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The Presidents Song/Don't Tread on Us/The Flame Returns is the 75th episode of the original Animaniacs, being the 6th episode of the show's 3rd season.

It originally aired on November 11, 1995.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: Here's the Flame-y...


  • The line "Meet Pinky and the Brain, who want to rule the universe." returns for the first time since episode 69.
  • The video quality of the theme song for this episode is notably blurrier than usual in most of its releases.

The Presidents Song

Animation by Akom Film Production



To the tune of the William Tell Overture finale, the Warners sing all the Presidents at the time of its release in 1995, with Bill Clinton being the latest. The Presidents are displayed in a Monty Python-esque art style.





  • Zachary Taylor's image is actually that of failed Whig presidential candidate and U.S. Army general Winfield Scott. Scott would unsuccessfully run for election in 1852, two years after Taylor's death.
  • See here for more information.

Don't Tread on Us

Animation by Akom Film Production



Pinky and the Brain attempt to replace the Declaration of Independence with their own document declaring the Brain supreme emperor of the world.



  • This is the first Pinky and the Brain cartoon to air as part of Animaniacs after the debut of their spin-off show.
  • The title of the episode is a reference to the phrase "Don't Tread on Me", which originated from the Gadsden Flag.
  • Elmer Fudd makes a brief cameo at the beginning, saying he is "hunting wedcoats. Hahahahahahahahahaha."
  • The Flame makes a cameo in this episode when the mice watch Thomas Jefferson work on the Declaration of Independence.
  • Pinky thinking that Brain's plan would involve learning to harmonize, finding a choreographer and moving to Detroit, as well as the mice's duet is a nod to the music produced by Motown Records.
  • At the end of the cartoon, Brain mentions that the French are revolting, referencing the French Revolution that occurred a few years after the American Revolution ended.
  • When Brain says “The same thing we do everywhere, Pinky,” he shoves his hand into his jacket. This is a reference to Napoleon Bonaparte’s famous gesture in which he would place his hand into his waistcoat. The Pinky and The Brain episode "Napoleon Brainaparte" (which first aired a week after Don’t Tread On Us) features a similar gag when a palace guard looks inside the police wagon to find Brain with his hand shoved inside his jacket, and he is immediately mistaken for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
    • The two episodes even use the same French ending chorus.


  • The mice arrive at Boston Harbor in 1775 and become caught up in the Boston Tea Party, which actually occurred on December 16, 1773.
  • Ben Franklin does his famous kite experiment in the episode, but the experiment took place in June of 1752.
  • In the episode, we see Thomas Jefferson ring the Liberty Bell (which has a crack in it) right after the Declaration of Independence was signed. In truth, the bell did not ring on the day of the signing, but rather on July 8th, 1776. As for the person who rang the bells, some speculate it was rung by Andrew McNair, who was the custodian of the Assembly and of the Congress. Lastly, the Liberty Bell acquired its famous crack in the early 1800s.

The Flame Returns

Animation by Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd.



The Flame watches Longfellow write the epic poem Paul Revere's Ride, while the poem is acted out both seriously and with cameos by at least one of each main story characters of the Animaniacs cast, and some commentary by the Flame.




  • The Landlord's Tale was not the initial title of Paul Revere's Ride. It was retitled for the collection Tales of a Wayside Inn.

Production Notes

  • This is the second episode of Animaniacs where all cartoons revolve around U.S. history
  • This is the first episode:
    • to feature the copyright notice and the full disclaimers as the last slide of the credits instead of appearing on the bottom after the stinger. This also meant that Steven Spielberg's executive producer credit was moved back from the stinger to the second-to-last slide of the credits. Despite that, very few episodes after that continued to have the exec. producer credit and the copyright notice on the stinger, which afterwards the changes became permanent.
    • to feature a bylineless version of the 1995 Warner Bros. Television Animation logo at the end, exclusive to the show, although it would be used in tandem with the standard version of it until episode 98.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Thomas Jefferson
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, The Flame's Twin Brother
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, John Adams, Paul Revere
Luke Ruegger The Flame
John Mariano Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Frank Welker Ralph T. Guard, Buttons, Narrator, Elmer Fudd, Benjamin Franklin, Chicken Boo

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)