Animanicast #64b- Exclusive Animaniacs Auditions and an Animation Discussion with Tom Ruegger

by The Animanicast

It’s time for the Animanicast! Here’s episode sixty four-b with Animaniacs audition audio and an animation discussion with Tom Ruegger!

Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly in the “Animanicast!” A podcast dedicated to the classic 90’s cartoon show Animaniacs! Today’s episode features another discussion with Senior Producer and creator of Animaniacs, Tom Ruegger with more auditions for the show and a discussion on how the show was animated.

Animanicast #64b: Animaniacs Auditions and Animation Discussion with Tom Ruegger


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! Today’s episode features another discussion with Senior Producer and creator of Animaniacs, Tom Ruegger with more auditions for the show and a discussion on how the show was animated by different studios.

Letters from Spielberg

Tom shares two letters that were written to him by Steven Spielberg. One of them was written before the show premiered, and the other was written during the first season after the first season premiered.

Animaniacs Auditions

Tom shares more Animaniacs audition audio including auditions for Minerva Mink, Newt, Yakko, Dr. Scratchansniff, the Goodfeathers, Dot, Rita and Runt, and Dot! Several voice actors can be heard in these tapes, including Tress MacNielle, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Frank Welker, and Joe Alaskey.

Animation Discussion

Tom shares discusses the animation process Animaniacs had. Starting from the writing process, storyboarding, and working with the various animation companies that helped bring Animaniacs to life. Tom shares how StarToons was selected after first being initially rejected for the show. The strengths of each studio are discussed and how they were selected to animate certain characters.

Q and A

Tom answers a few questions from the audience including “Who came up with the idea for a Warner Bros. Store tour with the voice actors?” and “Which was the best and worst episode(s) to work on?”

Art From Tom

Here’s some artwork courtesy of Tom, including the original concepts for the Warners and some of the sketches he made during our conversation! Thanks Tom! Make sure to check out Tom Ruegger’s blog

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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 and then listen to the Animanicast to keep the fun going!

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Animanicast #64b Discussing Animaniacs Auditions and Animation with Tom Ruegger

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