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"What are We?" is a song from episode 6 of the original Animaniacs. The song contemplates what sort of species the Warners are, a question also asked by many fans of the show. The song has music and lyrics by Randy Rogel. It is also included on the first soundtrack album, Animaniacs.

Lyrics[]

Wakko:
Maybe we are dogs,
Cute little dogs with ears
Woof woof! (pant)
And little tails that we can wag
Hey! Let's go fetch his slippers and play tag!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
Hey, get off of me!
Dot:
Maybe I'm a cat
Whadaya think of that?
A lovely cat that all the world adores!
And here's my kitty paws
With little kitty claws,
Which I like to sharpen on your couch!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
Ahhh! That's not funny!
Yakko:
Maybe I'm a bunny
Hopping 'round here happy as I please
Or penguins and it's cold, which makes you sneeze
Dr. Scratchasniff:
Ah-choo!
Yakko:
I've got it! Of course!
Maybe I'm a horse
I can live on oats and hay
And laugh and run and jump and play
And you can ride on me all day!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
No way!
Dot:
Hey, maybe I'm a skunk
Dr. Scratchansniff:
Oh, boy, you really stink!
Yakko:
A dinosaur might be some fun
Dr. Scratchansniff:
But then you'd be extinct!
Dot:
Maybe we're all insects
Wakko:
Do you like bugs and bees?
Dr. Scratchansniff:
You kids are buggy in the head!
Yakko:
Maybe we're giant fleas!
Dot:
Maybe an electric eel
Wakko:
Or seal
Dot:
Get real!
Hey, wait a minute, I got it now!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
You do?
Dot:
Yes I do!
The Warners:
We're not bees and we're not cats
Or bugs or horses or things like that
What we are is clear and absolute!
What we are, dear doctor...
Dot:
Is cute!
Dr. Scratchansniff:
I'm sorry I asked.

Trivia[]

  • Creator Tom Ruegger says that the Warners are simply toons and their species is cartoonus characterus.[1]
  • On the "Animaniacs" album, Dr. Scartchanasniff says "That's not normal! I know normal!", yet, the doctor didn't say "I know normal!" when the cartoon was animated.

References[]

  1. Lammle, Ron (01-04-2018) - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Animaniacs. Mental Floss. Retrieved June 26, 2023.

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