Yakko, Wakko and Dot carried the load for the joke heavy Animaniacs. Whether they were being chased through the Warner Brothers lot, going gaga over the well-proportioned “Hello Nurse” or participating in some other type of shenanigans, they were consistently hilarious. Of course, we probably only understood about 50% of the jokes because it was plastered with adult material and innuendo that our little virgin ears and innocent minds had no way of comprehending. Much like Rocko’s Modern Life and Ren & Stimpy, Animaniacs may be funnier to folks now than it was back in the day for a whole new set of reasons. What really made Animaniacs so dope was that it had something for all of us. If you weren’t a fan of Wakko, Yakko and Dot there were a variety of other segments that varied in length and gave it something of a sketch comedy cartoon feel. Other toons included:
Pinky and The Brain: One genius mouse named “Brain” who wanted to take over the world and another mouse named “Pinky” who was a complete moron, negating The Brain’s brilliance. So freaking funny it got its own successful spinoff series, boo-ya.
Slappy Squirrel: Basically a female squirrel who liked to smack the hell outta people with her purse and use explosives. Slappy had a nephew named Skippy who was consistently upbeat and chipper. For some reason Skippy idolized his famous aunt Slappy, despite the fact that she was kind of a jerk.
The Goodfeathers: This is the most epic trio of pigeons EVER, bar none! Bobby, Squit and Pesto were an obvious spoof of the characters played by Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta in the movie Goodfellas. They argued, fussed and fought – many times Pesto beat the mess out of Squit which gave us the physical comedy that we all wanted. If you don’t recall it, do go on Youtube and find some clips because you’ll really enjoy it… Will you think it’s funny? What do you mean funny, like a clown? Will it amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how?
Rita and Runt: A stupid dog (Runt) and a singing cat (Rita) who traveled the globe in search of a place to call home. Hijinks ensued.
Minerva Mink: Basically Minerva Mink was about a mink. She was shallow, vain and gave off a really scandalous vibe. She could charm and seduce any man and every time she saw an attractive one, she did exactly that. She had the least amount of segments, probably because promiscuous female animals aren’t the best characters for little girls to mold themselves after.
Buttons and Mindy: I’d like to start by saying, “F U, Mindy”. This little girl was always breaking out of her harness and getting into some kind of dangerous situation. Then Buttons, being a good hearted dog, would go through hell to save Mindy’s stupid, unsupervised self. And what would Buttons get in return? A dog treat? No. A new toy? No. Not even a “thank you”. Instead, he had Mindy’s ungrateful mom bashing and punishing him. Just awful. So, here’s to Buttons and his dedication to that undeserving family.
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