Joey, Nathan and Kelly continue their discussion and review of the Animaniacs reboot. This time they talk about the sixth episode which features the segments: "The Cutening," "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind" and "Equal Time." It's an episode with cute things, gross things, singing and more politics! Will the hosts of the Animanicast enjoy it? Listen to today's episode and find out!
Dot is tired of the world being so disgusting. So she eats a magical cupcake that gives her cute powers! Soon the whole world is incredibly cute, but is it too cute?
The Brain wants to get help from extraterrestrials in order to take over the world. Unfortunately Pinky puts a song on the outgoing message and so the aliens that come to visit Earth are more interested in singing and shopping than conquering.
The Warners give 2020 Election Coverage and showcase different third party candidates.
Joey, Nathan and Kelly continue their discussion and review of the Animaniacs reboot. This time they talk about the fifth episode which features the segments: "Good Warner Hunting," "No Brainer" and "Ralph Cam." Listen to hear about all the references you may have missed and find out what the hosts of the Animanicast liked about this episode and what they really, really didn't like about it.
The Warners are being hunted by a Dr. Walter Grubb who takes Animaniacs collecting very seriously. He wants to add the Warners to his collection but the Warners are able to not only consistently evade him but make fun of his small feet as well. However what starts off as a fun tribute to classic Warner Bros cartoons of the past quickly turns into a dark explanation of what happened to the supporting cast of Animaniacs. It's an episode that brings up a lot of mixed feelings and the hosts of the Animanicast share what they liked and which things they have big issues with.
Brain gets into an accident after being chased by the Yakuza. When he awakes from a brief coma, he realizes that he can't remember his latest plan to take over the world. What follows is a plan that involves Edward Snowden, the NSA and a houseplant!
From a security camera we see what happens when Ralph falls asleep and the Warners face off against a vampire.
Joey, Nathan and Kelly continue their discussion and review of the Animaniacs reboot. This time they talk about the fourth episode featuring the segments: "Bun Control," "Ex Mousina" and "Bloopf." Listen to hear about all the references you may have missed and find out what the hosts of the Animanicast think about this episode!
The Warner Bros Studio is visited by salesman Dwayne Lapistol who is handing out bunnies. These "buns" get out of hand very quickly however and before you know it, they've taken over the studio! The Warners try to defeat Lapistol with a cool Anime sequence but end up having to call Australia to control the bun problem. This thinly veiled metaphor for gun control has a few humorous moments and an incredibly disturbing villain. But will the hosts of the Animanicast enjoy it? One of the Animanicast's Australian listeners, "yakkomon" explains some of the Austrailian references found in this episode.
Brain creates a son named Binary Rodent Artificially Intelligent Nanotechnology, or B.R.A.I.N. for short. B.R.A.I.N. helps Brain steal the crown jewels, but after he sees that his father's ego is getting in the way, he decides to remove Pinky and the Brain from the equation.
The Warners premiere a new app that appears to be parodying Quibi.
Joey, Nathan and Kelly continue their discussion and review of the Animaniacs reboot. This time they talk about the segments: "Gold Meddlers," "Pinko and the Brain" and "Math-Terpiece Theater: Apples." Will this third episode take the gold, or just go home with a participation trophy? Listen to find out!
The Warners go up against a stuck up athlete named Nils Niedhart at the "Greek Games." Despite Nils' best efforts, the Warners are able to win all the gold medals after the Warners mistake the medals for chocolate coins.
In an episode calling back to the Red Scare of the 1950s, the Brain tries to take over Congress by outing everyone in the Capitol as a mouse! However an intrepid intern named Brie is able to put a stop to his McCarthy hearing tactics, forcing the Brain to retreat and hit the Washington Monument.
Dot shares the story of a woman who had five apples and lost two.
