Animaniacs Episode 1
Air date: September 13, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: "Here's the show's name-y!"
Gag credit(s): Animal Handler - Kathryn Page
Closing tag: YW&D: "Goodbye nurse!"
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"De-Zanitized", "The Monkey Song" and "Nighty-Night Toon" are the three segments of the broadcast premiere episode of Animaniacs, witch originally premiered on September 13, 1993.

Newsreel of the Stars


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


A newsreel is shown explaining the origin of the Warners. They were first created in 1930 in Hollywood at the Warner Bros. then-new animation department. 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....until the present day, when they escaped.


Narrator (voiced by Frank Welker), Lon Borax (nonspeaking), Hello Nurse (nonspeaking), Yakko Warner (debut), Wakko Warner (debut), Dot Warner (debut), Ralph the Guard (nonspeaking), Hamton J. Pig (drawing)


  • 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 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 direced of 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 Loyd 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.
  • Also appears in Episode 2, 7.


  • The narrator says in this newsreel that the Warners were created in 1930, however, it would later be shown that cartoons were made starring them in 1929. This would later be referenced in the "Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation" cartoon and "The Warners' 65th Anniversery Special". The show does have a lack of continuity though.

De-Zanitized (406-705)


Written by Paul Rugg
Directed by Rusty Mills and Dave Marshall

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.


Dr. Scratchansniff (debut), Yakko Warner, Ralph the Guard, Porky Pig, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Thaddeus Plotz, Bugs Bunny (background picture), Daffy Duck (background picture)


  • 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 Warner Bros. 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 is a parody of the 1974 film Network (one of writer Paul Rugg's favorite films[1]).
  • Bugs and Daffy 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".


  • 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: Nurse! Nurse!
    Hello Nurse: Yes, Dr. Scratchansniff?
    Dr. Scratchansniff: Get these kids out of here!
    Yakko and Wakko: HELLOOOOOOOO, NURSE!
  • 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: 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: I DIDN'T DRAW IT! 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 (406-600KK)


Written by Norman Span and Irving Burgie (both uncredited)
Adapted by Tom Ruegger
Directed by Gary Hartle and Rich Arons

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


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.


Squit (debut), Bobby (debut, nonspeaking), Pesto (debut), Ralph the Guard (nonspeaking), Marita (debut), Flavio (debut), Dr. Scratchansniff, Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, The Mime (debut), Skippy Squirrel (debut, nonspeaking), Slappy Squirrel (debut, nonspeaking), The Brain (debut, nonspeaking), Pinky (debut, nonspeaking), Mindy (debut, nonspeaking), Buttons (debut, nonspeaking)


  • 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)
  • There's another song about a monkey.
  • This cartoon features appearances by many of the main characters that would be a staple part of the series for the next 98 episodes.
  • 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."
  • The face that Dr. Scratchansniff makes at the beginning resembles the painting The Scream by Edvard Munch.

Nighty-Night Toon (406-721)


Written by Nicholas Hollander
Directed by Rusty Mills

Animation by Freelance Animators


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


Narrator (Jim Cummings doing his Sterling Holloway impression), Ralph the Guard, Squit, Bobby (nonspeaking), Pesto, Mindy (nonspeaking), Buttons, The Brain, Pinky, Rita (debut, nonspeaking), Runt (debut), Slappy Squirrel, Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Marita, Flavio, Dr. Scratchansniff (nonspeaking), Hello Nurse (nonspeaking), Mr. Skullhead


  • This short was the first televised speaking appearance of Pinky and the Brain.
  • 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.
  • This short was available on the 1994 VHS of Animaniacs: HELLO! Holiday's



Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen


Yakko Warner, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff, Porky Pig
Jess Harnell


Wakko Warner, Humphrey Bogart
Tress MacNeille

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Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo
Frank Welker

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Ralph the Guard, Thaddeus Plotz, Flavio Hippo, Buttons, Runt, Ronald Reagan, Newsreader
Maurice LaMarche

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The Brain, Squit
Chick Vennera

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Sherri Stoner
Slappy Squirrel
Jim Cummings
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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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