Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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The Presidents/Don't Tread on Us/The Flame Returns 

A show saluting U.S. history, Warners begin by singing " Presidents Song" about all presidents of the United States. In colonial America, Pinky & Brain cry "Don't Tread On Us" as they try ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky / Thomas Jefferson (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Additional Voices (voice)
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain / John Adams / Paul Revere (voice)
Luke Ruegger Luke Ruegger ... The Flame (voice)
John Mariano ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (voice)
Frank Welker ... Ralph the Guard / Narrator / Elmer Fudd / Benjamin Franklin / Additional Voices (voice)


A show saluting U.S. history, Warners begin by singing " Presidents Song" about all presidents of the United States. In colonial America, Pinky & Brain cry "Don't Tread On Us" as they try to switch their own document with real Declaration of Independence Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 November 1995 (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?


This episode marks the return of Pinky and the Brain (post-spinoff era) See more »


In the Presidents Song, Yakko, Wakko and Dot say that "In 1913 Woodrow Wilson takes us into World War One." WWI began in 1914, Wilson first took America into war in 1917. See more »


Spoofs Ben and Me (1953) See more »


Written by Antonín Dvorák
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US History and declaring independence
23 August 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.

This is another wonderful episode in a show, not quite one of my favourites but nearly up there, where even the weakest episodes were not failures and one where there were many classics. One of my favourites.

Here, 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 hilarious with clever references and inside jokes. As are the situations no matter how silly they are the characters get into. "Don't Tread On Us" is the standout, mainly because of loving Brain so much. 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. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception, the Warners are so endearing and can never get enough of Brain.

Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period. Maurice LaMarche is particularly worth praising.

In conclusion, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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