Joey, Nathan and Kelly continue their discussion and review of the Animaniacs reboot. This time they talk about the segments: "Warners Unbound," "How to Brain Your Dragon" and "Suffragette City." The segments featured in this episode lean more towards timeless themes, but will the hosts of the Animanicast cast their votes of approval or will this episode be cast down to Hades? Listen to find out!
It was a bad news week for the Animaniacs reboot. First there was a controversy involving Johnny Depp and then the Brain gave a number to an adult chat line. The hosts run down the embarrassing news headlines and offer some explanation as to what the writers would be thinking about when it comes to Johnny Depp.
The Warners are playing the part of Greek gods as they try to get back at Odysseus for splashing them with water. The trio can't seem to stop him until an orange cyclops (that looks and sounds like Trump) grabs Odysseus and treats him like a loofah. It's an amusing segment, but Joey thinks that it could have been a lot better if some roles were reversed.
Pinky and the Brain decide to train a dragon to do their bidding. Unfortunately the dragon is an aspiring actor. Will the Brain be able to successfully take over a kingdom, or will its bad acting get in the way?
Dot sings a song about the women's suffrage movement but then quickly starts singing about cartoon suffrage. It's a song that starts off promising and then quickly becomes a cartoon cameo fest. Find out what the hosts of the Animanicast think about this promising song that quickly ended up a disappointment.
The Animaniacs reboot has finally arrived and the hosts of the Animanicast can't wait to talk about it! Animaniacs returns with an updated theme song, new songs with the Warners, and a new Pinky and the Brain segment. There's lots of references to discuss and some new things to enjoy. How many water towers will this all new episode get?
Steven Spielberg (as John Hammond) comes out to tell the cast of Jurassic Park that he's "reanimated" the Warners. The trio jumps around a bit before starting the new theme song.
The theme song is back but with new lyrics. Dot has wit and there are no lyrics about any new characters. The hosts talk about Dot not being referenced as cute in the song even though her cuteness is referenced in the series.
The Warners return to the lot with no explanation as to where they've been for the past 22 years. Nathan shares some theories. Two songs are sung, one deals with the Warners' need to be updated on the latest trends and the other deals with reboots.
The Brain seeks to hypnotize the world using a hypnotic message on an internet video featuring the Brain dressed as a baby. But a video of Brain getting hurt repeatedly proves to be more popular. Will they be able to take over the world this time? No spoilers!
The new Animaniacs series is about to premiere so the Animanicast welcomes composers Steve and Julie Bernstein! The Bernsteins talk about working on the new series as well as reflect on working on the original series. They also answer some questions from listeners and even some questions from two people who worked on the original series with them!
Steve and Julie Bernstein join the hosts of the Animanicast to talk about their work on the new Animaniacs reboot as well as their work on the original series. Learn how the Bernsteins met, how they collaborate on projects, how they got started in cartoons and how they're still able to create fantastic musical scores during the COVID19 pandemic! Plus, some questions from listeners and two people that Steve and Julie know very well... Tom Ruegger and Paul Rugg!
Freakazoid had an apperance on Teen Titans Go! Joey, Nathan and Kelly do a quick review of the episode and talk about all of the references that they saw. Then the hosts discuss their initial thoughts after seeing five episodes of the new Animaniacs Reboot! What works? What doesn't? Will fans like the show? Find out what they think on today's episode!
Freakazoid on Teen Titans Go "Huggbees"
The Teen Titans are on a mission to stop "The Brain" from teaming up with the Lobe! In order to do it they unleash Freakazoid along with announcer Joe Leahy! Even Cosgrove (voiced by Ed Asner) returns to talk to Freakazoid all about different donuts. What's the plot? It's not important! What is important is comedy in this love letter to Freakazoid!
