Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Oh, Oh, Ethel/Meet John Brain/Smell Ya Later/Spike 

The episode opens with Slappy Squirrel's rendition of the silly song, "Oh Oh Ethel." Next, in "Meet John Brain," The Brain runs for President of the United States. Later, Slappy confronts ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview:
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain / Larry Kling (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Pinky / Yakko Warner / Dr. Otto Scratchensniff (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Nate Ruegger Nate Ruegger ... Skippy Squirrel (voice) (as Nathan Ruegger)
Jonathan Winters ... Stinkbomb D. Basset (voice)
Luke Ruegger Luke Ruegger ... Bumpo Basset (voice)
Frank Welker ... Chicken Boo / Skunk (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Barbara Walters / Suzanne Slimmers (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Wolf Spritzer (voice)
Brian Cummings ... Announcer (voice)
Lauri Fraser Lauri Fraser ... Reporter (voice)


The episode opens with Slappy Squirrel's rendition of the silly song, "Oh Oh Ethel." Next, in "Meet John Brain," The Brain runs for President of the United States. Later, Slappy confronts her old foe, Stinkbomb D. Basset, the world's smelliest dog... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 February 1994 (Japan) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Hello Nurse is first seen in "Meet John Brain" her hair is black instead of blonde. See more »


The Brain: I need to concentrate on a more scientific plan for tomorrow night.
Pinky: Why, Brain? What are we gonna do tomorrow night?
[the Brain, annoyed, stops in his tracks and turns to face Pinky]
The Brain: You know.
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References The Montel Williams Show (1991) See more »


Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
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Running for president and girl obsession
6 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.

Another one of my favourite episodes definitely, very clever, very funny and very amiable.

In all the segments throughout, the animation is very 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.

The script and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes throughout. "Meet John Brain" and the hilarious exchange about girls between Scratchensniff and Yakko are the highlights. 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 and endearing. "Meet John Brain" is especially good, mainly though because Brain is such an amazing character. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception. Brain and Slappy come off especially well and Scratchensniff is always great value.

Voice acting is typically superb from some of the most talented and deservedly prolific voice actors in the business. Maurice La Marche particularly stands out.

In conclusion, outstanding as to be expected. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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