Animanicast 160: Animaniacs Creator Tom Ruegger Discusses Episodes 16-19

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It’s time for the Animanicast with a discussion about Episodes 16-19 of Animaniacs with Tom Ruegger!

Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the “Animanicast!” A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs! In part two of our special with the creator of Animaniacs, Tom Ruegger! Listen to their discussion of episodes 16-19 to learn more about some classic episodes of Animaniacs!

Each week, Joey, Nathan and Kelly revisit an episode of Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky and the Brain, or Freakazoid! Today its part two of their discussion with Tom Ruegger  for Animaniacs’ 26th Anniversary. Tom talks about episodes 16-19  with the hosts and shares his thoughts about each one.

Episodes 16-19

Today’s episode features a discussion of some fantastic episodes of Animaniacs. Highlights include “Chalkboard Bungle,” “Hurray for Slappy,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Pavlov’s Mice,” and “Meatballs or Consequences.”

While the episodes all feature some fantastic writing, some segments have questionable animation. The hosts talk to Tom about segments like “Chalkboard Bungle” which is a hilarious cartoon, but looks pretty bad.

The discussion of episode 20 is postponed until a future date. An episode as monumental as “Hearts of Twilight” deserves to have a deep dive. Hopefully with its writer, Paul Rugg!

A Sketch from Tom

Whenever Tom is on the podcast you will probably hear him sketching while talking. Today’s sketch features a familiar megalomaniacal mouse you’re probably familiar with.

Tom Ruegger Sketch Brain

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The Animanicast is a podcast dedicated to the classic animated television series Animaniacs. Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly as they revisit each episode in the order in which they were released. They’ll discuss their favorite moments, jokes, characters as well as their memories of first watching the episode. Pop cultural references are also discussed in detail. (You might just learn some cool facts!) In the end, each episode receives a “Water Tower Rating” from the hosts. Cue up an episode of Animaniacs on DVD or Hulu and then listen to the Animanicast to keep the fun going!

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