The hosts of the Animanicast were fortunate enough to see five episodes of the upcoming series. Without giving plot points away, the hosts talk about some of the aspects of the show they like and some of the things they don't. Overall they think that the show is good, although the episodes they saw didn't showcase much "timeless" content and might have provided too much commentary on current social events. While the hosts got used to the new designs of the Warners and animation style, the character designs of the humans can sometimes be distracting. One thing they all love is the music by Steve and Julie Bernstein (who by the way will be on our next episode!) In the end, the hosts worry that the internet is about to explode with positive and negative reactions to the show and ask that everyone is simply respectful of different opinions.
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows in the "Rueggerverse." Today the hosts review another episode of Freakazoid featuring the segments "In Arms Way" and "The Cloud." How many water towers will this episode of Freakazoid get?
It was recently announced that Tiny Toon Adventures would be rebooted with a two season order on HBO Max. Joey runs through some of the details and the unfortunate news that the creator of Tiny Toons, Tom Ruegger, was not asked to return. While acknowledging the need for some new writers and artists, Joey also expresses his disappointment in the overall situation. He suggests writing a respectful letter to Mr. Spielberg if any listeners feel that Tom should be given an opportunity to have some sort of role in the new series.
Mr. Steven Spielberg
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
It’s another Christmas episode of Freakazoid as he looks for presents for his friends. Meanwhile, Arms Akimbo is selling "Oops! Insurance" and terrorizing anyone who refuses to pay the premium. Nathan describes the segment and gets some great gift ideas to give to Joey and Kelly for Christmas.
Kelly describes what happens in this segment following Freakazoid’s trip to a European village, where a mysterious cloud is turning mountain hikers into clowns. Freakazoid meets his friend Professor Heiny to discuss the new developments to Disneyland and to get to the bottom of the strange phenomenon.
The trailer for the Animaniacs reboot has finally arrived! The hosts of the Animanicast share their observations and opions as well as share the opinions of our listeners. Observations and criticisms from an animator are shared and a statement from original Animaniacs voice actor Nate Ruegger is played. There's a lot of stuff to cover in this episode!
The trailer for Animaniacs has arrived! Before it premieres on November 20th, 2020 the hosts of the Animanicast take time to dissect and analyze what they saw in the trailer. Thoughts from listeners are also shared. An animator also shares their opinions on the animation, character design and character choices.
Nate Ruegger also sends in an audio message. Nate is the son of Animaniacs' creator Tom Ruegger, the voice of Skippy Squirrel and is currently a screenwriter and director. Nate shares a story of the going to the Emmy awards as a young boy with the writers of Animaniacs and shares his dismay that his father and other writers were not asked to return.
What are your thoughts on the trailer or on the reboot in general? Send us your thoughts by emailing us: email@example.com!
We've finally gotten some Animaniacs reboot footage courtesy of the Animaniacs panel at New York Comic Con! What do the hosts of the Animanicast think about the footage and the revelations of how the show is being developed? Listen to find out!
Animaniacs Reboot showrunner Wellesley Wild and co-executive producer Gabe Swarr were joined by Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche to talk about working on the new series and to premiere the cold opening of the first episode! Joey, Nathan and Kelly talk about the highlights of the panel, read some of the script shown on screen, and talk about what they liked and didn't like about the animation footage that was shown. Some anxiety about a show "packed" with jokes is also discussed.
Recently the Animaniacs reboot production team sat down to talk at the Ottawa International Animation Festival about the upcoming show! Join Joey as he shares clips from the panel, shares his opinion on what was said and hear from some other animators who share some of their thoughts and concerns over the upcoming reboot.
Animaniacs Reboot showrunner Wellesley Wild and co-executive producer Gabe Swarr were joined by Supervising Character Designer Genevieve Tsai and Art Director Roman Laney to talk about how they came about creating new designs for the Warners and what the process was like for writing the show and creating new music. The panel showcased lots of great concept art and some new backgrounds of the Warner lot and ACME Labs.
While some of the information on the panel sounds promising, Joey does share some reservations about how the show producers were picked. Especially when one of them states that he was never really a fan of the original show. After the panel clips, some feedback from animators not involved in the production is shared. They offer up some reservations on how the show is being developed.
