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"Flipper Parody/Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?" is the 6th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on September 20th, 1993.

Flipper Parody


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


The Warners do a parody of the opening to the television show Flipper as Ralph pursues them.


Theme Song


Variable Line

Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Cockamamie...

Temporary Insanity


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Mr. Plotz's secretary gets sick and leaves him with a phone number to dial a temp-secretary, but because of his lack of knowledge on how telephones work he accidentally dials the Warners, having them come over and "help" Mr. Plotz out. In the end they destroy the building over a dispute on who answers the phone, the call itself being the secretary letting Mr. Plotz know that she'll be sick for another day.



  • Hanging on the wall, in the reception room, are pictures of the Tiny Toon Adventures characters: Hamton J. Pig, Buster Bunny and Elmyra Duff. There is also a portrait of Batman as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series, which had a lot of the same crew as Tiny Toons and Animaniacs.
  • Mr. Plotz is a technophobe, who doesn't know how to use a phone.
  • Yakko, Wakko and Dot have a Bugs Bunny phone.
  • Mr. Plotz appears to be drinking out of a Batman coffee mug.
  • The typing tune is "The Typewriter" by Leroy Anderson.
  • Yakko does an imitation of Jerry Lewis' typewriter miming routine from the film Who's Minding the Store?
  • The clips of Yakko saying "Time out!" and "Time in!" are used in the opening of Rob Paulsen's podcast "Talking Toons."
  • The sick secretary in Ellen Stamper's book adaptation of this episode is "Miss Fyngolden".


Plotz: (after hanging up on the Warners) Oh my. What have I done? Where's my aspirin? (opens his cabinet drawer)
(Yakko, Wakko and Dot appear out of the drawer)
Yakko: Reporting for work, sir!
(Yakko, Wakko and Dot kiss Mr. Plotz, and start cleaning and organizing his office)
Plotz: Get back in your tower!
Wakko: I thought you needed us to be your secretaries.
Plotz: Never!
(Wakko swallows Plotz's WB shield-shaped paperweight)
Plotz: And give me back my paperweight!
Wakko: Okay, but you'll have to wait a while.
Yakko: Mwah! Goodnight everybody!
Plotz: Ewwww!
Plotz: Stop!
Yakko: Time out!
Plotz: When will this insanity end?
Dot: When one of us answers the phone, silly.
Plotz: I did not know that.
Yakko: Time in!
Mr. Plotz: I want you to take a letter.
Wakko: Where do you want me to take it?
Mr. Plotz: No, no. I mean I want you to write a letter.
Wakko: Okay. (takes out a notepad and a pencil as Oh Christmas Tree plays in the background) Dear Santa, I have been ever so good this year. I would like a new mallet and a shiny brass anvil.
Mr. Plotz: No, no, no, no! Write a letter for me! For me!
Wakko: Well, I don't know what you want for Christmas.
(The phone rings.)
THE WB KIDS: I'll get it!
WAKKO: Look, it's a big fat fanny!

Mindy & Buttons Intro

Operation: Lollipop


Animated by Akom


Mindy's mom (whom she refers to as "Lady" which irritates the mom) straps Mindy to her safety harness and gives her a lollipop and tells Buttons that he won't get a treat unless he's good, and specifically not to terrorize the mailman. Mindy then proceeds to accidentally get the now sticky lollipop onto the mailman's van, causing her to escape her safety harness to get it. Buttons then proceeds to chase Mindy to get her back home. They end up on a falling out of an airplane gliding back home with a mail back, Mindy somehow getting back into her safety harness with the lollipop just in time for the mother to check up on them. Mindy's mom assumes that Buttons attacked the mail man because of all the mail scattered around, scolding him and not giving him his treat.



  • This is the first Mindy and Buttons segment to air.
  • The Warners cameo being chased by Ralph at the airport on luggage carts. Dot says, "Hiya folks!" to the viewing audience.

What Are We?


Animated by StarToons


As Dr. Scratchansniff tries to de-zanitize the WB Kids, he asks them what kind of creature they are. They then proceed to sing their ideas to him, but in the end they draw the conclusion that they are cute! Dr. Scratchansniff then says he regrets his decision to ask as they iris out.




  • Creator Tom Ruegger suggests that the Warners are merely toons and their species name is Cartoonus characterus.

Music By

Richard Stone, Carl Johnson


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Mindy's Mother, Mrs. Hoffelmeyer
Nancy Cartwright Mindy
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Buttons, Mailman
Maurice LaMarche Mel Gibson


