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The Animaniacs Theme is, as its title suggests, the song that opens almost every episode of Animaniacs (with the exceptions of "The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock"). The song describes the set-up of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's madcap adventures and also introduces several of the other major characters on the show.

Lyrics

The main lyrics to the song are as follows:

It's time for Animaniacs!
And we're zany to the max!
So just sit back and relax,
You'll laugh till you collapse,
We're Animaniacs!

Come join the Warner Brothers and the Warner sister Dot
Just for fun we run around the Warner movie lot
They lock us in the tower whenever we get caught
But we break loose
And then vamoose
And now you know the plot

We're Animaniacs.
Dot is cute and Yakko yaks.
Wakko packs away the snacks
While Bill Clinton plays the sax.
We're Animaniacs!

Meet Pinky and the Brain who want to rule the universe
Goodfeathers flock together, Slappy whacks 'em with her purse
Buttons chases Mindy, while Rita sings a verse
The writers flipped
We have no script
Why bother to rehearse?

We're Animaniacs.
We have pay-or-play contracts.
We're zany to the max,
There's baloney in our slacks
We're Animany...
Totally insaney...
[variable line ending in "-aney"]
AN-I-MANI--ACS!!!!
Those are the facts.

Variations

The third-to-last line is always different in each episode, consisting of the following variables:

  • Yakko:
    • "Citizen Kane-y."
    • "Andromeda Stain-y."
    • "Eisenhower Mamie."
    • "Miscellaney."
    • "Dana Delany."
    • "Uhhhhhhhhh..."
    • "Presidential campaign-y."
    • "Bangor, Maine-y."
    • "Lake Champlain-y."
    • "Candy cane-y."
  • Wakko:
    • "Where's Lon Chaney?"
    • "Chicken chow meiny."
    • "Penny Lane-y."
    • "Hunchback of Notre Dame-y."
  • Dot:
    • "Here's the show's name-y!"
    • "Come back, Shane-y!"
    • "The rain in Spain-y."
    • "Shirley MacLaine-y."
    • "No pain, no gain-y!"
    • "Tarzan and Jane-y."
    • "Quiche lorraine-Y."
    • "High octane-y."
  • All three:
    • "Pinky and the Brain-y"
    • "Cockamamie."
    • "How urbane-y!"
    • "Hydroplane-y."
    • "Money down the drain-y."
    • "Here's the Flame-y."
    • "Novocainey."
    • "Meet Mark Twain-y."
    • "Bowling lane-y."
    • "Frasier Crane-y."
    • "Mister Haney."
    • "Public domain-y."

Altered Versions

In the show's second season, the line "While Bill Clinton plays the sax" was changed to "We've got wisecracks by the stacks", and the animation that accompanied the scene was replaced with a clip from "Taming of the Screwy". After the show moved to Kids' WB!, the line was changed again to "We get tons of income tax", with a new piece of animation to accompany the line, and the line introducing Pinky and the Brain was changed to "Meet Ralph and Dr. Scratchansniff, say hi to Hello Nurse." However, in subsequent episodes that used the extended version of the song, the original lines were kept intact.

When the show was aired in reruns on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons TV, the song was cut down to less than half of its original length, and the variable lines at the end were all replaced with one line that did not even rhyme. The shortened lyrics were as follows:

It's time for Animaniacs!
And we're zany to the max! [set to "We have pay-or-play contracts!"]
So just sit back and relax [set to "We're zany to the max"]
You'll laugh till you collapse, [set to "There's baloney in our slacks!"]
We're animany,
Totally insaney,
Nickeleeny,
An-i-man-i-acs!
Those are the facts!

The first episode of Freakazoid! included a parody of the Animaniacs theme song, titled "Freakazoid and Friends", in which the Warner siblings described the show's plot and listed all of Freakazoid!'s recurring characters (including some who ultimately never appeared outside of the song).

It's time for Freakazoid and friends,
Where the insanity never ends
Justice he defends,
You're sure to get the bends
From Freakazoid and friends
When Dexter becomes Freakazoid he shows his super stuff
He battles Lobe and Booger Beast and villains who are tough
Like Candle Jack and Cobra Queen, Cave Guy can be rough
There's Fanboy, Mo-Ron, Eye of Newt, and that's about enough
It's Freakazoid and friends
It's what your dentist recommends
To patients who chew gum
This show is really dumb
It's Freakazoid and friends!
Meet Dexter's girlfriend Steff, and his mentor named MacStew
Lord Bravery and Fanboy, the Gnomes are quite a crew
Cosgrove and the Huntsman, Toby Danger too,
And don't forget, there's Freakazette, a lovely shade of blue
It's Freakazoid and friends
A show that no one comprehends
Our longevity depends
On our demographic trends
It's totally freaky,
Dexter's geeky,
The plots are weak-y,
We're up the creek-y,
We've sprung a leak-y,
Freakazoid and friends!
Now our songs ends!

In the Histeria! episode "Really Oldies But Goodies", a sketch about Alexander the Great is introduced by a short song about him by Loud, Charity, Aka, and Pule, sung to the tune of the Animaniacs theme.

Say hello to Alexander, his lifetime will illustrate
The teenage fleet commander with a passion to migrate.
He'd conquer and meander
All across the Persian state,
To us there's no one grander
So let's all take a gander
At our pal Alexander the Great!

When Animaniacs began airing in reruns on the Hub Network, a new version of the song was used in promos advertising its arrival on the channel, with the Warners' voice actors reprising the roles.

