea: Feeding stray kittens in the park.

Bad Idea: Feeding stray kittens in the park to a bear.


"The Bear Went Over the Mountain" is BGM in this cartoon short.

The Cat and the Fiddle


Animation by Freelance Animators, Ltd.


Rita and Runt wander through Italy. Rita gets lured to the front of a new door by the smell of a good meal and the cat and dog find a home with noted violin maker Antonio Stradivari. The violin maker only wants Rita for her catgut to make strings and distracts the suspicious and frightened cat with yarn. The violin maker tries to get rid of Runt by throwing a ball for him to catch with the intent of him getting lost, which turns out to be very difficult.

Before the violin maker can cut up a distracted Rita, Runt breaks through the door and causes a massive mess in the house just to relieve the ball. The maker looks to his broken violins and angrily yells at the cat and dog to get out, to which the two strays flee.




  • The Warners make a cameo while being chased by pizzamaker Ralph while stealing his pizza.
  • Catgut is made using the fiber found in the walls of the intestines of animals, namely sheep and goats. Ironically, despite its name, catgut strings are never made from cats, and using Rita for catgut wouldn't be as effective as using a sheep or goat as catgut.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Kenneth Mars Ludwig van Beethoven
Frank Welker Runt, Tomato Salesman
Hector Elizondo Stradivarius
Tom Bodett Announcer
and Bernadette Peters as Rita


Yakko, Wakko and Dot: (singing and clapping) Clap on...Clap off...Clap on, clap off...Show's over!


See here


List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night ToonYakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win BigH.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's UniverseHooked on a Ceiling / Film Projector Transition / Goodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyFlipper Parody / Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We?Piano Rag / When Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot Song / The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's MomWally Llama / Where Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No Painting / Les MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the Century / Fortunes / West Side PigeonsHello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy From PasadenaLa La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel BeamSpace-Probed / Battle for the PlanetChalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master & His MusicRoll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the FiddlePavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing But the ToothMeatballs or Consequences / A Moving ExperienceHearts of Twilight / The BoidsThe Flame / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / Four Score and Seven Migraines AgoGuardin' the Garden / Plane PalsBe Careful What You Eat / Session 1 / Up the Crazy River / Session 2 / Ta Da DumpYakko's World of Baldness / Opportunity Knox / Wings Take HeartHercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's DreamTestimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir YaksalotYou Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for PositionMoby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo, and the UglyDraculee, Draculaa / Phranken-RuntHot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead BoneyhandsO Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer ConcertChairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-ButtonsCartoons in Wakko's Body 1 / Noah's Lark / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 / The Big Kiss / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 3 / Hiccup / Cartoons in Wakko's Body ConclusionClown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob BrainVery Special Opening / Animaniacs Stew / In the Garden of Mindy / Pinky and the Cat / We've Been Mixing Up the Scripts / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / We Found This Old Computer / Dottie the Squirrel / Baghdad CaféCritical Condition / The Three Muska-WarnersDough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-RegardSpellboundSmitten with Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White GlovesCasablanca Opening / Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet RulersButtermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging BirdAnimator's Alley / HollywoodchuckOf Nice and Men / What a Dump! / Survey LadiesUseless Facts / The Senses Song / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten / • Mary Tyler Dot Song / Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for SlappyTurkey Jerky / Wild Blue YonderVideo Review / When Mice Ruled the EarthMobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / IcebreakersVery Special Opening / A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer WarnersSlippin' on the Ice / 'Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's UniverseBranimaniacs / The Warners and the Beanstalk / Frontier SlappyUps and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, AlwaysDrive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm CuteBrain Meets Brawn / Meet MinervaGold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet TimeSchnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Le Bouton et le Ballon / Kung BooOf Course You Know, This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's GizmoOh, Oh, Ethel / Inkblot Test / Meet John Brain / Smell Ya LaterRagamuffins / Woodstock SlappyKaraoke Dokie / Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved MeBaloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving LessonScare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBethWith Three, You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call WaitingLookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like HomeMy Father the Tuna / The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning MalaiseWe're No Pigeons / Whistle-Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken DateMiami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof / CooI'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake!Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / BingoPreviously on Animaniacs / Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. MeA Hard Day's Warners / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life FoundationThe Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language: Part 1 / The Kid in the Lid / All the Words in the English Language: Part 2 / Method to Her Madness / All the Words in the English Language: Part 3The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame ReturnsGimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules UnwoundThis Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication (song)The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba BooMy Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of ChristmasDot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga DotSoccer Coach Slappy / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable LessonWakko's 2-Note Song / Panama Canal / Hello Nurse / The Ballad of Magellan / The Return of the Great Wakkorotti / The Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo ClockCutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel / Cold EndingAnimani-rats /• Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the BatA Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda JerkFrom Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're TravelingParody Commercials / Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the RalphTen Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo NetworkPitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Message in a Bottle / Back in Style / Bones in the BodyIt / Dot - The Macadamia Nut / Bully for SkippyCute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Atilla / Boo WonderMagic Time / The Brain's Apprentice
Hooray for North Hollywood: (Part IPart II)
The Carpool / The Sunshine SquirrelsThe Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part 1) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part 2)
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special:
(Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / The Animaniacs Suite)