Ya know how it is when you don’t wanna “take that last bit o’ something”, hoping it’ll last just a little longer, and you can enjoy it all the more? Well, that’s how it was with ANIMANIACS VOLUME FOUR, where I held off watching that final episode for several weeks.
|Hurry! Hurry! Let's watch in a Flurry!|
The show began with the “expanded theme sequence” that was occasionally used in later years – running for about 03:05, with fast and slow tempo passages and additional animation added to the standard version of the theme.
|...And we're zaaa-nee to the max!|
|Pesto's on the right. Watch what you say to him!|
|So, are you in zuh orchestra too?|
Goof Alert: Look closely at Ralph the Guard (at the drums) and you’ll see that the “WB” patch on his uniform sleeve briefly turns to a “NB”. Auuugh! An animation error in the final episode! Oh, well.
|Someone REALLY shoulda caught that!|
Finally, we end with a special and fitting farewell to one of the great animated programs of the modern age with “The Animaniacs Suite” – introduced thusly by Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (All three alternate):
“Hi, we’re the Warner Brothers – and the Warner Sister. And we’d like to invite you, and all the members of your household, to gather around the TV set and celebrate the first 99 episodes of ANIMANIACS…”
|In fact, it REALLY "doesn't stink"!|
And so we are treated to a still longer, expanded version of the ANIMANIACS theme (14:00 – 20:57 of the show), under the segment title of “The Animaniacs Suite”. Credits: Edited by Al Breitenbach. Composed by Richard Stone. (Yes, THAT great Richard Stone!)
|He was GREAT, wasn't he, Sibs?|
You couldn’t ask for a better farewell retrospective, as the wordless instrumental plays over scene after familiar scene of this modern classic of animation: The Warners bopping the ‘30s Looney Tunes (um…) “star” Buddy (from “The Warners 65 th Anniversary Special”), Pinky and the Brain from “Jockey for Position” and “The Brain’s Apprentice”, the anthropomorphic Candle Flame observing the signing of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a moment of high panic from the hilarious “Night of the Living Buttons”, and on and on…
|THIS is "living"?!|
|Yeah, I HEAR 'EM all right! I ain't THAT DEAF!|
|Good night, everybody!|
To end it all, the Warners pop out of their Water Tower to shout: “Good-BYE, Nurse!”
My recollection was that this final episode of ANIMANIACS was originally aired, Saturday morning (November 14, 1998) on “Kids WB” in an hour-long block with “Star Warners” a STAR WARS parody starring the ANIMANIACS characters (with a cameo by Freakazoid! and his cohorts Mo-Ron, and Fanboy!).
|Hello! I was looking for the "Star Wars Parody"!|
I quite naturally assumed this was to be “Episode 100” of ANIMANIACS – ending the series on the same nice round number as DUCKTALES, and ten shy of BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES’ count of 110.
Oddly, TINY TOON ADVENTURES also pulled up short, with 98 episodes.
|And we did our own Star Wars bit too! Who didn't?|
|So, is it ours?|
|...Or OURS? Either way, we must prepare for tomorrow night...|
So, just curious… Do you remember this as I do? And can anyone offer an explanation why “Star Warners” is regarded as a PINKY AND THE BRAIN, and not an ANIMANIACS?
Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
I think so, Brain... But, if "Star Warners" stars "The Warners", why is it a "Pinky and The Brain"?
I'm afraid I'm going to have to hurt you, Pinky!
|Will we be BACK with more Animaniacs Volume Four Updates? Aaaaah... Probably one more, someday! Still gotta devote a post to "Back in Style"!|
For those who really don't wish to say "Good-Bye" just yet, you can find our previous ANIMANIACS updates HERE and HERE.
...Now, it's REALLY time to say "Good-Bye"!
|Say "Good-Bye", fans!|