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Animaniacs
Animaniacs
is an American animated comedy television series created by Tom Ruegger. It is the second animated series produced by Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
during the animation renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Animaniacs first aired on Fox Kids
Fox Kids
from 1993 to 1995 and new episodes later appeared on The WB
The WB
from 1995 to 1998 as part of its Kids' WB
Kids' WB
afternoon programming block. The series had a total of 99 episodes and one film, Wakko's Wish. Animaniacs
Animaniacs
is a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters. While the show had no set format, the majority of episodes were composed of three short mini-episodes, each starring a different set of characters, and bridging segments. Hallmarks of the series included its music, character catchphrases, and humor directed at an adult audience. A reboot of the series was announced by Hulu
Hulu
in January 2018, with two seasons to be produced in conjunction with Amblin Entertainment
Amblin Entertainment
and Warner Bros. Animation, expected to air starting in 2020.

Contents

1 Background

1.1 Premise 1.2 Characters 1.3 Creation and inspiration

2 Production

2.1 Producers 2.2 Cast 2.3 Animation 2.4 Music

3 Hallmarks and humor

3.1 Recurring jokes and catchphrases 3.2 Humor and content intended for adults 3.3 Parodies 3.4 Songs

4 Reception

4.1 Ratings and popularity 4.2 Nominations and awards

5 History

5.1 Pre-production 5.2 Fox Kids
Fox Kids
era: Episodes 1–69 5.3 Kids' WB
Kids' WB
era: Episodes 70–99 5.4 After Animaniacs

6 Wakko's Wish 7 Merchandise

7.1 Home video 7.2 Print 7.3 Video games 7.4 Musical collections

8 Reboot 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External links

Background[edit] Premise[edit] The Warner siblings and the other characters live in Burbank, California.[1] However, characters from the series had episodes in various places and periods of time. The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
characters interacted with famous people and creators of the past and present as well as mythological characters and characters from modern television. Andrea Romano, the casting and recording director of Animaniacs, said that the Warner siblings functioned to "tie the show together," by appearing in and introducing other characters' segments.[2] Each Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episode usually consisted of two or three cartoon shorts.[3] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
segments ranged in time, from bridging segments less than a minute long to episodes spanning the entire show length; writer Peter Hastings said that the varying episode lengths gave the show a "sketch comedy" atmosphere.[4] Characters[edit]

Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had a wide cast of characters. Shown here are the majority of the characters from the series.

