Animaniacs Episode 41
Air date: September 17, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: Here's the show's namey...
Gag credit(s): Mrs. Claus-Kathryn Page
Closing tag: Slappy: It's ovah! Go away!
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Newsreel of the Stars

See also: Episode 14: La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam

Theme song


Last line

Dot: Here's the show's name-y...

Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter

Slappy stars in this parody of advertisements for Milk, whose slogan at the time was "It does a body good."

Broadcast Nuisance


Written by Gordon Bressack and Charlie Howell
Directed by Greg Reyna and Kirk Tingblad


The Warners act as delivery people from "Sam 'n' Ella's Coffee Shop" to deliver a sandwich for noted news anchor Slam Fondlesome. However, Fondlesome refuses to tip him, and they end up tormenting him throughout his broadcast.


  • This episode went through many many changes through its airings. For one thing, the anchorman's name was changed from Slam Fondlesome to the rather generic Dan Anchorman because of his last name. Additionally, Steven Spielberg was not keen to the amount of violence the Warners were doing to Fondlesome, so all violence was cut out, including a cameo by Slappy Squirrel. In addition, some dialogue had to be redubbed, including Yakko's William F. Buckley imitation and what followed. The censored version appears on the DVD.
  • Slam Fondlesome is a parody of newsman Sam Donaldson. Duanne Sewer is a parody of Dianne Sawyer. Wolf Spritzer is a parody of Wolf Blitzer.
  • When the Warners change the channel on the news, Fondlesome finds himself in parodies of Gilligan's Island, Godzilla, and the WWF.
  • The Warners' last line is a reference to Dennis Miller's closing on Weekend Update on SNL.
  • At the end of the Warners' song, Dot says, "We're Beatrice," which was the tagline of Beatrice Foods.
  • Wakko says, "Ground control to Major Tom, commencing countdown engines on," which is a lyric to "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.


Slam: I will not have this broadcast interupted by a bunch of little kids! Yakko: We protest you calling us little kids! We prefer to be called "vertically impaired pre-adults".

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea: Having breakfast served to you in bed.

Bad Idea: Having tennis balls served to you in bed.

Raging Bird


Written by Deanna Oliver
Directed by Lenord Robinson


The Goodfeathers star in a parody of Raging Bull, with Bobby, naturally, in the Robert DeNiro role.


  • This marks the first appearance of the Goodfeathers theme song, which is a parody of the Dean Martin song, "That's Amoré".
  • Wakko makes a cameo appearance after Pesto calls Bobby a wacko. A similar gag would later be used for an episode of Freakazoid.
  • The character of Max is a parody of Burgess Meredith's character from Rocky. Additionally, Prettyboy Robin is a parody of Rocky Balboa himself. This is made clear when he falls to pieces and yells, "Yo, Adrian!"

Good Idea, Bad Idea


Good Idea: Whistling while you work.

Bad Idea: Whistling while you eat.


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Wolf Spritzer
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Skipper
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Duanne Sewer
Phil Hartman Slam Fondlesome
Maurice LaMarche Squit, The Godpigeon, Max, Prettyboy Robin, Gilligan
John Mariano Bobby
Chick Vennera Pesto
Gail Matthius Lana
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Tom Bodett Announcer
Frank Welker Narrator

Kathryn Page's Credit

Mrs. Claus


Slappy: It's ovah! Go away!

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