Episode 49: Very Special Opening/A Christmas Plotz/Little Drummer Warners
Dot: "Here's the show's name-y!"
Stocking Stuffer - Kathryn Page
Yakko, Wakko & Dot: "Merry Christmas!"
December 6, 1993
Very Special Opening/A Christmas Plotz/Little Drummer Warners is the 49th episode of the original 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
Trivia 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.
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."
(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.
Yakko Warner, Ralph Jr., Lawyer #4, King #2
Wakko Warner, Lawyer #3, King #3
Dot Warner, Lawyer #2
Thaddeus Plotz, Ralph T. Guard, Ralph's Wife
Santa Claus, Lawyer #1, Father Plotz
The "Merry Christmas!" stinger is a redubbed version of the "Ciaoabunga!" stinger.
Transcript See here
List of Animaniacs Episodes
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 / Film Projector Transition / Goodfeathers: The Beginning • Taming of the Screwy • Flipper Parody / Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We? • Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt • The Warners' Lot Song / 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 / Fortunes / 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 & 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 / Session 1 / Up the Crazy River / Session 2 / Ta Da Dump • Yakko's World of Baldness / Opportunity Knox / Wings Take Heart • Hercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's Dream • Testimonials / 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 / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 3 / Hiccup / Cartoons in Wakko's Body Conclusion • Clown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob Brain • Very 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 Café • Critical Condition / The Three Muska-Warners • Dough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-Regard • Spellbound • Smitten with Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White Gloves • Casablanca Opening / Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet Rulers • Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging Bird • Animator's Alley / Hollywoodchuck • Of Nice and Men / What a Dump! / Survey Ladies • Useless Facts / The Senses Song / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten / • Mary Tyler Dot Song / Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for Slappy • Turkey Jerky / Wild Blue Yonder • Video Review / When Mice Ruled the Earth • Mobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / Icebreakers • Very Special Opening / A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer Warners • Slippin' on the Ice / 'Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's Universe • Branimaniacs / 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 • Oh, Oh, Ethel / Inkblot Test / Meet John Brain / Smell Ya Later • Ragamuffins / Woodstock Slappy • Karaoke Dokie / Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved Me • Baloney & 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 • My Father the Tuna / The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Take My Siblings, Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning Malaise • We're No Pigeons / Whistle-Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date • Miami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof / Coo • I'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake
Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake! • Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / Bingo • Previously on / Animaniacs Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. Me • A Hard Day's Warners / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation • The 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 Returns • Gimme the Works / 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
One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock • Cutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel / Cold Ending • Animani-rats /• 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 • Parody Commercials / 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
Message in a Bottle / 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 • Part II) • The Carpool / The Sunshine Squirrels • The 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)