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Jurassic Lark/Suspended Animation Part 1/Of Mice and Memes/Suspended Animation Part 2 is the first episode of the Animaniacs reboot, and first episode of the show's first season.

The episode originally debuted on a Twitter livestream (in the US only) on November 19, 2020. The episode would later regularly debut on Hulu along with the other episodes on November 20, 2020.

Synopsis

The Warner Brothers (& Warner sister!) return. Brain’s meme fails to achieve world domination. [1]

Jurassic Lark

Animation by Snipple Animation Studios

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Plot

A crew uncovers Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in the wilderness. Steven Spielberg explains that they’re back after 22 years, and it’s not a rerun. Spielberg also explains that Pinky and the Brain are also back, causing the doctor to faint. The Warners bounce away, and the intro starts.

Crew

  • Written by Lucas Crandles and Timothy Nash
  • Directed by Scott O'Brien

Notes

  • This was the first clip of the show that was officially revealed. It was previewed at the NYCC Animaniacs panel on October 11th, 2020.
  • This segment is a parody of Jurassic Park.
    • This segment in question is referencing the same year these two properties have debuted, 1993 and both being properties that Spielberg have worked on.
    • Also, a piece of the score titled "Journey to the Island" plays throughout the cold open.
  • In the original series, Frank Welker voiced Steven Spielberg. However, in this episode, Andy Milder voices him instead.
  • Dr. Sattler studies a cel from "De-Zanitized" in the beginning of the cartoon.

Theme Song

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Variable Verse

Dot: Have no shame-y!

Notes

  • This episode features a unique transition from Jurrasic Lark, where the camera pans from the final shot to the Warner Bros. Water Tower.
  • The shot of the Water Tower opening is different compared to the one used in the rest of the series: the background only depicts the clouds instead of the studio ground and scenery.
  • The shot of the Water Tower opening is the first official Animaniacs reboot footage to be officially released.
  • Different variations of this verse were planned with the Warners showing "no shame" praising Hulu.[2]

Suspended Animation: Part One

Animation by Snipple (Titmouse, Inc. for the "The Catch-Up Song")

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Plot

The Warners arrive at the Warner Brothers studio and arrive at the water tower. Once in, they discover that it’s been guarded by a security system with lasers to catch the Warners. However, this proves ineffective, and doesn’t catch them at all. After leaving the tower, they go see Ralph the guard, and when he discovers them, he chases after them. The Warners capture him instead and go see the CEO, who turns out to be new female CEO Nora Rita Norita rather than Mr. Plotz. Norita already knows about them from the internet however. The Warners are puzzled by the tablet and the CEO says it contains “all human knowledge”. Yakko thinks it’s something to eat, and proceeds to do just that. The info downloads to Yakko, and the Warners sing a song about what they’ve missed over the past 22 years ("The Catch-Up Song").

Crew

  • Written by Jess Lacher and Andrew Barbot
  • Directed by Scott O'Brien and Katie Rice

Songs

Trivia

Comparison between the screenshots (top; leak, bottom; final episode)

  • Warner Bros. movies that were released since the original series ended, such as Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Batman (series trilogy), Black Panther, Iron Man and the Lord of the Rings are all referenced.
  • Yakko says "Quantum mechanics... Quinoa wraps... Queen Bey... We've missed so much!". This is a reference to a R&B musician.
  • A screenshot from this episode was infamously leaked to the internet from this episode’s scoring session back in January 2020.
  • The second SpongeBob SquarePants balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes a cameo on one of the panels that floats around Yakko after he swallowed the tablet.
    • An Animaniacs commercial later aired during the 2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • One of the other panels showcases a Japanese virtual toy Tamagotchi as one of the things the Warners missed in the past 22 years. This is incorrect, since the Tamagotchi craze occured as the original series was still airing new episodes. Then again, it could be referring to newer incarnations of Tamagotchi that released after Animaniacs ended.
  • This is one of the only Warner episodes in Season 1 where it switches animation. Most of the episode was animated by Snipple, while Titmouse did "Catch Up." This also happened in the original series during the episode The Sound of Warners and the later episode WhoDonut.
  • Gabriel Mann, Brock Baker, and Missi Hale fill-in for Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille, respectively, in some parts of "Catch Up".

Of Mice and Memes

Animation by Snipple

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Plot

In 1998, Pinky is watching a television show about the stupidest animals ever. Brain realizes that people really love watching shows similar like that. Brain works on an evil plan that takes 22 years, and he finally finishes around the age of the phone. Brain explains to Pinky that people post videos of funny animals and it becomes extremely viral. Brain says that he will post a funny video of himself with a mind control filter allowing him to take over the world. Brain dresses up as a baby, and makes a video of him. His video doesn’t get viral at all, and decides to give up. Pinky then accidentally knocks Brain into a globe, and posts a video of him stuck in it with a mind control filter. Brain becomes famous, and is set to go on a talk show with Seth Meyers. Brain is knocked off the show for a meme called “Business Pig”, which became popular because Pinky re-shared a video of Business Pig with a mind control filter. Pinky and Brain leave to ACME Labs where Brain decides to prepare for his next scheme to take over the world.

