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Episode 81: Soccer Coach Slappy/Belly Button Blues/Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise/Valuable Lesson is the 81st episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on February 3, 1996. (see below) Every segment in this episode was animated by Wang Film Production.

2001 Parody 1

2001 Parody 1 cover


The Warners parody scenes from the first act of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: Bowling laney...

Soccer Coach Slappy



Slappy acts as the coach for Skippy's soccer team. However, Skippy keeps getting hit in the face with the ball.



  • Skippy quotes "Of Fox and Hounds," a 1940 Tex Avery cartoon, after being hit in the face with the ball.
    • These lines were added because Nate Reugger believed it was too pathetic for Skippy to cry so many times after getting hit.
  • This is the first Slappy segment since season 1 to use the original intro.
  • Legendary boxer-turned-inventor George Foreman is referenced twice in this episide. On the second reference, Skippy calls Slappy by Foreman's name.
  • Some of Skippy's crying sounds are reused from "Bumbie's Mom."
  • This is the final cartoon to use the StarToons version of her theme song. Her last four Animaniacs cartoons (expect for "Bully for Skippy" and "The Christmas Tree") would use the Wang-animated Slappy and Skippy intro.

2001 Parody 2

2001 Parody 2 cover


The Warners do another 2001 parody as a transition. Wakko spacewalks in the iconic spacesuits after Yakko and Dot pilot the round shuttle.

Belly Button Blues



In Katie Ka-Boom's long-awaited grand return, her mother doesn’t approve of her shirt because her belly button is fully visible.



  • Unlike other Katie Ka-Boom cartoons, we see a full-body shadow silhouette of Katie in the title instead of an explosion background.
  • Unfortunately, viewers haven't seen the last of Katie. She returns for an encore two seasons later.

Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise



In the third 2001 parody of the episode, the Warners attempt to shut down a HAL 9000-like robot on their spaceship.



  • The AL-5000 is actually Al Gore, Bill Clinton's Vice President.
  • At the end of the cartoon, Yakko does a "That's all, folks" sign-off similar to that of Porky Pig.

Valuable Lesson



The censors of the Warner Bros network pay the Warners a visit. It turns out the execs disapprove the amount of violence in Animaniacs. Meanwhile, Attila the Hun, whom the Warners were tormenting before they were interrupted, goes after them.


  • Written by Paul Rugg
  • Directed by Charle Visser



  • The Warners are shown footage of a show called The Snugglers, a parody of The Smurfs.
  • The security guard in the network building's lobby is a caricature of Don Knotts.
  • The censors are caricatures of actors Jane Fonda and Wallace Shawn, respectively.

Production Notes

  • All of the cartoons in this episode originally aired on February 3, 1996 under episode "H2" of the show's hour long blocks, and was combined with episode 80 and "The Tiger Prince." The standard half-hour format would begin running later in 1996.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Katie's Dad, Boy Snuggler
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Cab Driver
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Female Censor, Little Girl
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Laura Mooney Katie Ka-Boom
Jim Cummings Atilla the Hun, Grampazoid Snuggler, Doctor
Justin Garms Tinker
Jeff Glen Bennett Burt, AL 5000, Al Gore, Don Knotts, Little Boy, Baloney, Male Censor
Frank Welker Announcer
Mary Gross Katie's Mom

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)