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Moby or Not Moby/Mesozoic Mindy/The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly is the 28th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on October 26, 1993.

Theme Song


Last line

Wakko: Chicken chow meiny...

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea:
Taking a deep breath before
jumping into a swimming pool.

Bad Idea:
Taking a deep breath after jumping into a swimming pool.

Moby or Not Moby


Animation by Freelance Animators, Ltd.


The Warners stow away onto Captain Ahab's ship.




  • After Yakko says, "Thar she blows!", Dot blows a trumpet and says, "Dat's a high C on da high seas!" in a gravelly Cajun accent a la Louis Armstrong.
  • When Captain Ahab ends up inside Moby Dick, he sees Pinocchio is also inside the whale.
  • At the end of the cartoon, the Warners are lost at sea and they ask for a ship to pick them up, so the Titanic, the Edmund Fitzgerald and the Minnow from Gilligan's Island arrive. Yakko comments he should have been more specific. This is because all three of those ships were destroyed in the end.
  • The Warners repeat their "Monkeys always look" shtick from "Sir Yaksalot".
  • The Warners mistake the Peequod for The Love Boat, Ishmael for Doc ("Your Ship's Doctor" portrayed by Bernie Kopell) and Ahab for Captain Stubing ("Your Captain" portrayed by the late Gavin MacLeod, who would later make appearances on the Pinky and the Brain spin-off).
  • The song the Warners sing is set to the melody of "What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor".

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea:
Going alpine skiing in winter.

Bad Idea:
Going alpine skiing in the summer.

Mesozoic Mindy


Animation by Akom Film Production


In the Stone Age, Mindy and her family are cavepeople and Mindy chases a walking dinosaur egg while her sabre-toothed dog Buttons once again protects her.



  • This episode had the working title of "Prehistoric Peril."
  • The opening music is a parody of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", which was used in the 1940 film Fantasia against a prehistoric setting.
  • This is the first Buttons and Mindy cartoon to portray the main cast in another setting and time.

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea:
Kissing a loved one.

Bad Idea:
Kissing a total stranger.

The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly


Animation by Akom


In a parody of spaghetti westerns, Chicken Boo takes on the role of "the man with no personality."



  • The two men in the saloon are modelled and named after actors Lee van Cleef and Eli Wallach, stars of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Additionally, this is one of the few animated Spaghetti Western parodies to feature a caricature of Wallach.

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea:
Doing your own yardwork.

Bad Idea:
Doing your own dental work.


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.

Buttons and Mindy Lassie credits.jpeg


During the credits, in place of the water tower, the credits take place over a badly damaged Buttons whimpering in pain and waving at the audience until Mindy shows up and hugs him and he runs away. This pretty much parodies the Lassie closing credits.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Additional Voices
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Ishmael, Skipper, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Mindy's Mother, Pinocchio, Female Bartender, Old Lady
Frank Welker Captain Ahab, Buttons, Chicken Boo, Mindy's Father, Queequeg, Additional Voices
Nancy Cartwright Mindy
Maurice LaMarche Eli, Additional Voices
Jeff Bennett Lee, Additional Voices
Tom Bodett Announcer


Mindy: Okay, I love you, buh-bye!


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List of Animaniacs 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 / Le Bouton 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 3The 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 DotSoccer Coach Slappy / 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
Message 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 IPart II)
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 / The Animaniacs Suite)