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De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon is the first (and pilot) episode of the original Animaniacs.

It originally premiered on September 13, 1993; and features the first appearances of many series staples - such as the characters, settings, gags, and plots.

Newsreel of the Stars


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd..


A newsreel is shown explaining the origin of the Warner Brothers and their sister. The trio were first created in 1930 in Hollywood at the Warner Bros. then-new animation department, Termite Terrace Animation. However, they were uncontrollable and ran amok all over the Warner Bros. Studios. until they were captured. Their cartoons were locked away in a vault unreleased, and the Warners were locked away in the studio water tower unreleased. The studio would disavow any knowledge of the Warners' existence....until the present day, when the Warners escaped.


  • This is the first segment:
    • of the original Animaniacs series and the franchise as a whole.
    • the first cold opening of the series and the franchise.
    • to feature the debut appearances of Yakko, Wakko and Dot.
    • to be animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.
      • If the Newsreel is not counted, the first time would be The Monkey Song instead.
  • The animation studio is named "Termite Terrace", which was the nickname of the 1935 Warner Bros. animation studio where producer Leon Schlesinger briefly placed the unit working under director Tex Avery (to hide them from director Tom Palmer so that he wouldn't suspect he was about to be fired). The "Termite Terrace" building was dubbed such by Avery and his animators because it was so old and rickety they thought no one would want to live there except the termites. The animators were only in the original "Termite Terrace" for about a year, but the name has become synonymous with that entire era of the Warner Bros. animation studio. The use of this name in 1930 is an anachronism.
  • Among the animators running out of the building are caricatures of Isadore "Friz" Freleng (the bald guy) and Charles M. "Chuck" Jones (the man with freckles) (both of whom would go on to become prominent directors of the Looney Tunes series). As of 1930, Freleng was still an animator (although his caricature looks rather older than Freleng actually appeared in 1930, when he was only 24). Jones's appearance is an anachronism, as he did not actually start at Warner Bros. as an assistant animator until 1933.
  • The Animaniacs Cultural References Guide claims that the two people talking in the middle of the studio are then-producer of the Looney Tunes Leon Schlesinger (whose lisp supposedly inspired Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat's voices) and his assistant Henry Binder. While the dark-haired man (seen only from the back) does have hair resembling contemporary Looney Tunes caricatures of Binder, the other man looks almost nothing like Schlesinger.
  • While the Warners' creator bears a strong resemblance to Fred "Tex" Avery (who worked at Warners from 1935 to 1941, and directed many of the zaniest cartoons ever made), the character was later identified as animator Lon Borax in "The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special."
  • This cold open would be reused in many episodes of the show, including a longer version introduced in Episode 48.
  • Ralph T. Guard and Hello Nurse, or maybe people who somehow look like them, are seen working for the studio in 1930. It is unclear why a nurse would be stationed in an animation studio. (Mental breakdowns? Carpel tunnel?)
  • The first opening "newsreel" lineup of movie stars includes several silent film stars: Lon Chaney Sr. and (a woman who looks nothing like) Mary Philbin in 1925's The Phantom of the Opera, Harold Lloyd in 1923's Safety Last (the iconic shot of him dangling from a giant clock), Buster Keaton in 1926's The General (running from a train while carrying a railroad tie), and (an oddly white-haired) Charlie Chaplin in 1925's The Gold Rush (eating a shoe).
  • The second "newsreel" lineup of stars includes an anachronistic group of actors who did not come to prominence until later in the 1930s: Clark Gable (flapping his large ears, also a frequent source of humor in contemporaneous Looney Tunes caricatures of Gable), (a woman who looks nothing like) Mae Clark and James Cagney in the famous "grapefruit" scene from 1931's Public Enemy, Bette Davis in 1941's The Little Foxes, and Humphrey Bogart (drinking whiskey, smoking a cigarette and sitting next to the Maltese Falcon statute from the 1941 film of the same name).
  • Hamton J. Pig makes a cameo as a sketch on Lon Borax's desk. (If Hamton had actually been created in 1930, he would have predated the creation of his mentor Porky Pig by five years).
  • The first man watching the Warners' cartoons (with dark hair and mustache) is studio head Jack Warner. The other two men bear no resemblance to his brothers Harry and Albert.
  • This segment appears in the openings for original series episodes two and seven.
  • The animation of the Warners going crazy before being locked in the Water Tower is based on a test animation of the Warners created before Warner Bros. ordered a full season. A similar test animation was the Warners going "choo-choo-choo-choo" like a train, seen in "The Big Candy Store" and "Puttin' on the Blitz".


Theme Song


Variable verse

Dot: Here’s the show’s namey!


  • This is the first time the Animaniacs theme song sequence appears.


