Originated as a series of segments on "Animaniacs," it eventually spun off to its own show. Then it went through a series of moves, starting with the move to the WB's primetime lineup where it won an Emmy. Then it returned to the Kids WB lineup where it was "Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain" adding the familiar human character from "Tiny Toon Adventures" (1990). After a few episodes, it was cancelled.
The popular TV show's main stars are Pinky, voiced by Rob Paulsen, and Brain, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, whose non-stop diabolical plans kept us entertained for three years, starting with 1995. While the show originated on "Animaniacs," in my opinion, "Pinky and the Brain" became a better and catchier premise than the "Animaniacs." Article continues below
While I'm not sure who was the show's main audience, as a kid, I remember loving the two laboratory mice, and the theme song is stuck in my head till this day. I doubt I ever understood the many jokes, but Pinky always made it better, since he didn't understand them either. Now that I am a grownup watching the same cartoons, the endless references to that year's pop culture made it a bit hard to follow. But for anyone who still remembers John Tesh, Dudley Moore and Ricky Lake will get a kick out of the many jokes at their expense.
The chemistry between the main characters was hard to resist, as Brain would come up with another ingenious plan, and Pinky was right there to ruin it. Knowing that Brain will never actually take over the world, it was still amazingly entertaining to see him try, similar to "Gilligan's Island" and the Roadrunner show. Although the series does contain a Halloween special, in which Brain accomplishes his life-long goal, after he makes a deal with the devil. Too bad it was all a dream.
Even though "Pinky and the Brain" are the product of "Animaniacs," the show cannot be any more different, relying more on the story, rather than on one-off jokes. Kids could find this cartoon a bit hard to watch, but Pinky should still keep them giggling. The adults, on the other hand, should be able to follow every reference, and possibly enjoy a great time with the kids.
September 9th, 1995 (TV)
December 5th, 2006 (DVD)
Warner Bros. Television
Liz Holzman, Audu Paden, Charles Visser, Al Zegler, Rusty Mills, Kirk Tingblad, Russell Calabrese, Barry Caldwell, Jon McClenahan, Mike Milo, Nelson Recinos
Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Roddy McDowall, Billy West, Jim Cummings, Michael McKean, Paul Rugg, James Belushi, Gail Matthius, Townsend Coleman, Corey Burton, Larry Cedar, Jim Meskimen, Sam McMurray, Peter Scolari, Steve Bernstein, Jennifer Hale, John Mariano, Julie Bernstein, Brian George, John Vernon, Joe Lala, Richard Libertini
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Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
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