Animaniacs Episode 41
Air date: September 17, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: Here's the show's namey...
Gag credit(s): Mrs. Claus-Kathryn Page
Closing tag: Slappy: It's ovah! Go away!
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Newsreel of the Stars

See also: Episode 14: La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam

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."

Broadcast Nuisance


Written by Gordon Bressack and Charlie Howell
Directed by Greg Reyna and Kirk Tingblad

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.
  • 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 Warners' song, Dot says, "We're Beatrice," which was the tagline of Beatrice Foods.
  • Wakko says, "Ground control to Major Tom, commencing countdown engines on," which is a lyric to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.


  • 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


Written by Deanna Oliver
Directed by Lenord Robinson

Animation by Akom Film Production


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


  • 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!"

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 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

Kathryn Page's Credit

Mrs. Claus


Slappy: It's ovah! Go away!

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List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon; Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big; H.M.S. Yakko/Slappy Goes Walnuts/Yakko's Universe; Hooked on a Ceiling/Goodfeathers: The Beginning; Taming Of The Screwy; Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?; Piano Rag/When Rita Met Runt; The Big Candy Store/Bumbie's Mom; Wally Llama/Where Rodents Dare; King Yakko; No Pain, No Painting/Les Miseranimals; Garage Sale of the Century/West Side Pigeons; Hello Nice Warners/La Behemoth/Little Old Slappy from Pasadena; La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam; Space-Probed/Battle for the Planet; Chalkboard Bungle/Hurray for Slappy/The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music; Roll Over, Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle; Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth; Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience; Hearts of Twilight/The Boids; The Flame/Wakko's America/Davy Omelette/Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago; Guardin' the Garden/Plane Pals; Be Careful What You Eat/Up the Crazy River/Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump; Opportunity Knox/Wings Take Heart; Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream; Testimonials (Animaniacs)/Babblin' Bijou Potty Emergency/Sir Yaksalot; You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position; Moby or Not Moby Mesozoic Mindy The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly Draculee, Draculaa Phranken-Runt Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled Moon Over Minerva Skullhead Boneyhands O Silly Mio Puttin' on the Blitz The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert Chairman of the Bored Planets Song Astro-Buttons Cartoons in Wakko's Body 1 Noah's Lark Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 The Big Kiss Hiccup Cartoons in Wakko's Body Conclusion Clown and Out Bubba Bo Bob Brain In the Garden of Mindy No Place Like Homeless Katie Ka-Boo Baghdad Cafe Critical Condition The Three Muska-Warners Dough Dough Boys Boot Camping General Boo-Regard Spellbound Smitten with Kittens Alas Poor Skullhead White Gloves Fair Game The Slapper Puppet Rulers Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter Broadcast Nuisance Raging Bird Animator's Alley Can't Buy a Thrill Hollywoodchuck Of Nice and Men What a Dump! Survey Ladies Useless Fact 1 The Senses Song Useless Fact 2 Dot's Poetry Corner The World Can Wait Useless Fact 3 Kiki's Kitten Useless Fact 4 Windsor Hassle ...And Justice for Slappy Turkey Jerky Wild Blue Yonder Video Revue When Mice Ruled the Earth Mobster Mash Lake Titicaca Icebreakers A Christmas Plotz Little Drummer Warners Twas the Day Before Christmas Jingle Boo The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert Toy Shop Terror Yakko's Universe The Warners and the Beanstalk Frontier Slappy Ups and Downs The Brave Little Trailer Yes, Always Drive-Insane Girlfeathers I'm Cute Brain Meets Brawn Meet Minerva Gold Rush A Gift of Gold Dot's Quiet Time Schnitzelbank The Helpinki Formula Le Bouton et le Ballon Kung Boo Of Course You Know, This Means Warners Up a Tree Wakko's Gizmo Meet John Brain Smell Ya Later Ragamuffins Woodstock Slappy Karaoke-Dokie Cranial Crusader The Chicken Who Loved Me Baloney and Kids Super Buttons Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson Scare Happy Slappy Witch One MacBeth With Three, You Get Eggroll Mermaid Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting Lookit the Fuzzy Heads No Face Like Home The Warners 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please The Mindy 500 Morning Malaise Miami Mama-Mia Pigeon on the Roof We're No Pigeons Whistle-Stop Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date I'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 Bingo Deduces Wild Rest in Pieces U.N. Me A Hard Day's Warners Gimme a Break Buttons in Ows Hercules Unwound This Pun for Hire Star Truck Go Fish Multiplication (song) The Sound of Warners Yabba Dabba Boo My Mother the Squirrel The Party Oh Say Can You See The Twelve Days of Christmas Dot's Entertainment The Girl with the Googily Goop Gunga Dot Soccer Coach Slappy Belly Button Blues Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise Valuable Lesson Wakko'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 Clock Cutie and the Beast Boo Happens Noel Jokahontas Boids on the Hood Mighty Wakko at the Bat A Very Very Very Very Special Show Night of the Living Buttons Soda Jerk From Burbank with Love Anchors A-Warners When You're Traveling Papers for Pappa Amazing Gladiators Pinky and the Ralph Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner No Time for Love The Boo Network Pitter Patter of Little Feet Mindy in Wonderland Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Back in Style Bones in the Body It Dot- The Macadamia Nut Bully for Skippy Cute First (Ask Questions Later) Acquaintances Here Comes Atilla Boo Wonder Magic Time The Brain's Apprentice Hooray for North Hollywood (Part I) Hooray for North Hollywood (Part II) The Carpool The Sunshine Squirrels The Christmas Tree Punchline (Part I) Prom Night Punchline (Part II) Birds on a Wire The Scoring Session The Animaniacs Suite
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