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Message in a Bottle/Back in Style/Bones in the Body is the 91st episode of the original Animaniacs, and is the first episode of the show's fifth and final season. It originally premiered on September 8, 1997.

Theme Song


Last line

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: "Public Domain-y..."


  • This is the final variable verse in the original series to feature new animation. The final new one in Episode 98 (97 in some listings), features a new lyric over re-used animation from the "Citizen Kane-y" verse.

Message in a Bottle

Story by Llyn Hunter and Enrique May
Written by Paul Rugg
Directed by Charles Visser and Liz Holzman

Animation by Wang Film Production

The Warners are lost at sea and find a message in a bottle.


  • Wakko suggested that the bottle was "fanmail from some friendly flounder", which is reference from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Back in Style


Written by Tom Minton
Directed by Liz Holzman

Animation by Akom Film Production


A documentary sequence showing what happened after Warner Bros. closed its animation department in the '60s. Apparently, they loaned out the Warners to some limited animation television cartoons.


  • The main plot of this episode is loosely based off when Warner Bros. loaned out several of their Looney Tunes stars (with the notable exceptions of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner, and Speedy Gonzales) to Filmation in 1972 for the "ABC Saturday Superstar Movie" installment Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies. This explains why Filmation got the worst of the parodies in this episode, with Phlegmation's Obese Orson (a parody of Filmation's Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids cartoon show.)
  • When Bugs and Daffy leave the studio, Bugs says that there is a flavored drink commercial waiting for them. The Looney Tunes characters did, in fact, star in several ads for flavored drinks like Kool-Aid and Tang after the Warner Bros. animation department closed. Daffy then says, "Wait up, Tex!" This is a reference to director Tex Avery, who returned to Warner Bros. briefly to direct those ads.
  • Friz Freleng erases Bugs Bunny's head on a drawing and replaces it with that of a panther - and then rushes off to turn the drawing into a cartoon of his own, titled "The Gray Panther", leaving a frustrated Chuck Jones in the dust. This is a reference to Freleng co-creating the Pink Panther character alongside Hawley Pratt - initially for the opening credits of the 1963 Blake Edwards film of the same name, but the Panther would then star in a series of short films produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which Freleng co-founded with business partner David H. DePatie.
  • Treg Green's name is a reference to Treg Brown - who was perhaps best known for the development of nearly all of the sound effects used for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies at Termite Terrace.
  • Freleng speaks exactly like Yosemite Sam, which Sam is happy to point out. Many people who worked with Freleng found him to be rather similar to Yosemite Sam.
  • This cartoon features parodies of Yogi Bear, Scooby-Doo, Underdog, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Beatles TV shows (in the parodies of the first two aforementioned shows, Hanna-Barbera sound effects are used to a moderate extent, as Yogi Bear and Scooby-Doo were originally created by the latter studio; also by that time, H-B officially became part of Time Warner, as its parent company, Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting has merged with the latter nearly a year ago, in turn leading to its various properties becoming part of Warner Bros.). Additionally, the following year Warner Bros. Animation would assume production of new Scooby-Doo material, starting with the direct-to-video movie Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.
  • The band that parodies The Beatles sing a parody of the Beatles song, "Day Tripper" called "Night Traveler."
  • Despite the opening narration stating that Termite Terrace had shut down in 1962, in reality it shut down in 1963, with the final cartoons to be made by the studio being released theatrically a year later.
  • Frank Welker provides his Fred Jones voice for the Scooby-Doo parody and also does his Scooby impression. Welker would later become the official voice of Scooby following Don Messick's death and Scott Innes retiring from the role.
  • This segment reunites Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings and Gail Matthius where Jim voices Mr. Bumpy, Rob voices Squishington, and Gail voices Molly in Bump in the Night.
  • This is the final original Animaniacs segement to be animated by Akom. Their overall final contribution to the franchise would later be Brainy Jack from the Pinky and the Brain spin-off series; which aired a few months later on November 1st.

Bones in the Body


Music and lyrics by Randy Rogel
Directed by Liz Holzman

Animation by Wang


While at a campfire with Mr. Skullhead, the Warners sing their own variation of "Dem Bones."


  • Runt is at the campfire.
  • This marks Skullhead's final appearance in this series.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Bristly, Hooknose Harold
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Lew-Lew, Muttermouth, Ed Meisker III
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Blanche Sewer
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Chicken Boo, Ralph T. Guard, Runt, Narrator, Uhuru, Ted, Lem Botchitt
Jim Cummings Calhoun Capybara , Simon San Simeon, Obese Orson, Yosemite Sam, Malice Ovey
Greg Burson Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Friz Freleng
Jeff Glen Bennett Thunderdogg, Gerald, Treg Green, Todd A-O
Gail Matthius Sweet Polly Dognose, Phoebe

Gag Credits

Show #91

We Don't Loan Out

We Buy Out


Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Auf Wiedersehen! (German for "Good-Bye!")


  1. Merrily We Roll Along from Looney Tunes
  2. We're In The Money by Harry Warren
  3. Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest M.
  4. Where Has My Little Dog Gone? by Septimus Winner
  5. Dry Bones (traditional spiritual)
  6. Obese Orson
  7. Night Faller


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)