Which WB/Spielberg Cartoon Would You Most Like on DVD?

Jaime_Weinman

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The Batman: the Animated Series release is great, and all, but I'm still hoping and praying for Warner Brothers to turn their attention to the comedy cartoons they made in the '90s, specifically the ones co-produced with Steven Spielberg. These shows were IMO every bit as good as the superhero stuff, but they got sort of buried when the particular kind of humor they did (not so much for little kids as for older kids, teenagers, and even adults) stopped being congenial to advertisers.

Anyway, if WB were to ever get around to these shows, which would you most want to see? The four WB/Spielberg shows were:

Tiny Toon Adventures (1990 - 93)
Animaniacs (1993 - 98)
Pinky and the Brain (1995 - 98)
Freakazoid! (1995 - 97)

I would most want to see Animaniacs, because while all of these shows were good, Animaniacs just had so much variety and inventiveness, particularly in its first 65 episodes on Fox (the episodes on the WB network weren't quite as good). Also, it incorporates Pinky and the Brain cartoons, so between it and the Pinky and the Brain show, I'd take Animaniacs. Even the lesser characters could do a superb cartoon, like the big-scale parody of "Les Miserables" with Rita and Runt. I hope WB eventually gives this show the Batman treatment: four-disc sets, commentaries (Peter Hastings, Sherri Stoner, and some of the other writers are very funny people who used to be with the Groundlings, and would probably do first-rate commentaries), documentaries. This show deserves to be better-remembered than it is.
 

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Spielberg also produced the following short-lived animated series:

The Plucky Duck Show (1992, only 13 episodes)
Family Dog (1993, only 10 episodes)
Toonsylvania (1998, only 19 episodes)
Invasion America (1998, 6 or 13 eps, depending how you count)
Pinky, Elmira, & The Brain (1998, 19 episodes)

I liked "Invasion America" a lot. I hated how it ended saying "END OF BOOK 1."

I watched "Pinky, Elmira, & The Brain" once or twice, also. It sucked. It tried to spice up "Pinky & The Brain" by adding Elmira to the mix, but it didn't work.

If I could only choose one Spielberg cartoon, I'd go with either Freakazoid! or Tiny Toons, cuz those were the best!
 

Sean Moon

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Animaniacs all the way. I love Pinky and the Brain more than the others, but they showed up enough in Animaniacs so with that set I win two ways!


And cmon, who doenst want the WHEEL OF MORALITY on DVD?

Wheel of Morality, turn, turn, turn.
Tell us the lesson that we should learn.
And today's lesson is...


Never ask what hot dogs are made of.
 

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Pinky and the Brain, with the Animaniacs shorts included within that set.

I am a lab mouse
I escaped from my cage
Never had a job
Never earned minimum wage
But you will respect me -- YES!
Once my plan is unfurled
You will call me your leader
I'll be King Of The World.

"He ain't half bad!"

"He ain't half good, neither!"
 

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Animaniacs is the most deserving title for DVD release but all would be welcome and will hopefully come sooner or later.
 

JohnDMoore

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Would pick up releases of Animaniacs or Pinky & The Brain in a heartbeat. I'd say if I had to pick, though, I'd prefer Animaniacs. Brilliant show. Here's hoping.
 

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Pinky and the Brain: Most of the others are incredibly overrated, but the half-hour episodes of P&tB were generally comedy genius, good enough for prime time.
 

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The one I want the most is Freakazoid!. Like the others, it was wacky and hilarious, but unfortunately it never reached the level of popularity that Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs and Tiny Toons did.
 

Sean Moon

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And then one of my favorite lines from Animaniacs, where the Opera singer is practicing next to the water tower, and Yakko asks her "What are you doing over there lady? Torturing a clown?"


And then another classic Pinky and Brain moment:

"Charlie Sheen, Ben Vareen, shrink to the size of a Lima Bean!"
 

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Pinky and the Brain is the bomb, yo.

Also like Tiny Toons and Freakazoid. Never really got into Animaniacs though it has its classic moments.
 

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Which was the sort of thing Pinky and the Brain usually rose above, and completely encapsulates why I never liked Animaniacs!. There is no actual joke here, just a pop-culture reference that sort of looks like a joke and was inserted into a place where good writers would normally stick a joke.
 

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1 - Animaniacs
2 - Pinky & the Brain
3 - Tiny Toon Adventures
4 - Freakazoid - I can wait because I have all the episodes

Love 'em all - Want 'em all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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1-Animaniacs
2-Freakazoid
3-Tiny Toon
4-Pinky and the Brain

I worship the first two titles on there, and would certainly buy them in a heartbeat.
 

Jaime_Weinman

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Well, no, actually, it was inserted into a spot where there normally wouldn't be a joke; it was just a magic incantation Brain said as he waved a magic wand. In a spot where there would normally be "hocus pocus" or some other filler line, they stuck in a little pop-culture reference, so if you get it, you smile, and if you don't, it doesn't matter because it's not a "joke" spot. That was what was good about Animaniacs in its first 65 episodes -- the pop-culture references were usually just throwaways; they didn't substitute for jokes the way they sometimes did on Tiny Toons, or for that matter Family Guy. The big laughs on Animaniacs came from visual gags, puns, verbal exchanges, and actual pop-culture parodies rather than isolated references (e.g. Paul Rugg's spoofs of Jerry Lewis).
 

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Dolly Parton: "I'm yer biggest fan. Whaddaya think of that?"

Bubba Bo Bob Brain: "I think puberty has been inordinately kind to you."

 

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All of them, Animaniacs first and formost however...

everybody sing!

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That's all the capitals there are!
 

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