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Animaniacs is a fun-filled crazy cartoon saturated in light family satirical humour from the talented and successful Steven Spielberg. It stars the Warner Brothers and Warner Sister with the names of Yacko, Wacko and Dot.

These caffeine-high super three have personalities similar to the alter-ego Mask which guarantee achieving success against the bad guys through teasing and humour. This is entertaining and funny animation with rhyming lyrics that surprisingly make a great deal of sense.

Along the way we meet the clueless Pinky, power-seeking Brain, Dr. Otto Scratchensniff, the poor dog Buttons who has to continuously save the life of the small adventurous child Mindy, cat and dog duo Rita and Runt, the somewhat romantic Slappy the Squirrel and a mob of pigeons.

Although Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes characters have become the Warner signature, the Animaniacs do compare to the such cartoon greats and the animation quality for the time is much better than that of Klasky Csupo's Rugrats series. The Animaniacs are truly 'zany' as the theme tune states and it is great to have them pick fun at the Looney Tunes and Warner Brothers Brands

By Michael Sergel.

30 Minutes
Production companies
Warner Bros. Television
Akom Production Company
KoKo Enterprises Company
Philippine Animation
Freelance Animators
Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Varga Studio
Wang Film Productions
Amblin Entertainment
Japan, USA
Censorship rating
They are zany to the max! (Theme tune)
Yakko Warner
Dr. Otto Scratchensniff
Other voices
Rob Paulsen
Wacko Warner Jess Harnell
Dot Warner
Hello Nurse
Marito Hippo
Other voices
Tress MacNeille
Other voices
Maurice LaMarche
Flavio Hippo
Chicken Boo
Other voices
Frank Welker
Mindy Sadlier Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson from The Simpsons and Chuckie Finster from Rugrats)
Writers Nick Dubious, Peter Hastings, Nicholas Hollander, Ralph Soll, Steven Spielberg, others
Directors Bruce Gowers, Jenny Lerew, Leonard Robinson, Greg Reyna, Rich Arons, others
Producers Rich Arons, Rusty Miller, Peter Hastings, Steven Spielberg, others