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"Brain of the Future" is not to be confused with the episode "Future Brain" from the 2020 Animaniacs reboot.

Brain of the Future is the 10th episode of the 2nd season of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 23rd episode overall.

Brain of the Future[]

Animation by Rough Draft Studios, Inc.

Brain of the future title


When Pinky accidentally sabotages Brain's latest plan, Brain mournfully declares the night to be lost. Just then, their futuristic counterparts teleport into the lab with a time capsule and send the duo on an adventure to the futuristic year of 2 Billion AD to retrieve a world-domination kit.

Along the way, Pinky accidentally causes the time capsule to make a detour in the year 3502 AD, where tensions between the United States and Canada are high. During heated negotiations for peace between President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Mapleleaf, the mice's time capsule flies over the border and is mistaken for a nuclear missile by the Canadian government, who reports the news back to Mapleleaf. Assuming this to be an "American trick," the Canadian Prime Minister tears up the peace-treaty and launches an all-out attack on the United States. Clinton retaliates, and orders First Lady Hillary to strike back. The mice narrowly leave just-in time, oblivious to the nuclear warfare they had just inadvertently caused that destroyed civilization.

Over the next 1,999,996,498 years, the Earth is taken by gradually-evolving cockroaches. When the mice finally arrive in 2 Billion AD, they into conflict with the cockroach government after destroying a statue of the Queen of the Cockroaches. They are imprisoned and then sentenced to the "screaming death," and run into another Pinky and Brain who also encountered bizarre adventures throughout history. The Queen then wishes to meet with the present Pinky and the Brain to learn who they are, while also revealing her plans for galactic conquest utilizing the very kit the mice came for. Brain then manipulates the royal guards into giving up the kit in a challenge of strength. As the duo flees and procures a time capsule from the "Royal Time Capsule Fleet," they witness multiple other Pinkies and Brains from various timelines fighting their way into the fleet. The duo then returns to their time period.

Just when it seems the night was won, it turns out Pinky put the World Domination Kit back into the time capsule and it is far too late to get it back. Thus, the "Cycle of Disaster" begins anew. As Brain laments another loss, he is told by another Brain that they better start preparing for tomorrow night. It is then revealed that the lab is overrun with even more Pinkies and Brains from other timelines. As the crowd of Pinkies ask what they will do tomorrow night, the crowd of Brains all shout in unison: "Try to take over the world!"



  • A woman with a design similar to Hello Nurse appears on Brain's magazine cover in the beginning of the episode.
  • The idea of cockroaches surviving nuclear warfare and becoming the dominant species on Earth is a joke on the belief that cockroaches can in fact, survive certain radioactive conditions. This belief is still contested to this day.
  • The cockroach who introduces the Queen Roach is a caricature of Ed Sullivan (voiced here by Maurice LaMarche).
  • Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" plays throughout the episode. It can be heard when in the beginning of the 3502 AD scene, when the mice first arrive in 2 Billion AD, and when they are taken to the cell block-7 of the Roach Motel (the Roaches' prison). The song was previously used in the Animaniacs cartoon "Toy Shop Terror," and in several promotional bumpers for both shows on Cartoon Network by Primal Screen.
  • The Roach Motel itself is named after an American brand of roach bait devices designed to catch cockroaches.
  • When Brain attempts to trick the cockroach guards about what color the blue prison suits are, "The Blue Danube" can be heard playing in the background.
  • As the mice observe their various alternate timeline counterparts running amok, Pinky remarks that he feels just like "Tia and Tamera." This is a nod to twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry, who starred in the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister.
  • Similarly to "It's Only a Paper World", the ending chorus had the word "Brain" sung thirteen times.


Johann Strauss's BLUE DANUBE WALTZ.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Queen Roach, Hillary Clinton, Time Machine Computer, Additional Voices
Frank Welker Mr. President, Additional Voices

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)