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"You wanna make it to the top and be the cream of the crop? You can't lose, If you learn how to schmooze!"
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner

"Hooray for North Hollywood" is a special musical two-part event from the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on January 3, 1998 on Kids' WB!. The two-part episodes follow Yakko, Wakko and Dot as they try to find a studio that would produce their movie script. Along the way, the siblings journey through the trials-and-tribulations of Hollywood, and learn how to "schmooze" with the big-wigs. Warner Bros. CEO Thaddeus Plotz passes on the script, which sets the Warners on a much bigger journey than they had anticipated.

It was initially going to be made into a film before various elements from the film concept were consolidated into two episodes of the series. [1]



Gag Credits

  • Part 1: Kids' WB Is #1; Ha! Ha! Just Kidding!
  • Part 2: Our New Year's Resolution; No More Sarcastic Comments About The Brilliant WB Network...Oops!


Press Release


(December 18, 1997) -- The Warner brothers -- Yakko, Wakko -- and their sister -- Dot, are singing sensations as they ring in 1998 with an all-new animated celebration entitled, "Hooray for North Hollywood," in which old acquaintances are forgotten and New Year's Eve is well-remembered on "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs" Saturday, January 3 or Sunday, January 4 at 11:00 AM, (check local listings).

The episode follows the trio as they try tirelessly to sell their first feature film script to tinseltown. But, after encountering big time Hollywood studio executives, haughty-taughty celebrities and temperamental producers, they begin to lose all hope that their movie dreams will ever come true -- until, they meet a major Hollywood "player" (could it be Spielberg himself?).

"Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs," executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, is produced and animated by Warner Bros. Television Animation under the creative supervision of senior producer Tom Ruegger, supervising producer Rusty Mills and producer Liz Holzman for Kids'WB!, The WB Television Network's children's programming service.[2]


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The Warners prepare to go see the CEO.

During a morning in the Water Tower, Yakko finishes writing a script for a movie named "Hooray for North Hollywood", which was written by him, Wakko and Dot. Wanting to turn their script into a movie, the Warners go to Thaddeus Plotz's office to pitch their new movie script. ("We're On Our Way to Go See Mr. Plotz")

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The Warners sing how to "schmooze."

During an extensive waiting line, Yakko and Dot teach Wakko how to "schmooze" ("You Gotta Do the Schmooze"). The Warners eventually meet with Plotz, and pitch their movie script. In their pitch, the Warners ask for a large scale budget to produce their film, alongside a song ("There's Only One of You"). Plotz rejects their script, prompting the Warners to seek another producer to produce their script. After reading a Variety article ("Variety Speak"), The Warners find out that a New Years' Eve party with important people of the movie industry is happening in Beverly Hills, prompting them to attend the party themselves in hopes to get their script produced.

The Warners hobnob with celebrities at a gala event in order to sell their script. After encountering Plotz, whose producer is unable to find a good script to produce, Plotz is shocked and angered to find the Warners there and tries to capture them with Ralph. During a chase sequence, Dot drops the script, which falls inside a meal tray. The producer is served with the script, and is impressed with it. While Plotz evicts the Warners from the Studio Lot and tries to crush their hopes of getting a producer to make their movie, the producer is impressed by the script and decides to make the movie. Hooray for North Hollywood eventually releases to becoming a critical and commercial success, becoming the #1 movie all over the world and winning various awards. ("L.A. Dot")

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The failed Jam-A-Lot movie.

The public eventually embarrases Plotz for rejecting the script, who instead produced a movie called Jam-a-Lot, which bombed ("Jam-A-Lot"). Plotz watches various reviews of Hooray for North Hollywood, with some clips being shown in some reviews. The movie wins a Schmoscar and outgrosses all Warner Bros.' movies from the past 5 years, which eventually gets the attention of the Chairman of the Board, who fires Plotz, therefore becoming a poor man.


A re-instated Mr. Plotz celebrates New Years with the Warners.

Several months later at Christmas, the Warners, having become tired of having fame and success, decide to bring Plotz back by buying Warner Bros. using all their money made from the movie. On New Year's Eve, a poor and miserable Plotz is seen on the streets begging to run a studio, until a van passes by him and kidnaps him. Plotz escapes the bag, and is welcomed back to the studio by the Chairman of the Board, who reveals that the Warners became Warner Bros.' majority shareholders and decided to rehire Plotz, and reappoints him as CEO.

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Here we go again!

The people then celebrate and sing a song about New Years ("It's New Year's Eve"), which is revealed afterwards to be the ending of the script for their next movie, "Son of Hooray for North Hollywood" and head back to Plotz' office to pitch their movie. ("We're On Our Way to Go See Mr. Plotz (Version 2)")

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A calming chat between the Goodfeathers, moments before it goes horribly wrong.

Between the beginning and ends of the first part, the Goodfeathers bicker over sights in the sky.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Joe Eszterhas, Joel Schumacher, Chairman of the Board, Additional Voices
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Newsstand Owner, Michael Jordan, Additional Voices
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Ms. Hoffelmeyer, Reporter, Additional Voices
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Ralph T. Guard, Chicken Boo, Steven Spielberg, Bill Clinton
John Mariano Bobby
Chick Vennera Pesto
Maurice LaMarche Squit, Wakko's Burps, Count Laszlo de Almásy, CEO
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Roger Rose David Letterman
Lori Alan Sharon Stone, Additional Voices
Townsend Coleman Pressberg Katzeneisnerman, Clint Eastwood
Billy West Codger Eggbert
Elizabeth Lamers Chorus Member #1
Julie Bernstein Chorus Member #2
Steve Bernstein Chorus Member #3



  • Going off the press-release, there was initially some plans to air the special on January 4, 1998 if it could not make the January 3 air-date.
  • The two-parter was teased by Tom Ruegger in an post from his "Trtoonswba" account on July 31, 1997.[3]


Promotional Material

See Also


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)
Animaniacs (1993-1998)
Series OverviewEpisode Guide (Compilation Episodes) • Christmas Eve with Yakko, Wakko & Dot MarathonHooray for North HollywoodAnimaniac Attack! MarathonThe Ultimate Animaniacs Super SpecialSeries BibleSongsAlbumsCharactersSegmentsVideo GamesBooksDC Comic SeriesHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Pinky and the Brain (1995-1998)
Series OverviewEpisode Guide (Compilation Episodes) • BrainwashedThe Ultimate Animaniacs Super SpecialWendy's CampaignSongsAlbumsCharactersVideo GamesDC Comic SeriesHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (1998-1999)
Series OverviewEpisode GuideSongsCharactersHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Wakko's Wish (1999)
Movie OverviewSongsCharactersGalleryBrain's Plans
Animaniacs (2020-2023)
Series OverviewEpisode Guide (The Brain Teaches World Domination mini-series) • Twitter Watch PartiesFriends With AnimaniacsSongsAlbumsCharactersSegmentsHome Media ReleasesGalleryBrain's Plans
Brain Snacks (1998) • The Big Cartoonie Show (1999-2000) (Episode Guide) • Animaniacs Live!MultiVersus (2024) • Fictitious MediaScrapped/Unreleased Projects and ConceptsDeleted ScenesCommercialsFourth wallHidden InnuendosRimshot punsOft-spoken phrases ("Hello Nurse" • "The Same Thing We Do Every Night" • "Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?") • MerchandiseVideo GamesEventsPromotional SongsMiscellaneous SongsList of references to Animaniacs in popular culture