Animaniacs Episode 17
Air date: 5 Oct. 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: Here's the show's namey..­.
Gag credit(s): Tired of These Credits-Kathryn Page's
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
(singing and clapping)
Clap on...Clap off...Clap on, clap off...Show's over!
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List of Animaniacs Episodes

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 (406-701)


Written by Paul Rugg
Directed by Michael Gerard

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 hear', 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.
  • 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 Cat and the Fiddle

The Cat and the Fiddle is the third episode of Rita and Runt.


Written by Nicholas Hollander
Directed by Alfred Gimeno

Animation by Freelance Animators, Ltd.


Rita and Runt wander Italy. Rita gets lured to the front of a new door by the smell of a good meal and the cat and dog find an uneasy 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 fish and then yarn. The violin maker tries to get rid of Runt by throwing a ball for him to catch with the intent of him being 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 home just to relieve the ball. The maker looks to his broken violins and angrily yells at the cat and dog to get out, in which the two strays flee. In the dark alley, Runt is sorry that he has seemingly messed up, but Rita ensures him it’s alright. As Rita sings a song from earlier, Runt joins in singing the song with her and after today’s events, he calls her a good dog, in which Rita responds with a “woof.”



  • 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

Kathryn Page's Credit

Tired of These Credits


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


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List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-ZanitizedThe Monkey SongNighty-Night ToonYakko's WorldCookies for EinsteinWin BigH.M.S. YakkoSlappy Goes WalnutsYakko's UniverseHooked on a CeilingGoodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyTemporary InsanityOperation: LollipopWhat are We?Piano RagWhen Rita Met Runt • The Big Candy Store]] • Bumbie's Mom; Wally Llama/Where Rodents Dare; King Yakko; No Pain, No Painting/Les Miseranimals; Garage Sale of the Century/West Side Pigeons; Hello Nice Warners/La Behemoth/Little Old Slappy from Pasadena; La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam; Space-Probed/Battle for the Planet; Chalkboard Bungle/Hurray for Slappy/The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music; Roll Over, Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle; Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth; Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience; Hearts of Twilight/The Boids; The Flame/Wakko's America/Davy Omelette/Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago; Guardin' the Garden/Plane Pals; Be Careful What You Eat/Up the Crazy River/Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump; Opportunity Knox/Wings Take Heart; Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream; Testimonials (Animaniacs)/Babblin' Bijou Potty Emergency/Sir Yaksalot; You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position; Moby or Not Moby Mesozoic Mindy The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly Draculee, Draculaa Phranken-Runt Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled Moon Over Minerva Skullhead Boneyhands O Silly Mio Puttin' on the Blitz The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert Chairman of the Bored Planets Song Astro-Buttons Cartoons in Wakko's Body 1 Noah's Lark Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 The Big Kiss Hiccup Cartoons in Wakko's Body Conclusion Clown and Out Bubba Bo Bob Brain In the Garden of Mindy No Place Like Homeless Katie Ka-Boo Baghdad Cafe Critical Condition The Three Muska-Warners Dough Dough Boys Boot Camping General Boo-Regard Spellbound Smitten with Kittens Alas Poor Skullhead White Gloves Fair Game The Slapper Puppet Rulers Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter Broadcast Nuisance Raging Bird Animator's Alley Can't Buy a Thrill Hollywoodchuck Of Nice and Men What a Dump! Survey Ladies Useless Fact 1 The Senses Song Useless Fact 2 Dot's Poetry Corner The World Can Wait Useless Fact 3 Kiki's Kitten Useless Fact 4 Windsor Hassle ...And Justice for Slappy Turkey Jerky Wild Blue Yonder Video Revue When Mice Ruled the Earth Mobster Mash Lake Titicaca Icebreakers A Christmas Plotz Little Drummer Warners Twas the Day Before Christmas Jingle Boo The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert Toy Shop Terror Yakko's Universe The Warners and the Beanstalk Frontier Slappy Ups and Downs The Brave Little Trailer Yes, Always Drive-Insane Girlfeathers I'm Cute Brain Meets Brawn Meet Minerva Gold Rush A Gift of Gold Dot's Quiet Time Schnitzelbank The Helpinki Formula Le Bouton et le Ballon Kung Boo Of Course You Know, This Means Warners Up a Tree Wakko's Gizmo Meet John Brain Smell Ya Later Ragamuffins Woodstock Slappy Karaoke-Dokie Cranial Crusader The Chicken Who Loved Me Baloney and Kids Super Buttons Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson Scare Happy Slappy Witch One MacBeth With Three, You Get Eggroll Mermaid Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting Lookit the Fuzzy Heads No Face Like Home The Warners 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please The Mindy 500 Morning Malaise Miami Mama-Mia Pigeon on the Roof We're No Pigeons Whistle-Stop Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date I'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 Bingo Deduces Wild Rest in Pieces U.N. Me A Hard Day's Warners Gimme a Break Buttons in Ows Hercules Unwound This Pun for Hire Star Truck Go Fish Multiplication (song) The Sound of Warners Yabba Dabba Boo My Mother the Squirrel The Party Oh Say Can You See The Twelve Days of Christmas Dot's Entertainment The Girl with the Googily Goop Gunga Dot Soccer Coach Slappy Belly Button Blues Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise Valuable Lesson Wakko'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 Clock Cutie and the Beast Boo Happens Noel Jokahontas Boids on the Hood Mighty Wakko at the Bat A Very Very Very Very Special Show Night of the Living Buttons Soda Jerk From Burbank with Love Anchors A-Warners When You're Traveling Papers for Pappa Amazing Gladiators Pinky and the Ralph Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner No Time for Love The Boo Network Pitter Patter of Little Feet Mindy in Wonderland Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Back in Style Bones in the Body It Dot- The Macadamia Nut Bully for Skippy Cute First (Ask Questions Later) Acquaintances Here Comes Atilla Boo Wonder Magic Time The Brain's Apprentice Hooray for North Hollywood (Part I) Hooray for North Hollywood (Part II) The Carpool The Sunshine Squirrels The Christmas Tree Punchline (Part I) Prom Night Punchline (Part II) Birds on a Wire The Scoring Session The Animaniacs Suite
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