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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.jpg


Yakko explains the history of the world to an alien race who, 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.
  • The 2D portions of this cartoon were animated entirely in-house, lead by Scott O'Brien.[2]


Animation by Titmouse, Inc.

Gerard Gnome Title.jpg


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.


  • Written by Jess Lacher
  • Directed by Erik Knutson

The Prisoner's Dilemma

Animation by Tiger Animation

The Prisoner's Dilemma Title.jpg


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.


  • Written by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Katie Rice


  • 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.


Math-Terpiece Theater: Beach Balls

Animation by Titmouse

Math-terpiece Theater Beachballs Title.jpg


Dot gives a math dramatic lesson about beach balls.


  • Written by Jess Lacher
  • Directed by Brett Varon


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

Production Notes

  • A musical segment about global warming (called Global Warnering) was scrapped from this episode. Information about it is scarce, but a model sheet can be found on series colorist Kasey Williams' website, and it is mentioned in the episode's description on HBO Max in Latin America.


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 Alien 1, Alien 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 / How To: FriendshipTBA