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Brain Noir is the 2nd episode of season 3 of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 27th episode overall. It originally aired on September 12, 1997.

Brain Noir[]

Animation by Rough Draft

Brain noir title


Pinky and the Brain find themselves in 1940s' Los Angeles; where everybody wears hats all the time. Brain is trying to acquire the water rights to burgeoning Los Angeles as part of his latest plan, but is lead astray when Billie returns... having been kidnapped by Snowball. Brain and Pinky put their plan on hold to find Billie, and get caught up in a mysterious conspiracy as they lose their chance for the water rights.



  • This episode has references to numerous famous noir films. For one, the opening shot of the Brain lying face down in the pool is taken right out of the beginning of 1950's Sunset Boulevard (said boulevard is also where Snowball's mansion is located). The plot involving water rights in the Los Angeles area is also in 1974's Chinatown. There is even a mention of Sam Spade, the protagonist of novel and film The Maltese Falcon. Additionally, Brain narrates the episode in a manner similar to noir films.
  • At one point, Brain briefly states the name of the Animaniacs cartoon where Billie debuted: "The World Can Wait."
  • Brain's line to Snowball "Get your hand off of me you damp, hairy hamster!" is a reference to a line from the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, which starred Snowball's voice actor Roddy McDowall.


  1. The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by Alfred Lee and Gaston Lyle
  2. We're in the Money by Harry Warren
  3. Oh Du Lieber Augustin by Marx Augustin
  4. The Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa
  5. Old Man River by Jerome Kern
  6. Sobre las Olas by Juventino Rosas


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Rob Paulsen Pinky
Tress MacNeille Billie
Roddy McDowall Snowball
Jan Rabson Farmer

External links[]

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)