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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 Tiger Animation
Musical number by Giant Ant

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Yakko explains the history of the world to an alien race.


  • 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.[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 Theatre: 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.


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 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