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This is a list of instances in which other works which have referenced the Animaniacs franchise in some capacity.

Television

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Tiny Toon Adventures "Tiny Toon Adventures: Spring Break Special" (1994) Pinky and the Brain make cameo appearances as two of the caged pets when Elmyra announces that she is going to catch the Easter Bunny, whom she believes is Buster Bunny. The Warner siblings make a brief cameo as well at the White House Easter Egg Roll, once again doing their literal running gag of being chased by Ralph.
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"Tiny Toon Adventures: Night Ghoulery" (1994) Fifi is seen dressed like Dot in the opening credits. Also, in the "Frankenmyra" sketch, when Elmyra searches for a brain, she gets out the Brain, who is unamused by this pun (Acme Labs is credited for providing Brain). Also in "The Devil and Daniel Webfoot", Mr. Director and Baloney make non-speaking cameos.
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New York News Unknown A costumed Yakko appears at a child's birthday party, scaring the children.
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ER "The Birthday Party" (1995) A shirt with Yakko on it is seen.
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"Hell and High Water" (1995) A patient is seen with an Animaniacs lunchbox.
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"The Right Thing/A Shift in the Night" (1996) A character wears an Animaniacs shirt.
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Freakazoid! "Freakazoid and Friends" (1995) The Warners appear to sing a song, sung to the tune of the Animaniacs theme, about Freakazoid and his numerous allies and enemies. During the song, Freakazoid, Steff, Douglas Douglas, Sergeant Cosgrove, Emmitt Nervend, and the Lawn Gnomes are shown mimicking the "We have pay-or-plays contracts" shot from the Animaniacs intro. Freakazoid and Friends.jpg
"Freakazoid is History!" (1995) In the altered timeline shown as a result of Freakazoid saving Pearl Harbor in 1941, it is revealed that Brain is now president, and Pinky is flying Air Force One. The brain freakazoid is history.webp

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"Next Time, Phone Ahead" (1996) The writers tell Steven Spielberg that they decided to end the show early this week and show some more Animaniacs reruns instead. Spielberg initially agrees to this and they briefly cut to the Animaniacs intro, but Spielberg changes his mind and continues with the story. Animanizoid.PNG
"Sewer or Later" (1996) Freakazoid insists that there is no way he will go into the sewers. The camera cuts to the sewers, expecting to show him having gone down there, but he is instead at home, watching Animaniacs. Freakamaniacs.PNG
"Dexter's Date" (1996) Yakko Warner is listed as one of the donors for this episode during the "Bonjour, Lobey!" musical number. He is revealed to have donated one singular dollar to the program.
"The Freakazoid" (1996) The Lobe's present for Freakazoid is wrapped in Animaniacs-themed wrapping paper.

Later in the episode, when one of Freakazoid's neighbors calls him "wacko" for not trying to stop the Lobe's crime spree, Wakko suddenly shows up and starts singing "Wakko's America", telling Freakazoid that Steven Spielberg loves these sort of things because Animaniacs is his favorite of their shows. Freakazoid begs to differ, insisting that his show is Spielberg's favorite, but then Brain appears, saying that Pinky and the Brain is Spielberg's favorite. The three of them take their argument to Spielberg himself and ask him which one of them is his favorite, but he only responds, "Who are you people?"

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The Mask: Animated Series "The Goofalotatots" (1997) Stanley meets his favorite cartoon characters, the Goofalotatots: a skunk, a beaver, and a squirrel who are very obvious spoofs of Yakko, Wakko and Dot. The Mask Animaniacs Reference.jpeg
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper "Ghost Jam/Do the Spooky/Dr. Harvey and Mr. Gruesome" (1998) Ghostly versions of characters resembling the Warner Siblings appear in "Ghost Jam." Ghost Jam Warners.png
The New Batman Adventures "Beware the Creeper" (1998) The Creeper says Mindy's famous line, "Okay, I love you, bye-bye!"
On HBO Max, this episode is listed under season 3 of Batman: The Animated Series.
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"Torch Song" (1998) Bruce asks Barbara what she’s doing tonight, to which she responds "The same thing we do every night Pinky..." The uncultured billionaire doesn’t understand what she’s referencing, so she replies "Nevermind."
On HBO Max, this episode is listed under season 3 of Batman: The Animated Series.
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Histeria! Various (1998-2000) Much of the human designs are repurposed from Animaniacs. The World's Oldest Woman has her own theme song, which is set to the same melody as that of Slappy Squirrel's.