See also: List of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
characters Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had a large cast of characters, separated into individual segments, with each pair or set of characters acting in its own plot. The Warners, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, were three cartoon stars from the 1930s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the 1990s, when they escaped.[1] After their escape, they often interacted with Warner Bros. studio workers, including Ralph the Security Guard; Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, and his assistant Hello Nurse. Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
are two genetically altered laboratory mice who continuously plot and attempt to take over the world.[5] Slappy Squirrel
Slappy Squirrel
is an octogenarian cartoon star who can easily outwit antagonists and uses her wiles to educate her nephew, Skippy Squirrel, about cartoon techniques.[6] Additional principal characters included Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, Chicken Boo, Flavio and Marita (The Hip Hippos), Katie Ka-Boom, and a trio of pigeons known as The Goodfeathers. Creation and inspiration[edit] The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
cast of characters had a variety of inspiration, from celebrities to writers' family members to other writers. Executive producer Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
said that the irreverence in Looney Tunes cartoons inspired the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
cast.[7] Tom Ruegger created Pinky and the Brain, a series Sherri Stoner
Sherri Stoner
had also written for, after being inspired by the personalities of two of his Tiny Toon Adventures colleagues, Eddie Fitzgerald and Tom Minton. Ruegger thought of the premise for Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
when wondering what would happen if Minton and Fitzgerald tried to take over the world.[8] Deanna Oliver contributed The Goodfeathers
Goodfeathers
scripts and the character Chicken Boo,[4] while Nicholas Hollander based Katie Kaboom on his teenage daughter.[4] Ruegger modeled the Warners' personalities heavily after his three sons.[9] Because the Warners were portrayed as cartoon stars from the early 1930s, Ruegger and other artists for Animaniacs
Animaniacs
made the images of the Warners similar to cartoon characters of the early 1930s.[9] Simple black and white drawings were very common in cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Buddy, Felix the Cat, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, and the early versions of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
and Minnie Mouse. Sherri Stoner
Sherri Stoner
created Slappy the Squirrel when another writer and friend of Stoner, John McCann, made fun of Stoner's career in TV movies playing troubled teenagers. When McCann joked that Sherri would be playing troubled teenagers when she was fifty years old, the latter developed the idea of Slappy's characteristics as an older person acting like a teenager.[4] Stoner liked the idea of an aged cartoon character because an aged cartoon star would know the secrets of other cartoons and "have the dirt on [them]".[2] Production[edit] Producers[edit] Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
served as executive producer, under his Amblin Television label. Showrunner and senior producer Tom Ruegger lead the overall production and writer's room. Producers Peter Hastings, Sherri Stoner, Rusty Mills, and Rich Arons contributed scripts for many of the episodes and had an active role during group discussions in the writer's room as well. The writers and animators of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
used the experience gained from the previous series to create new animated characters that were cast in the mold of Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
and Tex Avery's creations.[7] Additional writers for the series included Liz Holzman, Paul Rugg, Deanna Oliver, John McCann, Nicholas Hollander, Charlie Howell, Gordon Bressack, Jeff Kwitny, Earl Kress, Tom Minton, and Randy Rogel. Hastings, Rugg, Stoner, McCann, Howell, and Bressack were involved in writing sketch comedy[4] while others, including Kress, Minton, and Rogel, came from cartoon backgrounds.[3][4] Made-up stories did not exclusively comprise Animaniacs
Animaniacs
writing, as Hastings remarked: "We weren't really there to tell compelling stories ... [As a writer] you could do a real story, you could recite the Star-Spangled Banner, or you could parody a commercial ... you could do all these kinds of things, and we had this tremendous freedom and a talent to back it up."[4] Writers for the series wrote into Animaniacs
Animaniacs
stories that happened to them; the episodes "Ups and Downs," "Survey Ladies," and "I Got Yer Can" were episodes based on true stories that happened to Rugg,[10] Deanna Oliver, and Stoner,[4] respectively. Another episode, "Bumbie's Mom," both parodied the film Bambi
Bambi
and was a story based on Stoner's childhood reaction to the film.[2] In an interview, the writers explained how Animaniacs
Animaniacs
allowed for non-restrictive and open writing.[4] Hastings said that the format of the series had the atmosphere of a sketch comedy show because Animaniacs
Animaniacs
segments could widely vary in both time and subject,[4] while Stoner described how the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
writing staff worked well as a team in that writers could consult other writers on how to write or finish a story, as was the case in the episode "The Three Muska-Warners".[4] Rugg, Hastings and Stoner also mentioned how the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
writing was free in that the writers were allowed to write about parody subjects that would not be touched on other series.[4] Cast[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
featured Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
as Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff, Tress MacNeille
Tress MacNeille
as Dot, Jess Harnell
Jess Harnell
as Wakko, Sherri Stoner as Slappy the Squirrel, Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche
as the Brain, Squit and the belching segments "The Great Wakkorotti" (Harnell said that he himself is commonly mistaken for the role),[2] and veteran voice actor Frank Welker
Frank Welker
as Ralph the Security Guard, Thaddeus Plotz and Runt.[3] Andrea Romano
Andrea Romano
said that the casters wanted Paulsen to play the role of Yakko: "We had worked with Rob Paulsen
Rob Paulsen
before on a couple of other series and we wanted him to play Yakko." Romano said that the casters had "no trouble" choosing the role of Dot, referring to MacNeille as "just hilarious ... And yet [she had] that edge."[2] Before Animaniacs, Harnell had little experience in voice acting other than minor roles for Disney which he "fell into".[2] Harnell revealed that at the audition for the show, he did a John Lennon
John Lennon
impression and the audition "went great".[2] Stoner commented that when she gave an impression of what the voice would be to Spielberg, he said she should play Slappy.[2] According to Romano, she personally chose Bernadette Peters to play Rita.[2] Other voices were provided by Jim Cummings, Paul Rugg, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Jeff Bennett and Gail Matthius (from Tiny Toon Adventures). Tom Ruegger's three sons also played roles on the series. Nathan Ruegger voiced Skippy Squirrel, nephew to Slappy, throughout the duration of the series; Luke Ruegger voiced The Flame in historical segments on Animaniacs; and Cody Ruegger voiced Birdie from Wild Blue Yonder. Animation[edit] Animation work on Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was farmed out to several different studios, both American and international, over the course of the show's production. The animation companies included Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now known as TMS Entertainment), StarToons,[11] Wang Film Productions, Freelance Animators New Zealand, and AKOM, and most Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes frequently had animation from different companies in each episode's respective segments.[12] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was made with a higher production value than standard television animation; the show had a higher cel count than most TV cartoons.[10] The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
characters often move fluidly, and do not regularly stand still and speak, as in other television cartoons.[10] Music[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
utilized a heavy musical score for an animated program, with every episode featuring at least one original score. The idea for an original musical score in every episode came from Steven Spielberg.[13] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
used a 35-piece orchestra,[a] and seven composers were contracted to write original underscore for the series run: Richard Stone, Steve Bernstein, Julie Bernstein, Carl Johnson, J. Eric Schmidt, Gordon Goodwin, and Tim Kelly.[2] The use of the large orchestra in modern Warner Bros. animation began with Animaniacs predecessor, Tiny Toon Adventures, but Spielberg pushed for its use even more in Animaniacs.[2] Although the outcome was a very expensive show to produce, "the sound sets us apart from everyone else in animation," said Jean MacCurdy, the executive in charge of production for the series.[13] According to Steve and Julie Bernstein, not only was the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
music written in the same style as that of Looney Tunes composer Carl Stalling, but that the music was recorded at the Eastwood Scoring Stage, which was used by Stalling as well as its piano.[2] Senior producer Tom Ruegger said that writers Randy Rogel, Nicholas Hollander, and Deanna Oliver wrote "a lot of music" for the series.[4] Hallmarks and humor[edit] The humor of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
varied in type, ranging from parody to cartoon violence. The series made parodies of television shows and films. In an interview, Spielberg defended the "irreverence" of Animaniacs, saying that the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
crew has "a point of view" and does not "sit back passively and play both sides equally".[14] Spielberg also said that Animaniacs' humor of social commentary and irreverence were inspired by the Marx Brothers[14] and Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
cartoons.[7] Animaniacs, among other Spielberg-produced shows, had a large amount of cartoon violence. Spielberg defended the violence in Animaniacs
Animaniacs
by saying that the series had a balance of both violent humor and educational segments, so the series would never become either too violent or "benign".[14] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
also made use of catchphrases, recurring jokes and segments, and "adult" humor.

