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Volume 2: Another nostlagic trip for me to rekindle my enjoyment of these absolutely wacky cartoons. And, quite extraordinarily, all three volumes of the compilations, although supposedly Region 1 only (US), play on region 2 DVD players (UK), too! And I've tried them on a number of different players with the same result.
What I like about the Animaniacs is that each 'episode' varied in content. It's never just the Animaniacs (the two Warner Brothers and their sister Dot) but other characters plus filler idiocy, too. The quality of the animation is excellent - these are not walking and talking heads cartoons but pretty full animation. And a full orchestra is used with music being specifically timed to the visuals, recreating the experience that I enjoyed in the 'golden days' of animation. A lot of the items have songs in them, these ranging from plain daft to rather clever and fast paced. The jokes, puns, songs, humour in general could be enjoyed by children and parents alike, as there's a lot of jokes and references to past classics, people and places.
If you like full animation, zany humour with some nostalgia, you will enjoy The Animaniacs. Highly recommended - enjoy!
I loved watching Animaniacs growing up and so I made the decision to purchase Volumes 1 & 2. These DVDs are listed as being encoded for Region 1 players but I can tell you first hand that I fortunately had no issue getting them to play on my Region 2 games console here in Ireland. So European Animaniacs fans, you're in luck!
Enjoy the adventures of Yakko, Wakko and Dot, the Goodfeathers, Pinky and the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, Buttons and Mindy, Chicken Boo and many more!
On this volume, some notable episodes include:
•Potty Emergency - Wakko goes to incredible lengths to relieve himself after drinking too much soda with hilarious results
•Moon Over Minerva - One of the handful of shorts featuring the infamous and rarely seen Minerva Mink
•Chairman of the Bored - Wakko meets the most boring man in the world at the party, and he drives the Warners crazy with his incessant rambling on inane topics in voice actor Ben Stein's trademark deadpan monotone
•Bubba Bo Bob Brain - The Brain decides to hypnotise the world through the guise of becoming a popular country music star
•Critical Condition - Slappy Squirrel goes to war with parodies of Siskel and Ebert after they give her cartoons a bad review
•Spellbound - A full 22 minute Pinky and the Brain short about an epic quest for a red dragon's toenail clippings!
•Raging Bird - The Goodfeathers do their version of Raging Bull/Rocky
•Video Review - The Warners feature in a video store where the movie titles come to life
Animaniacs is fast paced, zany fun. Don't hesitate to add to your collection!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
There's Baloney in our Slacks (again)28 Dec. 2006
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This is it. The second volume of Speilberg's acclaimed animated series "Animaniacs" featuring an overload of original characters and episodes to keep you laughin' till next week. If you haven't lived during the past decade, that is to say you've never even heard of "Animaniacs", you really don't know what you're missing. By the way, there seems to be a few characters I seem to have missed from the volume 1 review, which are:
Minerva Mink: Like Hello Nurse, no man - or man-beast - can resist her exquisite beauty, that is unless she meets the guy of her dreams.
Chicken Boo: A six-foot chicken who claims to be a master of disguise, but he really isn't.
Randy Beaman: At times this weird little boy tells the weirdest of stories.
Katie Kaboom: She's your average teenage girl with a not-so-average problem.
Mr. Skullhead: An odd bone-faced fellow who stars in a huge number of shorts entitled "Good Idea, Bad Idea". It wasn't long until he had his very own episode, which is in this volume.
Besides the actual episodes, there are a ton of various other shorts starring the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister and friends, such as "Dot's Poetry Corner", "The Great Wakkorotti", and, of course, "The Wheel of Morality". There's even a catchy song or two in at least one episode. Hey, this is "Animaniacs", anything can happen in this series.
Such randomness features a plethora of puns and references to actual events and/or stories and movies along with hilarious antics and such like dropping anvils and dynamite down one's pants. Some episodes also have very distinct themes like "Cartoons in Wakko's Body", "Useless Facts", and my favorite, "Animaniacs Stew".
So get your Yakko, Wakko, and Dot on with this new release on a 5-disc DVD set. And don't forget to check out the feature "The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script" where we get to meet the madcap minds behind the stories as they discuss their best episodes of the series. You know, all this excitement is making me geared up for volume three, which I hope is real soon !