An earlier design of World's Oldest Woman, as seen in the Animaniacs cartoon "Davy Omelette."

"The Wild West" (1998) During the song about the Gold Rush, Yakko can be seen on the TV that Father Time is watching. Yakko on Father Time's TV.jpg
"Really Oldies But Goodies" (1998) Loud, Charity and Aka sing about Alexander the Great to the tune of the Animaniacs theme song.
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"More Explorers" (1998) Montezuma plans to give most of his gold to Hernán Cortez, but will not give up a gold statue of Dot since she's his favorite character. Montezuma holding a Dot statue.jpg
South Park "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" (2000) The kid in juvenile hall says there are 2 kinds of kids, those who like Animaniacs and those who don't. Cartman nervously replies he doesn’t like Animaniacs.
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Malcolm in the Middle "Long Drive" (2003) A Wakko doll is seen on the hutch in the background during the scene right after the theme song as Hal and Lois are talking.
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Duck Dodgers "Pig Planet" (2004) The Cadet's nephews and niece, Porko, Puerco and Sow, are based on Yakko, Wakko and Dot; and share the same voices. In the episode, music reminiscent of their theme song plays briefly during their zany cartoon antics. It should be noted that this episode was a collaborative effort between Animaniacs veterans Tom Minton, Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, and Paul Dini.
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Sgt. Frog "Handsome Keroro Presents: The Episode We Wanted to Call Tiny Toons or Animaniacs, But Those Were Already Taken" (2004) This episode's title spoofs both Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs.
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I Love the '90s: Part Deux "1993" (2005) Animaniacs is the penultimate topic of discussion in the episode, with the first half focusing on the Warners while the remainder highlights Pinky and The Brain. Voice actors Rob Paulsen and Ben Stein were two of the commentators who discussed Animaniacs. Clips from the Animaniacs opening as well as various Warners and Pinky and The Brain segments from season one are seen in the prologue and Animaniacs portion of the episode.
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Chuck "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater" (2007) Animaniacs is one of the shows brought up in the TV show identification duel between Lester and Morgan.
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MAD "Spy vs. Spy Kids / The Superhero Millionaire Matchmaker" (2011) In the "Mickey Mouse Mouse Control" segment, the title character has captured various cartoon mice and rats, among them are Pinky and the Brain.
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The 7D "Grim the Dragon" (2014) A nurse resembling Hello Nurse appears in the episode providing relief to Grumpy and Hildy. It should be noted that Tom Ruegger and a majority of the Animaniacs cast and crew worked on the series.
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Robot Chicken "Kramer Vs. Showgirls" (2011) A small portion of the "90s Revisited" segment features Pinky and the Brain; who are still used as test subjects at Acme Labs; with the Brain now having a large tumor in his head and suffering arthritis and blindness due to side effects from testing. Pinky is then revealed to have a human ear grotesquely sticking out of his back, referencing the "Vacanti mouse".
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"Eviscerated Post-Coital by a Six Foot Mantis" (2012) A segment features Pinky and the Brain going out for a night on the town, then it is revealed to be a hallucination from the drugs scientists are testing the two mice on. Maurice LaMarche reprises his role as the Brain. In an interview during the Animaniacs panel at Wizard World Virtual Experience 2021 (from 37:40-39:00), Maurice alludes to this episode and expresses regret doing it; noting that he only played Brain in this segment out of desperation to reprise the character. Rob Paulsen was unable to reprise Pinky as the episode’s budget could only afford one guest voice-actor.
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"Cheese Puff Mountain" (2015) A segment features a modified Just Toys "Bend-Ems" Yakko figurine singing an inappropriate number in the style of "Yakko's World." Rob Paulsen had reportedly declined to voice Yakko for this sketch.
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Shipping Wars "Looney Tunes Blues" (2015) Sculptures of the Warners from the Warner Bros. Studio Store are shown at Randy's Toy Shop.

Besides Dot in the center, Wakko can be partially seen in the right of this image.

