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The cover of the DVD release.

Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish (known as just Wakko's Wish) is a direct-to-video movie that stars the cast of Animaniacs in a fantasy setting. It was released on December 21, 1999 on VHS, and has been rerun on television on occasion. It was released on DVD on October 7, 2014. [1]

Story by Tom Ruegger
Written by Tom Ruegger, Nick DuBois, Earl Kress, Kevin Hopps, Charles M. Howell IV and Randy Rogel
Directed by Liz Holzman, Rusty Mills and Tom Ruegger

Plot

In the town of Acme Falls within the kingdom of Warnerstock, all the Animaniacs characters (and a mime) live happily together. However, upon the death of the king, Sir William the Good, Warnerstock enters a state of civil war. Taking advantage of the situation, the neighboring fictional kingdom of Ticktockia (a parody of Time Inc., at the time of its merger with Warner Communications), led by King Salazar the Pushy, takes over Warnerstock, and makes all its citizens (including the Mime) poor and miserable due to overtaxing.

Three orphans, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner, are particularly troubled, as Dot needs an operation. So Wakko decides to find work in another town to pay for it. He returns a year later with a solitary ha'penny, which is more than enough to buy him anything he wants. His joyus return is cut short by Baron Von Plotz, takes Wakko's ha'penny right out of his hands, lying that it's for taxes.

That night, in their broken down water tower shanty, Dot asks Yakko to tell her the story about Mom and Dad before going to bed. The story involves Dot's birth, her parents being king and queen who had two sons, but wanted a daughter Dot was born from the prettiest flower in their garden, and while her full name was "Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Fanna Bo Besca The Third", it was okay to just call her "Dot", and anyone who called her dottie would die. After Dot is put to sleep, and Yakko turns in for the night, Wakko looks up at the sky and makes a wish on the Wishing Star, hoping for a miracle. Suddenly, he's visited by a fairy (who calls himself a "desire fulfillment facilitator" or "Pip") who explains that Wakko had just managed to choose the Wishing Star, and will be granted one wish. However, because wishes have to granted in person, Wakko needs to seek out and touch the star. The star itself [which Rita and Runt witness] falls miles away, outside of town. Then, Pip leaves, reminding Wakko to never give up hope. After that, Dot and Yakko arrive to find out what happened. When Wakko tells them they'll never believe what just happened, Yakko responds "Try us. We're gullible."

The following morning, the siblings tell the whole town about the star in their excitement, which makes them all rush towards the glow in the mountains, each wanting their own wish granted. King Salazar finds out about the star, orders Taxman Plotz to stop the Warners from reaching the star alive, and orders his troops to head to the star first and secure it.

Plotz doesn't manage to stop the Warners from reaching the star at the same time as all the other townsfolk. The King's army has already built a military base around the star's location, and a small ice palace to the side of it. He then has the townspeople (including Plotz) captured and locked up so that the King can make his wish. The Warners hint that the wishing process is not as simple as the king thinks in a desperate bluff. The King captures the Warners and tortures them with "The cave of your worst nightmares", which features many Animaniacs antagonists (such as Baloney the Dinosaur). After being traumatized, The Warners confess to the King, telling him that any wish he makes could have an ironic twist and demonstrate this to his annoyance. He orders the Warners executed, but Dot uses her cuteness to get the guards to release them.

As the King is about to make his wish, the Warners try to run towards the star. Upon seeing this, he tries shooting them himself with a cannon. Yakko and Wakko were only knocked back by the explosion, but Dot appeared to be hit. Wakko seizes his chance to head to the star, and Yakko falls behind, trying to convince Dot that she can make it. Yakko then tearfully tells Dot the story of how she was born one last time. Dot then seemingly dies, causing the people of Acme Falls to cry in sorrow, along with some of the royal army, who become furious at King Salazar for his cruel nature. As everyone turns on the King, who shows a little remorse, Wakko reaches the wishing star. Then, Dot reveals that she had been faking it the whole time to buy time for Wakko, who then wishes for two ha'pennies.

Wakko uses the first one to buy food and "season tickets for the Lakers." He uses the second one to pay for Dot's operation, which is revealed to be a plastic surgery to give her a beauty mark, which she called a "Cutie mark". Wakko's first ha'penny, however, returns prosperity to the town as the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker start spending the money they've just earned, and the people from whom they make purchases in turn do the same.

