Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Piano Rag/When Rita Met Runt 

A savvy cat and naive pooch join forces to escape the city pound in "When Rita Met Runt." Then, the wild Warner siblings disrupt a piano concert at staid Carnegie Hall in "Piano Rag."


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Hello Nurse / Rita's Owner / Rich Woman (voice)
Frank Welker ... Runt / Ralph the Guard / Usher / Runt's Owner / Pound Keeper (voice)
John Rhys-Davies ... Tympannini (voice)
Bernadette Peters ... Rita (voice)


A savvy cat and naive pooch join forces to escape the city pound in "When Rita Met Runt." Then, the wild Warner siblings disrupt a piano concert at staid Carnegie Hall in "Piano Rag."

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Release Date:

21 September 1993 (Japan) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bernadette Peter's has the status as being the highest profile voice actor on Animaniacs and which is why for any episode in which she appears the credits state "and Bernadette Peters as Rita". The only exception was for the season 4 episode 8 segment "Mindy in Wonderland" when she voiced "Cheshire Cat". See more »


Rita: All right, Bub, who are you?
Runt: My name's Runt, but my master calls me stupid.
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References Safety Last! (1923) See more »


Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
Music by Stephen Foster
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Piano concerts and dogs
7 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.

While not one of the best episodes, with "When Rita Met Runt" being occasionally too cute and not with much funny and occasions of routine repetition, there is still a huge amount of what makes me love 'Animaniacs' so much. Plus it's back to the more-than-one-story format.

In all the segments, the animation is very 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 amusing with clever references and inside jokes in particularly "Piano Rag". 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 and endearing. Can't decide which is the better one. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. The Warners are as endearing as ever.

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

Overall, not one of the best from 'Animaniacs' but it is a long way from disgracing it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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