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"Future Brain" is not to be confused with the episode "Brain of the Future" from the 1995 Pinky and the Brain series.
For the character, see Future Brain (character).

Here Comes Treble/That's Not the Issue/Future Brain/The Incredible Gnome in People's Mouths is the ninth episode of the Animaniacs reboot.


The Warners butt heads with a conductor and a talk show host. Brain is humbled by his future self. Marsha has a gnome in her mouth.[1]

Theme Song[]


Variable Verse[]

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: Authority disdain-ey!

Here Comes Treble[]

Animation by Tonic DNA



In a recording session for the score for a movie with the Warners, they mess up on the music cues. The conductor is angry at the Warners for being surprised. The next scene contains multiplying Warners which escape from the screen and replace the orchestra. After the conductor sees the mess the Warners have made. Dot blows him with a cannon into the screen. Now the conductor takes the role of the Warners, and the Warners direct him and conduct the music.




  • The multiplying Warners with brooms is a parody of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” scene in Disney’s Fantasia.
  • This is the second episode revolved around the scoring of an Animaniacs cartoon, the first being the series finale of the original series, The Scoring Session.
  • The first song is "Turkey in the Straw"; the song that Wakko's America, Wakko's signature song, was inspired by.
  • The classical songs are uncredited in the ending credits.

That's Not the Issue[]

Animation by Titmouse, Inc.

That's Not The Issue Title


On Faux News, Tuck Buckerson interviews Yakko if street gangs are the issue of the modern world. Yakko denies, and say cyclists are the issue, and you should sell your bike. Dot says that’s not the issue, the issue is if scientists are nerdy or are they cute. Wakko says the issue that he’s not getting enough meatballs in his pisghetti. Yakko says the issue is tomatoes, wondering if they’re a fruit, a vegetable, or a secret agent for the CIA. Tuck Buckerson says that the gun lobby is the issue.

Wakko says that the issue is the lobby doesn’t have enough vending machines. Dot says the issue is that Tuck Buckerson has issues. Dot also says the issue is where she’s spending Christmas with Tuck. Tuck asks for a legitimate issue, and Wakko gives him a hunting magazine. Tuck explains he wants a topic of discussion. He asks what do the Warners feel about violence on children’s television shows. The Warners say they love it while an anvil falls on Tuck’s head. Tuck decides to end the show, while the Warners tamper with the words on the cue cards, much for Tuck's dismay. But, that's not the line.


  • Story by Ben Warheit
  • Teleplay by Brad Deprima
  • Directed by Brett Varon


Future Brain[]

Animation by Titmouse



Brain’s film, A Beautiful Brain, is nominated for an Oscar, and Brain plans to rig the award ceremony by replacing the card with his film. While driving to the Oscars, Pinky is abducted by the future version of Brain. Future Brain then uses a teleportation device to return to Acme Labs, where he warns Brain to kill Pinky or else his plan will fail.

Brain refuses because he's known Pinky for years and trusts him. Brain then uses the teleportation device to return to the Oscars ceremony with Pinky. While at the Oscars, Pinky switches the envelope for Brain’s film, which turns out to be a cheesecake recipe. Future Brain says that Pinky foiled Brain, and he should’ve ditched him. Pinky manages to catch the teleportation device, but can’t tell the difference between both Brains. Pinky instead shoots at the wall, and accidentally teleports Future Brain into the past. Future Brain makes friends with a fish similar to Pinky, called Blinky. Meanwhile at ACME Labs, Brains plots his next scheme to take over the world.


  • Written by Kathleen Chen and Brian Polk
  • Directed by Brett Varon


  • Brain previously met various future incarnations of himself in the Pinky and the Brain spin-off episode "Brain of the Future."
  • Future Brain himself is a spoof of the Terminator series.
  • The movie Brain directed, produced and starred in, A Beautiful Brain, is a parody of the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind.
  • Pinky’s proclamation “Do you say oysters or ersters” is a reference to the George and Ira Gershwin song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”.
  • This episode appears to contribute to the popular fan theory that the "genius" described in the lyrics to the Pinky and the Brain theme is not actually the Brain, but really Pinky, while the Brain is the "insane" one. Intentional or not, it remains to be seen if future Brain's belief in Pinky's secret genius is true, and the episode avoids definitively answering this question.


The Incredible Gnome in People's Mouths[]

Animation by Titmouse



Michael Benton; a CEO, Sillicon Valley venture capitalist and egomaniac, is in the search to create everlasting life. Michael creates a machine to experiment everlasting life on himself, only to malfunction during the process. The malfunction causes the machine to explode, altering his biological appearance into an angry Gnome, driven by rage. The Gnome houses in people’s mouths, to speak for them when they can’t speak for themselves.

