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Magic Time/The Brain's Apprentice is the 94th episode of the original Animaniacs, and the 4th episode of the show's 5th season. It originally premiered in its completed form on May 9, 1998 (See below).

Newsreel of the Stars


See also: Episode 1: De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon#Newsreel of the Stars

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co., Ltd.

Theme Song (extended)


Last line

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: Pinky and the Brainy...


Magic Time


Animation by StarToons


The Warners go to Vegas to see a Siegfried and Roy parody called Schnitzel and Floyd, and upstage the egotistical magicians.




  • The Dover Boys (from the Looney Tunes short of the same name) appear to insult Schnitzel and Floyd in song, as they did with Daniel Boone in "Frontier Slappy."
  • At the end, the act who replaces the magicians is a parody of entertainer Don Rickles named Ron Pickles.

The Brain's Apprentice

94-2-The Brain's Apprentice

Animation by StarToons


To the music of Paul Dukas' symphonic poem, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Pinky messes with the Brain's new robot-creating machine and gets so close to finally achieving world domination.



  • This cartoon takes cues from the Fantasia version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," which starred Mickey Mouse.
    • The Pinky and The Brain Comics also parodied Fantasia in the Issue #11 comic "Narftasia". The comic has some similarities with "The Brain's Apprentice", such as Pinky in the role of the apprentice and Brain feeling sad at the end of the story. But the comic has some drastic differences, such as the inclusion of dialogue, references to the other Fantasia segments, and Brain regaining his confidence thanks to Pinky's comforting words. The comic was published in May of 1997, six months before "The Brain's Apprentice" first premiered on television.
  • This is the final Pinky and the Brain short created for the original run of Animaniacs. The mice would later star in cartoons in the Animaniacs reboot.
  • The only Pinky and the Brain short to have no dialogue in it, with the exception of the garbled gibberish spoken by Wolf Spritzer.
  • This cartoon marks one of the closest instances the mice have come to achieving world domination.
  • Spike Brandt returned to StarToons to provide some animation for this cartoon (particularly the scenes of Brain returning to the lab and later walking back to the machine).
  • Unlike other 90's-Pinky and the Brain cartoons, the US president character is not the usual Bill Clinton caricature. Instead, a more generic character is used to fill the president role. He is also a caricature of actor Michael Douglas.
  • The news anchor who shakes the president's hand is a caricature of StarToons animator Jon McClenahan.
  • "The Brain's Apprentice" is the only solo Pinky and the Brain cartoon from the original Animaniacs to have never been repackaged under their spin-off series' alternate episode guide (barring The Hip Hippos crossover cartoon "Pitter Patter of Little Feet" and the one-off shorts "Pinky and the Cat" and "Pinky and the Ralph").


Production Notes

Animaniacs Screenshot Comparison Magic Time

Comparison of how the episode looks on different outlets

  • "The Brain's Apprentice" first aired on November 1, 1997; with "Hercule Yakko" and both parts of "Punchline" under "Episode 94A" of the Re-Arranged Animaniacs episode listing. The full half-hour would later debut in its regular form on May 9, 1998.[1]
    • As a result of the finished half-hour airing a few months later following much of season 5, some listings such as Hulu consider this to be episode 98.
  • Like other season 5 episodes, the picture quality of this episode is slightly distorted and cropped on Hulu.


  1. Over the Waves by Juventino Rosas
  2. We're in the Money by Harry Warren
  3. The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze by Alfred Lee and Gaston Lyle


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Larry
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Stagehand
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Schnitzel, Tom
Frank Welker Narrator, Ron Pickles, Lion, Elephant
Jeff Glen Bennett Floyd, Dick, Announcer
Maurice LaMarche The Brain


  1. ANIMANIACS Schedule Archive (1997-1998) - The Kids Block Blog+. Published September 27, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2021.

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)