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Very Special Opening/A Christmas Plotz/Little Drummer Warners is the 49th episode of the original Animaniacs and the show's first Christmas special. It originally aired on December 6, 1993.

Each segment in the episode was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd..

Very Special Opening

Animaniacs special presentation logo


Newsreel of the Stars


See also: Episode 1: De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon#Newsreel of the Stars

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.


  • Snow is added to the Newsreel in all of the scenes, including the indoor scenes.
  • Like Episode 14, Episode 22, at the end, instead of fading out, it goes straight into the theme song.

Theme Song


Last line

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


  • Snow is added to every frame of the theme song, while sleigh bells can also be heard in the background for most of the song.

A Christmas Plotz



Animaniacs does their version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Thaddeus Plotz in the role of Scrooge, Ralph T. Guard in the Bob Cratchit role, Slappy in the Jacob Marley role, Wakko as the ghost of Christmas past, Dot as the ghost of Christmas present, and Yakko as the ghost of Christmas future.




  • The carolers are caricatures of Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, and Roseanne Barr.
  • Slappy demands her $464, which would be equal to $895.25 in 2022. It is assumed that $464 was the scale pay for an actor in the Screen Actors' Guild.
  • The writers on the show seemed to really love Family Matters, because Ralph Jr. makes reference to "that Urkel kid".
  • When Dot/Ghost of Christmas Present kicks Mr. Plotz' name-tag, his first name "Thaddeus" is misspelled as "Thadius".
  • This cartoon would later be adapted for the album A Hip-Hopera Christmas.


Slappy: Why don't you lighten up?!
Plotz: A horrible old squirrel! What are you doing here?
Slappy: That's what I'd like to know! The studio keeps givin' me these stupid cameos! (gets out her script and reading glasses) All right, hang on. I gotta coupla lines here. (clears throat) "Tonight, you will be visited by three ghosts."
Plotz: Why?
(beat as Slappy looks at her script)
Slappy: I dunno. I lost the other page. Can you believe I'm doing this for scale? Hey! Where's my four hundred and sixty-four dollars?! I gotta get a new agent.
Yakko: Helloooo, nurses! Say, why don't you come over to the water tower and look at my stamp collection?
Showgirl: But, Yakko, you don't have a stamp collection.
Yakko: Well, then, you can open my mail.

Little Drummer Warners



The Warners act out the nativity story to the tunes of "Silent Night", "We Three Kings", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Away in a Manger" and "The Little Drummer Boy".

The Warners act as shepherds, where they come upon the manger where Baby Jesus was born with Mary and Joseph. When the Three Wise Men give the Newborn King gifts, the Warners realize they have no gift. In lieu of a gift, Wakko asks to play on his drum, to which Mary agrees. The Warners then launch into a wild jazz rendition of "Little Drummer Boy," which pleases Mary and Joseph. Baby Jesus awakens, smiling at the Warners as the segment ends.




  • This cartoon features a more serious tone compared to other cartoons in the show, most likely due to the religious themes featured in the cartoon.
    • This cartoon is one of the few times the Warners are present for a certain historical/religious event where they don't antagonize anyone.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Ralph Jr., Lawyer #4, King #2
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Lawyer #3, King #3
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Lawyer #2
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Ralph T. Guard, Ralph's Wife
Maurice LaMarche Santa Claus, Lawyer #1, Father Plotz
Nancy Linari Mother Plotz
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Lisa Raggio Helga
Jim Cummings King #1
Carol Lombard Chorus Girl
Kimberly Fligsten Chorus Girl
Brianne Lepon Chorus Girl
Sara Ford Chorus Girl


  • The "Merry Christmas!" stinger is a redubbed version of the "Ciaoabunga!" stinger.


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)