Pinafore were parodied in episode 3, "HMS Yakko". Another episode, "Bumbie's Mom," both parodied the film Bambi and was a story based on Stoner's childhood reaction to the film. The Warner kids, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot , were three cartoon stars from the s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. Ratings and popularity[ edit ] During its run, Animaniacs became the second-most popular children's show in both demographics of children ages 2—11 and children ages 6—11 behind Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In an interview, Spielberg defended the "irreverence" of Animaniacs, saying that the Animaniacs crew has "a point of view" and does not "sit back passively and play both sides equally". Spielberg defended the violence in Animaniacs by saying that the series had a balance of both violent humor and educational segments, so the series would never become either too violent or "benign". The idea for an original musical score in every episode came from Steven Spielberg. Parodies[ edit ] Animaniacs parodied popular TV shows and movies and caricatured celebrities.
Another episode, "Bumbie's Mom," both parodied the film Bambi and was a story based on Stoner's childhood reaction to the film. Yakko, Wakko and Dot shake hands with their Tiny Toon Adventures predecessors Buster and Babs Bunny and Plucky Duck, who make a cameo appearance in an episode of Animaniacs Recurring jokes and catchphrases[ edit ] Characters on Animaniacs had catchphrases, with some characters having more than one. In the series' first season, the theme won an Emmy Award for best song. Hastings, Rugg, Stoner, McCann, Howell, and Bressack were involved in writing sketch comedy  while others, including Kress, Minton, and Rogel, came from cartoon backgrounds. The most prominent catchphrase that was said by all the Warners was "Hello-o-o, nurse! One episode even made fun of competing show Power Rangers ,  and another episode caricatured Animaniacs' own Internet fans. Ratings and popularity[ edit ] During its run, Animaniacs became the second-most popular children's show in both demographics of children ages 2—11 and children ages 6—11 behind Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. List of Animaniacs characters Animaniacs had a large cast of characters, separated into individual segments, with each pair or set of characters acting in its own plot. Parodies[ edit ] Animaniacs parodied popular TV shows and movies and caricatured celebrities. Director Rusty Mills and senior producer Tom Ruegger said that recurring segments like the water tower gag and another segment titled "The Wheel of Morality" which, in Yakko's words, "adds boring educational value to what would otherwise be an almost entirely entertaining program", and ends with a "moral" that makes no sense eased the production of episodes because the same animated scenes could be used more than once and, in the case of the Wheel segments, enabled the producers to add a segment in where there was not room for anything else in the episode. Otto Scratchansniff , the studio psychiatrist, and his assistant Hello Nurse. Notable ones include "Yakko's World", in which Yakko sings the names of all some nations of the world to the tune of the " Mexican Hat Dance ". The series received ratings higher than its competitors and won eight Daytime Emmy Awards and one Peabody Award. The Animaniacs characters interacted with famous people and creators of the past and present as well as mythological characters and characters from contemporary pop culture and television. Ruegger thought of the premise for Pinky and the Brain when wondering what would happen if Minton and Fitzgerald tried to take over the world. Many Animaniacs songs were parodies of classical or folk music with educational lyrics. When McCann joked that Sherri would be playing troubled teenagers when she was fifty years old, the latter developed the idea of Slappy's characteristics as an older person acting like a teenager. Reception[ edit ] Animaniacs was a successful show, gathering both child and adult fans. Shown here are the majority of the characters from the series. Spielberg defended the violence in Animaniacs by saying that the series had a balance of both violent humor and educational segments, so the series would never become either too violent or "benign". The idea for an original musical score in every episode came from Steven Spielberg. Producers Peter Hastings, Sherri Stoner , Rusty Mills , and Rich Arons contributed scripts for many of the episodes and had an active role during group discussions in the writer's room as well. Creation and inspiration[ edit ] The Animaniacs cast of characters had a variety of inspiration, from celebrities to writers' family members to other writers. Nominations and awards[ edit ] Animaniacs' first major award came in , when the series won a Peabody Award in its debuting season. The series made parodies of television shows and films. Executive producer Steven Spielberg said that the irreverence in Looney Tunes cartoons inspired the Animaniacs cast.
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