They're zany to the max!

Animaniacs is a cartoon that aired from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids and later on The WB from 1995 to 1998. It is set to be rebooted in 2019-20.


The series focused on the Warner Brothers and Warner Sister, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, three cartoon siblings were very crazy and caused mayhem on the Warner movie lot in the 1930s until they were captured. Their films, which made absolutely no sense, were locked in a studio vault never to be released while the siblings were locked in the water tower also never be released. It then cuts to the 90s when the siblings escaped. Free of the water tower, the crazy family goes on various adventures in the studio lot, around the world and even through time.

The show features various other segments focusing on other characters, like Mindy and Buttons, the Hip Hippos, Pinky and the Brain, Katie Kaboom, Slappy the Squirrel and the Goodfeathers.

Why It Rocks

  1. Memorable and extremely catchy theme song.
  2. Very well written humor.
  3. Hidden adult jokes that kids wouldn't find out about until adulthood. Whenever one of these jokes occurred, Yakko would shout out, "Good night, everybody!"
  4. One of the segments, Pinky and the Brain was so popular it got its own show.
  5. Numerous pop culture references for the time.
  6. Very good character designs and good animation overall!
  7. Often made fun of history!
  8. Parodied several celebrities including Jerry Lewis.
  9. As stated in the plot, there are numerous segments, which offered a very wide range of characters, each of which has so many great things going for them, that if we listed every reason they rock, this article would never see completion for a long time.
  10. Several musical numbers.
  11. It would teach kids many things.
  12. Spawned lots of internet memes.

Bad Qualities

  1. Overuse of innuendos and sex jokes despite it being a kid's show (especially the "fingerprints" joke).
  2. Humor and pop culture references don't age well.
  3. Some toilet humor here and there.
  4. Overuse of Rob Paulsen and Jess Harnell
  5. Mr. Plotz is a very unlikable character, mainly due to his mean-spirited nature to the Warners.


The popularity of Animaniacs along with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers helped make Fox Kids a well known name for kids in the era of 90s Saturday Morning programming.