Animanicast #17: “Roll Over Beethoven” and “The Cat and the Fiddle”

by The Animanicast

It’s time once again for the Animanicast! Here’s episode seventeen with “Roll Over Beethoven” and “The Cat and the Fiddle”

Join Joey, Nathan, and Kelly for the seventeenth episode of the “Animanicast!” A podcast dedicated to the classic 90s cartoon show Animaniacs! Today is episode 17 with “Roll Over Beethoven” and “The Cat and the Fiddle”


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Animaniacs S01E17 “Roll Over Beethoven” and “The Cat and the Fiddle”

Each and every week, your hosts revisit an episode of the series in the order in which they first premiered. They discuss their favorite jokes, gags, and discuss all the cultural references they can find! Each episode is given a “Water Tower Rating” by the hosts. How many water towers will this episode get? This seventeenth episode features the Warners “helping” the pianist Beethoven and Rita and Runt narrowly escape the evil clutches of Stradivarius.


Roll Over Beethoven

  • Beeethoven is having trouble writing a follow up to his fourth symphony. Lucky for him, the Warners are there to help clean his chimney and subconsciously give him the inspiration for his fifth symphony!
  • Beethoven is voiced by Kenneth Mars and the hosts discuss some of his most famous roles from “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “The Little Mermaid.”
  • This episode is also Paul Rugg’s first writing job for the Animaniacs show. Mr. Rugg shared some thoughts with us and Joey reads them.

The Cat and the Fiddle

  • Rita and Runt return again in a cute, yet somewhat disturbing cartoon thanks to the psychotic Stradivarius. The hosts discuss the work of Hector Elizondo, who voiced Stradivarius, as well as discuss what the heck catgut is anyway!

Twitter Poll

The announcer survived being fired. But may not survive what happens to him this week! (Who are we kidding? He’ll be back.) But this week we have a new poll tied to the recent announcement of Animaniacs Funko figures!

c159dd30ee6bb09604f7e8f10b84a2fbThese figures look outstanding and we want to know what you’d like Funko to make next. Head to or simply search for the hashtag #animanicastpoll to let us know what you’d like to see in the future from Funko!

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Cover art by @jedishua | Intro Music performed by Kontra5t

About The Animanicast

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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 Netflix or on DVD and then listen to the Animanicast to keep the fun going!

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