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Animaniacs, Vol. 1 (2006)

Rob Paulsen , Jess Harnell , Rusty Mills  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress Mac Neille, Frank Welker, Nancy Cartwright
  • Directors: Rusty Mills
  • Producers: Sherri Stoner, Steven Spielberg, Tom Ruegger, Rich Arons, Peter Hastings
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FA57H6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Animaniacs, Vol. 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 25 episodes on five discs
  • Animaniacs Live! Comic Maurice LaMarche hosts an in-studio-style interview via satellite big-screen TV with Animaniac friends

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Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs! The adventures or misadventures of the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner Sister, Dot, who were so crazy that the studio execs locked them away in the water town at the Studio. The witty, slapstick humor with pop culture parodies and cartoon wackiness is on DVD for the first time ever with 25 fantastic Animaniacs episodes.

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As a splendid homage to the legacy of Warner Bros. animation, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Animaniacs was arguably the most inventive and deliriously entertaining cartoon series of the 1990s. The series' appeal is at least two-fold: kids will enjoy the wacky characters and easy-to-follow comedy, and grownups raised on "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" cartoons will love the show's knowledgeable movie spoofs, witty satire, and spontaneous lines of dialogue aimed squarely at an older audience with an appreciation for Hollywood history. Cartoon lovers and film buffs will benefit the most from repeated viewings of Animaniacs since the series was conceived by head writer Tom Ruegger (under the supervision of executive producer Steven Spielberg) as an affectionate tribute to the golden age of Hollywood, with its wild and wonderful cast of cartoon characters led by "Warner Brothers" Wakko and Yakko, and their ever-so-cute Warner sister, Dot, a playful trio of indeterminate species who were (fictionally) created in the early 1930s by the overworked animators of "Termite Terrace" (the actual name given to Warner's animation studios) and wreaked havoc on the Warner Bros. backlot until they were caught and captured in the studio's water tower. Every episode begins with their clever escape, leading to wacky adventures involving the entire cast of Animaniacs, a menagerie of colorful characters worthy of cartoon immortality.

This five-DVD set offers 25 beautifully preserved episodes (out of a five-season total of 99), mostly from the first season (1993), when Spielberg was also enjoying the success of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List. Premiering on the Fox Kids network, the series introduced delighted viewers to Pinky and the Brain; Slappy the Squirrel (a curmudgeonly veteran of decades in show-biz); the Goodfeathers (a pigeon-trio spoof of Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas); Rita and Runt (a dog and cat duo often featured in musical spoofs, the former voiced by Bernadette Peters); and a wide variety of peripheral characters who randomly appeared as part of the series' multi-segment format. Some segments are brief and brilliant (including many original songs that qualify as mini-masterpieces of educational entertainment), while others are cartoon-length adventures like the unforgettable "Bumbie's Mom," a riff on Bambi (and Disney animation) that's one of many first-season highlights. Smart, literate, and totally irreverent, Animaniacs benefited from all the prestige that Spielberg's involvement could bring, including a once-in-a-lifetime voice cast (honored here by disc 3's special featurette "Animaniacs Live," hosted by "Annie"-award-winner Maurice "The Brain" LeMarche) and amazing musical scores (many written or supervised by the late, great Richard Stone) that were recorded in the very same Warner studio where the legendary Carl Stalling scored most of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons. With creative and comedic highlights too numerous to mention, Animaniacs is must-see TV for those who missed it the first time around, and a welcome treasure for established fans who will cherish these DVDs for many years to come. --Jeff Shannon


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279 of 284 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama... April 12, 2006
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A lot of people remember "Animaniacs," but not many people remember how popular it once was. In 1993, the year these episodes appeared on the Fox network, "Animaniacs" was the most popular cartoon on that network, and one of the most-watched cartoons on TV. It had a cult following like few other shows of its time; alt.tv.animaniacs was one of the most densely-populated groups on usenet. Adult and college-age viewers loved "Animaniacs" as much as, if not more than, the little kids; the obscure cultural references, double entendres, and good solid cartoon violence made it even more fun for an older audience.

Well, that was 1993, and over a decade later, how does this show hold up? Very, very well. All the things that made it so popular in 1993 -- the great lines, the imaginative visuals, the music (with the late Richard Stone leading a full orchestra, no computer-generated music allowed), the voices, the cultural references, the violence -- still work today. The anthology format, with each episode consisting of a mix of different characters and segments, gives the show a richness and variety that most cartoon shows don't have. And the characters are still as funny as they were in 1993: the Marx-Brothers-inspired Yakko, Wakko and Dot; elderly, amoral cartoon star Slappy Squirrel; Chicken Boo, the giant chicken forever passing for a human; and world-domination-seeking lab mice Pinky and the Brain (whose spinoff series is also available on DVD, separately).

The first DVD set contains the first 25 episodes of the series, out of a total of 99; if it sells well, three more volumes will be released. It includes some of the show's very best segments, like the encounters with Paul Rugg's Jerry Lewis parody "Mr.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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Yeah, it's a not really a full first season, but the first 25 half-hour shows is still a big number for a 5-disc set! I just can't wait to buy this for my siblings, because I loved the show as a kid, and nowadays, I still appreciate the zany Looney Tunes-esque slapstick antics, solid art style, and great voice-acting.