Yakko, Wakko and Dot
Yakko, Wakko and Dot
shake hands with their Tiny Toon Adventures predecessors Buster and Babs Bunny and Plucky Duck, who make a cameo appearance in an episode of Animaniacs

Recurring jokes and catchphrases[edit] Characters on Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had catchphrases, with some characters having more than one. Notable catchphrases include Yakko's "Goodnight, everybody!" often said following adult humor, Wakko's "Faboo!" and Dot's frequent assertions of her cuteness. The most prominent catchphrase that was said by all the Warners was "Hello-o-o, nurse!"[1] Tom Ruegger said that the "Hello-o-o, Nurse!" line was intended to be a catchphrase much like Bugs Bunny's line, "What's up, doc?"[10] Before the theme song for each "Pinky and the Brain" segment, Pinky asks, "Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?" Brain replies, "The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to take over the world!" During these episodes, Brain often asks Pinky, "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" and Pinky replies with a silly non sequitur that changes every episode.[5] Writer Peter Hastings said that he unintentionally created these catchphrases when he wrote the episode "Win Big," and then Producer Sherri Stoner
Sherri Stoner
used them and had them put into later episodes.[4] Running gags and recurring segments were very common in the show. The end of every episode was closed with a water tower gag similar to The Simpsons couch gag. Director Rusty Mills and senior producer Tom Ruegger said that recurring segments like the water tower gag and another segment titled "The Wheel of Morality" (which, in Yakko's words, "adds boring educational value to what would otherwise be an almost entirely entertaining program", and ends with a "moral" that makes no sense) eased the production of episodes because the same animated scenes could be used more than once (and, in the case of the Wheel segments, enabled the producers to add a segment in where there was not room for anything else in the episode).[10] Humor and content intended for adults[edit] A great deal of Animaniacs's humor and content was aimed at an adult audience. Animaniacs
Animaniacs
parodied the film A Hard Day's Night and the Three Tenors, references that The New York Times
The New York Times
wrote were "appealing to older audiences".[15] The comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance
Pirates of Penzance
and H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore
were parodied in episode 3, "HMS Yakko".[16] The Warners' personalities were made similar to those of the Marx Brothers
Marx Brothers
and Jerry Lewis, in that they, according to writer Peter Hastings, "wreak havoc," in "serious situations".[4] In addition, the show's recurring Goodfeathers
Goodfeathers
segment was populated with characters based on characters from The Godfather
The Godfather
and Goodfellas, R-rated crime dramas neither marketed nor intended for children.[2] Some content of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was not only aimed at an adult audience but was suggestive in nature; one character, Minerva Mink, had episodes that network censors considered too sexually suggestive for the show's intended audience, for which she was soon de-emphasized as a featured character.[2] Jokes involving such innuendo would often end with Yakko telling "Goodnight, everybody!" as a punchline.[17]

Parodies and caricatures made up a large part of Animaniacs. The episode "Hello, Nice Warners" introduced a Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
caricature (left), who made occasional appearances in the series and movie.