The Hospital finds Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's birth certificates, and reveals they were indeed the heirs to the throne. Their parents (seen for first and only time in a portrait) were the king and queen of Warnerstock. They then boot Salazar out of their palace (literally) where he is attacked by his own dogs as punishment. The movie ends showing how the Warners use their new-found royal authorities to grant the citizens of Acme Falls (except for the Mime) their wishes. Before the credits, everyone spins the Wheel of Morality. The moral of the story is "Just cheer up and never ever give up hope."

Songs

Cast

Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff, Pinky, Larry
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Tristesse, Tom
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Marita Hippo, Mindy's Mom, Prunella Flundergust, Frau Hassenfeffer
Maurice LaMarche The Brain, Squit, Wakko's Burps
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel
Nathan Ruegger Skippy Squirrel
Nancy Cartwright Mindy
Frank Welker Baron Thaddeus von Plotz III, Ralph T. Guard, Runt, Buttons, Chicken Boo, Flavio Hippo, Phar Fignewton
Chick Vennera Pesto
John Mariano Bobby, Gas Station Attendant
Bernadette Peters Rita
Paxton Whitehead King Salazar
Ben Stein Pip
Jeff Bennett Mr. Crazy Person, Dick, Baloney, Bobby's Singing Voice
Paul Rugg Mr. Director
Julie Brown Minerva Mink
Tom Bodett Narrator

Notes

  • Almost every major character and many minor characters from the series appear.
  • For the first time, Dot is revealed to be an actual princess.
  • We see the Warners' parents.
  • All three Warners have been hinted to have been of royal heritage, but this is the only real evidence of it.
  • It is said that this film could be considered by fans to be the 100th episode of Animaniacs.
  • This is the first and only Animaniacs project to be animated using digital ink and paint.
  • Mindy finally called her Mom "Mom" instead of "Lady"
  • Mindy's Mom is seen above the neck for the first time, although we only see the back of her hair, which is brown, the same color as her voice actress Tress MacNeille.
  • All of the major characters' wishes (except for the mime's) have come true after Wakko's Wish.
    • Dr.Scratchansniff: having his elixirs (later changed to Scratchy's Cola) taste good.
    • Hello Nurse: finally being appreciated for her figuring and not her figure. 
    • Slappy Squirrel: her tree back to life and all the acorns she can have.
    • Skippy Squirrel: kids his own age to play with (plus a girlfriend who teases him with her tail)
    • Buttons: Being rewarded for his loyalty.
    • Mindy's Mom: Having Mindy call her "mom" instead of "lady".
    • Rita and Runt: Finally founding a place called home with Scratchy.
    • Baron von Plotz: Being King (Burger Meister King)
    • Ralph: to Direct traffic.
    • The GoodFeathers: Finally being respected (although they didn't know that all of the respect they got was actually for a statue of the Warners.)
  • This was originally supposed to be the first in a series of Animaniacs movies, but after this movie undersold, all other films were scrapped.
  • The original title of this movie was It's a Wakko, Wakko, Wakko, Wakko Wish as a parody of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!, but, similar to how the Tiny Toon Adventures movie was shortened from How I Spent My Summer Vacation to just How I Spent My Vacation, this film's title was shortened in order to make it fit on the video cover.
  • Part of the end credit music is the first section of The Animaniacs Suite.
  • This is the final Animaniacs project to have involvement from both composer Richard Stone, director Rusty Mills and co-director Liz Holzman. Richard passed away from pancreatic cancer on March 9, 2001 and Rusty passed away from colon cancer on December 7, 2012, and Liz from breast cancer on August 20, 2014.
  • The beginning of the movie shows the Warners burning a sled with the word "Rosebud" on it, a very clear parody of the ending of Citizen Kane.
  • In the finale, the entire cast is lined up the same way they are lined up in the Theme song, even with Slappy holding up Pinky and the Brain.
  • Broadcasts of the movie on the Hub Network included "Super Strong Warner Siblings" shown as a bonus short after the movie.
  • On the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo, after Bugs Bunny eats his carrot, Wakko eats part of the Warner Bros. logo.

References

  1. TVShowsOnDVD.com announcement

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