Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 1
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Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brain: Vol. 1
From the Peabody Award-winning series Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs come two hilariously popular laboratory mice now starring in their own animated comedy spin-off--PINKY AND THE BRAIN--as they take on the modern world in an intelligently silly way with their plans for global domination.]]>
Are you pondering what I'm pondering, animation fans? Yes! Pinky and the Brain have finally arrived on DVD, and they're going to take over the world! Well, at the very least, these genetically engineered lab mice are going to prove, once and for all, that they're the best comedy duo ever created for an animated series aimed at children.... but, why limit their appeal to kids? As executive producer Steven Spielberg said to the show's creators, he wanted this brilliant, Emmy®-winning half-hour cartoon series to lure adults into watching it with their kids, and like the classic Warner Brothers cartoons of the past, it's likely the grown-ups will enjoy it even more! This is largely due to the fact that Pinky and the Brain was produced under the radar, almost as if nobody was watching, so while this delightfully inventive spin-off from Animaniacs is purely entertaining for kids, it also includes a wide variety of in-jokes, movie spoofs, and outrageous dialogue that only older viewers can truly appreciate. It's all innocent fun, but if you watch and listen closely, you'll quickly realize that the writers and first-rate voice cast were having the time of their lives, inventing absurd plots and one-liners purely for their own creative pleasure. How else can you explain Pinky's bizarrely suggestive responses when The Brain asks "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" or the hilarious send-ups of classic movies like The Third Man (spoofed here as "The Third Mouse"), The Manchurian Candidate ("The Pink Candidate"), and the tearjerking TV classic Brian's Song (satirized, of course, as "Brain's Song")?
Better yet, these 22 episodes culled from P&TB's four-season run (1995-98) demonstrate how the show's basic concept--two talking lab mice ("one is a genius, the other's insane") and their nightly attempts at global domination--lent itself to a broad spectrum of hilariously ingenious plots, with no restrictions of timeframe. So you've got episodes in ancient Egypt, Napoleonic France, and 1940s Vienna, along with contemporary schemes and shorter, time-filler episodes (like "Cheese Roll Call") that qualify as mini-masterpieces of educational comedy. "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas" is a bona-fide sentimental classic (offering proof that the Brain's got a soft heart, after all), and the polar-opposite pairing of Pinky and the Brain is just about perfect, largely due to the voice talents of Maurice LaMarche (expertly channeling Orson Welles as the Brain) and Emmy-winner Rob Paulsen as Pinky (both seen, to splendid effect, in disc 2's behind-the-scenes featurette). Additional voice talents include Roddy MacDowall (as the Brain's nemesis, Snowball) and Ernest Borgnine, but the show's primary strength is its go-for-broke writing, brilliant animation (a flawless homage to Warner Bros. tradition, yet uniquely styled to match the material), and music scores (mostly by Richard Stone) that pay tribute to the late, great WB cartoon composer Carl Stalling while incorporating frequent passages from the classical repertoire. All in all, Pinky and the Brain is perfect entertainment for the young and young-at-heart, destined for cult-favorite status as one of the best overlooked TV series of the 1990s. As Pinky might say, "Poit! Narf! Oh, this is SO much fun!" --Jeff Shannon
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Netflix works just fine.
From the opening theme to the very end credits, this show is filled with laughs. Premise: Brain wants to rule the world and he needs Pinky to carry out his dastardly plots. This gets them in all sorts of trouble, but Brain is so smart that even though things constantly go down south, they never get caught so they live to see another day at "Acme Labs" so Brain can plot anew. And plot he did - it never ceases to amaze me with the things the excellent writers came up with for Brain to attempt. And regardless of when or how or how often Brain asks Pinky if he knows what they are going to do today, Pinky NEVER guesses they are going to take over the world - he's content on living his own little insane life - as he likes to say "Narf" whatever that means
So sit back and enjoy some hysterical animation - your sides will be aching from laughter.
Cartoons aren't what they used to be and this is a testament to the 90's and a world where political correctness was not the order of the day.
There is plenty of historical jokes and double entendre to keep the grown ups chuckling and fantastic slap stick humor to keep children laughing as well. The premise is quite simple: 2 laboratory mice whose genes have been spliced...oh what the heck, just watch the opening credits on you tube and it will tell you exactly what its about !
This may sound nerdy, but sometimes I sit with my laptop when I watch this show and I pause so I can look up things the cartoon is talking about on Wikipedia and then I get an even bigger laugh because of the clever writing.
I promise you that if you hate "cartoons" like "Johnny Test" and "Phineas and Herb" then you are the perfect candidate for this REAL cartoon.