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Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth is the 18th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on October 6th, 1993. Every single cartoon in this episode has to do with Russian culture.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Pinky and the Brain-y...

Pavlov's Mice


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


In Russia of 1904, Pinky and the Brain attempt to steal the Czar's crown jewels so they can take over Russia. When Pinky points out that the jewels are guarded by fierce soldiers known as Cossacks, Brain says that is no problem as a lunar eclipse will occur that night, making everywhere so dark no one can see anything, as such they can sneak into the treasury without the Cossacks' knowledge. Only one other problem stands in their way, Brian always sings "I'm a Little Teapot" when he hears a gong and Pinky does a Cossack dance whenever a bell rings.




  • Clips from this segment would later be used in the Pinky and the Brain (spin-off) intro and the Animaniacs extended theme song opening.
    • The shot of Brain's temper growing is used in the Pinky and the Brain (spin-off) theme.
    • The shot of is used in the show's extended theme song opening.
    • Both clips are used in the Animaniacs Suite.
  • The title is a parody of Pavlov's Dog.
  • In the opening shot of 1904 St. Petersburg, March Slav can be heard.
  • The ending chorus is sung in a Russian folk dance style complete with them shouting "Narf!" in the way they would shout "HEY!"


  • Ivan Pavlov did not study conditioned responses, he really just wanted some saliva to study. This goof was mentioned in the "Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation" cartoon. However, due to the constant conditioned responses he was getting, he is credited for "Pavlovian responses" in psychology and the study of behaviors.


Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov


Animation by Akom Film Production


Chicken Boo appears as a famous ballet dancer. When he accidentally revealed himself as a chicken the audience booed at him and left Lincoln center.



  • This is the first Chicken Boo segment.
  • Chicken Boo's alias is a pun on Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian ballet dancer.
  • The title card BGM is Turkey in the Straw.
  • In the theme song, during the "You wear a disguise to look like human guys..." part, instead of Chicken Boo trying out disguises in front of a mirror, a Brady Bunch-style shot of Boo's disguises are shown.
  • Despite this being a Chicken Boo short, this does not have the person who knows Chicken Boo is a chicken saying, "He's a chicken, I tell ya! A giant chicken!" and then coming back after Chicken Boo is unmasked to say, "I told ya that guy was a chicken."


Tower Escape

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Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


The Warners escape from the water tower via a sky gondola.

Nothing But the Tooth


Animation by Akom Film Production


The Warners are Rasputin's dentists when he comes down with a toothache, causing him no end of misery. When Rasputin attempts to rid the Warners by having the Tsar arrest them, his teeth fall out, rendering his hypnosis ineffective. The Tsar kicks Rasputin out and thanks the Warners for saving Russia. The musical number in this cartoon is "Call Dr. Yakko."




  • The Warners claim to be professional shriners. In actuality, the shriners are not a career, but a men's nonprofit organization that has built several hospitals for children who are burns victims and/or in need of artificial limbs. They are more famous for the red fezes and tiny cars driven in parades to raise awareness for the hospitals.
  • The belief that Rasputin hypnotized the Tsar into doing his bidding was the widespread rumors that he used hypnosis to cure the Tsar's son whenever he had medical problems to cure him, which is now largely discredited.
  • A little girl knocking out Rasputin was a play on the term anesthesia. Dot remarks that most kids probably would not get it and tells them to ask their parents. The little girl was meant to be Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. Dot's line would later become confusing when the Don Bluth film Anastasia would be released in 1997.
  • One accurate scene shown was where Rasputin was appointing ministers as he saw fit. In 1916 (when the episode took place) the First World War was on, and Tsar Nicholas II was not in his palace, but on the front lines acting as supreme commander of the army. In the Tsar's absence, he entrusted most of the decisions of day-to-day government operations to his wife, who in turn deferred much to Rasputin. As a result, Rasputin wielded enormous political clout, hiring and firing ministers willy-nilly.
  • Once again, the stock footage of Wakko playing the rimshot from "Episode 5: Taming Of The Screwy" is reused after Yakko's "Russian/rushin'" pun.

Wheel of Morality


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

The moral of the story is: "Brush your teeth after every meal. This moral brought to you by the American Dental Association."


  • This is one of the few times where the moral of the show is an actual moral.
  • This is also one of the few times the Wheel of Morality leads into a chase ending where Wakko has to pull an item out of his Gag Bag to return to the water tower.

Chase Ending

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Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


The Warners return to the water tower via a magic carpet from Wakko's magical gag bag. When Ralph attempts to fly on the carpet, an anvil falls on him. The Warners just shrug and go back into the tower.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Ivan Pavlov
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Puppy
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Frank Welker Chicken Boo, Announcer
Barry Dennen Czar Nicholas II
John Glover Rasputin


Wakko: Lather..­.

Dot: Rinse...

Yakko: Repeat.

The Mulberry Bush plays during this stinger.


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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)