Animaniacs Episode 19
Air date: 7 Oct. 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Wakko: Where's Lon Chaney?
Gag credit(s): Buried Under Lists-Kathryn Page
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Cowabunga!
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Theme song


Last line

Wakko: Where's Lon Chaney?

Meatballs or Consequences


Written by John P. McCann
Directed by Greg Reyna

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, putting the animaniac in a coma. 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.

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  • Mindy and Buttons cameo in the beginning.
  • 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 an Animaniac dies.

Dot's Poetry Corner


Animation by Freelance Animators, Ltd.

Dot recites her interpretation of
"Little Miss Muffett."


A Moving Experience


Written by Peter Hastings
Directed by Rusty Mills & Dave Marshall

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 Embree.
  • 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#2
Frank Welker Flavio Hippo, Warhol

Kathryn Page's Credit

Buried Under Lists


Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Cowabunga!

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List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon; Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big; H.M.S. Yakko/Slappy Goes Walnuts/Yakko's Universe; Hooked on a Ceiling/Goodfeathers: The Beginning; Taming Of The Screwy; Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?; Piano Rag/When 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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