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A Brief History of History/Gerard/The Prisoners' Dilemma/Math-terpiece Theatre: Beach Balls is the 24th episode in the Animaniacs reboot and the 11th episode in its 2nd Season.


Yakko explains the history of the world. Gerard has a gnome in his mouth. Pinky and Brain are mousenapped by another supervillain. Dot gives a dramatic math lesson about beach balls.[1]

Theme Song[]


Variable Verse[]

Yakko: Mirage Arcaney!

A Brief History of History[]

Animation by Warner Bros. Animation[2]
Musical number by Giant Ant

A Brief History of History Title


Yakko explains the history of the world to two aliens race, crashed into the Water Tower and are seeking knowledge about the planet.


  • Written by Lucas Crandles and Timothy Nash
  • Directed by Erik Knutson



  • Yakko begins to say a certain swear word that rhymes with "city" before he is cut-off.
  • Giant Ant's designs of the Warners (and Brain) appear to draw more from their designs in the original Animaniacs.
  • "The Geologic Clock", a song from the original Animaniacs that went unused, has similar subject matter and would have also been sung by Yakko.
  • CGI is utilized during portions of the song.
  • This segment would later be followed in the season 3 segment "Aliens Resurrected".
  • The 2D portions of this cartoon were animated entirely in-house at Warner Bros. Animation, lead by Scott O'Brien.[2]


Animation by Titmouse, Inc.

Gerard Gnome Title


At a retirement home, an old man named Gerard finds out one of the attendants has been eating his pudding, and it's up to The Incredible Gnome in People's Mouths to sort things out.



The Prisoner's Dilemma[]

Animation by Tiger Animation

The Prisoner's Dilemma Title


Pinky and the Brain are taken into a village of super-villains; Dopplerville, led by the mad Doppler! The unhinged antagonist has a masterplan for global domination and needs the help of the mice to enact it.



  • The code Brain is using to hack into the traffic lights is actually part of operating system Linux. This particular section of code comes from 2012 or before, and seems to have become popular as "Fake Code". Ironically it's also used by website to allow users to pretend to hack into something. Brain does seem to have made one addition though, changing "NULL" to "int traffic=NULL".
  • Pip can be seen on a bus advertisement, sans cheeseballs and Bob Barker.
  • Much like the Brainwashed Trilogy from the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series; this cartoon parodies certain elements of the British series The Prisoner.
    • Dopplerville is similar to the show's "The Village."
    • The word font in the title-card is the same one used for The Prisoner logo.
  • The aesthetics of Alice in Wonderland are also spoofed, with Dr. Doppler presumably taking cues from The Mad Hatter.
  • Pinky uses Yakko's catchphrase of "Goodnight, everybody!" This gets laughs and Pinky exclaims, "I did it!! I crossed over myself!!" This is a reference to how Pinky and Yakko share a voice actor, Rob Paulsen!


Math-Terpiece Theater: Beach Balls[]

Animation by Titmouse

Math-terpiece Theater Beachballs Title


Dot gives a math dramatic lesson about beach balls.



  • Some of the customers are references to characters from other cartoons.

International Releases[]

  • Australia: November 6, 2021 (Stan)
  • Canada: December 11, 2021 (Teletoon)
  • Latin America: March 31, 2022 (HBO Max)

Production Notes[]

  • An earlier version of the episode 33 cartoon "Global Warnering" was originally produced for this episode number, but ended up unaired and aired later as part of the third season. The Latin American HBO Max listing, along with production sheets from the website of series colorist Kasey Williams indicated that the episode was originally intended to be shown in this episode. Currently, it's unknown if there are any differences between the scrapped and final versions of the cartoon.[3]


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Gerard
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Director, Female Villager, Old Woman, Woman
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Announcer, Ian Malcolm, Marionette
Jon Bailey Aliens 1 and 2
John DiMaggio Gnome
Maria Bamford Tammy
Kimberly Brooks Elaine
Chris Geere Dr. Doppler
Danny Jacobs Baldo, Driver, Villager
Will Lyman Narrator
Lesley Nicol Mrs. Kettle
Kari Wahlgren Maria, Phoenicia


List of Animaniacs (Reboot) episodes
Season 1
Jurassic Lark / Suspended Animation (Part 1) / Of Mice and Memes / Suspended Animation (Part 2)Warners Unbound / How to Brain Your Dragon / Suffragette CityGold Meddlers / Pinko and the Brain / Math-Terpiece Theater: ApplesBun Control / Ex-Mousina / BloopfGood Warner Hunting / No Brainer / Ralph CamThe Cutening / Close Encounters of the Worst Kind / Equal TimeWarner She Wrote / France France Revolution / Gift RapperWhoDonut / Mousechurian Candidate / Starbox and CindyHere Comes Treble / That's Not the Issue / Future Brain / The Incredible Gnome in People's MouthsAnima-Nyet / Babysitter's Flub / The Warners' Press ConferencePhantomaniacs / Fear and Laughter in Burbank / Bride of Pinky / Things That Go Bump in the NightA Zit! / 1001 Narfs / Manny ManspreaderHindenburg Cola / FLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?
Season 2
Rome Sweet Rome / Backwards Pinky / Wakko's Short Shorts: Now LoadingPlease Submit / The Flawed Couple / Everyday SafetyRug of War / Run Pinky Run / The Hamburg TicklerRalph World / My Super Sour Sixteen / How To: Brain Takes Over The WorldThe Warners Are Present / The Pinktator / Know Your ScrollYakko's Big Idea / Mouse Congeniality / Rejected Animaniacs CharactersYakko Amakko / The Longest Word / Happy Narfday / Magna CartoonWakkiver Twist (Part 1) / Plight of Hand / Wakkiver Twist (Part 2)What Is That? / Mouse Madness / Christopher Columbusted / Fake MedicinesExercise Minute / Reichenbrain Falls / Targeted Ads / BathtimeA Brief History of History / Gerard / The Prisoner's Dilemma / Math-Terpiece Theater: Beach BallsWarner's Ark / The Apology / Narf Over Troubled Water / The Warner's Vault80's Cats / All About the Benjamin / 23 and WB
Season 3
Previously On / Season 3 and WB (Part 1) / How To: Friendship / Season 3 and WB (Part 2)Soda-pressed / A Starbox is Born / Royal FlushPlanet Warner / Talladega Mice: The Ballad of Pinky Brainy / D.I.WHY?Fantasy / Über Nachtmare / Mad Mouse: Furry RoadTeeniacs / Dog Days / Groundmouse DayAnimaliens / Murder Pals (Part 1) / Groundmouse Day Again / Murder Pals (Part 2) / The Island of Dr. Warneau / Murder Pals (Part 3)Global Warnering / Lawn in Sixty Seconds / All's Fair in Love and Door / Cute Things That Can Kill YouWARnerGAMESBedtime / WARnerGAMES 2 / Crumbly's MomentHow the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 1) / Santamaniacs / How the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 2)International Mouse of Mystery / Aliens Resurrected / Joe / The Stickening / Slappy's Return / Everyday Safety: Giant Adirondack Chair