The first episode of the (then Fox Kids) show Animaniacs. The show premiered on September 13, 1993.
Newsreel of the StarsEdit
A newsreel is shown explaining the origin of the Warners. They were first created in 1930 in Hollywood at the Warner Bros. then-new animation department. However, they were uncontrollable and ran amok all over the Warner Bros. Studios. until they were captured. Their cartoons were locked away in a vault unreleased, and the Warners were locked away in the studio water tower unreleased....or so they think.
- The animation studio is named "Termite Terrace", which was the nickname of the original Warner Bros. animation studio, because it was so old and rickety they thought no one would want to live there except the termites.
- This cold open would be reused in certain episodes of the show, including a longer version.
- Ralph T. Guard and Hello Nurse, or maybe people who somehow look like them, are seen working for the studio in 1930.
- The narrator says in this newsreel that the Warners were created in 1930, however, it would later be shown that cartoons were made starring them in 1929. This would later be referenced in the "Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation" cartoon.
Dot: Here's the show's namey...
Dr. Scratchansniff tells about how he first attempted to make the Warners sane, and how he lost his hair in the process. After his first encounter with the kids, the good doc is ordered by the CEO, Thaddeus Plotz, to keep the zany kids under control. After one unsucessful try with the siblings together, he decides to talk with them seprately, with no success either.
- Porky Pig makes a very brief cameo in the opening scene.
- In a reference to Ronald Reagan's former occupation as an actor, Dr. Scratchansniff decides "Mr. Reagan" is uncurable upon hearing Reagan's dreams of being president.
- Clint Eastwood is mentioned briefly.
- The boardroom scene with Dr. Scratchansniff is a parody of the film Network.
- Plotz says that the studio has not endured so much chaos since they made Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead. This Christina Applegate-starrer was notorious for being a box office flop.
- The clip of Yakko guessing who Dr. Scratchansniff is as well as Scratchy saying, "No, you stupid kid, you don't understand!" from this cartoon is used in the opening of Rob Paulsen's podcast "Talking Toons".
- Dot: Did ya miss us?
- Dr. Scratchansniff: I hardly even know you.
- Yakko and Wakko: We're the Warner Brothers!
- Dot: And the Warner Sister!
- Dr. Scratchansniff: What do you want?
- Yakko: We asked you first!
- Dr. Scratchansniff: Well, I want—hey, no, you didn't!
- Dot: Well, we meant to.
- Dr. Scratchansniff: Do you know who I am?
- Yakko: Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, world famous psychoanalyst to the stars?
- Dr. Scratchansniff: Correct!
- Yakko: I won! I won! What did I win?
- Dr. Scratchansniff: Nothing.
- Yakko: Say, what kinda game show is this?
- Dr. Scratchansniff: This isn't a game show.
- Yakko: Well, I'll say it isn't. Nobody wins anything. You'll be lucky to be on the air for one week.
Dr. Scratchansniff, the Warners, and the Hip Hippos sing a re-written version of "The Monkey Song" about the Warners. Squit tries to play the flute throughout the song, but keeps getting beat up by Pesto.
- This cartoon features appearances by all of the main characters that would be a staple part of the series for the next 98 episodes.
- This cartoon also features what may be considered the first instance of hidden innuendo on the show. When Hello Nurse sings, "I don't know what to say, the monkeys won't do!" Yakko sings, "For a nickel I'll give ya a clue."
In a parody of Goodnight, Moon, a narrator (voiced by Jim Cummings, using a Winnie-the-Pooh-esque voice) says nighty-night to all of the characters of the series.
- This episode features appearances by all of the characters.
|Rob Paulsen||Yakko Warner, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff, Porky Pig|
|Jess Harnell||Wakko Warner, Humphrey Bogart|
|Tress MacNeille||Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo|
|Frank Welker||Ralph the Guard, Thaddeus Plotz, Flavio Hippo, Buttons, Runt, Ronald Reagan, Newsreader|
|Maurice LaMarche||The Brain, Squit|
|Sherri Stoner||Slappy Squirrel|
|Jim Cummings||Sterling Holloway|
Kathryn Page's CreditEdit
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: Goodbye nurse!
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|n/a||Episode 2: Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big|