Today's episode is more visually dependent than most. Because of this, you might want to watch our YouTube video of today's episode.
It's here! The 27th anniversary of Animaniacs gave us our first official peek at the Warners in the new Animaniacs Reboot! Join Joey, Nathan and Kelly as they dissect and discuss every moment of this trailer and speculate on what we might see next!
The hosts of the Animanicast discuss the new teaser trailer and go through some of the similarities between the animation in the original series and the reboot. They also talk about the character designs and whether or not they like the new look of the Warners and Pinky and the Brain. Finally, some listener feedback is shared. Feedback on the trailer includes some thoughts from one of Animaniacs' original writers and a storyboard artist who worked on the original series and is currently working on the reboot as well.
Today's episode is more visually dependent than most. Because of this, you might want to watch our YouTube video of today's episode.
The pandemic has caused this year's conventions to go virtual and this year's Dragon Con is no exception. The good news is that there was an amazing Animaniacs panel featuring Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche! Listen to today's episode to hear some of the highlights and for some new Animaniacs reboot news!
Joey, Nathan and Kelly offer a recap and their overall impressions of the Animaniacs panel at Dragon Con 2020. They've also seen a better view of the poster hanging up at Warner Bros studio and describe the characters found at the top of the tower. Some more behind the scenes drama and news is discussed including the very real possibility of a season three!
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows in the "Rueggerverse." Today the hosts review another episode of Pinky and the Brain featuring the segments "Pinky and the Brain and Larry" and "Where the Deer and the Mousealope Play." Plus a guest appearance by Charles M. Howell IV! How many water towers will this classic episode get?
Pinky and the Brain are joined by a third mouse-- Larry. Larry goes out with Pinky and the Brain in their latest scheme to take over the world but ends up becoming a hindrance more than being helpful. Larry leaves but is later replaced by another third wheel-- Zeppo.
The Brain needs to take over the steel industry of Pittsburgh and getting all the humans out of the way. He and Pinky pose as endangered "mouselopes" and seek their native land of Pittsburgh as reparations. There's tons of political and pop culture references in this episode and Joey, Nathan and Kelly dig through as much as they can!
Pinky and the Brain writer amd producer Charles M. Howell IV comes on to discuss how "Pinky and the Brain and Larry" came about. In many ways, this episode was a response to the demands of some Warner Bros executives. He also talks about the challenges of creating the variant theme song in this episode.
It's another special "behind the water tower" episode of the Animanicast! Today your Joey and Nathan welcome Yakko himself, Rob Paulsen and the man responsible for some of Animaniacs' best songs, Randy Rogel! Listen to Randy and Rob as they talk about Animaniacs in Concert and the new looped live event that they have coming up. They also talk about working on the upcoming Animaniacs reboot which is set to premiere on Hulu on November 20th! Finally, Rob "vents his spleen" about some of the fan anxiety that has been surrounding the upcoming reboot. It's an episode you won't want to miss!
Randy and Rob talk about Animaniacs in Concert and how their popular performance came to be. Their upcoming Looped Live event will be on August 15th! Make sure to get your tickets at loopedlive.com today and snag some of the meet and greet tickets while they are still available!
Randy and Rob have both been working on the upcoming Animaniacs Reboot! Listen as they share all they can without the Warner Bros lawyers knocking on their doors!
Rob Paulsen has a message to tell fans who are feeling anxious or angry over the Animaniacs reboot. Rob explains firmly why the decisions made thus far are examples of show "business" and reminds everyone about previous reboots that people were initially hesitant about (Ninja Turtles for example.) He also goes on to say that those behind the scenes know that they have high standards to meet and they respect the fans' love of the show. They're fans too!
