Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Variety Speak/Three Tenors and You're Out/Bingo 

In "Variety Speak," First, Yakko explains the headlines of the entertainment industry periodical "Variety." Then, in "Three Tenors and You're Out," Slappy takes Skippy to see a baseball ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Hello Nurse (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Nate Ruegger Nate Ruegger ... Skippy Squirrel (voice) (as Nathan Ruegger)
Frank Welker ... Runt (voice)
Tom Randle Tom Randle ... Pepperoni (voice)
Sterling Branton Sterling Branton ... Carumba (voice)
Jonathan Mack Jonathan Mack ... Domano (voice)
Elizabeth Lamers Elizabeth Lamers ... Chorus Girl #1 (voice)
Julie Bernstein Julie Bernstein ... Chorus Girl #2 (voice)
Sandy Miller Sandy Miller ... Chorus Girl #3 (voice) (as Sandi Miller)


In "Variety Speak," First, Yakko explains the headlines of the entertainment industry periodical "Variety." Then, in "Three Tenors and You're Out," Slappy takes Skippy to see a baseball game and is surprised to find she is attending a "Three Tenors" concert at Dodger stadium instead. Later, Wakko plays his own version of "Bingo" with Dr. Scratchansniff. And in the musical "Finale," the Three Tenors return to sing the "Animaniacs" theme song. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tenors skit is based on a highly popular concert given at Dodgers Stadium in 1994 by Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti performing under the name, "The Three Tenors." See more »


References Tootsie (1982) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
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Striking out with the Three Tenors
17 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation to bits. It was a big part of my life as a child, especially Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and Tom and Jerry (with tastes broadening further getting older with Pixar, Studio Ghibli and some of the more mature animations out there), and still love it to this day as a young adult whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now, with more knowledge of the different animation styles, directors, studios and what work went into them.

'Animaniacs' has always been one of my favourites. From an early age, it always stood out as one of the most colourful, unique, funniest and cleverest shows, animated and otherwise, ever made. It is not to be dismissed as a show just for children. There is plenty for children to enjoy, any child who loves great animation, humour to laugh at and unique characters will be in heaven. There is more than plenty for adults too, especially the hugely clever in-jokes/poking fun that is likely to be better understood by older viewers with more familiarity for what is being referenced and poked fun at.

While not one of my favourite episodes, it is still pretty great, with the only issue actually being some occasional corniness in the writing, "Variety Speak" could have been a little cleverer than it was.

Generally however, the animation is well done, with vibrant colouring, crisp beautiful backgrounds and convincing movements for the characters. The music is not only catchy it is actually memorable as well, with an instantly hummable main theme. Some of my favourite music choices of any 'Animaniacs' episode.

The scripts and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes. As are the situations no matter how silly they are the characters get into. This all springs from a great concept, some shows have a great concept but don't live up to it.

'Animaniacs' was always one of the finest examples of execution of a great concept doing that and superbly, with the story lines here being funny, touching and endearing. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, the spoofing of the Three Tenors is inspired.

Voice acting is terrific, Sherri Stoner, Jess Harnell and Rob Paulsen in particular.

In conclusion, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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