The Late Movies: Animaniacs

Mark Arminio

Growing up, one of my favorite after-school shows was Animaniacs, a clever combination of cartoon mayhem often with an educational slant.  Tonight, The Late Movies takes a look at some of Yakko, Wakko and Dot's greatest hits.

All the presidents from Washington to Clinton set to music. "William Harrison, how do you praise? That guy was dead in 30 days," was fully 63% of my historical knowledge until high school.

For our geography fans out there, check out the three clips above. First we have Wakko singing about the states and their capitals, followed by Yakko doing (my favorite) "Yakko's World", naming all the countries on earth. And we top it off with a song about our universe, complete with Micky Rooney reference.

"Be Careful What You Eat," is a song that explains what's in some of your favorite junk food. Only the Animaniacs could make Glycerine and Aspartate sound like so much fun.

A quick look at the senses, and I mean everything from touch and smell to dollars and cents. Oh the puns, oh the puns.

And I'll leave you tonight with one of my favorite recurring themes: the Animaniacs explain Shakespeare. Here, they take on the famous "Alas, poor Yorkic" scene from Hamlet.