As listed on tvshowsondvd.com, the first 25 episodes are:

1. De-Zanitized, The Monkey Song, Nighty Night Toon

2. Yakko's World, Cookies For Einstein, Win Big

3. HMS Yakko, Slappy Goes Walnuts, Yakko's Universe Song

4. Hooked on a Ceiling, Good Feathers (pilot episode)

5. Taming of the Screwy

6. Flipper Parody, Temporary Insanity, Operation Lollipop, What are We?

7. Piano Rag, When Rita Met Runt

8. The Warner's Lot Song, The Big Candy Store, Bumbie's Mom

9. Wally Llama, Where Rodents Dare

10. King Yakko

11. No Pain, No Painting, Les Miseranimals

12. Garage Sale of the Century, West Side Pigeons

13. Hello Nice Warners, La Behemoth, Little Old Slappy From Pasadena

14. La La Law, Cat On a Hot Steel Beam

15. Space Probed, Battle For the Planet

16. Chalkboard Bungle, Hooray for Slappy, The Great Wakkoroti: The Master & His Music

17. Roll over Beethoven, The Cat and the Fiddle

18. Pavlov's Mice, Chicken Boo-Rhyshnikov, Nothing But the Tooth

19. Meatballs or Consequences, A Moving Experience

20. Hitchcock Opening, Hearts of Twilight; The Boids

21. The Flame, Wakko's America Song, Davey Omelette, Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago

22. Guardin' the Garden, Plane Pals

23.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last August 3, 2006
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I had waited a long time for this. What's really good to see is how well the material holds up over time. Just like the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons from the 40's, these work on so many levels. The innuendo, the cultural references, the style...it's all timeless. I've made it my mission to introduce my wife to the series and this was the perfect way (replacing the VHS copies I made from the shows original airing). This series was the perfect example of what to do "right" with an animated series. It's true not all the characters worked well (the one joke Katie Ka-Boom, Favio and Marita) but the show had enough variety to make it interesting. You never knew what you were going to see from show to show. One one episode you may see the Warners at the height of zany, and the next you'd be touched on your heartstrings by the tale of some wrapping paper and it's journey through the world. It's was completely unpredictable and that was refreshing. Most cartoons today are predictable and bland. The unique factor that made Animaniacs work so well was it's ability to take us on strange and wonderful trips. The non-sequiter facet of the humor provided a great springboard for satire and parody. Characters like Chicken Boo are a perfect example of this. I actually owned a rat (white of course) and everyday it tried to escape from its cage, just like Pinky and the Brain. Basically we all wish we had a bit of the Warners in us. This collection, I hope, will be the first in a complete treasury that will continue to bring us to stranger places and beyond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it then, love it now.
It had been many years since I watched this show. I thought it was pretty funny when I was 8, but at 24 it's hysterical. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh, Laugh, Laugh!!
My son was in Jr. High and High School when Animaniacs were on and I laughed as much as he did and my husband, who was fighting cancer, their antics always made him laugh. Read more
Published 1 day ago by S. Kilborn
5.0 out of 5 stars more fun than a barrel of wackos
fun the way it should be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 3 days ago by Jason T Graves
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a soon to be classic that I love, and am glad that my daughter...
This is a soon to be classic that I love, and am glad that my daughter enjoys it as well.
Published 3 days ago by Jessica Alloway
3.0 out of 5 stars Good family entertainment to sit and enjoy some laughs to ...
Good family entertainment to sit and enjoy some laughs to with your kids. Reminds me of the Looney Toons of my childhood.
Published 3 days ago by Daren Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They seriously need to bring this back...seriously!
Published 7 days ago by L. Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic!
Published 7 days ago by momof2homeschool
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny instant video.
I am 63, but I enjoyed watching this cartoon.
Published 7 days ago by redlin51
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it since it was first shown on TV
Published 7 days ago by Luz Rodriguez
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Its Volume three, disk one, episode three or four. Just saw it :P
Jul 21, 2007 by Kyle T. Calderwood |  See all 4 posts
Do the shows air like they did on TV?
On the case they're listed as individual episodes but when you watch them, they do include the shorts in between. I've seen "Mime Time" "Wheel of Morality" and "Good Idea Bad Idea" but I haven't seen the kid talking about Randy Beeman yet...maybe that will be in the...
Oct 6, 2006 by Rachel |  See all 2 posts
Episodes remastered?
The WHV link to this product is: http://whv.warnerbros.com/WHVPORTAL/Portal/product.jsp?OID=14514

(oh, never mind... looks like Amazon doesn't like long URLs.)

In that page, they mention '4:3 Transfer'. Maybe that suggests that the video broadcast source was used. Along with... Read More
Apr 30, 2006 by David Brown |  See all 2 posts
Who's the band on stage?
Well, I found an episode guide, and if the first 25 episodes are in the collection in order, "Woodstock Slappy" is not in this set.
Jul 29, 2006 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
The Animaniacs Star Wars parody...
If you are thinking of "Star Warners", it is actually in the Pinky And the Brain series, not the Animaniacs series. Although it does feature a lot of the Animaniacs characters. I think it was the final episode of Pinky and the Brain, so therefore, it would be on "Pinky and the... Read More
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