TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 66 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The Animaniacs make a sport of breaking the rules, often to the chagrin of unsuspecting supporting characters. But some skits have an educational quality, as with musical numbers that put lists like the countries of the world and the U.S. presidents to song.

Violence & Scariness

Many of the slapstick skits use cartoon violence for humor, and none of the multiple crashes, explosions, or blunt force traumas cause realistic injury. Some storylines include scenes of war or historic battles, where characters use guns, swords, and other weapons.

Sexy Stuff

Buxom female characters wear tight dresses that accentuate their curves, and some dialogue includes mild innuendo or double entendre. Dot is prone to starry-eyed flirting with handsome guys.


No cursing, but occasional name-calling like "jerkface."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Animaniacs has something for everyone, blending over-the-top comedy and outrageous adventures that are sure to please the kiddies with smart satire and hilarious cultural references that teens and adults will love. There's a fair amount of humorous cartoon violence (explosions, collisions, punches, and the like), the occasional double entendre, and lots of fun found in mild misbehavior, but none of it is likely to affect kids. And the show does features segments with an educational flair, such as songs that teach about the solar system, U.S. history, and world geography.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeorge Orwell June 6, 2016

Fun for both kids AND adults! A timeless classic to be enjoyed forever.

"Animaniacs, we're zany to the max!"

Steven Spielberg at his best again. Animaniacs doesn't teach but provides nonstop fun for all ages! Fo... Continue reading
Adult Written byFloorboard87 February 11, 2019

Use descression on what best suits your children's needs.

As a child this show was the best! However watching it now with a 14 year old (not mentally) the amount of sexual imagery is ridiculous. Most episodes (in seas... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byhonesthealthyreviews October 15, 2018

Wacky fun but inappropriately overdone

I have to admit, this show had potential. It included well-developed characters and hilarious pop-culture references (Wakko's obsession with Don Knotts and... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byVintageFilms August 4, 2020

One of the finest cartoons in history.

This timeless cartoon is based off of the typical Warner Brothers cartoon shows (such as The Bugs Bunny & Tweety show) with many cameo appearances from... Continue reading

What's the story?

ANIMANIACS is a 1990s collaborative production by Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg. The cartoon is structured like a variety show, featuring an ensemble cast of anthropomorphic animals -- including lab mice Pinky (voiced by Rob Paulsen) and the Brain (Maurice LaMarche), the Martin Scorcese-inspired pigeon trio The Goodfeathers, and know-it-all showbiz veteran Slappy the Squirrel (Sherri Stoner) -- and three central characters known as the Warner siblings: Yakko (Paulsen again), Wakko (Jess Harnell), and the infinitely adorable Dot (Tress MacNeille). The mischievous trio lives on the Warner Bros. studio lot, but their outrageous adventures take them around the globe as well as throughout different periods in world history, where they often wreak their own brand of havoc on those around them.

Is it any good?

Satirical, witty, culturally relevant, and occasionally irreverent, this cartoon is a bundle of fun packed with as much energy as its three off-the-wall main stars. Kids will be drawn to the characters' larger-than-life personalities and zany escapades, and parents will equally enjoy the show's slapstick exchanges, hilarious parodies, spoofs, and multiple pop-culture references.

While most of the content in Animaniacs is frivolous and highly unrealistic, some segments do blend entertainment and educational quality in a kid-pleasing manner. Frequent musical numbers include songs that teach about the U.S. presidents or list all the states and their capital cities, for example, and the characters' travels through literature and historical times -- though highly fictionalized -- give kids a reference for famous events like World War II and significant figures like Picasso, King Arthur, and Abraham Lincoln.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Animaniacs compares to others cartoons kids have seen. Kids: What do you like about this show? Do you enjoy the characters’ adventures? How would you compare this cartoon to some of your other favorites? How does its style differ from theirs? Which do you like better? Why?

  • Do you think this show intends to teach you anything? If so, what?

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