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Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience is the 19th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on October 7th, 1993.

Theme Song


Last line

Wakko: Where's Lon Chaney?

Meatballs or Consequences


Animation by StarToons


It starts with the Warners in a meatball eating contest in Sweden, and an overstuffed Wakko is only one meatball away from winning. He jokingly says "Honest, guys, if I eat one more I'm gonna die". Watching from a distance is the Grim Reaper, who is reading a book titled Robert's Rules of Death and declares Wakko's time is almost up. Wakko does eat that meatball and win, but Death materializes in front of the Warners and slaps a sticker reading "Kaput" on Wakko's hat, causing him to pass out for a little bit. The Grim Reaper then declares he will take Wakko away, but due to being his siblings and friends, Yakko and Dot beg him to not do so, to which Death says he can't as Wakko is officially "dead".

Yakko and Dot then tearfully declare they want to tag along, but Death says it is against the rules and tells them to stop acting like big babies. Yakko and Dot then say "We are not big babies, these are big babies!" and arrive with giant human babies. The Reaper relents and lets them come along. In the netherworld, which Dot thinks is like Ohio, Death challenges them to a life-or-death game of chess, with Wakko as the prize, which is changed to checkers as Yakko can't play chess (although Dot would prefer to play Uncle Wiggly or Candy Land) and they start to play. The Grim Reaper is skilled at it, so the Warners cheat, and so Death declares them dead, too, which they don't mind as they can have Death as their "dadoo". They then ride the Reaper off a cliff, and he lets them live. Back on Earth, they do a speech on family and living life to the fullest. (Yakko: "Spielberg eats this stuff up!")



  • Mindy and Buttons cameo in the beginning of the cartoon.
  • The title of this cartoon was originally "Death or Consequences", which most likely explains why the word "Meatballs" on the title card is italicized.
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  • The episode was a reference to the Ingmar Bergman film The Seventh Seal, in which a knight is returning home from the Second Crusade and scenes are interspersed where he is playing the Grim Reaper in a chess match. Likely hints to the references are the chess game (which the Grim Reaper agrees to change to checkers) and the setting being in Sweden, where Ingmar Bergman was born, hence the Grim Reaper in this episode having a thick Swedish accent. Unlike this episode, neither side cheats or uses hijinks. The knight wins the chess game, and the Grim Reaper says that the knight's own life hung in the balance, and thus his "prize" will be that Death will not visit him again for a long time.
  • This episode shows what happens when a Warner "dies" (nothing too different from their norm)
  • Big Baby running gag
  • A similar premise of the Grim Reaper being tormented by children would later be used in Cartoon Network's The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.


Dot's Poetry Corner


Animation by Freelance Animators, Ltd.

Dot recites her interpretation of "Little Miss Muffet."


A Moving Experience


Animation by Wang Film Production


The Hip Hippos move away from the jungle to the city, but Gina Embryo, who is studying them, attempts to prevent them from doing so.




  • In production order, this was the first Hip Hippos cartoon, which explains why the intro appears at the end instead of the beginning.
  • Rita and Runt cameo when they run over Gina Embryo. But for some reason, the Animaniacs theme plays over their cameo instead of Rita's theme or Runt's theme.
  • Gina Embryo is a parody of nature documentary host Joan Embery.
  • A family of rhinos is shown who live in filthy conditions, disgusting the Hip Hippos into leaving. Despite being such minor characters, the rhino family is always shown at the beginning of the "Hip Hippos" vignette.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Death, Flavio's Bird
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Marita Hippo, Gina Embryo, Marita's Bird
Frank Welker Flavio Hippo, Warhol


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List of Animaniacs (Original Series) 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 / Les Boutons 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 3)The 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 Dot2001 Parody 1 / Soccer Coach Slappy 2001 Parody 2 / 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
Moosage 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 1Part 2)
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 / Transition: Very Special Opening / The Animaniacs Suite)