Animanicast #74a: An Interview with Animaniacs Writer Charles M. Howell IV

by The Animanicast

It’s time for the Animanicast! Here’s episode seventy four-a featuring an interview with Animaniacs writer Charles M. Howell IV.

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 a discussion and interview with Charles M. Howell IV who not only helped write some of the best episodes of Animaniacs but the spinoff series “PInky and the Brain” as well!  Find out how Charles got involved in animation, his memories of working on Animaniacs, and what he’s doing today!

Animanicast #74a: An Interverview with Animaniacs Writer Charles M. Howell IV


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! In this special episode, Joey, Nathan and Kelly welcome Charles M. Howell IV to discuss what it was like writing for Animaniacs and other shows like Pinky and the Brain. Charles shares his influences, how he got involved in animation, and shares some of his memories of working in animation.

An Interview/Discussion with Charles M. Howell IV


Getting Started in Animation

Charles shares how he got involved in animation at places like Hanna Barbera and how he met Tom Ruegger as an assistant animator. From there he shares how he got involved with Warner Bros animation and got involved in Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain.

Working on Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain

Charles shares some of his thoughts on some of the segments he worked on over the years. One of his favorites, “Hooked on a Ceiling” was even called “the template” of what a Warners cartoon should look like by creator Tom Ruegger.

Charles also shares his memories of working on the spin-off series, “Pinky and the Brain,” as well as “Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain.” Charles also shares his thoughts on what make Pinky and the Brain such funny and complex characters.

Thoughts on the Reboot

Charles shares his thoughts on the upcoming reboot stating that it’s typical for executives to want to hire popular/hot writers to help sell their cartoons. Original writers tend to not be involved. He has a wait and see attitude and states that , “Good characters always live… they will just keep coming back.” He does jokingly hope however that characters such as Mindy and Buttons don’t return.

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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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