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Animaniacs Episode 17
Air date: 5 Oct. 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: Here's the show's namey..­.
Gag credit(s): Tired of These Credits-Kathryn Page's
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
(singing and clapping)
Clap on...Clap off...Clap on, clap off...Show's over!
Prev: Episode 16
Next: Episode 18
List of Animaniacs Episodes

Theme song

Open1

Last line

Dot: Here's the show's namey..­.

Good Idea, Bad Idea

GoodIdeaBadIdea

Good Idea:
Playing a piccolo in a marching band. Bad Idea:
Playing a piano in a marching band.

Trivia


Roll Over Beethoven (406-701)

17-1-RollOverBeethoven

Written by Paul Rugg
Directed by Michael Gerard

Synopsis

The Warners are chimney sweeps who come over to the home of Ludwig van Beethoven, who is attempting to compose his fifth symphony.

Trivia

  • This was the first script Paul Rugg wrote for Animaniacs (and his first paid writing job ever). Based on this script, Sherri Stoner hired him as a series writer.[1]
  • The episode title is a reference to the Chuck Berry song of the same name, which has been covered by artists such as Electric Light Orchestra and The Beatles.
  • The songs that Beethoven plays at the beginning are "Chopsticks", "Merrily We Roll Along" (the Merrie Melodies theme) and the Animaniacs Theme song.
  • The Goodfeathers make a cameo appearance at the beginning of act two­.
  • The scene of Dot on top of the piano is a parody of the scene in the film The Fabulous Baker Boys.
  • At the end, Vincent van Gogh is their next appointment, and Wakko makes a reference to his painting Still Life with Sunflowers.

Quotes

Beethoven: Do you know who I am?
Yakko: No, but maybe if you hum a few bars.
Beethoven: I am Ludwig van Beethoven, world famous composer and pianist.
Yakko: You're a what?
Beethoven: A pianist!
Yakko: Mwah! Goodnight, everybody!
Beethoven: But that is what I am. A pianist!
Yakko: I think we've heard enough out of you. [Washes Beethoven's mouth out with soap]

Good Idea, Bad Idea

GoodIdeaBadIdea

Good Idea: Feeding stray kittens in the park.

Bad Idea: Feeding stray kittens in the park to a bear.

The Cat and the Fiddle

17-2-TheCatAndTheFiddle

Written by Nicholas Hollander
Directed by Alfred Gimeno

Synopsis

Rita and Runt find a home with noted violin maker Antonio Stradivari, who only wants Rita for her catgut to make the strings.


Songs

A Place Called Home (Rita)

A Place Called Home -- Reprise (Rita, with Runt joining on the last line)


Trivia

  • The Warners make a cameo while being chased by pizzamaker Ralph while stealing his pizza.

Cast

Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
Kenneth Mars Ludwig van Beethoven
Frank Welker Runt, Tomato Salesman
Hector Elizondo Stradivarius
Tom Bodett Announcer
and Bernadette Peters as Rita

Kathryn Page's Credit

Tired of These Credits

Stinger

Yakko, Wakko and Dot: (singing and clapping) Clap on...Clap off...Clap on, clap off...Show's over!

References

  1. http://froynlaven.blogspot.com/2009/06/writing-and-why-ive-been-away_12.html
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