Parodies[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
parodied popular TV shows and movies and caricatured celebrities.[10] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
made fun of celebrities, major motion pictures, television shows for adults ( Seinfeld
Seinfeld
and Friends, among others), television shows for children, and trends in the US. One episode even made fun of competing show Power Rangers,[14] and another episode caricatured Animaniacs' own Internet fans.[18] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
also made potshots of Disney films, creating parodies of such films as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Bambi, and others. Animaniacs
Animaniacs
director Russell Calabrese said that not only did it become a compliment to be parodied on Animaniacs
Animaniacs
but also that being parodied on the series would be taken as a "badge of honor".[10] Songs[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had a variety of music types. Many Animaniacs
Animaniacs
songs were parodies of classical or folk music with educational lyrics. Notable ones include "Yakko's World", in which Yakko sings the names of all 200-some nations of the world to the tune of the "Mexican Hat Dance". "Wakko's America" listed all the United States and their capitals to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw".[19][20] Another song, titled "The Presidents", named every US president (up to Bill Clinton, due to production date) to the tune of the "William Tell Overture" (with brief snippets of the tunes "Mademoiselle from Armentieres" and "Dixie").[21][22] Non-educational songs included parodies such as the segment "Slippin' on the Ice" and a parody of "Singin' in the Rain".[23] Most of the groups of characters even had their own theme songs for their segment on the show.[24] The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
series theme song, performed by the Warners, was a very important part of the show. In the series' first season, the theme won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for best song.[25] Stone composed the music for the title sequence and Ruegger wrote the lyrics.[4] Several Animaniacs albums and sing-along VHS tapes were released, including the CDs Animaniacs, Yakko's World, and Variety Pack, and the tapes Animaniacs Sing-Along: Yakko's World and Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Sing-Along: Mostly in Toon.[26] Shorts featuring Rita and Runt
Rita and Runt
would also incorporate songs for Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
to sing. Reception[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was a successful show, gathering both child and adult fans. The series received ratings higher than its competitors and won eight Daytime Emmy Awards and one Peabody Award. Ratings and popularity[edit] During its run, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
became the second-most popular children's show in both demographics of children ages 2–11 and children ages 6–11 (behind Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).[27][28] Animaniacs, along with other animated series, helped to bring "Fox Kids" ratings much larger than those of the channel's competitors.[29] In November 1993, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
and Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
almost doubled the ratings of their rival shows, Darkwing Duck
Darkwing Duck
and Goof Troop, in both the 2–11 and 6–11 demographics that are very important to children's networks.[27] On Kids' WB, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
gathered about one-million children viewers every week.[30] While Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was popular among younger viewers (the target demographic for Warner Bros.' TV cartoons), adults also responded positively to the show; in 1995, more than one-fifth of the weekday (4 p.m., Monday through Friday) and Saturday morning (8 a.m.) audience viewers were 25 years or older.[23] The large adult fanbase even led to one of the first Internet-based fandom cultures.[31] During the show's prime, the Internet newsgroup alt.tv.animaniacs was an active gathering place for fans of the show (most of whom were adults) to post reference guides, fan fiction, and fan-made artwork about Animaniacs.[32] The online popularity of the show did not go unnoticed by the show's producers, and twenty of the most active participants on the newsgroup were invited to the Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
studios for a gathering in August 1995[33] dubbed by those fans Animania IV. Nominations and awards[edit] Animaniacs' first major award came in 1993, when the series won a Peabody Award
Peabody Award
in its debuting season.[34] In 1994, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was nominated for two Annie Awards, one for "Best Animated Television Program", and the other for "Best Achievement for Voice Acting" (Frank Welker).[35] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
also won two Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition" and "Outstanding Original Song" ( Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Main Title Theme).[25] In 1995, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was nominated four times for the Annie Awards, once for "Best Animated Television Program", twice for "Voice Acting in the Field of Animation" ( Tress MacNeille
Tress MacNeille
and Rob Paulsen), and once for "Best Individual Achievement for Music in the Field of Animation" (Richard Stone).[36] In 1996, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
won two Daytime Emmy Awards, one for "Outstanding Animated Children's Program" and the other for "Outstanding Achievement in Animation".[37] In 1997, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was nominated for an Annie Award for "Best Individual Achievement: Directing in a TV Production" (Charles Visser for the episode "Noel").[38] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
also won two more Daytime Emmy Awards, one for "Outstanding Animated Children's Program" and the other for "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition".[39] In 1998, the last year in which new episodes of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
were produced, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was nominated for an Annie Award in "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Daytime Television Program".[40] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
also won a Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
in "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition" (for the episode "The Brain's Apprentice").[41] In 1999, Animaniacs won a Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition".[42] When Animaniacs
Animaniacs
won this award, it set a record for most Daytime Emmy Awards in the field of "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition" for any individual animation studio.[43] In 2009, IGN
IGN
named Animaniacs
Animaniacs
the 17th-best animated television series.[44] On September 24, 2013, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was listed among TV Guide's "60 Greatest TV Cartoons of All Time".[45] History[edit]

The Warner siblings as ducks, before they were changed to their dog-like species. The idea for the Warners to be ducks was changed during preproduction of the series.

