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Hooked on a Ceiling/Goodfeathers: The Beginning is the fourth episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on September 16, 1993.

Theme Song


Variable Line

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

Tower Escape

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

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The Warners escape from the water tower via a hot air balloon.


  • The balloon has a clown's face on it, despite Wakko's fear of clowns in a later episode.
  • Clips from this sequence would later be used in the show's extended theme song opening.

Hooked on a Ceiling


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


Michelangelo fires all of his workers while painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but realizes he has no workers, and the Pope is coming by to see the finished ceiling soon. So he hires the Warners, who paint over the various pictures due to their disgust over naked people. However, when Michelangelo claims that they're supposed to paint naked people, the Warners agree (because they like painting naked people). However, the end results displease Michelangelo, but the Pope, who is revealed to be Steven Spielberg, is impressed by the paintings that resemble his movies.




  • The title is a parody of the song "Hooked on a Feeling."
  • Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade 1 - Gnomus" is a recurring song in this cartoon.
  • In the beginning of the cartoon, parodies of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear (which Rob Paulsen (Yakko) voiced one of the characters), since Michelangelo is also one of the names of the turtles. Michelangelo the Turtle has an orange headband.
  • The narrator is a caricature of actor John Houseman.
  • The Goodfeathers are seen sitting on the statue of David in one of the slides.
  • Michelangelo is a caricature of actor Kirk Douglas, despite having been played by Charlton Heston in a Hollywood portrayal while Douglas played Vincent van Gogh.
  • The bellringer is a parody of Quasimodo from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • At the end of the Warners' song, Dot sings a parody of "Feelings" by Morris Albert.
  • "Friends, we'll paint any ceiling for just 29.95. Right!" is a parody of Earl Scheib's commercials from the 1980s for his automobile painting chain.
  • When Michelangelo asks to be let in, Yakko does an imitation of the guard from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • An animated version of Steven Spielberg (the show's executive producer) makes a cameo, as the Pope.
  • In The Creation of Adam, Elliot and E.T. (from Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) take the place of Adam and God.
  • At the end, the Warners give Michelangelo a bowl of cereal and say, "Hey, Mikey, he likes it!" This is a parody of the Life cereal ads from the 1970s.
  • After Dot tells Michelangelo to paint the Mona Lisa, he says, "That's Da Vinci!" then Dot says, "That's delightful!" then Yakko says, "That's de-lovely!" This is a reference to a song by Cole Porter called "It's De-Lovely".
  • After whiting out the ceiling, the Warners paint a C.M. Coolidge painting of dogs playing poker, a group of girls done in the style of Margaret Keane and a portrait of Elvis Presley.
  • The praying peasant sounds exactly like Dr. Scratchansniff.
  • Popular YouTube critic The Nostalgia Critic has named this short as the greatest Animaniacs short.
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic is played by Wakko and Dot as Yakko talks dirty. This scene would later be redubbed in Yakko's World on VHS encouraging the audience to sing the Animaniacs Theme Song with the cast.


Yakko: Wait a minute, you expect us poor innocent children to climb up that dangerous scaffolding and paint naked people all over a church?
The Warners: We'll do it!
Yakko: But we're not doing it for the sake of art, and we're not doing it for the sake of money. No, we're doing it because...we like painting naked people.

Film Projector Transition

Animated by StarToons

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The Warners are about to watch the next cartoon in a movie theater.

Goodfeathers: The Beginning


Animated by Akom Productions Co.


Squit dreams of being a Goodfeather, like Pesto and Bobby, but the two don't think he has what it takes. However, the Godpigeon agrees to let him be a Goodfeather if he gets him some food, so the trio of pigeons try to get a bagel that landed in the middle of the street. However, all of their attempts usually end with them getting injured in some way. In the end, the Godpigeon ends up getting the bagel himself with ease, and Squit becomes a Goodfeather.



  • The was the first Goodfeathers cartoon produced and aired.
  • This is the only episode to reference the Godpigeon's real name, Solly.
  • Goodfeathers is a parody of the films Goodfellas and The Godfather.
    • The long tracking shot of the Goodfeathers walking into the subway station is lifted right out of Goodfellas.
  • The Warners cameo twice in this cartoon. They first appear being chased by Ralph on the sidewalk, and they reappear being chased by him on the subway.
  • "Are you walking with me? I don't see anybody else here" parodies the line, "Are you talking to me?" spoken by another Robert DeNiro character in a different Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver.
  • First cartoon to be animated by Akom.

Wheel of Morality


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Wakko is confused and wants to learn the moral of the story.

The moral of the story is: "Never ask what hot dogs are made of."


  • This is also one of the few times the Wheel of Morality leads into a chase ending where Wakko has to pull an item out of his Gag Bag to return to the water tower.

Chase Ending

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

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The Warners outrun Ralph to the Water Tower. Wakko pulls up a ladder from his bag, with the three climbing afterwards. Ralph follows pursuit, however the ladder descends and falls back inside the bag with Ralph. The Warners shrug and close themselves inside the Water Tower.


  • This is the first chase ending sequence.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Ninja Turtle, Churchgoer
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Woman
Maurice LaMarche Michelangelo, Squit, Quasimodo
Chick Vennera Pesto, The Godpigeon
John Mariano Bobby
Frank Welker Narrator, Taxi Caller, Steven Spielberg


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List of Animaniacs 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 / Le Bouton 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 3The 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 DotSoccer Coach Slappy / 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
Message 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 IPart II)
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 / The Animaniacs Suite)