Adam Ruins Everything "Adam Ruins Science" (2017) An animated segment analyzing the flaws of studying on lab mice parodies the aesthetics of Pinky and the Brain; with a spoof of Brain's "The same thing we do every night" line.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 "Hobgoblins" (1998) Pearl Forrester calls her assistants "Pinky" and "Brain."
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"The Beast of Hollow Mountain" (2017) After a character in the movie says, "Enrique what you going to do"?, Jonah quotes "The same thing I do every night, Pedro; try to take over the world!".
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"Mac and Me" (2018) Jonah quotes that the aliens looked like "if humanity evolved from Pinky and the Brain." Later Jonah quotes "Hello, nurse" after seeing Debbie's sister.
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Episode aired July 15, 2019 A parody of "Wakko's America" is performed by "Wakko" (not voiced by Jess Harnell) to give a geography lesson to then-U.S. president Donald Trump. It can be viewed here.
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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic "The Ending of the End - Part 2" (2019) Twilight's line "The same thing we do every time, Pinkie - try to save the world!", is a clear reference to The Brain's famous line.
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Teen Titans Go! "P.P." (2021) Beast Boy mistakes the acronym "P.P.", which in this context means "pet peeve", for the act of using the bathroom, similar to the Warners mistaking the same acronym for the same thing in the episode No Pain, No Painting, but in that case, it stood for Pablo Picasso.
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The Simpsons "Krusty the Clown" (2018) "Animaniacs Reboot" is one of the hundreds of shows seen on TV screens.
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"The Wayz We Were" (2021) A parody of The Brain appears in an online quiz with other "hyper-intelligent" cartoon characters.

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Amphibia "Froggy Little Christmas" (2021) During the end credits, Polly receives a Narf Gun for Christmas. This is a reference to both Nerf Gun toys and Pinky's famous verbal tic.
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The Boys Presents: Diabolical "Laser Baby's Day Out" (2022) This episode is a parody/homage to various classic cartoons, with Animaniacs being named as a particular source of inspiration. Animaniacs composers Steve and Julie Bernstein were also brought in to help with the music, and Animaniacs reboot studio Snipple Animation Studios even animated the short. As producer Seth Rogen put it, they had brought in "the exact same people who do the thing we were kind of satirizing."[1]
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Movies

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) The 2013 Blu-ray release of the movie features concept art with the Brain at a Mad Scientist convention.
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See Spot Run (2001) James watches the Pinky and the Brain episode "Brainania" in Gordon's apartment.
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Bolt (2008) The pigeons that Bolt meets in New York are very similar to the Goodfeathers.
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Batman: Bad Blood (2016) Batwoman said "Hello, nurse." when Luke Fox arrived to help her and Nightwing against the nuns.
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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Starfire recognizes the Warner Bros. Water Tower as the home of the Warners (who are erroneously referred to as the show's ensemble name, the Animaniacs).
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Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) The Warners make a few silent cameos in the film:
  • The Warners appear as audience cameos during the game, with the three of them watching the game from the edge of Marvin the Martian's spacecraft.
  • A statue of Dot Warner appears in an office room.

Documentaries

Name Description Image
Looney Tunes: Back in Action - Behind the Tunes (2004) In this DVD featurette, Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Pinky, and the Brain appear on the old Warner Bros. Studio's Animation mural with other WB animated stars.

We accept this as compensation for the Warners not appearing in the movie's Water Tower scene.

I Know That Voice (2013) Animaniacs is one of the many animated properties discussed in this documentary. Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Maurice LaMarche recall their experience with the franchise and even briefly perform their characters' voices.
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Spielberg (2017) Archival footage from the Pinky and the Brain episode "Schpiel-borg 2000" is shown to highlight Steven Spielberg's animated accomplishments.
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Video Games

