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Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter/Broadcast Nuisance/Raging Bird is the 41st episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on November 15, 1993.

Newsreel of the Stars


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.

Theme Song


Last line

Dot: Here's the show's name-y...

Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter


Animation by StarToons


Slappy stars in this parody of advertisements for Milk, whose slogan at the time was "It does a body good."


Slappy breaks the 4th wall, by throwing a bomb at the announcer.

Broadcast Nuisance


Animation by StarToons


The Warners act as delivery people from "Sam 'n' Ella's Coffee Shop" to deliver a sandwich for noted news anchor Dan Anchorman. However, Dan doesn't even get his sandwich (as it is eaten by Dot) and refuses to tip them, and they end up tormenting him throughout his broadcast.




  • This episode went through many, many changes through its airings. For one, the anchorman's name was originally Slam Fondlesome, but was later changed to Dan Anchorman, as the surname was considered somewhat suggestive. Additionally, Steven Spielberg was not keen to the amount of violence the Warners were exacting upon Fondlesome, so a large portion of violence was cut for reruns, including a scene where Fondlesome is electrocuted, and a cameo by Slappy Squirrel. In addition, some dialogue had to be redubbed, including Yakko's scene as William F. Yakkley (a parody of William F. Buckley) and what followed. The re-aired version appears on the DVD releases and on Hulu, but occasionally airs internationally.
    • A break-down of the deleted scenes can be viewed here.
    • In addition, the deleted scenes can be viewed in the gallery below
  • Slam Fondlesome is a parody of newsman Sam Donaldson. Doo-anne Sewer is a parody of Dianne Sawyer. Wolf Spritzer is a parody of Wolf Blitzer.
  • When the Warners change the channel on the news, Fondlesome finds himself in parodies of Gilligan's Island, Godzilla, and the WWF.
  • The Warners' last line is a reference to Dennis Miller's closing on Weekend Update on SNL.
  • At the end of the WB Boys' song, Dot says, "We're Beatrice," which was the tagline of Beatrice Foods.
  • Clips from this segment would later be used in Cartoon Network's rendition of the "Introducing the Warners" song in a promo.
  • Wakko says, "Ground control to Major Tom, commencing countdown engines on," which is a lyric to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.

Deleted Scenes


Yakko: Dan Anchorman is a picky pickle eater!
Dot: Try saying that five times fast.
Spritzer: Picky pickle pick... picky pick... pick...
Dot: You won't do very well on CNN.
Slam: I will not have this broadcast interupted by a bunch of little kids!
Yakko: We protest you calling us little kids! We prefer to be called "vertically impaired pre-adults".

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea: Having breakfast served to you in bed.

Bad Idea: Having tennis balls served to you in bed.

Raging Bird


Animation by Akom Film Production


The Goodfeathers star in a parody of Raging Bull, with Bobby, naturally, in the Robert DeNiro role.



  • This is the first Goodfeathers cartoon to feature the Goodfeathers intro.
  • Squit saying that Bobby "could have been a contender" is a reference to the iconic quote from the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.
  • This marks the first appearance of the Goodfeathers theme song, which is a parody of the Dean Martin song, "That's Amoré".
  • Wakko makes a cameo appearance after Pesto calls Bobby a wacko. A similar gag would later be used for an episode of Freakazoid.
  • The character of Max is a parody of Burgess Meredith's character from Rocky. Additionally, Prettyboy Robin is a parody of Rocky Balboa himself. This is made clear when he falls to pieces and yells, "Yo, Adrian!" A caricature of the Italian Stallion himself is seen doing his run up the stairs in a parody of the scene from the first film.
  • First appearance of Lana, Bobby's girlfriend. The other Girlfeathers, Sasha and Kiki, would be introduced later in "Girlfeathers".

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea: Whistling while you work.

Bad Idea: Whistling while you eat.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Wolf Spritzer
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Skipper
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Duanne Sewer
Phil Hartman Dan Anchorman/Slam Fondlesome
Maurice LaMarche Squit, Max, Prettyboy Robin, Gilligan
John Mariano Bobby
Chick Vennera Pesto, The Godpigeon
Gail Matthius Lana
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Tom Bodett Announcer
Frank Welker Narrator


See here

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)