For ’90s kids, Animaniacs seemed like just a madcap, zany cartoon. For their parents, it was a cleverly kiddified take on popular grown-up movies like Goodfellas and Rain Man. I’m not sure either group realized that there was, at times, a top-secret educational subtext that mightÂ result in the viewer actually (and accidentally?) learning something.Take the song “Yakko’s World.” How many viewers knew that the tune was based on the Jarabe Tapatio? And how many, after hearing the lyrics that name-checked every country in the world, came away knowing at least a few more nations than they did before? Well, times change and borders get redrawn, but that just means Yakko voice actor Rob Paulsen had to make a few minor lyric changes and add a new verse for 2017, in this performance from our Alpha show Mothership:[brightcove video_id=”5481853255001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]You have to imagine that on the show, he had a script in front of him. He’s probably performed the song many times since then, but his ability to recall all the words and spit them out in such rapid-fire fashion off the top of his head is nonetheless a masterful feat worthy of the Great Wakkarotti. Also, if you missed the tutorial on how to talk like Pinky (of “…and the Brain” fame), you’re going to want to check that out.If youâ€™re a fan of Paulsen, youâ€™ll want to check out Talkinâ€™ Toons, our new show all about animation voice-over actors, hosted by Paulsen himself and airing Fridays, with guests like LaMarche and Kevin Conroy. Make sure youâ€™re signed up for Alpha â€” either onlineÂ or ourÂ iOS appÂ â€” to get full access.How much of “Yakko’s World” can you sing before you get tongue-tied? Leave your best time in comments below!
More nostalgic fun!
- Watch a montage ofÂ Legends of the Hidden TempleÂ fails
- There’s a handheldÂ Oregon TrailÂ game now
- Carmen Sandiego is getting a live-action movie
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Images: Warner Bros.