Animaniacs Reunion with Rob Paulsen’s Talking Toons
Warner Brother’s (and the Warner Sister) Animaniacs shaped my childhood and fed my already wacky-off-putting-sense-of-humor. Rob Paulsen, known as the voice of Yakko and Pinky, has been doing a live version his podcast show to the Jon Lovitz Podcast Theater, bringing along his fellow voice actors to talk and sing to fans. On Friday night, April 12th 2013, he finally brought his co-stars to the show, Tress MacNeille (Dot) and Jess Harnell (Wakko). I was lucky enough to snag tickets to this sold out show and finally see all three of my childhood heroes on stage.
Not only that, but creator Tom Ruegger, writer Randy Rogel, and the voice of Brain, Maurice LaMarche also joined the cast members on stage. In the audience, writer, director and actor, Paul Rugg (Freakazoid) also participated as well as actress, Nancy Cartwright (best known as Bart Simpson).
During the show, the three Warner Brothers and Sister, talked about their experience, how they all got the dream job and how much fun they had together. I’m pretty sure they miss doing the show as much as the fans do. Randy Rogel got on the keyboard and all three actors sang “I’m Mad,” which I still knew all the lyrics to! Then Jess Harnell sang “Wakko’s 50 States and Capitals” and of course, Paulsen once again, belted out “Yakko’s World” with an additional stanza for all the new countries since the song debuted on television. Apparently, the song was written as an audition piece for the role of Yakko too.
To check out the entire show, please visit Rob Paulsen’s website where you can download the podcast episode soon.
The night really brought me back to almost 20 years ago when I would watch Animaniacs every single day. I was incredibly giddy throughout the entire show, cheering for all the actors, writers and directors I was more than familiar with. I was so obsessed over the voice actors and show creators when I was growing up. I am so glad I went and saw practically all of them under one roof. . . more importantly, I surprised myself by not weeping for joy like a crazy person! I used to daydream about meeting everyone who brought Animaniacs to life and how I would let them know that the show meant a lot to me.
During the autograph session, I managed babble incoherently on how much I love them. It was an absolute joy to finally meet Tress MacNeille in person, who in reality, is my all time favorite actress. She was even more amazing in person — witty, poise and just had an incredibly fun spirit with a touch of elegance. Jess Harnell was so sweet, super energetic and cheerful. Of course, I had to tell him about my childhood dog who I named after Wakko and how he used to want to chew up all my Wakko stuffed dolls. He got a kick out of it and we joked that he probably resented the name he got stuck with. Rob Paulsen is the gentlest person who ever walked this earth that makes funny voices. The man is so talented and is just the biggest legend for me in the voice acting world. I would recognize his voice anywhere.
I am so glad that they are keeping the show alive and announced that they are trying to bring the reunion show on a tour around the country. I am very excited for them. This was one of the best nights of my cartoon-nerd life and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience meeting my childhood heroes.