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Meet John Brain/Smell Ya Later is the 58th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on February 28, 1994.

Oh, Oh, Ethel

Animation by StarToons



An advertisement for a new one-woman show starring Slappy Squirrel called "Oh, Oh, Ethel" is shown. However, Slappy becomes discouraged when she finds out the show is a tribute to Ethel Merman and not Ethel Mertz like she originally thought.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko: Eisenhower, Mamie...

Inkblot Test

Animation by StarToons

Inkblot cover


Yakko is in a session with Dr. Scratchansniff. Scratchy shows Yakko some ink blot tests but all Yakko sees is girls. However, the fourth test reminds him of the next cartoon.


  • The inkblot test is a parody of the Rorschach test.
  • This cartoon marks another instance where the show got away with saying "sexy" (This previously happened in "The Big Kiss")
  • Around 2020-2021, this particular cartoon became an internet meme of sorts where instead of answering "girls", Yakko answers "Amogus" (a reference to the video game Among Us). The meme became popular enough for Rob Paulsen to redub the segment with references to the meme for Esports Arena; which hosts his Talkin' Toons program.

Meet John Brain

Animation by StarToons



Pinky and the Brain play the political game when "John Brain" runs for President of the United States. Brain's obvious comments about being a mouse goes over the public's head as his campaign is met with surprising success, and the public praises him. Unfortunately, it all comes crumbling down when Brain makes his first public in-person appearance. The public is disgusted that he is in fact, an actual mouse.



  • This is one of the few Pinky and the Brain cartoons where StarToons handled the animation. They would later animate "The Brain's Apprentice" in episode 94, as well as provide storyboarding and sheet-timing for the spin-off series cartoon "Brainania."
  • Larry Kling is a caricature of Larry King.
  • Suzanne Slimmers and her Thighmonster parody Suzanne Somers's real-life endorsement of the Thighmaster.
  • Additional media figures parodied in this cartoon were Wolf Blitzer & Barbara Walters.
  • Yakko makes a cameo appearance as a silent reporter during one of Brain's press conferences.
  • Admiral Pinky is a reference to Ross Perot's running mate, Admiral James Stockdale. Additionally, Pinky's "What am I doing here?" spoofs Stockdale's "Who am I? What am I doing here?" quote used to open the 1992 Vice Presidential debates.
    • The clip of Pinky saying, "NARF! Ahehehehehehehehehe, what'm I doin' here?" was used in the intro for Rob Paulsen's podcast, Talkin' Toons.
  • The tomato splatter behind Brain, resembles one of the ten Rorschach blots (just spoofed in the segment before this one).
  • This is the final Pinky and the Brain cartoon to use the TMS version of their theme song. Their last five Animaniacs cartoons (expect for "Hercules Unwound") would use the Wang version of their theme song.
  • At the end of this cartoon, it is revealed that Chicken Boo is also running for president and was primed to take Brain's place as the popular candidate.


  • In the original version of this cartoon, Jupiter was misspelled as "Jupitep". The future airing is changed to "Indiana". The corrected version of this has "Juptiep" changed to "Indiana." This was also re-animated due to cels. Several banners got added in the corrected version. The original version can be seen on the DVD.
  • Hello Nurse makes a cameo, but in the first shot, her hair is black rather than blonde, like it usually is.
  • Chicken Boo is very clearly labeled as "Chicken Boo" on the news despite being referred to as "Mr. Boo." This goof is ironic considering the failure of Brain's campaign due to being a mouse, as well as Boo's own history of being shunned for not being human.


Smell Ya Later

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.



Slappy and Skippy face off against Stinkbomb the dog and his grandson Bumpo to get some nuts.



  • Famous comedian Jonathan Winters guest-stars in this cartoon as Stinkbomb.
  • At one point in the cartoon, Skippy says, "Stinkbomb go down the hole" like Baby Plucky in Tiny Toon Adventures. Both characters were voiced by Nathan Ruegger.
  • This is the final cartoon to use the TMS version of her theme song. The rest of the season 1 Slappy cartoons and "Soccer Coach Slappy" would continue to use the StarToons version of her intro. Slappy cartoons from seasons 3-5 would use the Wang-animated Slappy and Skippy intro (expect for "My Mother the Squirrel," "Soccer Coach Slappy," "Bully for Skippy," and "The Christmas Tree").
  • One of these scenes would later be used in the extended intro.


  • In the original version, Stinkbomb's doghouse had his name misspelled as "STINKBOMP". This was later corrected, but the original can be seen on the DVD.


Animation by Akom Film Production



Chicken Boo stars in a parody of Nike sneakers ads.



  • This cartoon is one of Paul Dini's few contributions to Animaniacs.

Wheel of Morality


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

The moral of the story is: "Do not back up. Severe tire damage." Both Wakko and Dot think the wheel is broken.


  1. Hail to the Chief
  2. The Mulberry Bush (British Folk Song)
  3. The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
  4. Humouresque by Antonin Dvorak
  5. The Farmer in the Dell (North American Folk Song)
  6. America the Beautiful by Samuel Ward
  7. The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Sousa
  8. While Strolling Through The Park One Day by Ed Haley


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Larry Kling
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Jonathan Winters Stinkbomb
Luke Ruegger Bumpo
Frank Welker Chicken Boo, Skunk
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Barbara Walters, Suzanne Slimmers
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Wolf Spritzer
Brian Cummings Announcer
Lauri Fraser Reporter


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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)