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For the location of the same name, see Brainania (Location).

Brainania is is the 5th overall episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series. It originally aired on November 12, 1995.


Animation by Wang

Brainania title


The Brain's latest scheme is once again too expensive to unfurl. In order to gain the money to properly fund the plan, Brain and Pinky establish a country called "Brainania" to gain lucrative foreign aid from the U.S. government.




  • As was the case with certain cartoons from seasons 3 and 4 of the original Animaniacs, StarToons assisted Wang with storyboarding and sheet-timing duties for this episode. Studio founder Jon McClenahan directed as well, and his style can be seen in several shots. Another StarToons crew-member who helped out with this episode was Dave Pryor.
  • Dateline spoof Punchline and its caricature of host Ted Koppel, Fred Foppel; return from the Tiny Toon Spring Break Special. They will go on to play a recurring role throughout the series, typically reporting on an episode’s events.
  • Pinky and Brain would later use their Brainania-personas in the episode "T.H.E.Y."
  • The island god’s name, Whanganui, is the same name used for several locations in New Zealand’s North Island. It is principally an metropolitan area and district on the western coast .
  • Edward Burrow, the reporter who reports on the Brainanian motorcade’s arrival to the White House is a spoof on the late reporter Edward R. Murrow. Murrow’s style is also replicated for Burrow.
  • When Bisque says "Oh, please, stop! Next you’ll be saying, ‘What-a-country!’", it is referencing the sitcom of the same name.
  • The Taft memorial is somewhat accurate in description as William Howard Taft was indeed "America’s largest president" at about 335 lbs/152 kg towards the end of his term in 1913. The real life memorial however, looks far different.
  • Footage of this episode is later used in the 2001 film See Spot Run (which Warner Bros. later produced), where the character James is seen watching the episode.


Production Art[]


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Additional Voices
Rob Paulsen Pinky, Additional Voices
Frank Welker The President, Additional Voices
Jeff Glen Bennett Alan, Fontain Bisque, Additional Voices
Jim Cummings Fred Floppel
Tress MacNeille Mrs. Applebee, Hillary Clinton, Additional Voices


Special thanks to Brian Norman's "Bunches of References Accumulated In a Nutshell" (B.R.A.I.N) reference guide for aiding in documenting this episode's references.

List of Pinky and the Brain episodes
Season 1
Das MouseOf Mouse And ManTokyo Grows / That Smarts / BrainstemPinky and the Fog / Where No Mouse Has Gone Before / Cheese Roll CallBrainaniaTV or Not TVNapoleon BrainaparteA Pinky and the Brain ChristmasSnowballAround the World in 80 NarfsFlyAmbulatory Abe / Mouse of La ManchaThe Third Mouse / The Visit
Season 2
It's Only A Paper WorldCollect 'em All / PinkassoPlan Brain From Outer SpaceThe Pink CandidateBrain's SongWelcome to the JungleA Little Off the Top / Megalomaniacs AnonymousThe Mummy / Robin BrainTwo Mice and a Baby / The MazeBrain of the FutureBrinkyHoop Schemes
Season 3
Leave it to Beavers / CinebrainiaBrain NoirPinky and the Brain... And Larry / Where the Deer and the Mousealopes PlayBrain's Bogie / Say What, EarthMy Feldmans, My FriendsAll You Need Is Narf / Pinky's PlanCold Open- A New Direction / This Old MouseBrain StormA Meticulous Analysis of History / Funny, You Don't Look RhennishThe Pinky ProtocolMice Don't Dance / Brain DrainedBrain AcresPinky and the Brainmaker / Calvin BrainPinky Suavo / T.H.E.YThe Real LifeBrain's WayA Pinky and the Brain HalloweenBrainy JackLeggo My Ego / Big in JapanBut That's Not All, Folks!Operation Sea Lion / You Said a MousefulThe Tailor and the Mice / Bah, WildernessPinky at the Bat / Schpiel-borg 2000Broadway MaladyThe Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo / The Melancholy BrainInherit the WheezeBrain's Night Off / Beach Blanket BrainThe Family That Poits Together, Narfs TogetherPinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global DominationYou'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town AgainDangerous BrainsWhat Ever Happened to Baby Brain / Just Say NarfThe Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator / Brain Food
Season 4

(Part 1 - Brain, Brain, Go AwayPart 2 - I Am Not a HatPart 3 - Wash Harder)
To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory BonkThe Pinky and the Brain Reunion SpecialA Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N.
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special: (Star Warners)