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It/Dot - The Macadamia Nut/Bully for Skippy is the 2nd episode of the 5th season of the original Animaniacs and the 92nd episode overall. This episode originally aired on September 13, 1997. Every cartoon in this episode is animated by StarToons.




Wakko stars in a parody of the Stephen King novel It, where he is seen running away from Dot in a game of tag.




Theme Song


Variable verse

Yakko: Uh...

Dot - The Macadamia Nut



Dot Warner leads the entire cast of Animaniacs in this parody of the "Macarena" music video.


  • Parody lyrics by Tom Ruegger
  • Directed by Jon McClenahan



Macadamia Comparison Original Edit
  • Unlike most song parodies on the show, this one uses the actual music as opposed to a soundalike. This is due to Warner Bros. Records buying the publishing rights to "Macarena" at the height of its popularity.
  • The original broadcast version of this episode had coloring errors in several frames, which were corrected for some future releases such as iTunes, DVD and HBO Max Latin America. The original version is still occasionally circulated in syndication on some channels like Nicktoons (which can be seen in the video below). Currently, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu (and Netflix when they had the streaming rights) has the original television version with errors.
    • Hulu takes it a step further and has an even blurrier version of the original error-filled broadcast master.
  • Many members primary cast of Animaniacs appears in this segment, as well as several secondary characters like Pip and the elderly villains from Slappy Squirrel cartoons.
  • This is the first appearance of the Godpigeon since Season 2; ad well as the first appearances of Rita and Sid the Squid since Season 3.

Bully for Skippy



Slappy becomes discouraged when she finds out at a congressional hearing that the Federal Television Agency has removed all violence from children's programming for more educational message. Matters become worse when Skippy crosses paths with a bully and his guidance counselor suggests non-violent ways of dealing with him. None of the ways work.


  • Story by Nick DuBois and Tom Ruegger
  • Written by Nick DuBois
  • Directed by Jon McClenahan


  • In an interview, Tom Ruegger called this short the most political thing he ever wrote. He wrote it as a protest of the FCC's 1996 regulations ordering each broadcast station in the United States to air three hours of educational/instructional programming. He interpreted the regulations as cracking down on violent programming, [1] although no content restrictions were introduced for non-educational children's programs that stations additionally aired.
  • The name of the chairman of the FTA, Reef Blunt, is comprised of two terms related to marijuana. "Reefer" is an archaic nickname for the plant, and a "blunt" is a rolled marijuana "cigarette."
    • Reef is also a parody of former FCC chairman Reed Hundt.
    • In addition, the Federal Television Agency is a parody of the FCC.
  • Slappy's line "More of your tax dollars at work!" was suggested by episode director Jon McClenahan.[2]
  • Slappy refers to "pod people," the antagonists in the classic science-fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
  • Skippy's dazed dialogue makes references to Winston Churchill and Rocky.
  • Nathan Ruegger's voice for Skippy is not electronically pitched higher in this episode (or in "Macadamia Nut"). Skippy's voice is noticeably deeper as a result.
  • When Reef Blunt exited the machine and sees the light, he stamps the place with approved and breaks the fourth wall by stamping the screen with approved.
  • Slappy says "You look like you just went a round with Evander Holyfield." When she sees Skippy beat up for the first time. Evander Holyfield is a professional boxer.
  • Skippy says "If it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face" when he was pummeled again by Duke. "If it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in your face" is a slogan from Carl's Jr.
  • After Skippy tells Slappy that he's going to use modern psychology on Duke, he quotes Bill Clinton by saying, "It's time to build that bridge to the 21st century."
  • The machine-building instruction page under Slappy's magnifier contains miscellaneous diagrams including one that appears to be a highway. There are some names of international airlines in the bottom left corner. The main text seems to be English substituted into Greek alphabet. The visible portion contains references to the Warner Bros and Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, and is transcribed here:
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Production Notes

  • Barring Randy Beaman cartoons burned-off in season 3, this is the first episode to feature full animation by StarToons since season 1. Due to financial struggles, they were unable to animate for a while so they would help out with storyboarding duties with some episodes in seasons 3 and 4.
  • This is the first episode to feature a mini-advertisement of Kids' WB!'s website in the middle of the credits. Several other original Kids' WB series that were on at the time also had the same mini-ad, with some also featuring an AOL keyword to the latter network's portal. Various later original shows would eventually direct the viewer to (Superman: The Animated Series being one of them).
  • This episode aired on September 13, 1997, the fourth anniversary of the airing of the series' first episode.
  • On Hulu, much of the screen size for this episode is slightly stretched and zoomed-in but still maintains a 4:3 aspect ratio (a similar issue affects some other season 5 episodes on the channel as well). The picture quality is also slightly blurrier than other season 5 episodes.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Reef Blunt
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Ms. Butley, Reporter
Frank Welker Ralph T. Guard, Chicken Boo
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Squit, Wakko's Burps
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Julie Brown Minerva Mink
Corey Burton Duke
Arte Johnson Delivery Guy, Newt, German Dog


  1. Humouresque
  2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  3. The Star Spangled Banner
  4. The Stars and Stripes Forever


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)