30 Facts About Animaniacs


Animaniacs is a variety show, with short skits featuring a large cast of characters.

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The Animaniacs characters interacted with famous people and creators of the past and present, as well as mythological characters and characters from contemporary pop culture and television.

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Andrea Romano, the casting and recording director of Animaniacs, said that the Warner siblings functioned to "tie the show together, " by appearing in and introducing other characters' segments.

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Animaniacs segments ranged in time, from bridging segments less than a minute long to episodes spanning the entire show's length; writer Peter Hastings said that the varying episode lengths gave the show a "sketch comedy" atmosphere.

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Animaniacs had a large cast of characters, separated into individual segments, with each pair or set of characters acting in its own plot.

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Writers and animators of Animaniacs used the experience gained from the previous series to create new characters cast in the mold of Chuck Jones and Tex Avery's creations, following on the back-and-forth of many of the pairings from their classic shorts.

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Rugg, Hastings and Stoner mentioned how the Animaniacs writing was free in that the writers were allowed to write about parody subjects that would not be touched on other series.

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Animaniacs was developed following the passage of the Children's Television Act in 1990 that required that programming aimed at children to include educational content.

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Animation work on Animaniacs was farmed out to several different studios, both American and international, over the course of the show's production.

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Animaniacs was made with a higher production value than standard television animation; the series had a higher cel count than most TV cartoons.

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Animaniacs utilized a heavy musical score for an animated program, with every episode featuring at least one original score.

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Animaniacs used a 35-piece orchestra, and seven composers were contracted to write original underscore for the series' run: Richard Stone, Steve Bernstein, Julie Bernstein, Carl Johnson, J Eric Schmidt, Gordon Goodwin, and Tim Kelly.

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Spielberg defended the violence in Animaniacs by saying that the series had a balance of both violent humor and educational segments, so the series would never become either too violent or "benign".

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Animaniacs made use of catchphrases, recurring jokes and segments, and "adult" humor.

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Characters on Animaniacs had catchphrases, with some characters having more than one.

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Animaniacs parodied the film A Hard Day's Night and the Three Tenors, references that The New York Times wrote were "appealing to older audiences".

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Animaniacs parodied popular TV shows and movies and caricatured celebrities.

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Animaniacs made fun of celebrities, major motion pictures, television series for adults, television series for children, and trends in the U S One episode even made fun of competing show Power Rangers, and another episode caricatured Animaniacs' own Internet fans.

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Animaniacs made potshots of Disney films, creating parodies of such films as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Bambi, and others.

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Many Animaniacs songs were parodies of classical or folk music with educational lyrics.

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Animaniacs was a successful show, gathering both child and adult fans.

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Animaniacs aired with a 65-episode first season because these episodes were ordered by Fox all at once.

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Slowly, orders from the WB for more Animaniacs episodes dwindled and Animaniacs had a couple more short seasons, relying on leftover scripts and storyboards.

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Chicago Tribune reported in 1999 that the production of new Animaniacs episodes ceased and the direct-to-video feature film Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish was a closer to the series.

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The movie takes place in the fictional town of Acme Falls, in which the Warners and the rest of the Animaniacs cast are under the rule of a greedy king who conquered their home country from a neighboring country.

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VHS tapes of Animaniacs were released in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

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Volume one of Animaniacs sold very well; over half of the product being sold in the first week made it one of the fastest selling animation DVD sets that Warner Home Video ever put out.

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Animaniacs was brought into the video game industry to produce games based on the series.

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Animaniacs had many songs, record labels Rhino Entertainment and Time Warner Kids produced albums featuring songs from the series.

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Two-season reboot of Animaniacs was ordered by Hulu in May 2017, following the popularity of the original series after Netflix had added it to their library in 2016.

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