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Disasterpiece Theatre/Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream is the 25th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on October 21st, 1993.

Disasterpiece Theatre

Disasterpiece Theatre

Animation by StarToons


Yakko does a parody of the program, Masterpiece Theatre, as different disasters unfurl around him. When this wraps-up, Yakko invites the viewers for a viewing of an even bigger disaster: a certain show called Animaniacs!


  • Godzilla appears, along with his actual roar from the films.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
How urbaney...

Hercule Yakko


Animation by Wang Film Production


In this parody of Agatha Christie stories, the Warners help find a diamond necklace that was presumably stolen from the Hip Hippos' ship stateroom. The trio interrogates various members of the Animaniacs ensemble as Yakko vows to get to the "bottom" of this Great Warner Caper.




  • Hercule Yakko is a clear parody of Hercule Poirot, while his attire is taken from Sherlock Holmes.
  • For a brief moment, Yakko changes into Liberace and plays the piano.
  • Contains a cameo appearance by Chicken Boo and almost every main character in the series.
  • Minerva Mink makes her debut appearance in this cartoon.
  • Slappy Squirrel mentions that she once saw Wally Gator dance with a Smurf.
  • Pinky and the Brain appear in this cartoon.
  • At one point, the infamous crowded stateroom scene from the Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera is parodied, to which Dot acknowledges chuckling.
  • A caricature of Colombo appears.
  • Contains what many consider to be one of the most inappropriate jokes that managed to work its way into an Animaniacs episode (see quote below). According to Tom Ruegger, this exchange came about from improvisation during the recording session: when Rob Paulsen as Yakko delivered the line "No no no, finger prints!" Tress MacNeille quipped, "I don't think so," in response, which somehow made it into the final episode.[1]


Yakko: Number one sister, dust for prints.
(sometime later)
Dot: I found Prince! (She is seen carrying the eponymous pop star in her arms)
Yakko: No no no, finger prints.
(She looks at the pop star, who smiles.)
Dot: I don't think so.
(She then tosses him out through the porthole.)

Home on De-Nile


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Rita and Runt are travelling to Palm Springs in search of a wealthy man called Sonny Bono since he likes strays. They mistake the place they wind up in for Palm Springs; The place is Ancient Egypt.

They come across the entrance of the palace of the Cleopatra family. Runt seemingly has to defend himself at first, until the guards notice Rita and start worshipping her. They bring Rita before Cleopatra - who’s having trouble finding a worthy cat for an upcoming festival. When she sees Rita, she literally calls her a “give from the Gods.” Rita is adopted by the palace while Runt is taken away to help build a temple in Cleopatra and Rita’s honour.

Rita heavily enjoys the treatment of the palace and forgets about Runt until it turns out they're in the same bed, to Runt’s comfort and Rita’s annoyance.

The festival comes and during a speech, Rita is held by Cleopatra above the pit of fire. Runt is happy for Rita until through listening to Cleopatra's speech and looking through a hieroglyph, does he find out that Rita is to be “sacrificed to the Gods of Harvest.” Runt jumps in and snatches Rita just as she’s thrown. He then escapes from the raged Palace.

Rita and Runt flee "Palm Springs" and begin heading to Vegas. With Runt explaining about the rescue, Rita boasts that she feels “mighty lucky” for the casinos there.




  • This is the first episode to have Rita and Runt's theme song play before the episode.
  • Furrball (a character from Tiny Toon Adventures) makes a cameo appearance as a possible candidate for a sacrificial cat. When he is shown before Cleopatra, he is heavily despised by the ruler and she throws him away.
  • The song that Marc Antony, a general sings is a parody of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" from the 1933 Walt Disney Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs.
  • This is the first episode of the segment where Rita and Runt get lost while heading somewhere. This gag would be recurring for the remainder of the segment.
  • Cleopatra and Marc Antony are caricatures of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who played the characters in the 1963 Mankiewicz film. Marc Antony's singing of "Who's Afraid of Cleopatra" is a reference to Taylor and Burton's roles in the 1966 film adaptation of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
  • As always, the Warners and Ralph continue their literal running gag.

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


Yakko acts out Puck's final monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream, with "translation" by Dot. Meanwhile, Wakko gets a little too comfortable with a pixie in the background.


  • Written by William Shakespeare and Deanna Oliver
  • Directed by Rusty Mills


  • Batman and Robin make a cameo appearance driving the Batmobile.
  • This is the first of three sketches that "interpret" the works of Shakespeare. Later installments would have the Warners "translating" Hamlet and Macbeth.


