It was announced last week that the much-loved ’90s animated series Animaniacs is being revived for Hulu, with executive producer Steven Spielberg back on board. It’s nearly 20 years since the show was last on air, so it’s easy to forget just had how madcap it was. Animaniacs was an animated sketch variety show packed with jokes, songs, catchphrases, celebrity cameos, and Hollywood in-jokes, all anchored by the anarchic Warner siblings, Wakko, Yakko, and Dot.
The show’s most notorious feature was undoubtedly the number of adult jokes and innuendos that its writers managed to slip into each episode, many of them centered around Wakko and Yakko’s obsession with girls and usually followed by the catchphrases “Goodnight everybody!” and “Hello nurse!” The new series of Animaniacs isn’t expected until 2020, so in the meantime, here’s some of the rudest jokes that made their way into this otherwise family-friendly show….
“We’ll do it!”
Wakko, Yakko, and Dot are given the job of painting the Sistine chapel after Michelangelo fires all of his workers. They agree, but Yakko makes sure that their intentions are not misunderstood. “We’re not doing it for the sake of art, and we’re not doing it for the sake of money,” he tells Michelangelo. “No, we’re doing it because…we like painting naked people!”
“Look, it’s a big fat fanny!”
As the Warner siblings fight over a telephone, Wakko attempts to distract Yakko and Dot by yelling and pointing at a large bottom elsewhere in the room.
“You’re a what??”
Wakko, Yakko, and Dot encounter Ludwig Van Beethoven, who introduces himself as “world famous composer and pianist.” Inevitably, a shocked siblings mishear that last word.
King Yakko is led through the halls of his palace by Prime Minister Nurse. He is distracted by some furniture, and Nurse tries to get his attention back.”Sire?” she asks. “Wait ’til we’re alone!” Yakko grins.
“Can we stay up past 10?”
The Warner siblings meet Death and become convinced that he is their father. Among the questions they have for the Grim Reaper is a request to “stay up late and watch the Adult Channel!”
“You are obsessed with girls!”
Dr. Scratchansniff attempts to psychoanalyse Yakko, and shows him a series of inkblot pictures. In every case, Yakko informs him that they looks like girls. “You are obsessed with girls!” the doc exclaims. “Hey, you’re the one showing me the sexy pictures!” Yakko replies.
“Ooh, a giant Pez Dispenser!”
Wakko mistakes a statue of Dr. Scratchansniff for a Pez dispenser, leading the poor doc to yell “Stop playing with my bust!” Cue a typical Yakko look to the audience. “Good night everybody!”
“Truth or Dare”
At the height of Madonna’s fame, the Queen of Pop swishes into an episode, wearing her conical bra to lure a pair of Japanese movie producers away for a game of Truth or Dare. Fans who had seen the Madonna documentary of the same name will know exactly what that might entail…
“I’ll conjugate with you!”
Miss Flamiel is teaching the Warners grammar. “Yakko, can you conjugate?” she asks. “Who, me?” he replies. “I never even kissed a girl!”
“I love cartoons!”
Lonely Yakko has no one to play with, so he conjures up a group of scantily-class showgirls. “I love cartoons!” he winks to the viewer. Unfortunately, the ladies quickly depart, looking somewhat offended. “Come on! Just one more romp! I’ll even get in front this time!”
“Give me the bird!”
Wakko, Yakko, and Dot thwart a hunter’s attempt to shoot a turkey. “Begone and give me the bird!” the Hunter cries out in desperation. “We’d love to, really, but the Fox censors won’t allow it!” Yakko quips.
“I’m your biggest fan!”
Madonna wasn’t the only blonde singing superstar to “appear” on the show. Dolly Parton also popped up, telling Brain that she is his biggest fan.”What do you think of that?” she asks. “I’d say puberty was inordinately kind to you,” comes to deadpan reply, as he stares at her chest.
The Warners are appearing on TV game show Jeopardy, where Wakko is offered the chance to play some or all of his money. “I’ll blow the wad!” he exclaims, much to his siblings’ shock.
“Every boy needs a hobby!”
Dot is often quick to chastise Yakko and Wakko when they leer at women. “That’ll be enough that!” she cries when they are distracted by a pair of young girls walking past them. “Every boy needs a hobby,” Yakoo retorts.
“I don’t think so!”
The ace detective Hercule Yakko instructs Dot to “dust for prints.” Dot mishears, and carries on none other than purple-clad rock god Prince. “No! Finger prints!” Yakoo replies. Which Dot also mishears, leading Prince to grin mischievously at her.
Wakko, Yakko, and Dot show Dr. Scratchansniff and his date show how crazy they are at the drive-in, by going mad inside their car. Cut to outside, where a mom glances nervously at the suspiciously bouncing car, dragging her kid away before he can ask any questions.
Lake Titicaca is actually a real lake, which straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia. And of course, that’s the lake that the Warners choose to sing about. As the song goes: “We really like saying its name!”
“Hide his nuts.”
This gag was not included when the episode first aired, but was later reinstated for syndicated screenings. Doug the Dog is watching a nature documentary about squirrels: “This frisky little fella likes to hide his nuts in the most unusual places… where the sun don’t shine on them…”
Buster and Babs Bunny, from the far-more-innocent Tiny Toons, make a cameo in one episode, boarding Noah’s Ark with their catchphrase. “I’m Buster Bunny. And I’m Babs Bunny. No relation.” Noah turn to camera and says, “let’s hope not, it’s a children’s show!” What is he expecting them to get up to on his boat?
“The stockings were hung…”
It’s Christmas time, and Wakko, Yakko, and Dot are hanging up their stockings. “The stockings were hung so our names clearly showed,” sings Dot. “In the hopes that Santa will leave a big load!” finishes Wakko.
“That’s our solar system.”
Yakko run down the list of planets in a charming, catchy song, but misses one out. “You forgot Uranus!” Wakko informs him at the end.
“What else you got in there?”
Miss Flamiel pulls a pen from inside her dress to give the Warners their marks in class. “What else you got in there?” Yakko speculates.
“Oedius Rex Menswear”
Wakko, Yakko, and Dot go on a shopping trip to the mall to buy Dr. Scratchansniff a birthday present. They pass a pair of shops both named after notorious mom-obsessees, Oedipus Rex Menswear (“his mom would hate that!”) and Freudian Slips, selling racy lingerie. Good night everybody!