It's another special "behind the water tower" episode of the Animanicast! Today your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly talk with Animaniacs creator Tom Ruegger and writer Deanna Oliver! Deanna not only wrote hilarious episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs, but also created some classic characters such as Chicken Boo, the Goodfeathers, and Mindy and Buttons! Deanna has also worked as a director of the Groundlings, co-wrote "Casper" with Sherri Stoner and was the voice of the Brave Little Toaster! Listen to Deanna and Tom as they reflect on working together, give some behind the scenes stories of how characters were created, and find out about "Pets on the Menu" which can be found on Tom Ruegger's YouTube page Cartoonatics.
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts get together to talk about some more Animaniacs reboot news from sources working on the show. A few weeks ago, the news the Animanicast had to share was pretty bleak but today there's good behind the scenes news! Listen to Joey, Nathan and Kelly as they run down the reports and give their opinions on what it might mean for the reboot.
The Animaniacs Reboot might be here as soon as this fall! Warner Bros however has given the fans little news other than the initial press release. Today the hosts read rebuttals to some previous negative reports from people working on the reboot and are provided some positive news! Find out more about new characters coming to the show, which characters aren't returning, some information on the new theme song, what the new show runner is like behind the scenes, and how involved Steven Spielberg is with the production.
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts review another episode of Tiny Toon Adventures! This episode features the segments "Whirlwind Romance," "Going Up," and "Nothing to Sneeze At." This episode of Tiny Toons has a lot of memorable moments that have made it a stand out episode. How many water towers will it get? Listen to find out!
Dizzy Devil runs across a whirlwind and quickly falls in love when he assumes it must be a female Tasmanian Devil. He ends up getting twirled around and quickly loses her. But Dizzy soon runs into some girls who are happy to mend his broken heart.
Little Plucky wants the world at his fingertips and must be the only one who pushes buttons in the mall elevator. In this follow up to "The Potty Years," little Plucky pushes the buttons again and again, and even stops a robbery! Plucky's actions are influenced by a young Cody Ruegger. Friend of the show and creator of Tiny Toons, Tom Ruegger, sends in some additional info about this.
To see some storyboards of this scene, make sure to go to Keith Tucker's site: Tuckertoons.com
A closet monster named Oogie tries to scare Sneezer. But unfortunately the little mouse is allergic to nightmares and ends up terrorizing him instead!
It's time for another round of our Animaniacs guessing game! Will Nathan and Kelly guess which Animaniacs character Joey is thinking of?
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts review another episode of Freakazoid! This episode features the segments "Relax-O-Vision," "Fatman and Boy Blubber," "Limbo Lock-Up" and "Terror Palace!" How many water towers will this episode of Freakazoid get? Listen to find out!
Freakazoid must face off against all of his villainous foes in this action packed episode! Unfortunately all the action is missed with cutaways to "Relax-O-Vision" which provides soothing music and visuals to shield young viewers from violence. This classic segment written by Paul Dini is sure to make you feel relaxed while laughing.
This parody of the classic Batman series features Fatman defending a young overweight boy from schoolyard bullies. All Fatman asks in return is a sticky bun. The hosts of the Animanicast discuss the segment and whether or not they think it would work on TV today.
Freakazoid is arrested for being "Totally Idiotic" and must face the penalty... learning about Disney's film failures from Fanboy!
The Huntsman is back! Somebody blew the Horn of Urgency! This action packed segment is unfortunately the last one starring the Huntsman but he leaves us with a great idea: visit an all-night aquarium!
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts get together to talk about some troubles going on behind the scenes of Animaniacs and discuss their impressions and reactions to some Animaniacs Reboot footage that they obtained. Then the hosts all play another round of "We have a very... important question."
The Animaniacs Reboot will be here before we know it. Unfortunately the hosts of the Animanicast have been given some information that concerns them. It seems that there is a bit of drama going on behind the scenes. The hosts talk about some general concerns they have heard from some sources involved in the production. They then give their general impressions of some leaked Animaniacs Reboot footage that they received. Did they think it was funny? Does it live up to the original? Is it too soon to judge?
