The Animanicast #7: “Piano Rag” and “When Rita Met Runt”

by The Animanicast

It’s time for the Animanicast! Here’s episode seven with “Piano Rag” and more!

Join Joey, Nathan, and Kelly for the seventh episode of the “Animanicast!” A podcast dedicated to the classic 90s cartoon show Animaniacs! This time they cover episode 7, “Piano Rag” and “When Rita Met Runt”.

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Animaniacs S01E07

Piano Rag

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? This seventh episode features the segments “Piano Rag” and “When Rita Met Runt”

Piano Rag

  • The Warners attempt to escape from Dr. Scratchansniff, Hello Nurse, and Ralph. In the process, they end up hiding out in the concert hall of the great Tympanini. At first they think he’s a magician, but after they quickly realize he won’t pull a rabbit out of his pants they proceed to drive him crazy all while escaping capture. In the end, the Warners play the piano and sing a cute song. This cartoon has a basic premise but your hosts are still able to make connections to The Who, Arsenio Hall, and discuss the tickling habits of Mr. John Rhys-Davies. If you’d like to discover some of his less prestigious work, check out It Came From The Depths of Netflix.
  • Kelly mentioned that John Rhys-Davies tickled her and her friend Bryan. To hear a little more about this you can go HERE. :)

When Rita Met Runt

  • The first Rita and Runt cartoon is discussed. Rita and Runt are left at the pound and before they are put to sleep, they work together to escape! Connections to the movie “Rain Man” and “The Jerk” are discussed as well as our memories of Bernadette Peters in movies and musicals.

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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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