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List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-ZanitizedThe Monkey SongNighty-Night ToonYakko's WorldCookies for EinsteinWin BigH.M.S. YakkoSlappy Goes WalnutsYakko's UniverseHooked on a CeilingGoodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyFlipper ParodyTemporary InsanityOperation: LollipopWhat are We?Piano RagWhen Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot SongThe Big Candy StoreBumbie's MomWally LlamaWhere Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No PaintingLes MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the CenturyWest Side PigeonsHello Nice WarnersLa BehemothLittle Old Slappy from PasadenaLa La LawCat on a Hot Steel BeamSpace-ProbedBattle for the PlanetChalkboard BungleHurray for SlappyThe Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His MusicRoll Over, BeethovenThe Cat and the FiddlePavlov's MiceChicken Boo-RyshnikovNothing But the ToothMeatballs or ConsequencesA Moving ExperienceHearts of TwilightThe BoidsThe FlameWakko's AmericaDavy OmeletteFour Score and Seven Migraines AgoGuardin' the GardenPlane PalsBe Careful What You EatUp the Crazy RiverTa Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump DumpOpportunity KnoxWings Take HeartHercule YakkoHome on De-NileA Midsummer Night's DreamTestimonials (Animaniacs)Babblin' BijouPotty EmergencySir YaksalotYou Risk Your LifeI Got Yer CanJockey for PositionMoby or Not MobyMesozoic MindyThe Good, the Boo, and the UglyDraculee, DraculaaPhranken-RuntHot, Bothered and BedeviledMoon Over MinervaSkullhead BoneyhandsO Silly MioPuttin' on the BlitzThe Great Wakkorotti: The Summer ConcertChairman of the BoredPlanets SongAstro-ButtonsCartoons in Wakko's Body 1Noah's LarkCartoons in Wakko's Body 2The Big KissHiccup Cartoons in Wakko's Body ConclusionClown and OutBubba Bo Bob BrainVery Special OpeningAnimaniacs StewIn the Garden of MindyPinky and the CatWe've Been Mixing Up the ScriptsNo Place Like HomelessKatie Ka-BooWe Found This Old ComputerDottie the SquirrelBaghdad CafeCritical ConditionThe Three Muska-WarnersDough Dough BoysBoot CampingGeneral Boo-RegardSpellboundSmitten with KittensAlas Poor SkullheadWhite GlovesFair GameThe SlapperPuppet RulersButtermilk, It Makes a Body BitterBroadcast NuisanceRaging BirdAnimator's AlleyCan't Buy a ThrillHollywoodchuckOf Nice and MenWhat a Dump!Survey LadiesUseless Fact 1The Senses SongUseless Fact 2Dot's Poetry CornerThe World Can WaitUseless Fact 3Kiki's KittenUseless Fact 4Mary Tyler Dot SongWindsor Hassle...And Justice for SlappyTurkey JerkyWild Blue YonderVideo RevueWhen Mice Ruled the EarthMobster MashLake TiticacaIcebreakersA Christmas PlotzLittle Drummer WarnersTwas the Day Before ChristmasJingle BooThe Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday ConcertToy Shop TerrorYakko's UniverseBranimaniacsThe Warners and the BeanstalkFrontier SlappyUps and DownsThe Brave Little TrailerYes, AlwaysDrive-InsaneGirlfeathersI'm CuteBrain Meets BrawnMeet MinervaGold RushA Gift of GoldDot's Quiet TimeSchnitzelbankThe Helpinki FormulaLe Bouton et le BallonKung BooOf Course You Know, This Means WarnersUp a TreeWakko's GizmoMeet John BrainSmell Ya LaterRagamuffinsWoodstock SlappyKaraoke DokieCranial CrusaderThe Chicken Who Loved MeBaloney and KidsSuper ButtonsKatie Ka-Boom: The Driving LessonScare Happy SlappyWitch OneMacBethWith Three, You Get EggrollMermaid MindyKatie Ka-Boom: Call WaitingLookit the Fuzzy HeadsNo Face Like HomeMy Father the TunaThe Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings PleaseThe Mindy 500Morning MalaiseWe're No PigeonsWhistle-Stop MindyKatie Ka-Boom: The Broken DateMiami Mama-MiaPigeon on the RoofI'm MadBad Mood BobbyKatie Ka-Boom: The BlemishFake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner SiblingsNutcracker SlappyWakko's New GookieA Quake, a Quake!Variety SpeakThree Tenors and You're OutBingoPreviously on AnimaniacsDeduces WildRest in PiecesU.N. MeA Hard Day's WarnersGimme a BreakPlease Please Please Get a Life FoundationThe Tiger PrinceAll The Words in the English Language: Part 1The Kid in the LidAll the Words in the English Language: Part 2Method to Her MadnessAll the Words in the English Language: Part 3The Presidents SongDon't Tread on UsThe Flame ReturnsGimme the WorksButtons in OwsHercules UnwoundThis Pun for HireStar TruckGo FishMultiplication (song)The Sound of WarnersYabba Dabba BooMy Mother the SquirrelThe PartyOh! Say Can You SeeThe Twelve Days of ChristmasDot's EntertainmentThe Girl with the Googily GoopGunga DotSoccer Coach SlappyBelly Button BluesOur Final Space Cartoon, We PromiseValuable LessonWakko's 2-Note SongPanama CanalHello NurseThe Ballad of MagellanThe Return of the Great WakkorottiThe Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo ClockCutie and the BeastBoo HappensNoelAnimani-ratsJokahontasBoids on the HoodMighty Wakko at the BatA Very Very Very Very Special ShowNight of the Living ButtonsSoda JerkFrom Burbank with LoveAnchors A-WarnersWhen You're TravelingPapers for PappaAmazing GladiatorsPinky and the RalphTen Short Films About Wakko WarnerNo Time for LoveThe Boo NetworkPitter Patter of Little FeetMindy in WonderlandRalph's Wedding
Season 5
Back in StyleBones in the BodyItDot- The Macadamia NutBully for SkippyCute First (Ask Questions Later)AcquaintancesHere Comes AtillaBoo WonderMagic TimeThe Brain's Apprentice
Hooray for North Hollywood: (Part IPart II)
The CarpoolThe Sunshine SquirrelsThe Christmas TreePunchline (Part I)Prom NightPunchline (Part II)
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special:
(Birds on a WireThe Scoring SessionThe Animaniacs Suite)