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Animaniacs Episode 7
Air date: 21 Sep. 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: Here's the show's namey...
Gag credit(s): Jeep Driver-Kathryn Page
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Goodbye, nurse!
Prev: Episode 6
Next: Episode 8
List of Animaniacs Episodes

Newsreel of the Stars

NewsReel
See Episode 1: De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon'e'

Theme Song

Open1

Variable Line

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

Tower Escape

We hear the sound of a toilet flushing. As we pan down on the tower, a small door unscrews itself with water coming out of each hole. As the door opens, we see the Warners in scuba gear running out of the tower.

Piano Rag (406-712)

7-1-PianoRag

Written by Nicholas Hollander
Directed by Michael Gerard

Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha

Synopsis

Dr. Scratchansniff, Ralph, and Hello Nurse are chasing the Warners. The Warners decided to hide in, and rudely disrupt, a piano recital.

Characters

Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Ralph the Guard, Hello Nurse, Dr. Scratchansniff, Tympannini, Rita (walk-through), Runt (walk-through)

Trivia

  • According to composer Steve Bernstein, the piano concerto was written after the animation was all done, making it more difficult to compose.

Quotes

(After Tympannini breaks his piano, the Warners hold up lit matches like a rock concert)
Yakko: Very Pete Townsend-esque.
Dot: Who?
Wakko: Exactly.
The Warners: WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO! WHO!
Wakko: (to Tympannini) Hey, mister! Pull a rabbit of your pants!
Dr. Scratchansniff: Hmph. Your mother used Pampers.
Yakko: Goodbye, nurse!
Ralph: (To Yakko) Duh, got ya!
Yakko: (To Ralph) Duh, not!

Gallery



When Rita Met Runt (406-604)

7-2-WhenRitaMetRunt

Written by Sherri Stoner
Directed by Michael Gerard

Animated by Freelance Animators, Ltd.

Synopsis

Rita, an intelligent and sarcastic cat, is given to the city pound by her owner, a woman who recently went through a bad breakup. Runt, a big but rather idiotic dog, is given to the same pound by a man because he was unable to potty train him. They are put in different cells next to each other, but, since they can't see each other, they both think that they are of their species. Rita sings of the woes she suffered as a house cat, and how when she was a kitten she was adored and pampered, only to later be held in disregard as she got less cute when she grew up. She is about to escape when Runt wants to be let out as well. When he comes out, she realizes that he is a dog, and Runt thinks Rita is also a dog. When she says she is a cat, Runt gets angry and threatens to shred the (to him) unseen feline to bits.

Characters

Rita, Runt, Pound Employee, Rita's Owner, Runt's Owner, Pound Customer, Yakko Warner (run-through), Wakko Warner (run-through), Dot Warner (run-through), Ralph the Guard (run-through)\

Trivia

  • First Rita and Runt cartoon.
  • Runt's voice is modeled after Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.
  • The Warners are seen dancing outside the pound with umbrellas in a parody of the title song from Singin' in the Rain.

Song

  • Humans Ain't What They Seem to Be (Rita)


Quotes

Runt: My name's Runt, but my master calls me "stupid".
----
Rita's Owner: I want a pet who will come when I call and cuddle me when I've had a bad day.
Rita: Have a kid, lady.

Chase Ending

The Warners get back up to the Water Tower using a barber chair. When Ralph pulls the lever, a sandbag falls out of nowhere. The Warners shrug and go back into the tower.

Music By

Richard Stone, Steve Bernstein

Cast

Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Rita's Owner, Pound Customer
Frank Welker Runt, Ralph T. Guard, Runt's Owner, Pound Worker
John Rhys-Davies Tympannini
Bernadette Peters Rita

Kathryn Page's Credit

Jeep Driver

Stinger

Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Goodbye, nurse!

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