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"The Catch-Up Song" is the first song (excluding the theme) performed in the 2020 reboot of Animaniacs, summarizing what Yakko, Wakko and Dot had missed after being missing for twenty-two years. It appears in the episode "Suspended Animation Part One."


You see...
Taxis are Ubers, the stars are YouTubers
Neil Tyson gave Pluto the axe
Cellphones got smarter, the oceans got hotter
The global economy collapsed
We get internet deals on our hyphenate meals
Like cage-free vegan-paleo sausage
We don't leave our homes thanks to Amazon drones
They track what we do through our watches
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
What's going on? Will we be okay?
Has it all gone mad since we went away?
Oh, update us please and put us at ease
Cause we've run out of jokes about the 90s!

[Bill Clinton plays the theme to Friends on the sax]

Al Gore lost bad cause of one hanging chad
"Dubya" hunted for "Dubya-Em-Dees".
Obama brought hope, so Clinton thought, "Dope,"
"2016 should be a real breeze!"
So Hillary finally broke that glass ceiling?
No, but it certainly does feel like it's raining shards of glass all around us.
The country's cut into two, the red and the blue
Facebook's a toxic waste dump
The Fox Friends are doting, the Russians are voting
And now there's a President Tru--
At least we think there's still a President Trump. You see, the writers are writing this in 2018.
How is that possible? The people rely on Animaniacs for outrageous and relevant content!
Well, how can we finish catching up if we don't know what happened in the last two years?
I dunno. Wild guesses?
Sounds good to me!
We have chips in our brains, we no longer feel pain
There are worsening climate disasters
Now we live underground, and we can't make a sound
Lest we anger our polar bear masters
They've come south for revenge!
We breed birds without arms on our factory farms
And we live in aluminum bunkers
We sent humans to Mars, all the food comes in bars
And the top-rated show is called Clunkers!
It's about a talking police car!
Who's also a time machine!
Wow! here comes the star, Clunko!
I travel through time, solving crime!
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
That's what's going on in the world today
It’s as crazy now, as when we went away
Our ratings depend on knowing the trends
We're all caught up, that's how this song ends!


  • The song was the first with lyrics written by Lucas Crandles and Timothy Nash: in fact, they auditioned for the show with a draft of it. In order to write lyrics based on a set rhythm before a final melody was written, Crandles and Nash used "The Mexican Hat Dance" – the same tune Yakko's World famously uses. The tune also kind of sounds similar to Variety Speak.
  • Among the topics lampooned in this song: Fox & Friends, Donald Trump, George W. Bush, the Iraq War, the 2000 election, the 2016 election, the 2008 Recession, climate change, online take-out orders, Facebook, Amazon, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson deeming Pluto a dwarf planet in 2006.
  • Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez make cameos alongside Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton appears referencing his saxophone performance from The Arsenio Hall Show, which was also referenced in the original Theme Song.
  • The Fox & Friends cast (Steve Doccy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade) are caricatured in the song.
  • The line about running out of 90s jokes visually references Friends, Silence of the Lambs, and Blossom.
  • Gabriel Mann, Brock Baker, and Missi Hale double for Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille as Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for portions of this song.
  • This song was the first segment to be animated by Titmouse, Inc.
  • Clunkers is an obvious parody of Disney's show Bonkers.