Animation by Wang Film Production 



Dr. Scratchansniff explains how he first attempted to make the Warners sane after they escaped from the Water Tower, and how he lost his hair in the process. After his first encounter with the kids, the good doc is ordered by the CEO, Thaddeus Plotz, to keep the zany kids under control. After one unsuccessful try with the siblings together, he decides to talk with them separately, with no success either.



  • This segment:
    • marks the first speaking appearances of Ralph the Guard and Hello Nurse, as well as the first appearances overall of Dr. Scratchansniff and Thaddeus Plotz.
  • The "biggest star in the world" is once again Humphrey Bogart, accompanied by a Richard Stone twist on "As Time Goes By," the love theme from Casablanca. (Ralph's presence in the Bogie era again implies that either the studio employed a Ralph lookalike years earlier or that Ralph is ageless).
  • In a reference to Ronald Reagan's former occupation as an actor, Dr. Scratchansniff decides "Mr. Reagan"'s delusions of grandeur are incurable upon hearing Reagan's dreams of being president.
  • Photos on Dr. Scratchansniff's wall show: Edward G. Robinson, Rex Harrison (as Caesar in 1963's Cleopatra), Bette Davis, a cowboy, Peter Lorre (again with the Maltese Falcon), the Invisible Man (presumably Claude Rains from the 1933 Universal. version), Clint Eastwood (also mentioned as a current patient of Scratchansniff's), Jack Nicholson (with Scratschansniff handing him a piece of toast, referencing the scene in 1970's Five Easy Pieces in which Nicholson fights with a waitress who won't give him a side of toast because the restaurant does not do substitutions), (an inexplicably blond) Cher, and Michael Keaton as Batman (from Tim Burton's 1989 and 1992 films).
  • The boardroom scene with Dr. Scratchansniff and Mr. Plotz is a parody of the boardroom scene with Howard Beale and Arthur Jensen in the 1976 film Network (one of writer Paul Rugg's favorite films[1]).
  • Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck briefly cameo as portraits in Plotz's office.
  • Plotz is never referred to by name in this episode. Scratchansniff and his office door merely call him the "Chairman of the Board," while the end credits list him as "C.E.O."
  • Plotz says that the studio has not endured so much chaos since they made Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. This Christina Applegate-starrer was notorious for being a box office flop.
  • The clip of Yakko guessing who Dr. Scratchansniff is as well as Scratchy saying, "No, you stupid kid, you don't understand!" from this cartoon is used in the opening of Rob Paulsen's podcast "Talking Toons".
  • Despite that the Warners siblings are Cartoonus characterus, do have some dog-like characters, like when Hello Nurse enters Dr. Scratchansniff's office, the WB Boys Wakko and Yakko pant like a dog and briefly take on a wolf-like appearance.
  • Row Row Row Your Boat is the background music for one of the thoughts of Hello Nurse and Scratchy.
  • This is the first cartoon to be animated by Wang Film Productions.
  • In 2020, an edited (and heavily sped up) clip of Dr. Sratchansniff explaining "monkey stuff" became an internet meme.
  • In the reboot series' premiere segment "Jurrasic Lark", Dr. Sattler holds an animation cel from this segment.