The Hub has got some news for you that might just sound crazy,
Animaniacs are coming to the Hub on your TV
Even though we warned them, did they listen? No sirree!
That means our shenanigans are here for you to see
We're Animaniacs!
And we're zany to the max!
We're cracking up the Hub,
Gonna make a big hubbub,
We're Animany,
Totally insaney...


v - e - d
Animaniacs VHS logo
Media
Shows: Animaniacs (Episodes) • Pinky and the Brain (EpisodesVideos) • Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (Episodes) • Videos

Segments: Pinky and the BrainSlappy SquirrelThe GoodfeathersMindy and ButtonsRita and Runt • Minerva Mink • Katie Ka-Boom • Miscellaneous segments
Direct-to-video film: Wakko's Wish
Short: I'm Mad
Video games: 1994 video gameGame PackTen Pin AlleyA Gigantic AdventureThe Great Edgar HuntLights, Camera, Action!
Interactive CD-Rom: Crazy Paint
Books/Comic Books:
Albums: AnimaniacsYakko's WorldVariety Pack

Characters
Yakko WarnerWakko WarnerDot WarnerRalph the GuardDr. ScratchansniffHello NurseThaddeus PlotzThe BrainPinkySlappy SquirrelSkippy SquirrelSquitPestoBobbyThe GodpigeonMindyButtonsRitaRuntFlavioMaritaChicken BooKatie Ka-Boom
Episodes
Season 1: "De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night Toon" • "Yakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win Big" • "H.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's Universe" • "Hooked on a Ceiling / Goodfeathers: The Beginning" • "Taming Of The Screwy" • "Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We?" • "Piano Rag / When Rita Met Runt" • "The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's Mom" • "Wally Llama / Where Rodents Dare" • "King Yakko" • "No Pain, No Painting / Les Miseranimals" • "Garage Sale of the Century / West Side Pigeons" • "Hello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy from Pasadena" • "La La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel Beam" • "Space Probed / Battle for the Planet" • "Chalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music" • "Roll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the Fiddle" • "Pavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing but the Tooth" • "Meatballs or Consequences / A Moving Experience" • "Hearts of Twilight / The Boids" • "Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / The Flame" • "Guardin' the Garden / Plane Pals" • "Be Careful What You Eat / Up the Crazy River / Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump" • "Opportunity Knox / Wings Take Heart" • "Hercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's Dream" • "Testimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir Yaksalot" • "You Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for Position" • "Moby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo and the Ugly" • "Draculee, Draculaa / Phranken-Runt" • "Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead Boneyhands" • "O Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert" • "Chairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-Buttons" • "Cartoons in Wakko's Body / Noah's Lark / The Big Kiss / Hiccup" • "Clown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob Brain" • "Very Special Opening / In the Garden of Mindy / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / Baghdad Cafe" • "Critical Condition / The Three Muska-Warners" • "Dough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-Regard" • "Spellbound" • "Smitten With Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White Gloves" • "Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet Rulers" • "Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging Bird" • "Animator's Alley / Can't Buy a Thrill / Hollywoodchuck" • "Of Nice and Men / What a Dump / Survey Ladies" • "Useless Facts / The Senses / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten" • "Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for Slappy" • "Turkey Jerky / Wild Blue Yonder" • "Video Review / When Mice Ruled the Earth" • "Mobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / Icebreakers" • "A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer Warners" • "Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's Universe" • "The Warners & the Beanstalk / Frontier Slappy" • "Ups and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, Always" • "Drive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm Cute" • "Brain Meets Brawn / Meet Minerva" • "Gold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet Time" • "Schnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Les Boutons et le Ballon / Kung Boo" • "Of Course, You Know This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's Gizmo" • "Meet John Brain / Smell Ya Later" • "Ragamuffins / Woodstock Slappy" • "Karaoke-Dokie / The Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved Me" • "Baloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson" • "Scare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBeth" • "With Three You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting" • "Lookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like Home" • "The Warners 65th Anniversary Special"

Season 2: "Take My Siblings Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning Malaise" • "Miami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof" • "We're No Pigeons / Whistle Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date" • "I'm Mad / Bad Mood Bobby / Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish / Fake"
Season 3: "Super Strong Warner Siblings / Nutcracker Slappy / Wakko's New Gookie / A Quake, a Quake!" • "Variety Speak / Three Tenors and You're Out / Bingo" • "Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. Me" • "A Hard Day's Warner / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation" • "The Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language / The Kid in the Lid / Method to Her Madness" • "The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame Returns" • "Gimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules Unwound" • "This Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication Song" • "The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba Boo" • "My Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of Christmas Song" • "Dot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga Dot" • "Soccer Coach Slappy / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable Lesson" • "Wakko's 2-Note Song / Panama Canal / Hello Nurse / The Ballad of Magellan / The Return of the Great Wakkorotti / The Big Wrap Party Tonight"
Season 4: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock" • "Cutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel" • "Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the Bat" • "A Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda Jerk" • "From Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're Traveling from Nantucket" • "Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the Ralph" • "Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo Network" • "Pitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding"
Season 5: "Back in Style / Bones in the Body" • "It / Dot- The Macadamia Nut / Bully for Skippy" • "Cute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Attila / Boo Wonder" • "Hooray for North Hollywood" • "The Carpool / The Sunshine Squirrels" • "The Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part I) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part II)" • "Magic Time / The Brain's Apprentice" • "Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / The Animaniacs Suite"

Songs
Animaniacs Theme
Locations
Warner Bros. Studios, BurbankAcme Labs
See also
Tiny Toon AdventuresPinky and the BrainFreakazoid!Histeria!Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
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