Animanicast #43: “Of Nice and Men,” “What a Dump!” and “Survey Ladies”

by The Animanicast

It’s time again for the Animanicast! Here’s episode forty three with “Of Nice and Men,” “What a Dump!” and “Survey Ladies”

Join Joey, Nathan and Kelly for the forty-third episode of the “Animanicast!” A podcast dedicated to the classic 90s cartoon show Animaniacs! Today’s episode features a discussion of episode 43, where Rita and Runt visit a bunny ranch, Buttons saves Mindy from being recycled, and the Warners try and escape “Survey Ladies” who want to ask questions about George Wendt and beans.

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Animaniacs S01E43 “Of Nice and Men,” “What a Dump!” and “Survey Ladies”

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 then given a “Water Tower Rating” by the hosts. How many water towers will this episode get?

Of Nice and Men

Rita and Runt are on their way to Monterey and stop by a bunny ranch. Rita is put to work in the barn and Runt watches the bunnies. Runt discovers that the owner “Happy Bob” is actually a furrier who wants to skin the rabbits to make coats. The two end up saving all the rabbits and jump on a train to freedom.

The hosts discuss some of the references to “Of Mice and Men” and John Steinbeck in this cartoon. There’s also some very nice songs in this cartoon! Each character is given a chance to sing.

What a Dump


Buttons needs to rescue Mindy once again. This time it’s from the dangers of a recycling plant.

The cartoon features a few references to Speilberg films. Namely “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Jaws.” This ends up moving the discussion of this cartoon onto a tangent that is hard to pull out from. Joey and Kelly debate whether or not the Ark was placed in Area 51 (or is it Hangar 51?) and before you know it, Harrison Ford drops by the Animanicast Studio! Who would have thought an episode of Mindy and Buttons could lead to that?

Survey Ladies

The Warners visit the mall to buy Dr. Scratchansniff and end up being harassed by two very persistent survey ladies. The two chase the trio throughout the mall and end up becoming a present for Dr. S.

Joey, Nathan, and Kelly discuss their favorite references and moments in this cartoon. Nathan and Joey share their own memories of survey ladies when they were kids and how they tried to get picked, but never did. Kelly shares how baby Plucky influenced her so much that she can never enter an elevator without quoting him.

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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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