A woman named Marsha goes on a date with a man named Shaun, who claims he’s in love with Marsha. The Gnome comes out of Marsha’s mouth saying that Shaun only wants her for money. Marsha says she’s willing to pay for the meals, and she loves him too. Shaun and Marsha decide to get married, and at the wedding, the gnome reappears. The gnome says Shaun only wants her for her pinball machine collection. Shaun admits it, so Marsha drives away in control of the gnome. The gnome leaves Marsha’s mouth to go wherever he’s needed next.



  • This is the first of two Incredible Gnome in People's Mouths cartoons, the other being "Gerard" in season 2.
  • The Gnome’s intro is a spoof on 70’s and 80’s Sci-Fi dramas like The Incredible Hulk and Quantum Leap (especially the former).
    • Michael Benton is the Bruce/David Banner to the Gnome’s Hulk.
      • Much like The Incredible Hulk, the segment ends with the Gnome walking away to a softer song. The original song it is spoofing, "The Lonely Man," was composed by Jess Harnell's father Joe Harnell.
    • The Gnome’s concept of leaping from one host to another is also a take on the concept of Quantum Leap.
  • Originally, the segment was going to be called "The Gnome in Marsha's Mouth" and the plotline was Marsha trying to make a good impression but the Gnome says horrible things at the worst times, but the plotline was scrapped.[2]

International Releases[]

  • Canada: December 19, 2020 (Teletoon)
  • Latin America: August 14, 2021 (HBO Max)
  • Australia: September 1, 2021 (Stan)


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Pinky, Blinky
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Future Brain
Ralph Garman Conductor, Cymbalist
Carlos Alazraqui Tuck Buckerson
John DiMaggio Gnome
Kari Wahlgren Marsha
Eric Bauza Shaun, Officiant
Will Lyman Narrator
Evan Ferrante Host
Nancy McKeon Additional Vocals


List of Animaniacs (Reboot) episodes
Season 1
Jurassic Lark / Suspended Animation (Part 1) / Of Mice and Memes / Suspended Animation (Part 2)Warners Unbound / How to Brain Your Dragon / Suffragette CityGold Meddlers / Pinko and the Brain / Math-Terpiece Theater: ApplesBun Control / Ex-Mousina / BloopfGood Warner Hunting / No Brainer / Ralph CamThe Cutening / Close Encounters of the Worst Kind / Equal TimeWarner She Wrote / France France Revolution / Gift RapperWhoDonut / Mousechurian Candidate / Starbox and CindyHere Comes Treble / That's Not the Issue / Future Brain / The Incredible Gnome in People's MouthsAnima-Nyet / Babysitter's Flub / The Warners' Press ConferencePhantomaniacs / Fear and Laughter in Burbank / Bride of Pinky / Things That Go Bump in the NightA Zit! / 1001 Narfs / Manny ManspreaderHindenburg Cola / FLOTUS, FLOTUS, What Do You Know About Us?
Season 2
Rome Sweet Rome / Backwards Pinky / Wakko's Short Shorts: Now LoadingPlease Submit / The Flawed Couple / Everyday SafetyRug of War / Run Pinky Run / The Hamburg TicklerRalph World / My Super Sour Sixteen / How To: Brain Takes Over The WorldThe Warners Are Present / The Pinktator / Know Your ScrollYakko's Big Idea / Mouse Congeniality / Rejected Animaniacs CharactersYakko Amakko / The Longest Word / Happy Narfday / Magna CartoonWakkiver Twist (Part 1) / Plight of Hand / Wakkiver Twist (Part 2)What Is That? / Mouse Madness / Christopher Columbusted / Fake MedicinesExercise Minute / Reichenbrain Falls / Targeted Ads / BathtimeA Brief History of History / Gerard / The Prisoner's Dilemma / Math-Terpiece Theater: Beach BallsWarner's Ark / The Apology / Narf Over Troubled Water / The Warner's Vault80's Cats / All About the Benjamin / 23 and WB
Season 3
Previously On / Season 3 and WB (Part 1) / How To: Friendship / Season 3 and WB (Part 2)Soda-pressed / A Starbox is Born / Royal FlushPlanet Warner / Talladega Mice: The Ballad of Pinky Brainy / D.I.WHY?Fantasy / Über Nachtmare / Mad Mouse: Furry RoadTeeniacs / Dog Days / Groundmouse DayAnimaliens / Murder Pals (Part 1) / Groundmouse Day Again / Murder Pals (Part 2) / The Island of Dr. Warneau / Murder Pals (Part 3)Global Warnering / Lawn in Sixty Seconds / All's Fair in Love and Door / Cute Things That Can Kill YouWARnerGAMESBedtime / WARnerGAMES 2 / Crumbly's MomentHow the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 1) / Santamaniacs / How the Brain Thieved Christmas (Part 2)International Mouse of Mystery / Aliens Resurrected / Joe / The Stickening / Slappy's Return / Everyday Safety: Giant Adirondack Chair