See also: List of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired

First aired Last aired

1 65 September 13, 1993 (1993-09-13) May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)

2 4 September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10) November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)

3 13 September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09) February 24, 1996 (1996-02-24)

4 8 September 7, 1996 (1996-09-07) November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)

5 9 September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08) November 14, 1998 (1998-11-14)

Pre-production[edit] Before Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was put into production in 1991, various collaboration and brainstorming efforts were thought up to create both the characters and premise of the series. For instance, ideas that were thrown out were Rita and Runt
Rita and Runt
being the hosts of the show and the Warners being duck characters that senior producer Tom Ruegger drew in his college years.[10] After the characters from the series were created, they were all shown to executive producer Steven Spielberg, who would decide which characters would make it into Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(the characters Buttons and Mindy
Buttons and Mindy
were chosen by Spielberg's daughter).[10] The characters' designs came from various sources, including caricatures of other writers,[8] designs based on early cartoon characters, and characters that simply had a more modern design.[10] Fox Kids
Fox Kids
era: Episodes 1–69[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
premiered on September 13, 1993,[46] on the Fox Kids programming block of the Fox network, and ran there until September 8, 1995;[3] new episodes aired from the 1993 through 1994 seasons. Animaniacs
Animaniacs
aired with a 65-episode first season because these episodes were ordered by Fox all at once.[47] While on Fox Kids, Animaniacs gained fame for its name and became the second-most popular show among children ages 2–11 and children ages 6–11, second to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Power Rangers
(which began that same year).[28][47] On March 30, 1994, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
first theatrically appeared in the animated short, "I'm Mad", which opened nationwide alongside the full-length animated feature, Thumbelina.[48] The musical short featured Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
bickering during a car trip. Producers Steven Spielberg, Tom Ruegger, and Jean MacCurdy wanted "I'm Mad" to be the first of a series of shorts to bring Animaniacs
Animaniacs
to a wider audience. However, "I'm Mad" was the only Animaniacs
Animaniacs
theatrical short produced.[48] The short was later incorporated into Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episode 69. Following the 65th episode of the series, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
continued to air in reruns on Fox Kids. The only new episodes during this time included a short, four-episode long second season that was quickly put together from unused scripts. After Fox Kids
Fox Kids
aired Animaniacs
Animaniacs
reruns for a year, the series switched to the new Warner Bros. children's programming block, Kids' WB.[47] Kids' WB
Kids' WB
era: Episodes 70–99[edit] The series was popular enough for Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
to invest in additional episodes of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
past the traditional 65-episode marker for syndication.[49] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
premiered on the new Kids' WB line-up on September 9, 1995,[3] with a new season of 13 episodes.[47] At this time, the show's popular cartoon characters, Pinky and the Brain, were spun off from Animaniacs
Animaniacs
into their own TV series.[50] Warner Bros. stated in a press release that Animaniacs
Animaniacs
gathered over one million children viewers every week.[30] Despite the series' success on Fox Kids, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
on Kids' WB
Kids' WB
was only successful in an unintended way, bringing in adult viewers and viewers outside the Kids' WB
Kids' WB
target demographic of young children.[47] This unintended result of adult viewers and not enough young viewers put pressure on the WB network from advertisers and caused dissatisfaction from the WB network towards Animaniacs.[47] Slowly, orders from the WB for more Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes dwindled and Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had a couple more short seasons, relying on leftover scripts and storyboards.[47][51] The fourth season had eight episodes, which was reduced from 18 because of Warner Bros.' dissatisfaction with Animaniacs.[47] The 99th and final Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episode was aired on November 14, 1998.[52] The Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
reported in 1999 that the production of new Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes ceased and the direct-to-video film Wakko's Wish was a closer to the series. Animation World Network reported that Warner Bros. laid off over 100 artists, contributing to the reduced production of the original series.[53] Producer Tom Ruegger explained that rather than produce new episodes, Warner Bros. instead decided to use the back-catalog of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes until "someone clamors for more."[54] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
segments were shown along with segments from other cartoons as part of The Cat&Birdy Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie Show.[53] Ruegger said at the time the hiatus was "temporary". Following the end of the series, the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
team developed Wakko's Wish.[54] On December 21, 1999, Warner Bros. released Wakko's Wish.[30] In 2016, Ruegger said on his Reddit
Reddit
AMA that the decline of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
and other series was the result of Warner Bros.' investment in the much cheaper anime series Pokémon. Following Warner Bros. right to distribute the cheaper and successful anime, the network chose to invest less in original programming like Animaniacs.[55] After Animaniacs[edit] After Animaniacs, Spielberg collaborated with Warner Bros. Animation again to produce the short-lived series Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Presents Freakazoid, along with the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
spin-off series Pinky and the Brain, from which Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain was later spun off. Warner Bros. also produced two other comedy animated series in the later half of the decade titled Histeria!
Histeria!
and Detention, which were short-lived and unsuccessful compared to the earlier series. Later, Warner Bros. cut back the size of its animation studio because the show Histeria!
Histeria!
went over its budget,[41] and most production on further Warner Bros. animated comedy series ceased.[53] Animaniacs, along with Tiny Toon Adventures, continued to rerun in syndication through the 1990s into the early 2000s after production of new episodes ceased. In the US, Animaniacs
Animaniacs
aired on Cartoon Network, originally as a one-off airing on January 31, 1997, and then on the regular schedule from August 31, 1998[3] until the spring of 2001, when Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
bought the rights to air the series beginning on September 1, 2001.[56][57] Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
transferred the series to its newly launched sister channel Nicktoons on May 1, 2002, and aired there until July 7, 2005. Animaniacs
Animaniacs
aired on Hub Network from January 7, 2013 until October 10, 2014.[58] Paulsen, Harnell, and MacNeille have announced plans to tour in 2016 to perform songs from Animaniacs! along with a full orchestra. Among the songs will be an updated version of "Yakko's World" by Randy Rogel that includes a new verse to include nations that have been formed since the song's original airing, such as those from the break-up of the Soviet Union.[22] Wakko's Wish[edit] Main article: Wakko's Wish The Warners starred in the feature-length, direct-to-video movie Wakko's Wish. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Acme Falls, in which the Warners and the rest of the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
cast are under the rule of a greedy king who conquered their home country from a neighboring country. When the Warners find out about a star that will grant a wish to the first person that touches it, the Warners, the villagers (the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
cast), and the king race to get to it first.[30][59] Although children and adults rated Wakko's Wish
Wakko's Wish
highly in test-screenings,[60] Warner Bros. decided to release it direct-to-video, rather than spend money on advertising.[61] Warner Bros. released the movie on VHS on December 21, 1999;[30] the film was then released on DVD on October 7, 2014.[62] Merchandise[edit] Home video[edit] Main article: Animaniacs
Animaniacs
on home video Episodes of the show have been released on DVD and VHS during and after the series run. VHS tapes of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
were released in the United States and in the United Kingdom. All of these tapes are out of production, but are still available at online sellers. The episodes featured are jumbled at random and are in no particular order with the series. Each video featured four to five episodes each and accompanied by a handful of shorter skits, with a running time of about 45 minutes. Beginning on July 25, 2006, Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
began releasing DVD volume sets of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes in order of the episodes' original airdates.[63] Volume one of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
sold very well; over half of the product being sold in the first week made it one of the fastest selling animation DVD sets that Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video
ever put out.[64]

