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"It's what the network wants, why bother to complain!?"
Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain Theme Song

Pinky, Elmyra and The Brain is a retooling of the Animaniacs spin-off series Pinky and the Brain, produced under collaboration with Warner Bros. and Amblin. The show, like the original, features Pinky and the Brain plotting to take over the world, but however now reside with Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures and must also endure Elmyra's affection. The show aired from 1998 to 1999.

Pinky, Elmyra and The Brain was created as result of The WB Network executives demanding to change Pinky and the Brain to have less focus on world domination and adding another main character. The show writers were not happy with these demands, to the point that Peter Hastings left Warner Bros. for Disney in 1997, with his final story being the episode "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town Again".

The show lasted for one 13 episode season due to bad ratings, with the later episodes airing as part of The Big Cartoonie Show. In total, the thirteen episodes of this spin-off plus the sixty-five episodes of the main series add up to 78 total episodes of the Pinky and the Brain series.

The show has been considered non-canon by staff members of the show including series creator Tom Ruegger. It has been alluded by Ruegger that the series is set in a mirror-universe where the events of the prior series occurred, but a series of different events render the show “non-canon” to the main universe.[1] To further hit the nail in the coffin, the first Pinky and the Brain segment of the Animaniacs reboot, "Of Mice and Memes", renders the series officially non-canon. In the time period where Elmyra initially took place, Brain begins a 22-year long plan at his home of a gradually-updating Acme Labs.


Brain deeply resenting the changes the executives have done to their show

This short-lived series continued the exploits of Pinky and The Brain, who had now been evicted from the now-burned-down Acme Labs (in one episode, it was revealed that the lab had been turned into a Disney Store) and on the run from the psychotic Wally Faust, a parody of actor Christopher Walken, who had been parodied on the show several times before. Their life on the lam (as explained in the theme song) eventually leads to them hiding out in a pet store and being purchased by Elmyra Duff while adopting a discount turtle.

Now living in Elmyra's bedroom, Brain continues to work on his schemes of world domination, but Elmyra proves to be quite a distraction, to the point that in some episodes, Brain never actually gets around to enacting any part of his plans. The Tiny Toon Adventures characters, including Elmyra's own family, are oddly absent from this series. In place of Furrball and Byron, Elmyra's pets include a new cat named Mr. Pussy-Wussy and a turtle named Mr. Shellbutt. Elmyra now goes to Chuck Norris Grammar School instead of Acme Looniversity, and she now had a crush on a thickheaded slob named Rudy Mookich, with absolutely no explanation as to what happened to Montana Max.

List of Episodes

See Episode Guide


  • Alternate titles for this series include The Continuing Adventures of Pinky and the Brain and Pinky and the Brain: The Elmyra Years.[citation needed]
  • Nickelodeon held syndication rights to Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain as part of their purchase of the Pinky and the Brain Syndication Package but there is no record of the show airing on either Nickelodeon or Nicktoons, suggesting that not even they wanted to air it.[2]
  • Pinky, Elmyra and The Brain:
    • is the shortest lived Animaniacs spin-off series, lasting only 13 episodes and airing for only a year.
    • is the final Animaniacs-related production to use cel animation. The next Animaniacs project, Wakko's Wish, would be animated digitally; with all following productions using digital animation.
    • was the final television collaboration between Warner Bros. and Amblin until the reboot in 2020.
    • has the shortest number of animation studios working for any Animaniacs-related show, with only 2 studios providing animation for the show (Wang Film Productions and Rough Draft Studios).

Home Media

For more information, see the Home Media Releases page
Currently, the series is available in its entirety on DVD, digital outlets, and Hulu.


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