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The Christmas Tree/Punchline (Part I)/Prom Night/Punchline (Part II) is the 98th and penultimate episode of the original Animaniacs, and is the 8th episode of the show's fifth season. It originally premiered on April 25, 1998.

Theme Song (Holiday version)


Last line

Yakko: "Candy cane-y!"


  • Although the Kids' WB!-era lyrics of the theme song are heard, the animations from season 1 are shown. In addition, the "Citizen Kaney" line animation is shown over Yakko saying "Candy cane-y..."
    • As a result, the line "We pay tons of income tax" is dubbed over "While Bill Clinton plays the sax". Also, the line "Meet Ralph and Dr. Scratchansniff, say hi to Hello Nurse!" is dubbed over "meet Pinky and the Brain who want to rule the universe".

The Christmas Tree

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Animation by Wang Film Production


Slappy's tree is chosen as the Christmas tree to stand in Rockyfellow Center in New York City.



  • This is the final Slappy Squirrel cartoon.
  • Oddly, when Slappy & Skippy first appear they are at their normal sizes. When they went to meet the CEO, they are briefly the size of normal squirrels.
  • The World's Oldest Woman makes a cameo.
  • Slappy, at some point in the second part of this segment, references the Hanna-Barbera character Huckleberry Hound, whose show was the first animated TV program to ever win an Emmy Award.
  • Rockyfellow Center is a spoof of Rockefeller Center.
  • Katey Cupcake and Almond Rocha are parodies of Katie Couric and Al Roker, who, at the time, co-hosted the Christmas in Rockefeller Center specials on NBC.
  • The Warner siblings make a cameo at the very end, where they were at the Water Tower and Dot shouts to “turn off that lights!” to end the episode.

Punchline (Part I)


Animation by StarToons


In this first parody of Nightline, Ted Foppel holds a discussion on the age-old question "Why did the chicken cross the road?" with his special guests Chicken Boo, Pinky and the Brain, the Goodfeathers, and Runt.


  • The opening sequence to Punchline was first used in the Tiny Toons Spring Break Special, then later used on a few Pinky and the Brain episodes.
  • The Brain's "second chicken" theory is a parody of the "second shooter" conspiracy theory in the JFK assassination.
  • This episode was highlighted by YTV in a promo aired during the late-90's.


Prom Night

Katie Kaboom returns for an encore!

Animation by Wang


Katie Ka-Boom is looking forward to the senior prom, but her family is surprised at how many demands she makes and she explodes when they can’t agree on a curfew.



  • Final Katie Ka-Boom cartoon.
  • Unlike other Katie Ka-Boom cartoons, Katie's Dad actually stands up to her when he was talking about her curfew.

Punchline (Part II)


Animation by StarToons


In the second "Nightline" parody, Ted Foppel holds a discussion on "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" which Chicken Boo automatically answers.


  • This is the final Chicken Boo cartoon. Boo would go on to become a minor recurring character in the 2020 Animaniacs reboot, resuming his occasional cameos in the Yakko, Wakko, and Dot segments.
  • This is the final Animaniacs-related production to be animated by StarToons.

Production Notes


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Katie's Dad, Caroler #1
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Caroler #2
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Katey Cupcake, World's Oldest Woman
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Squit, Morris
Frank Welker Chicken Boo, Runt, Ted Foppel, Announcer
John Mariano Bobby
Chick Vennera Pesto
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel, Assistant
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Brian George Lou
Scott Valentine Jacobi Myers
Kevin Michael Richardson Almond Rocha, Cab Driver
Steve Bernstein Caroler #3
Julie Bernstein Caroler #4
Mary Gross Katie's Mom
Laura Mooney Katie Ka-Boom
Justin Garms Tinker
Buddy Hackett CEO

Gag Credit

You Better Not Cry
You Better Not Pout
I'm Telling You Why
Wakko Put A Little Surprise In The Eggnog


  • The last line in the gag credits implies that Wakko put alcohol in eggnog.


  1. Animaniacs Schedule Archive (1997-1998)- Kids Block Blog. Published September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2022.

List of Animaniacs 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 / 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 / Le Bouton 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 3The 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 DotSoccer Coach Slappy / 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 / CreditsAnimani-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
Message 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 IPart II)
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 / The Animaniacs Suite)