Listen to the hosts tip-toe around specifics and then play along as Kelly and Joey try to guess the Animaniacs character Nathan is thinking of.
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts discuss the some of the tall tales that have surrounded Animaniacs for years and continue to circulate online to this day. Joey, Nathan, and Kelly play "Those Are the Facts!" with Animaniacs creator Tom Ruegger! Which of these rumors are true and which ones are false?
The Animaniacs IMDB page is full of crowd sourced information. Some of it is true, some of it is mostly true and some is completely false. Luckily Tom Ruegger is here to clear up any confusion. Joey reads the "facts" and Nathan and Kelly guess whether or not they are true. Tom acts as the judge and let's Nathan and Kelly know if their guesses are correct. Afterwards, Tom asks some listener questions sent in to the show!
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts discuss the last episode of Pinky and the Brain, which also happens to unofficially be an Animaniacs episode as well, it's "Star Warners!"
In this episode, the cast of Animaniacs parody the original Star Wars trilogy. This episode has action, comedy, cameos and an outstanding battle featuring lightsaber mallets! What do the hosts of the Animanicast think about this episode? Listen to find out!
This parody of Star Wars features the Animaniacs cast filling the roles of key Star Wars figures. Wakko is Wak Skylicker, Dot is Princess Dot and Yakko is Yak Soho. They must face off against Girth Plotz who wants to take over the galaxy by removing comedy! Luckily Wak is helped along by Slappy Wanna Nappy and Skippoda who teach him to "Use the Face" to defuse tense situations. If you love Animaniacs and Star Wars, you're sure to find lots of things to enjoy in this episode!
The hosts play another round of our new game! Guess the Animaniacs character in 21 questions or less with "We Have A Very, Very... Important Question." Play along and see if you can guess who the character is before Nathan and Joey!
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs and its sister shows. Today the hosts discuss "Animaniacs!" the 36th episode of Tiny Toon Adventures! That's right, this episode precedes the television show, Animaniacs, but shares the same name! Confused? Good!
In this episode, Plucky Duck is in a panic after realizing that he needs to enter a cartoon into a film festival but he's slept through the entire semester! Luckily Buster is there to teach Plucky and the audience all about the animation process. Will Plucky be able to edit a masterpiece worthy of the competition? What do the hosts of the Animanicast think about this episode? Listen to find out!
With no news of the Animaniacs reboot, fans are starting to wonder what the hold up is. It could be possible that the show's development is being delayed a bit by a separate group of animators overseen by Steven Spielberg. Audio from Tom Ruegger's recent appearance on our show is played.
The hosts play a new game! Guess the Animaniacs character in 21 questions or less. Play along and see if you can guess who the character is before Nathan and Kelly!
Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the "Animanicast!" A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs! Today the hosts welcome the creator of Animaniacs, Tom Ruegger, and writer and voice actor, Paul Rugg! Listen to your hosts talk about the classic cartoon "Hearts of Twilight" and get the inside scoop on how the episode was developed and written with Tom Ruegger and Paul Rugg! Plus, a very special guest makes a surprise appearance! It's enough to make a listener say, "Flamiel!"
Hearts of Twilight is a classic episode of Animaniacs that almost never came to be. Influenced heavily by "Apocalypse Now" and the documentary "Hearts of Darkness" this cartoon written by Paul Rugg was initially rejected by Tom Ruegger! Paul talks to the Animanicast and explains how he wrote the episode and why it's one of his favorite episodes of the show. Tom then welcomes a very famous director and asks him questions that we've all wanted the answers to. This is an episode that will make you chant "Froynlaven!"
Make sure to keep up with Tom Ruegger and Paul Rugg on their respective twitter handles, @tomruegger and @pkrugg. You can also follow Paul on Instagram at @rugrugg1 to check out some hilarious videos he posts regularly. Tom also posts some great art and behind the scenes information at his blog: Cartoonatics.blogspot.com