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Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth is the 47th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on November 23, 1993.

Theme Song


Last line

Dot: Here's the show's namey...

Chase Transition

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.


The Warners get chased by Ralph out of a sewer hole.

Video Review


Animation by Wang Film Production


The Warners star in this cartoon patterned after the Looney Tunes "bookstore come to life" cartoons, taking place in a video store. They prance around the store as they try to avoid a menacing dinosaur from a Jurassic Park tape.




  • The featured titles include the following:
    1. The Last Boy Scout
    2. Awakenings
    3. Three Men and a Baby
    4. The Hand That Rocked the Cradle
    5. Silence of the Lambs
    6. Bugsy (ft. Bugs Bunny)
    7. Beethoven
    8. The Player
    9. The Abyss
    10. Paperhouse
    11. Rambo III
    12. Rocky V
    13. Star Trek VI
    14. Sister Act
    15. Phantom of the Opera
    16. The Naked Gun (perhaps)
    17. Twins
    18. Hatari!
    19. Unforgiven
    20. Hook
    21. The Addams Family
    22. Amadeus
    23. A Muppet Family Christmas (replacing A with The)
    24. Citizen Kane
    25. Singin' in the Rain
    26. The Princess Bride
    27. The Prince of Tides
    28. The Fisher King (mentioned)
    29. Father of the Bride (also mentioned)
    30. Jaws
    31. Pyscho
    32. E.T.
    33. JFK
    34. Used People
    35. Cobra
    36. Pat and Mike
    37. Apocalypse Now
    38. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    39. Raging Bull
    40. The Godfather III
    41. Fried Green Tomatoes
    42. The Babe
    43. Lethal Weapon 2
    44. Mystic Pizza
    45. Edward Scissorhands
    46. Top Gun
    47. Wayne's World
    48. Malcolm X
    49. The Mighty Ducks
    50. Duck Soup
    51. Star Wars
    52. Boyz N The Hood
    53. Medicine Man
    54. The Doctor
    55. Jurassic Park
    56. Evil Dead
    57. Evil Dead 2
    58. Doctor Zhivago
    59. Dr. Giggles
    60. Soapdish
    61. Cape Fear
    62. Ben-Hur
    63. The Right Stuff
    64. A River Runs Through It
    65. The Bridge on the River Kwai
    66. A Few Good Men
    67. Taps
    68. The Bodyguard
    69. Sneakers
    70. Dick Tracy (probably)
    71. The Wizard of Oz
    72. Field of Dreams
    73. Batman
    74. Thelma and Louise
    75. Bram Stoker's Dracula
    76. Heaven's Gate
    77. Ishtar
    78. Dune
    79. Howard the Duck
    80. 1941 (Billy Bathgate is in International)
    81. Leonard Part VI
    82. Jacob's Ladder
    83. The Last of the Mohicans (briefly)
    84. Rain Man
    85. Backdraft
    86. City Slickers
    87. Lorenzo's Oil
    88. The Great Escape
    89. City of Joy
    • Some background titles are unclear.
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street is probably not seen but Freddy Krueger appears in the end.
  • The film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was co-produced by Spielberg.
  • The sign says, "Animaniacs - Guess Who's #1! New episode at 8pm". New episodes premiered at 4pm. This might be a reference to episode 48, which was a Thanksgiving Weekend episode, thus premiering on November 24, 1993 at 8:00pm.
  • This segment may be a "parody" of the 1946 cartoon starring Daffy Duck entitled Book Revue as well as other musical cartoons from the late '30s which featured book covers coming to life.
    • Daffy himself makes an appearance.
  • There's a poster for X-Toons (a parody of X-Men) outside the store.
  • On the Awakenings video, Robert De Niro references his other movie Taxi Driver.


  • Baby Plucky and Daffy Duck are seen on the cover of The Mighty Ducks, but when they are on the cover of Duck Soup, Plucky is suddenly his pre-teen self.
  • When Yakko enters the Star Wars video, the Death Star appears as it appeared in A New Hope, but when it is shown up close, it's the second Death Star from Return of the Jedi.

When Mice Ruled the Earth


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Pinky and the Brain use H.G. Wells' time machine to travel to prehistoric eras to take over the world.



  • When Brain announces they have reached "the dawn of time", and Pinky tells Brain to "wake [him] when it's the early noon of time", Wakko appears via the same stock footage of the rimshot from "Taming of the Screwy."
  • Julius Caesar is a caricature of Rex Harrison, who played the role in the 1963 Mankiewicz film Cleopatra, which was previously parodied in "Home on De-Nile."


Wheel of Morality


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Dot and Wakko do not want to do the Wheel of Morality again, until Yakko mentions that it was Fox's idea to do it.

The moral of today's story is: It turns out, nothing! Instead-- WIN A FREE TRIP TO TAHITI.

The Goodbye Song


Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Instead of the chase ending, the Warners and Ralph go onto a stage to sing a parody of Carol Burnett's "I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together."





Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Garth, Kevin Costner, H.G. Wells
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Wayne
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Rebecca De Mornay
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Groucho Marx
Frank Welker Ralph T. Guard, Sheep, Beethoven, Dinosaur, Charlton Heston, Dustin Hoffman, Caveman
Greg Burson Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck
Nathan Ruegger Baby Plucky
John Mariano Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson


See here

List of Animaniacs (Original Series) 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 / Les Boutons 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 3)The 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 Dot2001 Parody 1 / Soccer Coach Slappy 2001 Parody 2 / 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
Moosage 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 1Part 2)
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 / Transition: Very Special Opening / The Animaniacs Suite)