Animaniacs Episode 3
Air date: September 15, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Come back, Shane-y
Gag credit(s): Shark Handler-Kathryn Page's
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko and Dot: We are the very models of cartoon individuals!
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Theme song


Last line

Dot: "Come back, Shane-y"!

Tower Escape

Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


The Warners escape the water tower using a long wooden plank and a go-cart

H.M.S. Yakko (406-607)


Written by Paul Rugg
Directed by Michael Gerard

Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


Yakko, Wakko, and Dot trespass on Captain Mel's beach, and he tries to use everything within his power to make them leave.


Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Cap'n Mel, Daffy Duck (nonspeaking), Tweety Bird (picture), Buster Bunny (picture), Babs Bunny (picture), Hugo the Abominable Snowman (from the 1961 Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny cartoon The Abominable Snow Rabbit), Bert the Cannibal


  • This cartoon features parodies of various songs from the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas H.M.S. Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance. "We Surf the Sea" is sung to "With Cat-Like Tread" and "I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual" is sung to "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General," both from Pirates of Penzance. " "I Am the Evil Pirate Captain Mel" is sung to "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore" and "We Should Run and We Should Flee" is sung to "Never Mind the Why and Wherefore," both from H.M.S. Pinafore.
  • Captain Mel is named after legendary voice actor Mel Blank.


Slappy Squirrel Intro

Slappy Goes Walnuts (406-603)


Written by Sherri Stoner
Directed by Jon McClenahan and Chris Brandt

Animated by StarToons


After tasting disgusting cereal that Skippy likes, Slappy goes head to head with a dog guarding a walnut tree to get some walnuts.


Slappy Squirrel, Walter Wolf (young; nonspeaking), Skippy Squirrel, Doug the Dog, Yakko Warner (run-through), Wakko Warner (run-through), Dot Warner (run-through), Ralph the Guard (run-through), Sid the Squid (mentioned), Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison (mentioned)


  • This was the first Slappy Squirrel cartoon produced and aired.
  • Slappy takes a dig at the Disney Afternoon show Bonkers, which she would take another jab at in the cartoon "Rest in Pieces." Bonkers debuted a week before Animaniacs. The Animaniacs crew presumably heard stories in the industry about the troubled production of that series: the entire staff of the show was fired after twenty episodes had been finished, and a new crew was brought in to redesign the main character and create an entirely new supporting cast.
  • The xylophone gag is a take on a gag used by Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck on Bugs Bunny in the cartoons Ballot Box Bunny and Show Biz Bugs respectively.
  • Slappy tells Doug the Dog that he reminds her of a very young Scooby-Doo.
  • The Wonderful World of Walnuts video is a parody of the television program Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.
  • In the second take on the xylophone gag, Slappy calls Doug the Dog "Lionel Hampton", who was a jazz vibraphone player most famous for his time in the Benny Goodman Quartet.
  • Strangely, the joke "This frisky little feller likes to hide his nuts in the most unusual places...where the sun don't shine on them..." was not originally in the Fox Kids airing of this cartoon, but was put back into the Kids' WB! and all other syndicated airings.
  • First cartoon animated by the U.S. studio StarToons.


Slappy: [watching one of her cartoons] Wild take #32. Regular as clockwork! [belches] Wish everything was regular as clockwork.
Slappy: Look, you've seen all my old cartoons, right?
Skippy: About a trillion times!
Slappy: I've wrestled with Walter Wolf, Sid the Squid, and Beanie the Brain-Dead Bison. This Doug guy here is nothin'.
Skippy: Yeah, but those were cartoons and this is real life.
Slappy: [to the audience] Don't tell him. He might crack.
Slappy[to Doug the Dog] You remind me of a very young Scooby-Doo.
Slappy: Now that's comedy!

Yakko's Universe (406-600EE)

Yakko's Universe

Music and Lyrics by Randy Rogel
Directed by Alfred Gimeno

Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


Yakko sings a song about the vastness of space and the smallness of us compared to it.


Yakko Warner, Dot Warner, Wakko Warner


  • The song parodies Eric Idle's "Galaxy Song" from Monty Python and the Meaning of Life, albeit with a slightly more upbeat ending message.
  • The song's second verse was originally about all the planets, but when Rogel was informed that Paul Rugg was already writing another song about the planets, he changed it.
  • The song's lyrics underwent many rewrites, as detailed by writer Randy Rogel on "Keeper"'s web page. The chorus originally ended on the line, "It's a small world after all!" but Rogel was forced to change this due to fears of a lawsuit from Disney.
  • This is the first segment to not feature any spoken dialogue. This would be the case again with U.N. Me.

Music By

Richard Stone


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Young Slappy
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Jeff Bennett Captain Mel
Frank Welker Doug the Dog (uncredited)

Kathryn Page's Credit

Shark Handler


Yakko, Wakko and Dot: We are the very models of cartoon individuals!


  • This is the first stinger to call back on one of the cartoons in the episode.
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