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
animaniacs vol 224 May 2013
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Disc #1 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/ mindy & button ending creitds
Dra-cul-ee, Dra-cul-aaa / Phranken-Runt
Hot, Bothered, and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva /Skullhead Bonyhands
Disc #2 O /Silly Mio /Puttin' on the Blitz / Great Wakkorotti: Summer Concert
Chairman of the Bored Planets Song/Mindy & Buttons intro 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 Café
Disc #3 Critical Condition The Three Muska-Warners
Dough Dough Boys Boot Camping General Boo-Regard
Smittin With Kittens Alas Poor Skullhead White Gloves
Casablanca Opening Fair Game The Slapper Puppet Rulers
Disc #4 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 Song The World Can Wait Kiki's Kittens
Mary Tyler Dot Song Windsor Hassle And Justice for Slappy
Disc #5 Turkey Jerky Wild Blue Yonder
Video Review When Mice Ruled the Earth
Mobster Mash Lake Titicaca Icebreakers
Very Special Opening A Christmas Plotz Little Drummer Warners
Slippin' on the Ice Song 'Twas the Day Before Christmas Jingle Boo The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert Toy Shop Terror Yakko's Universe Song
Special Features The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script
Trailers Animaniacs Vol. 2 & Pinky and the Brain Vol. 2 Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4 Thudercats Season 2, Volume 2 Justice League Unlimited: Season 1
Languages Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Spoken Languages: English Subtitles: Français Subtitles: Español Subtitles: Off Web Info
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Volume 2 of the great 90's cartoon series13 Dec. 2006
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I probably don't need to go into how great this show was. Others have already done that in their reviews of Volume 1 released back in July. This second volume contains some of my favorite episodes, so I was really thrilled to have them. There are several hours of these great cartoons here for you to discover or (as in my case) re-discover. It seems they don't make shows like this anymore. Highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's time for Animaniacs22 Feb. 2009
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Fox kids had the best shows ever, Animaniacs being one of them. In my opinion, Steven Spielberg's Tiny Toon Adventures, along with its follow-up show Animaniacs and all the other shows on Fox Kids were the very best animated shows of the early 90s. The Animainacs never failed to make me laugh when I was a kid and they never fail to make me laugh now that I'm an adult. Animaniacs is a show that's made in very good taste - it has really smart humor and nice cultural references, it doesn't have any dirty or obscene material, and as opposed to many modern TV shows, movies and animated films that try to be funny by being dirty, Animaniacs is very funny in a good, clean way. Animaniacs has something for all ages - kids and teenagers will have a lot of fun and will actually learn some life lessons along the way (the show has some 'educational' episodes meant to bring a message to the children), while the adults will appreciate the smart humor and cultural references. And of course, everybody will appreciate the top-quality animation created by some of the greatest animation studios of the day and will love the nicely drawn cute characters, each of which is well thought-out and has his/her own personality, and will adore the fun-packed stories in each of the episodes.
In case you're a fan of good, high-quality classic animation, or if you like animated comedy shows, or if you just like to have fun and if you have a good sense of humor, don't miss Animaniacs! If you got the first volume of the first season, I'm sure you'll adore the second volume too, and if you haven't yet experienced Animaniacs, it might just as well be a good idea to grab both volumes and volume 3 and prepare for a few days of fun and wackiness!
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The beginning of the end of boingy, boingy19 Feb. 2007
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Volume 2 is good. The series was great. However, this shows all too well what happens when focus groups influence and formulas become rooted. In this volume Pinky & the Brain begin their domination of Animaniac-land. The focus groups had said that the Punch & Judy pair were crowd pleasers and so they started hogging more and more of the screen. In that same vein, Slappy and nephew grow in popularity as they now spend most of their time blowing up things, with the dialog being the true victim of the onslaught. Finally, who the heck thought that the GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA guy could carry a 5 to 10 minute skit? Still, Wakko, Yakko, and Dot show there mastery of the double and triple entendre and the lesser Animaniacs shine when they are given the screen. My kids (6 & 3) love the slapstick (even if I now cringe at some of the carnage) and the plethora of war episodes (historical note: Gulf War I was going on during this time period) has let me have decent discussions about the current Gulf War with my little boingy boingies. I recommend this collection, but if you can only buy 1 vlume, make it #1.