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Star Warners is the 65th and final episode of the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series. It was originally aired on November 14, 1998, under The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special with episode 99 of Animaniacs.


Star Warners

Animation by Wang

Star Warners title card.jpg

Plot

What would happen if Star Wars and Animaniacs were put in a blender? The final Pinky and the Brain episode, Star Warners is the answer. The episode, which includes many of the Animaniacs cast is a Star Wars parody of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi with Pinky and the Brain (as 3-PinkEO and Brain2-Me2) planning to use the Mega Star for their galactic domination plans. Along the way, the two become entangled in an adventure to save Princess Dot from the menacing Girth Plotz, who schemes to use the Mega Star for his own nefarious purposes.

Crew

Songs

Trivia

  • This cartoon was rarely seen in reruns (one notable re-airing occurred in 1999 on Kids WB! to celebrate the release of The Phantom Menace).[1] [2]
  • This episode's gag credit word "Nympholepsy" is theorized to represent Brain's general improbable desires to take over the world (or galaxy in this episode's case).
    • It is also theorized to be a jab at Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain; the retool desired by executives that failed to win over the show's own crew and fans.
  • Like Wakko's Wish, many regular and minor characters appear throughout the cartoon. A few Looney Tunes characters can also be found.
  • Dot's "five year mission" line is a reference to the opening lines for the Star Trek intro, which were originally spoken by Captain James T. Kirk (portrayed by William Shatner).
  • Wakko's Luke Skywalker costume looks similar to an outfit he wears in "Hercule Yakko."
  • If this episode were under the episode count of Animaniacs, then this would count as their 100th episode.
  • Rita, Buttons, and Runt do not appear.
  • When Wak Skylicker, Brain2-Me2 and 3-PinkEO go to find Slappy, 3-PinkEO thinks Slappy Wanna Nappy will help him get a brain. The scene after, they perform a brief musical number parodying the "We're Off to See the Wizard" dance in The Wizard of Oz. Wak even asks if they have wandered into a wrong movie.
  • The cantina is named "the studio of Mos Eisner," a play on the names of the Mos Eisley cantina and former Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
  • During the cantina scene, the Tiny Toon Adventures robot character Clyde appears alongside Looney Tunes star Egghead Jr.. The two were part of the initial pre-production Animaniacs line-up, but were scrapped from the final roster (see here for more information).
  • While pitching her pilot, Slappy says her show "is like The Lucy Show, but with a squirrel." The Lucy Show is a sitcom starring Lucille Ball and was the follow-up to I Love Lucy.
    • I Love Slappy is a reference to I Love Lucy, a 1950s sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Spacefeld is a parody of Seinfeld, a sitcom starring Jerry Seinfeld.
  • The alien family on the Comedy Planet resembles the Jetsons.
  • Despite a parody of the original Star Wars trilogy, there were a few concepts from this episode that ended up being similar to elements in future Star Wars media.
    • Pinky's C-3PO has similar characteristics to a battle droid pawn.
    • Slappy is portraying a spoof of Obi-Wan Kenobi, here a female "Jedi"-like warrior. Female Jedis would later be explored in future Star Wars media through characters such as Rey.
    • Hello Nurse portrays a female Stormtrooper in this cartoon. Captain Phasma, a female Stormttooper, would later debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • In the end, the ending chorus calls Pinky and the Brain “3Pinky and the Fridge”, as the lyrics scroll and Brain replies “I am not a refrigerator!”. Then a four dot ellipsis appears, dot by dot as the chorus resumes “Dot dot dot dot!”.

Characters

Cameo Characters

Gallery

Production Art

Production Notes

  • "Star Warners" was initially due to premiere alone without the Animaniacs cartoons on Friday, October 9, 1998. Two days before its initial planned air-date, the delay was announced. Later on October 28, the new date of November 14 was confirmed.[3]
    • From the same citation; the existence of this episode was initially confirmed by Tom Ruegger on July 13, 1998.
  • This cartoon was primarily promoted on-air by Kids' WB under The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special, presumably due to most of the Animaniacs cast appearing.
    • "Star Warners" is in fact, documented as an episode of Animaniacs under an alternate listing, presumably due to airing during the special.[4] Additional listings for the episode under its standard Pinky and the Brain labeling exist as well.[5] [6]
  • This is the final Pinky and the Brain cartoon without Elmyra Duff until "Of Mice and Memes" from the Animaniacs reboot in 2020, exactly 22 years and 6 days after this episode first aired.
  • Much like Animaniacs, this series' first episode featured material animated by Wang and this final episode also featured material animated by Wang, providing bookends of sorts for the series.

Cast

Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen 3-Pinky-O, Yak Soho, Dr. Scratchansniff, Additional Voices
Maurice LaMarche Brain-2-Me-2, Squit Additional Voices
Jess Harnell Wak Skylicker, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Princess Dot, Sergeant Major Nurse, Additional Voices
John Mariano Bobby
Chick Vennera Pesto
Frank Welker Girth Plotz, Ralph T. Guard, Chewbooboo, Flabby the Butt
Sherri Stoner Slappy Wanna-Nappy
Nathan Ruegger Skippoda
Nancy Cartwright Mindy
Julie Brown Minerva Mink
Ben Stein Pip
Neil Ross Marvin the Martian
Jeff Bennett Baloney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Spacefield

Transcript

See here

References

  1. Animaniacs Schedule Archive (1998-1999) - Kids Block Blog. Published September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  2. "Star Wars Parody?" - alt.tv.animaniacs. Published May 13, 1999. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  3. Toon Zone- Brian Cruz's WB Cartoons Page. "Old News". Published September 25, 1998; October 7, 1998; and October 28, 1998. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  4. "Star Warners" - eidr
  5. "Star Warners" (Pinky and the Brain: Season 4) - eidr
  6. "Star Warners" (Pinky and the Brain: Season 4) (EDIT) - eidr

List of Pinky and the Brain (spin-off) 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 AbeMouse of La Mancha / The 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
Brainwashed:

(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)

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