Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth is the 47th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on November 23, 1993.
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Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.
The Warners get chased by Ralph out of a sewer hole.
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:
- The Last Boy Scout
- Three Men and a Baby
- The Hand That Rocked the Cradle
- Silence of the Lambs
- Bugsy (ft. Bugs Bunny)
- The Player
- The Abyss
- Rambo III
- Rocky V
- Star Trek VI
- Sister Act
- Phantom of the Opera
- The Naked Gun (perhaps)
- The Addams Family
- A Muppet Family Christmas (replacing A with The)
- Citizen Kane
- Singin' in the Rain
- The Princess Bride
- The Prince of Tides
- The Fisher King (mentioned)
- Father of the Bride (also mentioned)
- Used People
- Pat and Mike
- Apocalypse Now
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Raging Bull
- The Godfather III
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- The Babe
- Lethal Weapon 2
- Mystic Pizza
- Edward Scissorhands
- Top Gun
- Wayne's World
- Malcolm X
- The Mighty Ducks
- Duck Soup
- Star Wars
- Boyz N The Hood
- Medicine Man
- The Doctor
- Jurassic Park
- Evil Dead
- Evil Dead 2
- Doctor Zhivago
- Dr. Giggles
- Cape Fear
- The Right Stuff
- A River Runs Through It
- The Bridge on the River Kwai
- A Few Good Men
- The Bodyguard
- Dick Tracy (probably)
- The Wizard of Oz
- Field of Dreams
- Thelma and Louise
- Bram Stoker's Dracula
- Heaven's Gate
- Howard the Duck
- Leonard Part VI
- Jacob's Ladder
- The Last of the Mohicans (briefly)
- Rain Man
- City Slickers
- Lorenzo's Oil
- The Great Escape
- 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.
- 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."
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.
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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."
- Written by John P. McCann
- The song is a parody of "I'm So Glad We've Had This Time Together" often sung by Carol Burnett at the end of each episode of The Carol Burnett Show.
- The ending where the Warners pull on their ears is even in reference to Carol Burnett ending every show by tugging on her ear lobe. Burnett revealed that it was in tribute to her grandmother.
|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|