Animaniacs

The AnimaniacsBack to the mid and late nineties, while some of you were still toddlers, I was in my early teens. I seldom watched TV as my older sister was watching it and we never had the same tastes.

So TV was a rare treat but I didn’t care much as I already was an avid reader. But nonetheless, I managed to watch Animaniacs, and back then it was one of my favorite series.

But what are those Animaniacs I am writing about anyway ? It was a TV show produced by no less than Steven Spielberg featuring three siblings : Yakko, Wakko and their sister Dot. To Wikipedia :

The comedy of Animaniacs was a broad mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture references,and cartoon violence. The show featured a number of comedic educational segments that covered subjects such as history, mathematics, geography, astronomy, science, and social studies, often in musical form.

Animaniacs itself was a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters. While the show had no set format, the majority of episodes were composed of three short mini-episodes, each starring a different set of characters, and bridging segments.

Fast forward 15 years or so.Imagine my joy when I was able to watch again these epic series.

For two months during lunches and or dinners, I watched them. And I literally laughed out loud and sometimes just couldn’t stop from laughing.

A part of the genius of this series is that it can be watched as a teen but also as an adult ( granted he/she still has some sense of humor). Some jokes are indeed a bit too… sexy / adult.

Additionally, many famous artists or people were featured in Animaniacs. Here is a list I did myself :

  • Albert Einstein
  • Michelangelo
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Stradivarius
  • Victor Hugo ( the French master writer who wrote les Miserables )
  • Pavlov
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Alfred Hitchcock and his Birds
  • Isaac Newton
  • and many many others…

Fictitious characters are also making appearances :

  • The characters of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly,
  • Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde are referred to,
  • Indiana Jones makes a cameo in the Noah’s lark episode,
  • Sherlock Holmes and his indefatigable Dr Watso,
  • and many others too…

If you want to make sure not to miss any cultural reference, please make sure you download the CULTURAL REFERENCES GUIDE for ANIMANIACS (CRGA).

There you will find every single one of them… Have fun finding them all on your owns 😛

In any case, you got it : if you never watched Animaniacs and are looking for some fun, have at it. If you watched them as a teen and liked them, go for it again, you won’t regret it 🙂

Edit : if you are dubious of my claim, please be aware that IMDB users are giving it a 7.9 / 10…

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