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Animaniacs has a large cast of characters, most of whom appear here.
Animaniacs has a large cast of characters, most of whom appear here.

This is a list of characters in the 1993 animated series, Animaniacs, and its 2020 revival.

The Warner Siblings (Animaniacs)

The Warner Siblings (also known as "the Animaniacs" by fans and the media) are small, silly, mischievous, anthropomorphic toon siblings of unknown origin and the central titular characters of the series; they generally introduce and identify themselves as "the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister)". Their species is never made clear: this has been satirized several times, most prominently in the song "What Are We?".[1] While no writer or creator has confirmed the idea, Dot's name has implied that they may also be derived from "Warner Brothers" itself: Yakko's position as de facto leader can be symbolized as the prominence of "Warner", Wakko being the younger brother can be seen as the prominence of "Bros", and "Dot" may simply come from the period found at the end of the title of the company.

Supporting characters

Pinky and the Brain

Main article: Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain are two anthropomorphic white mice kept in a cage at ACME Labs, voiced by Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, respectively. The Brain is serious and devious, the leader, and constantly devising plans to conquer the world. He resembles and sounds like Orson Welles. Pinky is eccentric and unintelligent but loyal to the Brain. In 1995, they were spun off into a cartoon series of their own. As of now, they are the only non-Warner Siblings segment to regularly appear in the 2020 revival series where Brain appears as more villainous. The revival revealed that the reason why Brain wants to take over the world is that he was frustrated and angered by how the scientists mistreated him when they demonstrated his helplessness during his youth, and since then, he vowed that he would be in control of what happens around him.

Supporting characters

The Goodfeathers

The Goodfeathers are an Italian American trio of anthropomorphic pigeons: Squit (gray), Bobby (turquoise), and Pesto (lavender), who were voiced by Maurice LaMarche, John Mariano and the late Chick Vennera, influenced by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci's roles in Goodfellas.[13]

Supporting characters

Slappy and Skippy Squirrel

Supporting characters

Rita and Runt

These segments, along with "Minerva Mink", were discontinued at the end of Season 1 (in part, because of Bernadette Peters' salary[citation needed]). Welker remained a series regular, voicing other characters. Rita and Runt returned as minor characters toward the series' end. They also appear as minor characters in the feature-length direct-to-video animated film Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish.

Rita and Runt are a vagabond stray duo that get into many scraps and adventures. They are often searching for a home, but are back as strays by the end of the episode. In Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish, they are shown finally being accepted into a home, a result of Wakko's wish for two ha'pennies, which caused several characters to receive their heart's desires.

Supporting characters

Buttons and Mindy

Buttons is a German Shepherd Dog who watches Mindy when her parents are away. He also has some rarely shown anthropomorphic traits. His vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker. Mindy, voiced by Nancy Cartwright, is a young girl who constantly wanders into trouble without even being aware of it. Buttons haplessly struggles with various dangers and narrowly rescues Mindy, only to be blamed and punished for her misbehavior. There is no consistency or continuity in the storytelling; most episodes each feature Mindy's family living in a different setting and portraying them as different sorts of people (i.e. costumed superheroes, mer-people, cave people, etc.). In Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish, Buttons is rewarded with some good steak instead of being punished.

Supporting characters

Katie Ka-Boom

Katie Ka-Boom is a teenage girl voiced by Laura Mooney,[16] who morphs into various violent, destructive monsters when things do not go her way. She lives with her parents and her little brother named Tinker. Katie is the only member of her family who has blonde hair while the rest of her family are brunettes. The premiere Katie Ka-Boom segment was also a Chicken Boo crossover, in which Katie morphs into a green Incredible Hulk-like monster when initially told her new boyfriend (who is also the student council president, class valedictorian and the school's star wrestler) is a giant chicken, and then morphs into a monster made of fire when she herself realizes that he is a giant chicken and ends their relationship. Writer Nicholas Hollander based Katie on his own daughter, who, at the time, was going through a similar tantrum phase.

In the reboot episode "Good Warner Hunting", Katie is seen with the previous cartoon characters and her appearance suggests that she is now an adult.

Supporting characters

Minerva Mink

Minerva Mink is an attractive young anthropomorphic mink, voiced by Julie Brown, who was called Marilyn Mink in pre-production.[17]

Supporting characters

The Hip Hippos

Flavio and Marita, also more commonly known as the Hip Hippos, are a wealthy, Spanish, anthropomorphic hippo couple voiced by Frank Welker and Tress MacNeille (singing voices done by Wendy Knudsen for Marita and Ray McLeod for Flavio).

Supporting characters

Guest characters

References

  1. ^ What are we? (episode 6). 20 September 1993. Archived from the original on 2021-12-15.
  2. ^ Animaniacs (Game Boy) instruction booklet, pg. 7.
  3. ^ a b c "De-Zanitized". Animaniacs. Season 1. Episode 1. 1993-09-13. FOX Kids.
  4. ^ "10 Most Intelligent Animaniacs Characters, Ranked Dumbest To Smartest". ScreenRant. November 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian (2018-03-25). "15 Times Animaniacs Snuck By Censors (And 1 Time They Got Caught)". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  6. ^ "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  7. ^ "Hindenburg Cola". Animaniacs. Season 1. Episode 13. 2020-12-06. Hulu.
  8. ^ "A Christmas Plotz". Animaniacs. Season 1. Episode 49. 1993-12-06. FOX Kids.
  9. ^ "Suspended Animation". Animaniacs. Season 1. Episode 1. 2020-12-06. Hulu.
  10. ^ "Pinky and the Brain…and Larry". Pinky and the Brain. Season 3. Episode 28. 1997-09-13.
  11. ^ "The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special". Pinky and the Brain. Season 3. Episode 61. 1998-09-21.
  12. ^ "Platypus Comix article on Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain". Platypus Comix. Retrieved 2006-06-16.
  13. ^ "The Animaniacs Revival Needs to Leave THESE Characters in the '90s". CBR. August 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Slappy Squirrel at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  15. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (May 31, 2017). "'Animaniacs': The 12 Characters Who Need to Return to the Revival, Ranked".
  16. ^ Katie Ka-Boom at Don Markstein's Toonopedia
  17. ^ "The Animaniacs Character Deemed Too Sexy for the 1990s Cartoon Classic". CBR. August 29, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c "Episode 5: Good Warner Hunting / No Brainer / Ralph Cam". Animaniacs. Season 1. Episode 5. November 20, 2020. Hulu. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  19. ^ "CULTURAL REFERENCES GUIDE for ANIMANIACS (CRGA)". Geocities. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  20. ^ sfan64 Added Jul 25, 2007 All my reviews (2007-07-25). "Meatballs or Consequences Season Episode Guide on". Tv.com. Retrieved 2010-04-15.