Animaniacs

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

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 1, 10, 10, 14, and 15 year old Written bycharmsmatuts January 22, 2012

OMG BEST SHOW EVER!!!!

This should be back. It's on my list of The Greatest shows in history right now. The only thing I want to say is that it's better than most shows on T...
Written byAnonymous March 1, 2017

Not the Worst, But Not Quite the Best...

I love the characters, but I agree that sexy characters like Minerva Mink shouldn't be in a kids' show. I think that the rating in "Sexy Stuff...
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 him...
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...

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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