DVD name Ep. No. Release date Additional information

Volume 1 25 July 25, 2006 (2006-07-25)[63] This five disc box set contains the first 25 episodes from season one. Includes the featurette " Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Live!", where Maurice LaMarche hosts an interview via satellite TV with Animaniacs
Animaniacs
voice actors, writers, and composers as they comment on the show.

Volume 2 25 December 5, 2006 (2006-12-05)[65] This five disc box set contains the second 25 episodes (26–50) from season one. Includes the featurette "The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script", where Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche
leads a gathering of writers on what their favorite Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes are that they wrote.

Volume 3 25 June 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)[66] This five disc box set includes the last 15 episodes (51–65) of season one, all four episodes of season two, and the first six episodes of season three. Includes two featurettes: "They Can't Help It if They're Cute, They're Just Drawn That Way": Production commentary from the character designers, storyboard artists and art directors of the series; and "They're Totally Insane-y: In Cadence with Richard Stone": A discussion on the music of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
and a tribute to the late composer Richard Stone.

Volume 4 24 February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)[67] This three disc box set contains the final 7 remaining episodes of season 3 (76–82) and all of season 4 (83–90) and 5 (91–99). No bonus features are included.

Print[edit] An Animaniacs
Animaniacs
comic book, published by DC Comics, ran from 1995 to 2000 (59 regular monthly issues, plus two specials). Initially, these featured all the characters except for Pinky and the Brain, who were published in their own comic series, though cameos were possible. The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
comic series was later renamed Animaniacs! Featuring Pinky and the Brain.[68] The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
comic series, like the show, parodied TV and comics standards, such as Pulp Fiction and The X-Files, among others. Video games[edit] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
was soon brought into the video game industry to produce games based on the series. The list includes titles such as:

Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1994, Genesis, SNES, Game Boy)[69][70][71] Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Game Pack! (1997, PC)[72] Pinky and the Brain: World Conquest (1998, PC)[73] Animaniacs: Ten Pin Alley (1998, PS1)[74] Animaniacs: A Gigantic Adventure (1999, PC)[75] Animaniacs: Splat Ball! (1999, PC)[76] Pinky and the Brain: The Master Plan (2002, GBA, Europe only)[77] Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt (2005, GC, PS2, Xbox)[78][79] Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action! (2005, GBA, DS)[80][81].

