I am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual is a song from the "HMS Yakko" cartoon in episode 3 of Animaniacs. Like the rest of the songs in the cartoon, it is based on a song by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, specifically the famous patter song "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" aka "The Major-General's Song" from Pirates of Penzance. The song is also reprised as the stinger for the episode. The lyrics were adapted by Paul Rugg. It is featured as the ninth track on the soundtrack album Animaniacs.
- I am the very model of a cartoon individual,
- My animation's comical, unusual and whimsical.
- I'm quite adept at funny gags, comedic theory I have read,
- From wicked puns and stupid jokes to anvils that drop on your head.
- I'm very good at fancy dances, I can even pirouette,
- Then smack the villain with a fish. I know my cartoon etiquette.
- I can make my face all mean and really give you quite a fright,
- Then make up with flowers made of real explosive dynamite.
- When in a jam, I just yell, "Stop!" and villains in their tracks are froze,
- Then I sneak up, and utter "Start!" and take their hands and honk their nose.
- I am quite proud to be in such a hierarch'al progeny,
- From Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird to Babs and Buster Bunny.
- To suit my mood, I can call forth a lot of different sceneries,
- Like outer space and desert scapes and Himalayan eateries.
- From this bag here, why, I can pull most anything imaginable
- Like office desks and lava lights and Bert who is a cannibal.