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WhoDonut/Mousechurian Candidate/Starbox and Cindy is the eighth episode of the Animaniacs reboot.


The Warners hunt a donut thief. Brain creates a perfect FLOTUS. Starbox fails to escape Cindy’s adoring grasp. [1]

Theme Song


Variable Verse

Yakko: Illegal in Bahrain-ey.


Animation by Titmouse, Inc (Snipple briefly during the 'reprise')

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Wakko wakes up screaming one morning to find that his donuts have been eaten. Wakko asks if Yakko and Dot ate his donuts, but they were on a blind date with some bats. Wakko notices an ant with a donut crumb, and the Warners follow it to the studio gate, where Ralph is sleeping. Wakko asks if he stole the donuts, but Ralph says he can only eat things shaped like dinosaurs. The Warners then go to Nora Rita Norita, the CEO of Warner Bros. studio. When asking if she stole the donuts, she just laughs hysterically saying that she didn’t take them. The Warners wonder if the donut shop bought back the donuts from someone. At the shop, the worker denies, saying that’s gross. While at the shop, Wakko orders more donuts. Later that evening, when Wakko falls asleep after smashing the television, he sleepwalks, eating his donuts. His siblings notice this, and realizing that Wakko ate the donuts in his sleep. That night, they go on another blind date with the bats, in an upside down cafe.


  • Written by Greg White, Jess Lacher, and Andrew Barbot
  • Directed by Katie Rice


  • WhoDonut is a play on words of “whodunnit”.
  • This is one of the only Warner episodes in Season 1 where it switches animation, particularly in the scene where the Warners go back to the 'beginning', which reuses animation from the Theme Song, which is animated by Snipple. The transition back to Titmouse is noticeable by looking at the Warners' outlines when Yakko berates the cameraman. This also happened during the first episode of the reboot "Suspended Animation: Part One."
  • For the flashback sequence of Yakko and Dot's dates with the bats; Yakko is sitting across from the male bat and Dot is seated across from the female bat. This suggests that Yakko and Dot are possibly bisexual.
  • The name and plot of the episode is similar to a Dibo the Gift Dragon episode.

Mousechurian Candidate

Animation by Titmouse, Inc.



Brain uses a mouse maze to find the smartest mouse to be his First Lady, so he can run for president. When the process is complete, the mouse is now a smart mouse named Julia. After Brain proposes to Julia, and Julia accepts, he begins his campaign. Once the candidates are announced, instead of Brain, it’s Julia. Julia plans to help the country, not try to rule it like Brain wants. As a result at the first debate, Brain turns on his obedience device, that makes Julia completely obedient to Brain. In the midst of the debate, the device malfunctions and Julia runs off crazily. Her opponent Tanya Walsh wins the election, with Brain assuming that Julia has gone back to her primal state. However, Julia is spying on Brain while he plots his next scheme to take over the world.


  • Story by Jess Lacher and Andrew Barbot
  • Teleplay by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Katie Rice


  • The title is a spoof on The Manchurian Candidate.
  • Brain once again attempts to run for President of the United States. He previously attempted to do so in "Meet John Brain".
  • Raquel Madcow is an parody of MSNBC reporter Rachel Maddow.

Starbox and Cindy

Animation by Snipple Animation Studios



Tiny evil aliens come to Earth with their leader Starbox. Starbox is supposed to choose a place so they may take over Earth ("Alien Chorus"). Instead, he lands in the sandbox of a girl named Cindy. Cindy likes Starbox, and keeps him as her pet. Starbox tries to escape multiple times, but Cindy keeps on catching him. Starbox is tormented by Cindy, while the aliens are still waiting for him.


  • Written by Jess Lacher
  • Directed by Katie Rice



  • This is the first Starbox and Cindy cartoon.
  • This segment marks the first appearance of both Starbox and Cindy.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Maurice LaMarche The Brain
Maria Bamford Julia
Frank Welker Ralph T. Guard, Waiter
Danny Jacobs Starbox
Eleanor Johnson Cindy
Stephanie Escajeda Nora Rita Norita
Salli Saffioti Raquel Madcow
Armando Valdes-Kennedy Wakko (Spanish)
Kari Wahlgren Teen Employee
Nancy McKeon Additional Vocals


List of Animaniacs Reboot episodes
Season 1
Jurassic LarkSuspended Animation (Part I)Of Mice and MemesSuspended Animation (Part II)Warners UnboundHow to Brain Your DragonSuffragette CityGold MeddlersPinko and the BrainMath-Terpiece Theater: ApplesBun ControlEx-MousinaBloopfGood Warner HuntingNo BrainerRalph CamThe CuteningClose Encounters of the Worst KindEqual TimeWarner She WroteFrance France RevolutionGift RapperWhoDonutMousechurian CandidateStarbox and CindyHere Comes TrebleThat’s Not the IssueFuture BrainThe Incredible Gnome in People’s MouthsAnima-NyetBabysitte's FlubThe Warners' Press ConferencePhantomaniacsFear and Laughter in BurbankBride of PinkyThings That Go Bump in the NightA Zit!1001 NarfsManny ManspreaderHindenburg ColaRoadent TripFLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?
Season 2
Rome Sweet RomeBackwards Pinky Wakko's Short Shorts: Now LoadingPlease SubmitThe Flawed CoupleEveryday SafetyRug of WarRun Pinky Run The Hamburg TicklerRalph WorldMy Super Sour SixteenHow To: Brain Takes Over The WorldThe Warners Are Present The PinktatorKnow Your ScrollYakko's Big IdeaMouse CongenialityRejected Animaniacs CharactersYakko Amakko The Longest WordHappy NarfdayMagna CartoonWakkiver Twist Part OnePlight of HandWakkiver Twist Part TwoWhat Is That?Mouse MadnessChristopher ColumbustedFake MedicinesExercise MinuteReichenbrain Falls Targeted AdsBathtimeA Brief History of HistoryGerardThe Prisoners' DilemmaMath-terpiece Theatre: Beach BallsWarner's ArkThe ApologyNarf Over Troubled WaterThe Warner's Vault80's CatsAll About the Benjamin 23 and WB
Season 3