Musical collections[edit] Because Animaniacs
Animaniacs
had many songs, record labels Rhino Entertainment and Time Warner Kids produced albums featuring songs from the show. These albums include Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1993), Yakko's World (1994), A Christmas Plotz (1995), Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Variety Pack (1995), A Hip-Opera Christmas (1997), The Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Go Hollywood (2003), The Animaniacs Wacky Universe (2003),[82] and the compilation album, The Animaniacs Faboo! Collection (1995).[83] Reboot[edit] According to IndieWire
IndieWire
in May 2017, Amblin Television
Amblin Television
and Warner Bros. Animation were in the early stages of developing a reboot of Animaniacs. The interest in the reboot was driven by a surge of popularity for the show when it was made available on Netflix
Netflix
in 2016, plus numerous successful projects that have revived interest in older shows, such as Fuller House.[84] The reboot was officially announced by the streaming service Hulu
Hulu
in January 2018 in partnership with Spielberg and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The reboot will consist of at least two seasons, to start airing in 2020. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot
will return, along with appearances by Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
each episode; however, no voice actors were announced at this point. The deal includes rights for Hulu
Hulu
to stream all episodes of Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and Tiny Toon Adventures.[85] Spielberg will return to serve as executive producer, alongside Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
and Warner Digital Series, and Amblin Television
Amblin Television
co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The show will be produced by Amblin Television
Amblin Television
and Warner Bros. Animation.[86] Hulu
Hulu
considers the show its first original series targeted for families.[87] Wellesley Wild will serve as the showrunner for the series.[88] See also[edit]

List of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
episodes List of Animaniacs
Animaniacs
characters Tiny Toon Adventures The Plucky Duck Show Pinky and the Brain Freakazoid! Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

Notes[edit]

a. ^ Sources vary on the size of the Animaniacs
Animaniacs
orchestra. On the " Animaniacs
Animaniacs
Live!" featurette, host Maurice LaMarche
Maurice LaMarche
refers to the orchestra as "35-piece".[2] A 1995 Warner Bros. Press release refers to the orchestra as "30-piece",[33] while an article of the New York Times reads that the orchestra was a much smaller "20-piece".[15] In an interview for "The Cartoon Music Book", Animaniacs
Animaniacs
composer Richard Stone said that the number of people in the orchestra varied, depending on the episode and the type of music needed, but said that "I don't think we ever had more than thirty-two [pieces]".[89]

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Further reading[edit]

Lenburg, Jeff (1999). " Animaniacs
Animaniacs
[Theatrical Short]". The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (Second ed.). New York, New York: Checkmark Books. p. 51. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7.  Lenburg, Jeff (1999). " Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Presents Animaniacs [Television Series]". The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (Second ed.). New York, New York: Checkmark Books. p. 520. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7.  Goldmark, Daniel; Taylor, Yuval (2002). The Cartoon Music Book. Chicago: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-55652-473-8.  Sandler, Kevin (1998). Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2538-1. 

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(2005) Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
(2005) Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006) Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006) Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas (2006) Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
(2007) Superman: Doomsday (2007) Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007) Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
(2008) Wonder Woman (2009) Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
(2009) Green Lantern: First Flight (2009) Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
(2010) Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010) Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) All-Star Superman
Superman
(2011) Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
and the Wizard of Oz (2011) Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
(2011) Batman: Year One (2011) Justice League: Doom (2012) Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
(2012) Superman
Superman
vs. The Elite (2012) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012/2013) Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012) Big Top Scooby-Doo!
Big Top Scooby-Doo!
(2012) Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
(2013) Superman: Unbound (2013) Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map (2013) Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
(2013) Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
(2013) JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014) Justice League: War (2014) Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
(2014) Son of Batman
Batman
(2014) Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
(2014) Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon (2014) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
vs. Bizarro League (2015) Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
(2015) The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015) Batman
Batman
vs. Robin (2015) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015) Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015) Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015) Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015) Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015) Batman: Bad Blood (2016) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Cosmic Clash (2016) Justice League
Justice League
vs. Teen Titans
Teen Titans
(2016) Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
(2016) Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Gotham City Breakout (2016) Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016) DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year (2016) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (2016) Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) Justice League
Justice League
Dark (2017) Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
(2017) The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! (2017) Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017) DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games (2017) Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017) Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
(2017) Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain (2017) Batman
Batman
and Harley Quinn (2017) Batman
Batman
vs. Two-Face (2017) Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018) Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: The Flash (2018) Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018) Batman
Batman
Ninja (2018) Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (2018)

Short films

The Duxorcist (1987) The Night of the Living Duck (1988) Box-Office Bunny
Box-Office Bunny
(1990) I'm Mad (1994) Chariots of Fur (1994) Carrotblanca (1995) Another Froggy Evening (1995) Superior Duck (1996) Pullet Surprise (1997) Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension
(1997) From Hare to Eternity
From Hare to Eternity
(1997) Father of the Bird (1997) Little Go Beep (2000) Chase Me
Chase Me
(2003) The Karate Guard
The Karate Guard
(2005) DC Showcase: The Spectre (2010) DC Showcase: Jonah Hex (2010) Coyote Falls
Coyote Falls
(2010) Fur of Flying
Fur of Flying
(2010) DC Showcase: Green Arrow (2010) Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010) Rabid Rider
Rabid Rider
(2010) DC Showcase: Catwoman (2011) I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
(2011) Daffy's Rhapsody
Daffy's Rhapsody
(2012) The Master (2016)

See also

Warner Animation Group Warner Bros. Cartoons Warner Bros. Family Entertainment Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Productions