Crew

  • Written by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Scott O'Brien

Songs

Notes

  • This is the first overall solo Pinky and the Brain cartoon to air since their spin-off wrapped up in 1998, and the first one to air under the Animaniacs title since "The Brain’s Apprentice".
  • There are Instagratification filters named for the classic children's song, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt."
  • The 22-year montage of Brain inventing the mobile internet is a parody of the opening titles of the 1979 TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and uses the same music.
    • In addition, the 22-year montage begins when the much-maligned series Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain was supposed to have taken place, showing the mice remaining in the gradually updating ACME Labs rather than having to leave it (with Pinky also undergoing therapy).
  • The title is a parody of the John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men.
  • The show Pinky is watching in the beginning is a parody of the show The Planet's Funniest Animals.
  • InstaGratification is a parody of the social media platform, Instagram.
    • The official Animaniacs Instagram account has also posted some references to this specific cartoon.
  • Seth Meyers says that he wants to get Brain on his show before "one of the Jimmys", referring to rival talk-show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.
  • In a direct callback to "Brainwashed Part 1: Brain Brain Go Away", Pinky yells in terror to Brain “There’s a human you?” after Brain mentions the “human brain”. This line echoes a similar line Pinky said in that episode of their spin-off series when he believed Hillary Clinton’s statement about the “human brain” was about Brain himself.
  • The ending to this cartoon was originally much different when the script was briefly shown in the 27th Anniversary Behind the Scenes video. Brain would’ve gone viral again after an incident in a landfill with other viral animal stars and become embarrassed.
  • This is the only Pinky and the Brain sketch in the reboot's first season that includes the ending chorus from the Pinky and the Brain theme song, unlike when it was almost always featured in the original Animaniacs, as well as in their own spin-off show. Most of the other reboot episodes only include an instrumental (the length of which varies in each installment), nothing, or another song entirely. The only other cartoon in the reboot to feature the full ending chorus so far is season 2's "Plight of Hand."
  • Pinky and the Brain help ring in the Animaniacs reboot with the first barely-disguised adult joke:
    • Brain: The internet is the most powerful information sharing tool ever devised! And do you know what most humans use it for?
      Pinky: I do, but I don't think I can say it!
      (Brain grabs his nose.)
      Brain: (annoyed) Surprisingly no, Pinky.

Suspended Animation: Part Two

Animation by Snipple

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Plot

While walking around the studio lot, the Warners come across two workers who are carrying a model of the Starship Enterprise. They explain that Star Trek had been rebooted in the time the Warners were away, which inspires the Warners to discuss the power of reboots. They notice some posters for rebooted shows plastered around the lot, and then Yakko launches into a song that takes stabs at Hollywood's penchant for rebooting shows ("Reboot It"). Afterwards, Yakko does a monologue about the reasoning for reboots, and the other Warners seem to join Yakko's cause... until a Hulu exec presents them with a massive check for selling out to them!

Crew

  • Written by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Scott O'Brien and Katie Rice

Songs

Notes

Notes/Trivia

  • This is the first Animaniacs episode to premiere since 1998.
  • This is the first Animaniacs episode to be completely presented in 1080p and 16:9.
  • All segments (except for the "Catch Up Song" and the Pinky and the Brain intro) are animated by Snipple.

Cast

Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Gennaro
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Co-Host
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Alarm, Host
Frank Welker Ralph the Guard, Clunko, Teamster #1
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Ian Malcolm
Stephanie Escajeda Nora Rita Norita
Keith Ferguson Dr. Grant
Jake Green Fred Bagel and P.A
Brendan Hunt Seth Meyers
Andy Milder Steven Spielberg, Teamster #2
Abby Trott Dr. Sattler
Brock Baker Additional Vocals
Missi Hale Additional Vocals
Gabriel Mann Additional Vocals
John Stearns Additional Vocals
Nancy McKeon Additional Vocals

References


List of Animaniacs Reboot episodes
Season 1
Jurassic LarkSuspended Animation (Part I)Of Mice and MemesSuspended Animation (Part II)Warners UnboundHow to Brain Your DragonSuffragette CityGold MeddlersPinko and the BrainMath-Terpiece Theater: ApplesBun ControlEx-MousinaBloopfGood Warner HuntingNo BrainerRalph CamThe CuteningClose Encounters of the Worst KindEqual TimeWarner She WroteFrance France RevolutionGift RapperWhoDonutMousechurian CandidateStarbox and CindyHere Comes TrebleThat’s Not the IssueFuture BrainThe Incredible Gnome in People’s MouthsAnima-NyetBabysitte's FlubThe Warners' Press ConferencePhantomaniacsFear and Laughter in BurbankBride of PinkyThings That Go Bump in the NightA Zit!1001 NarfsManny ManspreaderHindenburg ColaRoadent TripFLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?
Season 2
Rome Sweet RomeBackwards Pinky Wakko's Short Shorts: Now LoadingPlease SubmitThe Flawed CoupleEveryday SafetyRug of WarRun Pinky Run The Hamburg TicklerRalph WorldMy Super Sour SixteenHow To: Brain Takes Over The WorldThe Warners Are Present The PinktatorKnow Your ScrollYakko's Big IdeaMouse CongenialityRejected Animaniacs CharactersYakko Amakko The Longest WordHappy NarfdayMagna CartoonWakkiver Twist Part OnePlight of HandWakkiver Twist Part TwoWhat Is That?Mouse MadnessChristopher ColumbustedFake MedicinesExercise MinuteReichenbrain Falls Targeted AdsBathtimeA Brief History of HistoryGerardThe Prisoners' DilemmaMath-terpiece Theatre: Beach BallsWarner's ArkThe ApologyNarf Over Troubled WaterThe Warner's Vault80's CatsAll About the Benjamin 23 and WB
Season 3
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