Common Sense Media says

Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.





What parents need to know

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.”

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon 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.

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Kids say

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, Animaniacs 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 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this cartoon compares to others kids have seen. Kids: What do you like about this show? Do you enjoy the characters’ adventures? Do you think this show intends to teach you anything? If so, what? 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?

TV details

Cast:Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byHamsterSandwich February 15, 2010

You MUST See This!

This is (in my honest opinion) the best cartoon Warner Bros. EVER created in the 90s. It's funny, clever, sarcastic, and even educational. Yakko Warner himself taught me ALL of the nations of the world. United States, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Haiti, Jamaica, Peru...Shall I go on? It's really a fantastic show. However, it does have quite a bit of sexual references...Alright make that a LOT of sexual references. Including Ms. Hello Nurse who defeats the laws of physics. (I think you know what i mean) Overall, it's a very good children's show, and I highly recommend it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2010
This is what ALL cartoons should be! Don't worry about the cartoon violence, it's nothing you wouldn't see in Looney Toons. Plus, I get to see it in school because of the educational segmentss!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old October 31, 2013


This is my favourite cartoon. The characters are cute and funny, the humour is hilarious and the animation is very good.Also, there is a whole cast of characters, so if you don't like one, you can pay attention to another.There is a lot of adult humour, and loads of slapstick violence. But don't worry, because with all the other great features, it won't matter. In addition, it is also fairly educational, teaching kids the states and capitals, the presidents, and the parts of the brain. So check it out! Faboo!
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence


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