Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Papers for Papa/Amazing Gladiators/Pinky and the Ralph 

To cure Ernest Hemingway of his writer's block, the Warners, as overzealous office supply salespeople, attempt to supply "Paper For Pappa" while chasing him around the globe. Next, the Hip ... See full summary »


Audu Paden, Al Zegler


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Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Pinky (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Pie Eating Man (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Marita Hippo / Shari Lewis / Lamb Chop / Mrs. Peterson / Additional Voices (voice)
Frank Welker ... Flavio Hippo / Ralph the Guard / Narrator (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Ernest Hemingway (voice) (as Jeff Glen Bennett)
Rebecca Gilchrist Rebecca Gilchrist ... Mabelle (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Announcer / Cannonball Peterson / Butler (voice)


To cure Ernest Hemingway of his writer's block, the Warners, as overzealous office supply salespeople, attempt to supply "Paper For Pappa" while chasing him around the globe. Next, the Hip Hippos compete on America's most violent game show, "Amazing Gladiators." Then, Pinky and Ralph the Guard try in vain to make plans for the evening in "Pinky and the Ralph." Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

19 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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(1993 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Hemingway, hippos, Warners, Pinky and Ralph
9 September 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.

This is an excellent episode in a show where even the weakest episodes were not failures and one where there were many classics. Not quite one of my favourites though, there is some occasional corny writing in "Amazing Hippos" and the characters aren't as strong.

Here, 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 scripts and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes. Especially in "Papers for Papa", not an old concept but very cleverly and entertainingly done here with a good deal of wit and freshness. 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. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception.

Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period and in the business. Rob Paulson and Frank Welker are particularly fun.

All in all, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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