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Williams Street Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Europe

Category

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Daytime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
(1985) Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
(1986) Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
(1987) Muppet Babies
Muppet Babies
(1988) The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1989) Beetlejuice/ The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
(1990) Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
(1991) Rugrats
Rugrats
(1992) Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
(1993) Rugrats
Rugrats
(1994) Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?
Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?
(1995) Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1996) Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1997) Arthur (1998) Arthur (1999) Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (2000) Arthur (2001) Madeline
Madeline
(2002) Rugrats
Rugrats
(2003) Little Bill (2004) Peep and the Big Wide World (2005) Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks
(2006) Arthur (2007) Curious George (2008) WordWorld (2009) Curious George (2010) The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar
(2011) The Penguins of Madagascar
The Penguins of Madagascar
(2012) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2013) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2014) All Hail King Julien
All Hail King Julien
(2015) Niko and the Sword of Light (2016)

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Kids' WB

General programming topics

List of programs Saturday-morning cartoon (preview specials) Weekday cartoon Modern animation in the United States Pillow Head Hour Toonami

Succeeding blocks

The CW4Kids / Toonzai
Toonzai
(programs) Vortexx

International versions

Australia

Asian cartoons and anime dubbed in English

Astro Boy (2004) Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura
(2000–01) Cubix: Robots for Everyone (2001–03) Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z
(2001) Eon Kid
Eon Kid
(2007–08) MegaMan NT Warrior (2003–05) Pokémon
Pokémon
(1999–2006) Sailor Moon (2001) Spider Riders
Spider Riders
(2006–07) Transformers: Cybertron (2005–06) Viewtiful Joe (2005–06) Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yu-Gi-Oh!
(2001–06)

Cookie Jar Group/DHX Media

Johnny Test
Johnny Test
(2005–08, Seasons 2-3) Magi-Nation (2007–08) Spider Riders
Spider Riders
(2006–07) Will and Dewitt (2007–08) World of Quest
World of Quest
(2008)

Marvel

X-Men: Evolution (2000–03) The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)

Adelaide Productions/ Sony Pictures Television

Channel Umptee-3 (1997–98) Generation O!
Generation O!
(2000–01) Jackie Chan Adventures
Jackie Chan Adventures
(2000–05) Max Steel (2000–02) Men in Black: The Series (1997–2001) Phantom Investigators
Phantom Investigators
(2002) The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008)

Universal Animation Studios/ NBCUniversal Television Distribution

Earthworm Jim (1995–97) Invasion America
Invasion America
(1998) The Mummy (2001–03)

Warner Bros. Animation/ Warner Bros. Television

Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(1995–2000) Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
(2005–06) Detention (1999–2001) Freakazoid!
Freakazoid!
(1995–2000) Histeria!
Histeria!
(1998–2001) Johnny Test
Johnny Test
(2005–08, Season 1) ¡Mucha Lucha!
¡Mucha Lucha!
(2002–05) The Nightmare Room (2001–02) Ozzy & Drix (2002–04) Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain
(1995–1998) Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (1998–2000) Road Rovers (1996–2000) Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
(1997–2000) Waynehead
Waynehead
(1996–2000) Xiaolin Showdown
Xiaolin Showdown
(2003–06)

Based on DC Comics

Batman: The Animated Series (1992–95) Batman
Batman
Beyond (1999–2001) The New Batman
Batman
Adventures (1997–2000) The New Batman/ Superman
Superman
Adventures (1997–2000) Static Shock
Static Shock
(2000–04) Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000) The Zeta Project (2001–2002) Teen Titans
Teen Titans
(2003–05, 2007–08) The Batman
Batman
(2004–2008) Krypto the Superdog (2006–07) Legion of Super Heroes (2006–08)

Hanna-Barbera

The All-New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show Captain Planet (1997–2000) The New Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Movies The Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Show Shaggy & Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Get a Clue! (2006–08) Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Tales (2006–08) What's New, Scooby-Doo?
What's New, Scooby-Doo?
(2002–06)

Looney Tunes

Tiny Toon Adventures
Tiny Toon Adventures
(1997–2000) Bugs 'n' Daffy (1996–2000) The Cat&Birdy Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie Show (1999–2000) The Daffy Duck Show (1996–2000) Loonatics Unleashed (2005–07) The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (1995–2001) That's Warner Bros.! (1995–2000)

Cartoon Network/Studios

Codename: Kids Next Door (2004) Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Friends
(2005) The Powerpuff Girls
The Powerpuff Girls
(2002)

Misc. programs

Brats of the Lost Nebula (1998) Cubix: Robots for Everyone (2001–03) Da Boom Crew (2004–05) The Legend of Calamity Jane (1997) Monster Allergy (2006–07) Mummy Nanny (2001) Rescue Heroes: Global Response Team (2001–03) Skunk Fu!
Skunk Fu!
(2007–08)

Specials

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2000) Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
Pokémon
(2006)

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