Name Description Image
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (2012) One of the trophies you can get is called "Helloooooooooooooooo Nurse!".
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Skullgirls (2012) One of Peacock's pre-round introduction lines is "Hellooooooo nurse".
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Jazzpunk (2014) After cleaning crumbs off a NPC, the NPC says "Okay, I love you, bye-bye", Mindy's catchphrase.
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Lego DC Super-Villains (2018) One of the civilians in Smallville will occasionally mention that he likes to imagine the local water tower as the comfortable home for a family of orphaned cartoon characters.
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Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem (2021) [2] In the game's 2021 promotional event for Space Jam: A New Legacy, the Water Tower appears sporting a similar design to how it looks in the the Animaniacs reboot.
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Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 Issus #2 (1996) A statue of Pinky and Brain can be seen in a Warner Bros. Studio Store.
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Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 Issue #413 (1996) Dolls of Pinky and the Brain appear in the issue.
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The Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 Issues #438 and #440 (1996) Pinky and the Brain were alluded to as two white mice, kept by Omnibus. One of the realistically drawn mice had an enlarged cranium, and when their cage was destroyed the sound "narf" is indicated. Also when Jailbait asked what they would do during the night Hotshot replied "The same thing they do every night... whatever that is."
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Even More Tales to Give You Goosebumps (1996) The Animaniacs is mentioned as one of the main character's favorite show to watch with her sister.
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Mad Magazine Issue #385 (1999) A rather scathing Pinky and the Brain desk plaque can be seen in a mock Warner Bros. Studio Store catalogue.
It is based off an actual desk plaque sold at said store.
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Archie's Sonic Universe Issue #47 (2012) A character resembling Yakko Warner can be seen being rescued by the Mercian Freedom Fighters.
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A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time(2018) Pinky and The Brain are given the number 15 spot in this subjective ranking of popular cartoon characters. Co-author Joseph Wos asserts that Pinky and The Brain "are lovable failures...They are hopeful characters who never lose sight of their goals and will try again undeterred. Despite their failings and miscommunications, their friendship too remains intact...Their mismatched relationship is what makes the show so entertaining...The world might just be a better place if it were ruled by Pinky and The Brain."
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IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2019- "Sonic Fan Club" (2019) One of the members of the titular fan club resembles Dot Warner.
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IDW's Sonic the Hedgehog: Annual 2020- "The Catalyst" (2020) The Dot Warner look-alike returns with a mace of sorts.
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Variety: Children's Hour-
How Kids Television Became
the Most Heated Front in the Streaming Wars
(2021)
As a result of the popularity of the Animaniacs reboot on Hulu; Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are seen on the cover with various of other family characters. They also appear on art within the issue's article.
Notably, the image of Yakko sitting on the couch with other characters appears to be traced from fan-art by Atariboy2600 of DeviantArt.
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Music

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Cartoon Network Cartoon Medley (1999) The Animaniacs theme song and the Pinky and the Brain theme song are both included on this album.
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John Legend- "Crowd Go Crazy" (Official Lyric Video) (2021) The Warners appear in several parts of this music video through archival footage from Space Jam: A New Legacy.

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Visual Novels

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Monster Prom (2018) An event in "Monster Prom" has a cult try to come up with a theme song for their leader, Zoe, only to state that they blatantly ripped off the Animaniacstheme song and rejected it.
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Webcomics

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Square Root of Minus Garfield "I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual" (2013) The strip is a collection of Garfield panels accompanied by the lyrics of "I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual", a song that Yakko performs in H.M.S. Yakko.
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Bravoman (ShiftyLook) "Voice Virtuoso" (2013) Rob Paulsen, who voices the Namco character Bravoman in the animated web series of the same name, says the word "Narf", one of Pinky's catchphrases.
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Web Videos

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Nostalgia Critic "The Top 11 Naughtiest Animaniacs Moments" (2008) The Critic highlights some Animaniacs innuendos.
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"Animaniacs" Tribute (2010) Interviews with the cast and crew of the series, including Tom Ruegger and his son Nate, Sherri Stoner, Paul Rugg and John McCann.
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"The Purge" (2014) In perhaps the most infamous example, the review's framing device envisions a scenario where Pinky and the Brain break up, and the video ends with Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche voicing their respective characters in a curse-filled animated skit.

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"Top 11 Best Animaniacs Episodes (2015)" The critic ranks his own personal best episodes of Animaniacs.

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Camp Camp "Journey to Spooky Island" (2016) A tank labeled "Take A Cartoon Literally # 305" contains two rats. One of them has a giant brain and the other's head has been replaced with a human pinky finger; a literal interpretation of both Pinky and the Brain.
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Sanders Sides "Can Lying Be Good? (2018)" After Patton says "Let's look at Kant", Thomas, confusing that word with another one that sounds the same, gets scared, then smiles, waves and says "Goodnight everybody."
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References

  1. Maas, Jennifer (2022, March 4). Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg on 'Diabolical's' Adorably Gory Looney Tunes Tribute, More 'The Boys' Spinoffs. Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2022 (Archive from April 15, 2022)
  2. Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem was first released for IOS and Android devices in 2018. The date listed above is when the Space Jam: A New Legacy promotional event occurred in the game.
Animaniacs Media
Animaniacs (1993-1998)
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Pinky and the Brain (1995-1998)
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Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (1998-1999)
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