Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big is the 2nd episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on September 14, 1993.
- Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.
Yakko, Wakko and Dot: Pinky and the Brain-ey!
Animated By: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Yakko sings a song set to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance about the nations of the world.
- Rob Paulsen, Yakko's voice actor, recorded the song in one take.
- The song misses over 40 nations, not including ones that were created after the song was written.
- This song is a favorite of Yakko's voice actor, Rob Paulsen, who performs it at various public events with rarely any mistakes.
- This song includes Palestine and Taiwan, which is still negotiated to this day, and aren't independent countries, yet.
- The world map shows Russia with Soviet-era borders. This is inaccurate even for the time, as the former Soviet republics had gained independence in 1991. Similarly, Czechoslovakia had been split up for eight months at the time the episode aired (due to the lead time required for animation, it's likely the split hadn't taken place at the time the song was actually written).
- This song mentions the United Kingdom as "Scotland" and then "England." Wales and Northern Ireland are not mentioned, it is also noted that when Yakko points to England, the whole island of Great Britain lights up, including Scotland.
- This song has become a popular internet meme and arguably the most iconic song of the series, even being known by people who don't watch nor have heard of Animaniacs.
- Haiti is the same color as the Dominican Republic.
- Yakko says "Republic Dominican," but it is called as Dominican Republic.
- Puerto Rico is not a nation; it is a territory of the United States.
- Yakko even pronounces Guyana with Gui, but it is actually pronounced GUYana, with the gui being guy.
- There is a line running through the north area of Guyana, but there is no border division there in real life.
- Belize is the same color as Mexico.
- Bermuda is not a nation; it is a territory of the United Kingdom.
- Yakko says Tobago, but the actual name is Trinidad and Tobago.
- San Juan is not a nation; it is a city within Puerto Rico, as mentioned earlier.
- French Guiana is not even a territory or a nation; it is a department of France.
- Guam is not a nation; it is a territory of the United States.
- New Guinea and Hawaii are not depicted when Guam is shown.
- Switzerland is represented bigger than the real size.
- Albania is the same color as Yugoslavia.
- The Soviet Union had broken up when the song was released. However, this is justified by the animation lead time.
- Bulgaria is the same color as Romania, after being the same color as Greece.
- Hungary is the same color as Czechoslovakia.
- Iraq is the same color as Syria and Kuwait.
- Scotland is the same color as England.
- Oman is bigger than song representation.
- Jordan's geographic location is wrong (Located on the Sinai Peninsula).
- Bhutan is the same color as India and Nepal; there is also no border dividing them.
- There is; however, a border separating Northeast China (with Russian and North Korean borders) from China.
- Yakko says "Asia", but it is actually a continent.
- Yakko says "Korea", but Korea has been divided into South Korea and North Korea since 1948.
- South Africa has a border running through it, yet South Africa was not even mentioned (Until the 2017 verse).
- The Spanish Sahara had been gone for over ten years before this song was written.
- The Spanish Sahara is now called Western Sahara.
- Algiers is a city and the capital of Algeria.
- Dahomey was Benin until 1904.
- Abu Dhabi is a city (and Capital) of the United Arab Emirates.
- Crete is an island and part of Greece.
- At this time, part of Yugoslavia has broken up into several countries (Examples: Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia or Macedonia, and Montenegro.
- Transylvania is a region of Romania.
Cookies for Einstein
Animated By: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
- The theory of relativity that Einstein describes is actually the mass-energy conversion formula (e=mc2). This error is later referenced in the "Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation" cartoon.
- The Kid Scouts are a parody of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (mostly Girl Scouts, due to the concept of selling cookies).
- This was the first short to feature the Warners in a different location and time period.
- When Einstein closes a window shade, the Warners appear on them, looking like Goombas from Nintendo's Super Mario franchise.
- In the first of the show's many Star Trek jokes, Wakko imitates Scotty saying, "I don't think he can take anymore, Cap'n."
- Clips from this segment were later used in the Arabic dub of the theme song opening.
Animated By: Wang Film Production
The Brain wants to win $99,000 so he can finish his device to take over the world on the show Gyp-Parody, but ultimately loses when he doesn't know what classic TV character was known for saying, "Bang! Zoom! Right in the Kisser!" (which Pinky does know).
- This was the first Pinky and the Brain short produced and the first aired, acting as a pilot for the mice. Many of the familiar elements (such as the "are you pondering what I'm pondering?" dialogue) were intended by writer Peter Hastings to be one-time gags, but supervising story editor Sherri Stoner convinced him to bring them back in future scripts.
- This short is the first one in the series to not be a Warner segment.
- This short introduces Pinky's nonsense words "Narf" and "Poit," as well as his exclamation, "Egad, Brain!"
- This would be the first Pinky and The Brain episode in which the plot focuses on the mice trying to finance their plan, as opposed to enacting the plan itself.
- Yakko, Wakko, and Dot make a cameo where they run on top of the taxi the Brain is taking, being chased by Ralph, beginning a literal running gag throughout the series.
- Gyp-Parody obviously parodies Jeopardy!.
- This short features the first appearance of Brain's human suit, which was featured in various episodes of the spin-off. Writer Peter Hastings actually had a replica of the human suit in his office.
- This episode is a parody of The Honeymooners episode "The $99,000 Answer", in which Ralph Kramden repeatedly tells Norton to stop playing the song "Swanee River," and then loses a game show over that song. Similarly, the Brain loses here over Ralph's famous catch phrase from The Honeymooners.
- Although Peter Hastings has stated that he always tried to have Brain threaten to hurt Pinky but never actually hit him (because he felt this was both funnier and truer to the character), Tom Ruegger and the other producers would often have Brain actually hit Pinky. Even in this very first short, the Brain does follow through.
- The shots of Brain opening the cage door, the mice walking across the table with Brain's folded behind his back, and the mice unfurling the blueprints would later be used in the title sequence of the Pinky and The Brain spin-off.
- This episode would be retold in the Animaniacs comic, but one difference is that Brain's human suit would be attired with a jacket and tie as opposed to the more formal tuxedo, which made somewhat better sense for going out in public during casual events.
- Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
- Pinky: I think so, Brain, but, where are we gonna find a duck and a hose at this hour?
- Brain: Honey, I'm home.
- Pinky: [Laughs] That's a funny joke, Brain!
- Brain: I am not devoid of humor.
Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha
The moral of the story is: "If at first you don't succeed, blame it on your parents."
- This is the first Wheel of Morality segment.
- The Wheel of Morality is not just a parody of the Wheel of Fortune, but also a satire on the suggestions by the FCC to add some moral and educational value to children's shows.
|Rob Paulsen||Yakko Warner, Pinky, Alex Quebec, Announcer, Award Presenter|
|Jess Harnell||Wakko Warner, Alvey, Cabby|
|Tress MacNeille||Dot Warner, German Woman, Matilda|
|Paul Rugg||Albert Einstein|
|Maurice LaMarche||The Brain, Ralph Kramden, Announcer|
|Frank Welker||Narrator, Newsreader|
- The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script Feature (Vol. 2 DVD)
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