The Animaniacs Theme' is, as its title suggests, the song that opens almost every episode of Animaniacs (with the exception of episodes 65 and 83). The song describes the set-up of the Yakko, Wakko, and Dot's madcap adventures and also introduces several of the other major characters on the show.


The main lyrics to the song are as follows:

It's time for Animaniacs!
And we're zany to the max!
So just sit back and relax,
You'll laugh till you collapse,
We're Animaniacs!
Come join the Warner Brothers and the Warner sister Dot
Just for fun we run around the Warner movie lot
They lock us in the tower whenever we get caught
But we break loose
And then vamoose
And now you know the plot
We're Animaniacs!
Dot is cute and Yakko yaks
Wakko packs away the snacks
While Bill Clinton plays the sax
We're Animaniacs!
Meet Pinky and the Brain who want to rule the universe
Goodfeathers flock together, Slappy whacks 'em with her purse
Buttons chases Mindy, while Rita sings a verse
The writers flipped
We have no script
Why bother to rehearse?
We're Animaniacs
We have pay-or-play contracts
We're zany to the max
There's baloney in our slacks
We're Animany,
Totally insaney,
[variable line ending in "-aney"]
Those are the facts!


The third-to-last line is always a different one in each episode, consisting of such variables as "Here's the show's namey", "Pinky and the Brainey", "Citizen Kaney", "the rain in Spain-ey", and "Shirley McLaney".

In the show's second season, the line "While Bill Clinton plays the sax" was changed to "We've got wisecracks by the stacks", and the animation that accompanied the scene was replaced with a clip from "Taming of the Screwy". After the show moved to Kids' WB!, the line was changed again to "We get tons of income tax", with a new piece of animation to accompany the line, and the line introducing Pinky and the Brain was changed to "Meet Ralph and Dr. Scratchansniff, say hi to Hello Nurse." However, in subsequent episodes that used the extended version of the song, the original lines were kept intact.

When the show was aired in reruns on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons TV, the song was cut down to less than half of its original length, and the variable lines at the end were all replaced with one line that did not even rhyme. The shortened lyrics were as follows:

It's time for Animaniacs!
And we're zany to the max! [set to "We have pay-or-play contracts!"]
So just sit back and relax [set to "We're zany to the max"]
You'll laugh till you collapse, [set to "There's baloney in our slacks!"]
We're animany,
Totally insaney,
Those are the facts!

Album releases

  • Animaniacs
  • Toon Tunes: Funny Bone Favorites

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