  • Dot: Did ya miss us?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: I hardly even know you.
    Yakko and Wakko: We're the Warner Brothers!
    Dot: And the Warner Sister!
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: What do you want?
    Yakko: We asked you first!
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Well, I want—hey, no, you didn't!
    Dot: Well, we meant to.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Do you know who I am?
    Yakko: Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, world famous psychoanalyst to the stars?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Correct!
    Yakko: I won! I won! What did I win?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Nothing.
    Yakko: Say, what kinda game show is this?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: This isn't a game show.
    Yakko: Well, I'll say it isn't. Nobody wins anything. You'll be lucky to be on the air for one week.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Nurse! Nurse!
    Hello Nurse: Yes, Dr. Scratchansniff?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Get these kids out of here!
    Yakko and Wakko: HELLO, NURSE!
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Ah... I know vhat you kids vant, ja! You want to talk to Mr. Puppethead! "Hello kids, I'm Mr. Puppethead! Tell me why you always make the jokes. [The Warners just look at the puppet awkwardly] Why aren't you talking with Mr. Puppethead? No no, it iz very easy; watch me, watch me. Hello, Mr. Puppethead, how are you? "I am fine, Dr. Scratchansniff. How are you?" I am fine, Mr. Puppethead. Did you have a yummy breakfast? "Oh yes, yes! Very yummy, thank you. How was your breakfast?" My breakfast was yummy as vell. Now you see? Isn't that easy?
    Yakko: Uhmm... are you sure you don't want to see a p-sychiatrist?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: I am a p-sychi-- I mean psychiatrist! [tearing at his hair with the puppet] I AM! I AM! I AM! I AM!
    Yakko: Mr. Puppethead's hungry.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Dot... may I call you "Dot"?
    Dot: Yeah. But call me "Dottie" and ya die.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: "Dot" is it. I'm going to show you some pictures and I want you to tell me what they look like. [shows Dot an inkblot] What do you say to this?
    Dot: I'd say you're not a very good artist.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: I didn't draw that.
    Dot: Well, whoever did needs to go back to school.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, it's an inkblot.
    Dot: I'll say.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, no, no. It's not supposed to look like anything!
    Dot: Then you did a very good job.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: [annoyed] I didn't draw it! [calms down] Doesn't it looks like a little kitty cat or a butterfly or something?
    Dot: No. [takes off the inkblot and changes it into a butterfly] That's a butterfly.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Now then, Wakko, let's you and I talk, hmm?
    Wakko: Okay.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Good. What's on your mind?
    Wakko: My hat.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, no, no. Your hat is on your head. What is on your mind?
    Wakko: My... skin?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, that's on your head. What's on your mind?
    Wakko: Oh, I got it! My hair!
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Your hair is on your head! [tears off some of his hair] This is hair! This is hair! It is not on my mind! It is on my head!
    Wakko: No, it's in your hand.
  • Dr. Scratchansniff: Now then, Yakko, let us do a little word association, hmm? I'll say a word, and you say any word that you think of; any word that comes to mind.
    Yakko: Brain.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, no. We haven't started.
    Yakko: Begun.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, wait.
    Yakko: Yield.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: No, stop!
    Yakko: Cease.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: SILENCE!
    Yakko: Quiet.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: ENOUGH!!
    Yakko: Plenty.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Would - You - Please - Listen?
    Yakko: Hear.
    Yakko: Comprehend.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: [screams in frustration and carries Yakko to the door] Get out, get out, get OUT!
    Yakko: Leave, leave, leave.
    Dr. Scratchansniff: [kicks him out and slams the door, huffing and puffing] THOSE KIDS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!
    Yakko: [pops his head through the door] Insane. Unhinged. Demented.

The Monkey Song

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.



Dr. Scratchansniff, the Warners, and the Hip Hippos sing a re-written version of "The Monkey Song" about the Warners. Squit tries to play the flute throughout the song, but keeps getting beat up by Pesto.




  • The original version of the song, "Monkey," appeared on Harry Belafonte's 1961 album Jump Up Calypso. The lyrics and arrangement are very similar to the Animaniacs version (and, unlike most Animaniacs song parodies, the tune is identical)
  • This cartoon marks the first appearance of many of the main characters that would be a staple part of the series for the next 98 episodes, including: Bobby, Pesto, Squit, Flavio, Marita, The Mime, Slappy, Skippy, Pinky, The Brain, Mindy and Buttons.
  • This cartoon also features what may be considered the first instance of hidden innuendo on the show. when Hello Nurse sings, "I don't know what to say, the monkeys won't do!" Yakko sings, "For a nickel I'll give ya a clue."
  • Other than the Warners, Squit, Pesto and the Hip Hippos, the other characters are doing something in the background:
    • Slappy Squrrial - Gleefully pops the balloons carrying Buttons and Mindy, making them land on the Mime.
    • Pinky and Brain - Stealing a mouse trap containing cheese. The trap later sets off on Brain's forehead.
    • The Mime - Failing to keep a sleepy Skippy entertained before being crushed by a tree.
    • Mindy and Buttons - Riding balloons.
  • The face that Dr. Scratchansniff makes at the beginning resembles the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch.
  • This is the first non-cold open or intro cartoon to be animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha.

Nighty-Night Toon

Animation by Freelance Animators Co., Ltd.



In a parody of Goodnight, Moon, a narrator (voiced by Jim Cummings, impersonating Pooh Bear) says nighty-night to all of the characters of the series (who are all in the water tower).



  • This short was the first televised speaking appearance of Pinky, Brain, Slappy and the first appearance of Rita and Runt, though Rita doesn't speak.
  • Junior Bear, Mama Bear and Papa Bear, who appeared in several Chuck Jones-directed Looney Tunes cartoons, are seen in a portrait on the wall, in reference to the picture of "three little bears sitting in chairs" from the original book.
  • This short was available on the 1994 VHS of Animaniacs: Helloooo, Holidays!
  • This is the first segment to be animated by Freelance Animators Co. Ltd.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff, Porky Pig
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Humphrey Bogart
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo
Frank Welker Ralph the Guard, Thaddeus Plotz, Flavio Hippo, Buttons, Runt, Ronald Reagan, Newsreader
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Squit
Chick Vennera Pesto
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Jim Cummings Narrator ("Nighty-Night Toon")


Yakko, Wakko and Dot: "Goodbye, nurse!"


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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)