There’s probably three things you think of when you see that giant Warner Brothers logo: Warner Brothers movies, Bugs Bunny cartoons and — perhaps most fresh in your mind, and definitely mine — Animaniacs.
That cartoon featuring the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Now, I know I’m not the first guy to touch on the subject, but I feel like writing about more cartoons today.
Possibly one of the wittiest, zaniest, and most relevant cartoons ever made, Animaniacs started in 1993 (I was eight). Created by Paul Ruegger, creator of Tiny Toon adventures, and Steven Spielberg’s name was also attached.
My favorite toon on the show was ‘Meatballs or Consequences’ where the Warners found themselves in Sweden at a meatball eating contest. Wakko had to eat one more meatball to win, and does, but in doing so becomes “living impaired” as the Swedish Death put it. The Warners then challenge death to a game of checkers, a direct reference to the Ingmar Bergman film ‘The Seventh Seal’.
No child that young in 1993 would even know what the hell “The Seventh Seal” is.* And yet, the writers for that episode went ahead, knowing that eventually, they’ll get it. (It took me another 15 years.)
My favorite characters are the goodfeathers, based of course of the Goodfellas. These Italian-American stereotype pigeons — based on Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro and Ray Liotta — cracked me up. Whether playing in a parody of ‘West-Side Story’ or perching on top of a statue of Martin Scorsese, these birds were definitely meant for the adults watching.
If you haven’t watched Animaniacs in a while, you definitely need to find some. You will laugh even harder than you did as a child. I promise.
Please share your favorite episodes, characters in the comments!
Until next time, Good night, Everybody!
*Unless, of course, you’re Swedish. In which case I’m sure that film is required viewing in grade 2. (Or the Swedish equivalent.)
It’s time to admit to you all that, yes, I am a Brony. The friendship cannon hit me with full force and I’ve been hooked on the colourful equines since earlier in the summer.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Brony,” allow me to elaborate: I’m sure most of you remember the show/line of dolls “My Little Pony”. Well, As with most classic cartoons from the 80s, they’ve decided to reboot it. The new show, while meant to appeal to a young audience, also appeals to a broader audience. The fans outside of the demographic, most notably older males, are known as “Bronies”. A Portmanteau of Bro and Pony. So a guy that likes ponies.
Whenever I tell somebody about this fact, they look at me as if I told them I like to make my own toilet paper*, they think I’m a little weird but mostly harmless. Why would I be watching a cartoon meant for little girls? Well close-minded people, you’re in for a shock, I’m not the only Brony out there.
The show itself looks beautiful though it’s only flash animation (I believe) and the voice actors they’ve chosen for the do a very good job. The dialogue is quick and witty, and definitely full of jokes for an older crowd.
For me, this is a cartoon that is definitely worth a look. I understand some of you may feel a little weirded out by the prospect of watching a show about ponies. Or, for those of you old enough to remember the original cartoon/line of toys, feel that it will be as bad as the original. This is not the case. I’ve already watched the first season at least twice over (more for favorite episodes) and with the second season just starting, now would be a great time to catch up on your ponies.
Until next time, may the elements of harmony be with you.
p.s. My favorite? Officially it’s Rainbow Dash.
*Apologies to those who make their own toilet paper.