Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon 

In "De-Zanitized," frazzled Dr. Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, uses every psychiatric technique he knows to "de-zani-tize" the Warners because the kids are just too zany. Next, as... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff / Porky Pig (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Humphrey Bogart (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Hello Nurse / Marita Hippo (voice)
Frank Welker ... Ralph the Guard / Thaddeus Plotz, C.E.O. / Flavio Hippo / Buttons / Runt / Ronald Reagan (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain / Squit (voice)
Chick Vennera ... Pesto (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Narrator (voice)


In "De-Zanitized," frazzled Dr. Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, uses every psychiatric technique he knows to "de-zani-tize" the Warners because the kids are just too zany. Next, as the Warners drive him crazy, Dr. Scratchansniff sings a song of woe "The Monkey Song" to a calypso beat, while the rest of the "Animaniacs" cast sings the chorus. Finally, in "Nighty-Night Toon," the Warners and company spoof a famous children's bedtime storybook. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

13 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene with Dr. Scratchensniff and the C.E.O. is a reference to the boardroom scene in the movie, Network (1976). See more »


Dr. Scratchensniff: Any word that comes to mind.
Yakko: Brain.
Dr. Scratchensniff: But we haven't started.
Yakko: Begun.
Dr. Scratchensniff: No, wait.
Yakko: Yield.
Dr. Scratchensniff: Stop!
Yakko: Cease.
Dr. Scratchensniff: SILENCE!
Yakko: Quiet.
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Spoofs Rain Man (1988) See more »


The Monkey Song
Written by Norman Span and Irving Burgie
Adapted by Tom Ruegger
Performed by Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille
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Psychiatry, monkey songs and bedtime stories
5 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation to bits. It was a big part of my life as a child, especially Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and Tom and Jerry (with tastes broadening further getting older with Pixar, Studio Ghibli and some of the more mature animations out there), and still love it to this day as a young adult whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now, with more knowledge of the different animation styles, directors, studios and what work went into them.

'Animaniacs' has always been one of my favourites. From an early age, it always stood out as one of the most colourful, unique, funniest and cleverest shows, animated and otherwise, ever made. It is not to be dismissed as a show just for children. There is plenty for children to enjoy, any child who loves great animation, humour to laugh at and unique characters will be in heaven. There is more than plenty for adults too, especially the hugely clever in-jokes/poking fun that is likely to be better understood by older viewers with more familiarity for what is being referenced and poked fun at.

The show gets off to a great start here, with the only issue actually being the sloppy character designs in "Nighty-Night Toon".

Generally however, the animation is well done, with vibrant colouring, crisp beautiful backgrounds and convincing movements for the characters. The music is not only catchy it is actually memorable as well, with an instantly hummable main theme.

The scripts and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes in particularly "De-Zanitized". As are the situations no matter how silly they are the characters get into. This all springs from a great concept, some shows have a great concept but don't live up to it.

'Animaniacs' was always one of the finest examples of execution of a great concept doing that and superbly, with the story lines here being funny, touching and endearing. "The Monkey Song" faring best. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception.

Characters that are brilliantly voiced by the likes of Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Frank Welker and Maurice LeMarche.

Overall, great start, if with a still settling feel, for one of my favourites. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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