  1. Rondeau from "Symphonies and Fanfares for the King's Supper" by Jean-Joseph Mouret
  2. Wintermärchen by Alphons Czibulka
  3. Shortnin' Bread by JW Riley
  4. The Old Folks at Home by Stephen Foster
  5. Chicken Reel (Public Domain)
  6. Light Cavalry Overture by Franz von Suppé
  7. Yankee Doodle (Public Domain)
  8. Humoresque by Antonín Dvorák
  9. The Anvil Chorus by Giuseppe Verdi
  10. The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa aka Be Kind To Your Web Footed Friends
  11. She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain (Public Domain)
  12. Carry Me Back to Old Virginia by James Allen Bland
  13. Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 by Johannes Brahms
  14. Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Marita Hippo, Cleopatra, Pixie
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Frank Welker Flavio Hippo, Runt, Chicken Boo, Porter, Furrball
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Marc Antony
Julie Brown Minerva Mink
and Bernadette Peters as Rita


Dot: Set three extra places!

Yakko, Wakko & Dot: We're coming over for dinner!

Yakko: Except I'm allergic to anything with lactose in it.


  • The joke about Yakko being lactose intolerant was infamously dramatized in a 2007 Animaniacs fan-fiction by Mimi0204 called Big Brother's Responsibility; which became a meme within the Animaniacs fandom in 2020-2021. The lactose joke is later referenced in the Animaniacs reboot cartoon "Santamaniacs" during the "We Could Try to Do It, Santa" musical number.


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List of Animaniacs (Original Series) episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night ToonYakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win BigH.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's UniverseHooked on a Ceiling / Film Projector Transition / Goodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyFlipper Parody / Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We?Piano Rag / When Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot Song / The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's MomWally Llama / Where Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No Painting / Les MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the Century / Fortunes / West Side PigeonsHello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy From PasadenaLa La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel BeamSpace-Probed / Battle for the PlanetChalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master & His MusicRoll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the FiddlePavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing But the ToothMeatballs or Consequences / A Moving ExperienceHearts of Twilight / The BoidsThe Flame / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / Four Score and Seven Migraines AgoGuardin' the Garden / Plane PalsBe Careful What You Eat / Session 1 / Up the Crazy River / Session 2 / Ta Da DumpYakko's World of Baldness / Opportunity Knox / Wings Take HeartHercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's DreamTestimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir YaksalotYou Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for PositionMoby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo, and the UglyDraculee, Draculaa / Phranken-RuntHot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead BoneyhandsO Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer ConcertChairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-ButtonsCartoons in Wakko's Body 1 / Noah's Lark / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 / The Big Kiss / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 3 / Hiccup / Cartoons in Wakko's Body ConclusionClown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob BrainVery Special Opening / Animaniacs Stew / In the Garden of Mindy / Pinky and the Cat / We've Been Mixing Up the Scripts / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / We Found This Old Computer / Dottie the Squirrel / Baghdad CaféCritical Condition / The Three Muska-WarnersDough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-RegardSpellboundSmitten with Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White GlovesCasablanca Opening / Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet RulersButtermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging BirdAnimator's Alley / HollywoodchuckOf Nice and Men / What a Dump! / Survey LadiesUseless Facts / The Senses Song / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten / • Mary Tyler Dot Song / Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for SlappyTurkey Jerky / Wild Blue YonderVideo Review / When Mice Ruled the EarthMobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / IcebreakersVery Special Opening / A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer WarnersSlippin' on the Ice / 'Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's UniverseBranimaniacs / The Warners and the Beanstalk / Frontier SlappyUps and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, AlwaysDrive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm CuteBrain Meets Brawn / Meet MinervaGold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet TimeSchnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Les Boutons et le Ballon / Kung BooOf Course You Know, This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's GizmoOh, Oh, Ethel / Inkblot Test / Meet John Brain / Smell Ya LaterRagamuffins / Woodstock SlappyKaraoke Dokie / Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved MeBaloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving LessonScare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBethWith Three, You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call WaitingLookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like HomeMy Father the Tuna / The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning MalaiseWe're No Pigeons / Whistle-Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken DateMiami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof / CooI'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake!Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / BingoPreviously on Animaniacs / Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. MeA Hard Day's Warners / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life FoundationThe Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language (Part 1) / The Kid in the Lid / All The Words in the English Language (Part 2) / Method to Her Madness / All The Words in the English Language (Part 3)The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame ReturnsGimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules UnwoundThis Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication (song)The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba BooMy Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of ChristmasDot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga Dot2001 Parody 1 / Soccer Coach Slappy 2001 Parody 2 / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable LessonWakko's 2-Note Song / Panama Canal / Hello Nurse / The Ballad of Magellan / The Return of the Great Wakkorotti / The Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo ClockCutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel / Cold EndingAnimani-rats /• Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the BatA Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda JerkFrom Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're TravelingParody Commercials / Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the RalphTen Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo NetworkPitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Moosage in a Bottle / Back in Style / Bones in the BodyIt / Dot - The Macadamia Nut / Bully for SkippyCute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Atilla / Boo WonderMagic Time / The Brain's Apprentice
Hooray for North Hollywood: (Part 1Part 2)
The Carpool / The Sunshine SquirrelsThe Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part 1) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part 2)
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special:
(Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / Transition: Very Special Opening / The Animaniacs Suite)