Animaniacs: Vol. 1 (RPKG/DVD)
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Three inseparable, crazy siblings have been locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower for a very long time. But they have found a way to escape, and escape they do--every day! Causing chaos and comic confusion, Yakko, Wakko and Dot run loose in the city, turning the world into their very own personal playground in this mix of cartoon shorts, musical numbers, and comedy blackouts.]]>
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I could write a dissertation on the above mentioned cartoons but seeing a as how this is an Animaniacs review, I'll keep it on point.
Animaniacs was way ahead of its time, and arguably still is for a cartoon. The quality of animation, hand drawn animation (gasp!) is unmatched by today's cartoon series. The writing on the show was Primetime sitcom worthy. The comedy chock full of sight gags, innuendo, puns, pop culture references, and self aware dialogue was the sharpest and had the widest appeal of any cartoon of that time and since. I mean really, how many cartoons can say that they were silly enough to make kids laugh, yet make references to Citizen Kane and Shirley McLaine to crack up adults? And in the same episode!
Thanks to Amazon Prime, I can watch all the seasons commercial free. And I will also buy these on DVD. Though I sure would love it if WB released a remastered BluRay collection. This series deserves it. As Wakko would say "Fabu!"
I've always believed that The Animaniacs was produced to entertain the people writing, scoring and voicing it, who were having a good time being clever and showing off their talents to their peers. So if the funny stuff sailed over your head, either because you were a kid watching a kid's show, or because you were an adult and thought you were watching a kid's show, or maybe because you just weren't quick enough, well, that was hardly their problem, was it?
The other thing that has always amazed me was the ability of the artists and writers to tie in amazing musical numbers into a half an hour show. The amount of work that must have gone into producing these episodes astounds me to no end. My personal favorite being the episode "King Yakko", nothing better than the Anvilanian National Anthem.
I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys classical cartoons at their best.