Animaniacs Episode 4
Air date: September 16, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Here's the show's namey
Gag credit(s): Kathryn Page's -Hamster Trainer
Closing tag: Set three extra places - we're coming over for dinner!
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Theme song


Variable Line

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

Tower Escape

The Warners escape from the water tower via a hot air balloon.

Hooked on a Ceiling (406-809)


Story by Tom Ruegger
Written by Gordon Bressack and Charles M. Howell IV
Directed by Rusty Mills

Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


Michelangelo fires all of his workers while painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, but realizes he has no workers, and the pope is coming by to see the finished ceiling soon. So he hires the Warners, who paint over the various pictures due to their disgust over naked people. However, when Michelangelo claims that they're supposed to paint naked people, the Warners agree (because they like painting naked people). However, the end results displease Michelangelo, but the Pope, who is revealed to be Steven Spielberg, is impressed by the paintings that resemble his movies.


Narrator, Ninja Turtles, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Bobby (picture), Squit (picture), Pesto (picture), Praying Peasant, Hunchback, Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Gus, His Eminence Steven Spielberg


  • The title is a parody of the song "Hooked on a Feeling."
  • In the beginning of the cartoon, parodies of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear, since Michelangelo is also one of the names of the turtles. Michelangelo the Turtle has an orange headband.
  • The narrator is a caricature of actor John Houseman.
  • The Goodfeathers are seen sitting on the statue of David in one of the slides.
  • Michelangelo is a caricature of actor Kirk Douglas.
  • The bellringer is a parody of Quasimodo from the Victor Hugo novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • At the end of the Warners' song, Dot sings a parody of "Feelings" by Morris Albert.
  • When Michelangelo asks to be let in, Yakko does an imitation of the guard from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
  • An animated version of Steven Spielberg makes a cameo, as the Pope.
  • In The Creation of Adam, Elliot and E.T. (from Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) take the place of Adam and God.
  • At the end, the Warners give Michelangelo a bowl of cereal and say, "Hey, Mikey, he likes it!" This is a parody of the Life cereal ads from the 1970s.
  • After Dot tells Michelangelo to paint the Mona Lisa, he says, "That's Da Vinci!" then Dot says, "That's delightful!" then Yakko says, "That's de-lovely!" This is a reference to a song by Cole Porter called "It's De-Lovely".
  • After whiting out the ceiling, the Warners paint a C.M. Coolidge painting of dogs playing poker, a group of girls done in the style of Margaret Keane and a portrait of Elvis Presley.
  • The praying peasant sounds exactly like Dr. Scratchansniff.
  • popular youtube critic The Nostalgia Critic has named this short as the greatest Animaniacs short.


Yakko: Wait a minute, you expect us poor innocent children to climb up that dangerous scaffolding and paint naked people all over a church?
The Warners: We'll do it!
Yakko: But we're not doing it for the sake of art, and we're not doing it for the sake of money. No, we're doing it because...we like painting naked people.

Film Projector Transition

Animated by StarToons

The Warners are about to watch the next cartoon in a movie theater.

Goodfeathers: The Beginning (406-702)


Written by Deanna Oliver
Directed by Greg Reyna

Animated by Akom Productions Co.


Squit dreams of being a Goodfeather, like Pesto and Bobby, but the two don't think he has what it takes. However, the Godpigeon agrees to let him be a Goodfeather if he gets him some food, so the trio of pigeons try to get a bagel that landed in the middle of the street. However, all of their attempts usually end with them getting injured in some way. In the end, the Godpigeon ends up getting the bagel himself with ease, and Squit becomes a Goodfeather.


Bobby, Squit, Pesto, the Godpigeon, Yakko Warner (run-through), Wakko Warner (run-through), Dot Warner (run-through), Ralph the Guard (run-through)


  • The was the first Goodfeathers cartoon produced and aired.
  • This is the only episode to reference the Godpigeon's real name, Solly.
  • Goodfeathers is a parody of the films Goodfellas and The Godfather.
  • The Warners cameo twice in this cartoon. They first appear being chased by Ralph on the sidewalk, and they reappear being chased by him on the subway.
  • "Are you walking with me? I don't see anybody else here" parodies the line, "Are you talking to me?" spoken by a different Robert DeNiro character in a different Martin Scorsese film, Taxi Driver.

Wheel of Morality

Wakko is confused and wants to learn the moral of the story.
Wheel of Morality

The moral of today's show is:
"Never ask what hot dogs are made of."

Chase Ending

The Warners go back to the tower with a ladder from Wakko's gag bag. Ralph attempts to climb the ladder but the ladder falls back into the bag. The Warners just shrug and go back into the tower.

Music By

Richard Stone


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Churchgoer
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Woman
Maurice LaMarche Michelangelo, Squit, The Godpigeon
Chick Vennera Pesto
John Mariano Bobby
Frank Welker Narrator, Taxi Caller, Steven Spielberg

Kathryn Page's Credit

Hamster Trainer


Dot: Set three extra places!
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: We're coming home for dinner!

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