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Desc:Which insufferable recurring Animaniacs character did you hate the most? Here's my vote.
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:Animaniacs, chicken, jimmy stewart
Submitted:Kid Fenris
Date:02/26/14
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Comment count is 34
Bort
Wow, it's two great tastes that taste great together, like dog shit and horse shit.

I swear the only reason that chicken exists is because there's a racist on the "Animaniacs" team. "You're not a man, you're a jiggaboo."
badideasinaction
I think Rita and Runt and the Hip Hippos were my least favorite. I didn't care for Chicken-boo and Katie Kaboom, but their segments felt short at least. Rita and Runt and the Hip Hippos just went on forever on little to no payoff.

I think the benefit of most of the Animaniacs side characters was their bits were hit-and-run, so if it sucked, it was over fast.
Cherry Pop Culture
Looking back, I never really enjoyed Animaniacs as a kid. Even Pinky and the Brain was grating on my young nerves. There was always awkward animation and the colors were ugly. The animation team was able to make the color white unbearable and hideous! How in the Hell do you manage that?! I hated most of the humor; LOOK WE MADE REFERENCES TO OLD MOVIES AND CELEBRITIES. Fucking terrible all around.

badideasinaction
Yeah, all nostalgia aside most of the side skits were kinda weak or incredibly hit-or miss. I did like the main Animaniacs stuff, but I haven't watched any if it since then so I dunno if any of it holds up. Comedy dates itself pretty fast overall.

oddeye
Kid's cartoon, feverishly discussed by fully grown adults.
badideasinaction
Adults expressing opinions on a show that we watched as kids, feverishly criticized by someone who apparently can't find better people to hang out than us losers.

infinite zest
adult show, feverishly discussed by kids: Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

RedRust
So many of the jokes on the show had references only adults could understand.

Redford
You are on display as much as the videos.

Don't forget.

SteamPoweredKleenex
Not everything on Animaniacs was gold, but it's still far and away better than most of the drek on TV today, especially on the Disney Channel. And if this segment wasn't amusing, at least there weren't many of them and they were short. My least favorite segments (like Mindy and Buttons) would just drag on and on.

You also gotta love a show that gave us Pinky & the Brain.
The God of Biscuits
Really disliked Buttons and Mindy. Fuck Mindy and her criminally negligent parents.
Prickly Pete
Buttons and Mindy for sure. Katie Kaboom was worth it just for the title sequence, because it had a better premise than the actual bit. She should've just friggin exploded instead of turning into a monster.

craptacular
buttons and mindy is the spiritual successor to the road runner. do you hate road runner? i think the simple humor has a simple charm, and the buttons and mindy segment has the same appeal.

Flying Omelette
Mindy and Buttons was more of a Mr. Magoo knockoff.

SteamPoweredKleenex
I thought it was an attempt to re-use the old "you keep an eye on X or I'll murder you when I get home" cartoons that just about every studio did at one time or another, usually with an animal being put in charge of a baby. They just made them with recurring characters and that was their only schtick.

In a way, I think modern audiences would find such cartoons even MORE annoying today, especially if they play video games. The cartoons were basically what escort missions are like.

infinite zest
I kinda thought this was funny.. I could imagine this as a sketch on Mr. Show but replace Chicken with Junkie/Rapist or something like that.. at least as one of their little throwaway sketches which segue into something more profound.

I didn't get to watch Animaniacs when I was a kid very much (I had swim team at 4:30 so only on fridays, and what I caught of it was over my head, except for the universal humor of someone getting hit on the head with a mallet.) Now I get the references and the very adult-for-a-kids-show humor. I don't think I'll sit and watch a full episode, but little clips like these are nice.
infinite zest
oops meant to be a response to oddeye.. also I guess I didn't really need to tell you that I was on the high school swim team.. that was supposed to say too busy being the most popular kid in school, hanging out with all the cheerleaders, you know.. yeah.

dairyqueenlatifah
I always figured "Chicken Boo" was born from some racist joke between co-workers over lunch.
RedRust
My 12 y/o daughter pointed out that chicken boo is transgendered. Chickens are female, and chicken boo is always wearing men's disguises dating human women...

SteamPoweredKleenex
Your 12-year-old has her terminology wrong. Chickens can be male (rooster) or female (hen).

Please punish your spawn for her ignorance and attempt to turn an innocent cartoon character into street cred for her Tumblr account. You might want to have a word with her biology teacher as well.

Caminante Nocturno
Nothing about Animaniacs was good.

Absolutely nothing.
oddeye
I had no idea who half the cameo special guests that popped up to be made fun of when I was a kid and thus every episode was basically some shit animation accompanied by my father explaining a ton of crap about people I couldn't possibly have given a damn about.

EvilHomer
Five stars for oddeye feverishly discussing a kid's cartoon that went over his head.

EvilHomer
I didn't really like Animaniacs either. I didn't really give it a chance, because it came out around the time I started getting really into anime, and you know, one cannot serve two masters. It was Sailor Moon and mecha for me, and to hell with the Gaijin's neo-retro talking animal cartoons!

RedRust
Oh shit. Are you serious. I have no further comment.

SteamPoweredKleenex
To be fair, his idea of humor are puns based on similarities between Japanese and Chinese and the punchline is always "panties."

Koda Maja
I'm pretty ambivalent towards Animaniacs, but I do appreciate that it was a children's cartoon from the 90's that wasn't just trying to sell action figures.
oswaldtheluckyrabbit
It's no Eek! the Cat that's for damn sure
Rodents of Unusual Size
There was a skit they used to do with a little kid that lied a lot and it was a direct ripoff of the Gavin skits from Kids in the Hall. So that was the worst.

Katie Kaboom/Chicken Boo were awful.

I honestly think the nurse was the worst character because she had absolutely no personality whatsoever.
EvilHomer
So what's all this about side characters? I don't know much about Animaniacs, hell, I didn't even know the show HAD secondary characters besides Hello Nurse.

Are the exploding girl and chicken fellow both recurring characters? Why does everyone hate them?
SteamPoweredKleenex
The show had a lot of side characters, not all of them successful. Think of it as a kind of animated sketch comedy show: Some things were hits (Pinky & the Brain) but most weren't good enough for more than an occasional supporting appearance. One was the Goodfeathers, which was an attempt to make pigeon versions of the main characters from Goodfellas. Then there was Rita and Runt, which seemed to me to be an attempt to revive the old "animal characters looking for a home" where the smart one (a cat) would make a plan and the dumb one (a dog) would screw it up.

I did like the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segments, but that's because I liked Tom Bodet's voiceovers.

BHWW
I never cared much for this show; it seemed to appeal to the sort of kids who would keep quoting lines from it for years and thought simply quoting it was automatically humorous; like they were training for college when they could start quoting Monty Python and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy instead.
Jet Bin Fever
So she wants to fuck a chicken? That's a pretty funny joke.
SteamPoweredKleenex
Are you saying she wants a huge cock? I think you're implying she wants a really large cock.

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