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A Meticulous Analysis of History/ Funny, You Don't Look Rhennish is the 11th episode of season 3 of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series and the 34th episode overall. It originally aired on September 20, 1997. Both cartoons were animated by Rough Draft Studios, Inc.

A Meticulous Analysis of History[]

A meticulous analysis of history title


While reading a book to learn from the mistakes of great leaders of the past, The Brain leads Pinky on a whirlwind tour of history in this musical cartoon. Included are profiles of Cleopatra, Caligula, Hannibal and Napoleon.




  • During the song "Meticulous Analysis of History", The Brain flashes two subliminal messages on the screen. They each appear on the screen for only a fraction of a second. They read, respectively: "You see, you are under my power", and "I forced you to use the 'still' button on your VCR".
  • The titular song is set to the melody of "When I Was a Lad" from H.M.S. Pinafore, with brief portions utilizing "Shortnin' Bread" and "Turkey in the Straw."
  • Pinky expresses a desire to sing his song, "Cheese Roll Call" from this show's fourth episode.


  • When Pinky holds up the portrait of Bill Clinton, the former president's underwear changes colors.

Funny, You Don't Look Rhennish[]

Funny you dont look rhennish title


To carry out The Brain's latest plan, he and Pinky go undercover among the Minnesota Rhennish, a strict rural community that eschews modern technology and buttons. Unfortunately, his scheme is interrupted by frequent barn construction and other chores.


  • Written by Jed Spingarn
  • Directed by Kirk Tingblad


  • The barn raising scenes spoof the musical number in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
  • Throughout the cartoon, the song "Simple Gifts" plays in the background. This song originated from the early American Quakers, who, like the Rhennish in the cartoon, also believed in a simple, hard-working lifestyle.
  • The sitcom Friends and its Diet Coke ads are the subject of jokes throughout this cartoon.
  • After the ending chorus, Pinky is heard sneezing over the black screen.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Rob Paulsen Pinky
Tress MacNeille Sarah
Jeff Bennett (as Jeff Glen Bennett) Jakob


Special thanks to Brian Norman's "Bunches of References Accumulated In a Nutshell" (B.R.A.I.N) reference guide for aiding in documenting this episode's references.

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)