Pinky and the Brain (1995–1998)
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Dangerous Brains 

In order to carry out his latest world domination scheme, The Brain must take a teaching job at a dangerous inner city school.

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Mike Milo
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Episode credited cast:
Maurice LaMarche ... The Brain (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Pinky (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tress MacNeille ... Girl (voice)
Bumper Robinson ... Tyrone Spellbinder (voice)
Marcelo Tubert ... Hector Papdopolis (voice)
Thomas F. Wilson ... Larry Bruhn (voice) (as Tom Wilson)
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In order to carry out his latest world domination scheme, The Brain must take a teaching job at a dangerous inner city school.

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TV-Y
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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

References Dangerous Minds (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Pinky and the Brain Theme - Dutch Version
Performed by Edward Reekers with Marcel Jonker and Reinder van der Naalt
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A dangerous education
30 April 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When it comes to animated shows, 'Pinky and the Brain' has always been one of my favourites, speaking as a big fan of animation while not being afraid to admit that there are numerous examples of bad animation. Won't say that every episode is amazing and that it is a completely consistent show, but for me it is one of those shows where there isn't a bad episode, something that can't be said for a lot of shows, ones that start off really well and then at some point decline drastically to the extent that the show is unrecognisable.

'Pinky and the Brain' has held up brilliantly, not every childhood favourite has so this has nothing to do with nostalgia. As a young adult, actually find it even better now, due to noticing and appreciating more things and the humour being funnier and easier to understand being more familiar with any references and such. Don't fall for any misconception implying that animation is just for kids and exempt from criticism or to be shyed away from. 'Pinky and the Brain' has much for children and adults alike, young adults even are probably more likely to get the most enjoyment out of it, and there is much more to it than an animated show with two reasonably cute-looking mice.

"Dangerous Brains" is one of the best episodes from personal opinion. Another very clever and enormously entertaining one, as well as high in quality.

The animation is bright and colourful with nice attention to character and especially background detail, it's smoothly drawn too and expressive. Music is similarly blameless. The scoring is dynamic and composed in a way that is always adding to the actions, expressions and gestures and doing what good music scores in animation should do in enhancing them. The theme song is one of the catchiest in animation, have always felt that.

Everything that is great about the writing typically in 'Pinky and the Brain' is present here in "Dangerous Brains". It is zany, witty and surprisingly intelligent, with references that will delight adults especially as they are more likely to get them and get younger audiences intrigued into being more familiar with what is being referenced. "Dangerous Brains" achieves a perfect balance of never being too simplistic or too muddled, always trying while not trying too hard. Nothing feels repetitive or lazy. The story is a nice idea and is great fun and well paced, the plan is not the most original one on paper but that doesn't matter.

Characterisation always was a major strength. Pinky and Brain were two of 'Animaniacs' best characters, Brain especially stole the show whenever he appeared and elevated already very good to great episodes to an even better level, and more than deserved their own show. For me they are even more interesting and defined here, appropriate seeing as they are the focus and lead characters here. Pinky is incredibly endearing and as ever amusing, stupid can mean obnoxious but not in the case of Pinky. Also still love Brain for his deadpan personality and dark sarcasm. Have always loved the relationship between the duo, with such different personalities one worries as to whether they would gel together or clash but 'Pinky and the Brain' was always a masterclass of how to contrast two completely different characters and their personalities harmoniously and with substance and complexity.

Rob Paulsen and especially Maurice LaMarche do splendidly with the voice work, they have always been two of the best and deservedly prolific voice actors today and their work on 'Pinky and the Brain' is among their best. Also feel a bond between them when hearing their voice work.

Altogether, wonderful. 10/10


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