Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
|Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain|
|Also known as||'Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain'|
|Created by||Tom Ruegger|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Spielberg|
(22 minutes in "Teleport A Friend")
Warner Bros. Animation|
Warner Bros. Television
SD: 4:3 (broadcast/DVD release)|
HD: 16:9 (streaming)
|Original release||September 19, 1998 – April 10, 1999|
Tiny Toon Adventures|
The Plucky Duck Show
Pinky and the Brain
Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain is the retooling of the animated television series Pinky and the Brain (itself being a spin-off from Animaniacs), with the title characters being joined by Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures. The show is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and the series was produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation, and aired from 1998 to 1999 on The WB Television Network, running for 13 episodes. It was Spielberg's last collaborative effort with Warner Bros. Animation.
The story of the series starts with Pinky and The Brain's home, Acme Labs, destroyed (due to the accident that The Brain had made during an experiment, although the episode "The Ravin!" shows a Dissy Store now occupies Acme Labs' former location), and the two mice are on the run from a man named Wally Faust. Pinky and The Brain end up in a pet store and take refuge inside a turtle named Mr. Shellbutt, and Elmyra purchases the turtle with the mice inside. In their new home, Pinky and the Brain continue to attempt new methods of trying to take over the world.
- Wally Faust (voiced by Jeff Glen Bennett)
- Rudy Mookich (voiced by Nancy Cartwright)
- Vanity White (voiced by Jane Wiedlin)
- Andrew Loam (voiced by Pamela Segall)
- Ms. Entebbe (voiced by Andrea Martin)
- Principal Cheevers (voiced by John Vernon)
- Shad Equipo (voiced by David Paymer)
- Mister Pussy Wussy (voiced by Frank Welker)
Warner Bros. network executives had reportedly wanted Pinky and the Brain to be part of a sitcom "more like The Simpsons". In a press release, Warner stated that the new series was "a fresh approach to popular favorites as Pinky & The Brain move from ACME Labs to America's suburbs when they are adopted by the extremely excitable Elmyra." The idea was reportedly met with resistance from the producers of the series. Writer and producer Peter Hastings left Warner Bros. for Disney over the decision. This had followed earlier requests for an additional main character on Pinky and the Brain which led to the inclusion of a third mouse named Larry.
The apparent dissatisfaction with Warner Bros.' decision to change Pinky and the Brain showed up in episodes of Pinky and the Brain. The last script that Hastings wrote before leaving Warner Bros. was the episode "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town Again", in which the demise of Pinky and the Brain is caused by network decisions to change the show.
The theme song for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain included the lyric: "Now Pinky and the Brain share a new domain. It's what the network wants, why bother to complain?". An image during the theme showed Pinky and The Brain getting kicked out of the Warner Bros. office during the song lyric. In addition, a spoken line by The Brain towards the end of the theme states: "I deeply resent this."
Nominations and awards
During its short run, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain received critical acclaim, winning major animation awards. The series won an Annie Award, in 1999, for "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production." Both Rob Paulsen for his voicing of Pinky, and Cree Summer for her voicing of Elmyra, were nominated in the category, with Paulsen winning the award. That same year Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain was nominated for another Annie Award, "Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production," as well as winning a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000, for "Outstanding Children's Animated Program."
The series's initial run was from 1998 to 1999 with a total of six episodes. The rest of the episodes were split up into segments as part of The Cat&Birdy Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie Show along with segments from other Warner Brothers cartoons. The show's inclusion in The Big Cartoonie Show lasted from January to September 1999. In United Kingdom the series was fully broadcast on CITV, during 2001.
Many Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain episodes had been split into two parts and aired at different times. The split sections of these episodes were 10 to 11 minutes long, versus the standard 22 minutes for most animated cartoon series.
A 2-disc complete series DVD set of the show was released by Warner Home Video on January 28, 2014.
On Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1a||"Patty Ann"||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||September 19, 1998|
|In his robot suit, Brain poses as "Patty Ann". Despite his unconvincing appearance, Elmyra's crush, Rudy, falls head over heels for him.|
|1b||"Gee, Your Hair Spells Terrific"||Nelson Recinos||Tom Ruegger and Charles Howell||September 19, 1998|
|Brain plans to clone dinosaurs from fossilized amber mosquitos. To get the money, he'll have to somehow get Elmyra to win a spelling bee, but the only way to make that work is to help her cheat.|
|2a||"Cute Little Alienhead"||Russell Calabrese||Kate Donahue and Scott Kreamer||September 26, 1998|
|Using an intergalactic radio Brain manages to flag down a passing alien, in hopes of trading for advanced weapons. Unfortunately the alien is driven away by an annoying Elmyra.|
|2b||"Better Living Through Cheese"||Russell Calabrese||Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard||September 26, 1998|
|Brain wants the prize money from a science fair and builds a high-tech device for Elmyra to show off. Rudy decides to get a cheap laugh and punches and destroys the device right before it can be judged by "Bob Quack the Science Hack."|
|3a||"My Fair Brainy!"||Nelson Recinos||Doug Langdale||October 3, 1998|
|In a parody of My Fair Lady, Brain devises a plan to take over the world from outer space through Elmyra, who's entered a contest to become the first child aboard a space shuttle.|
|3b||"The Cat That Cried Woof"||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard||October 3, 1998|
|Brain creates a formula that makes Elmyra's cat think that he is a dog.|
|4a||"The Girl With Nothing Extra"||Russell Calabrese and Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack and Charles Howell||November 7, 1998|
|Brain tries to make Elmyra popular so that he and Pinky can work through her fame to take over the world.|
|4b||"Narfily Ever After"||Russell Calabrese and Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack and Charles Howell||November 7, 1998|
|Brain tells Elmyra a bedtime story that closely follows the plot of Cinderella.|
|5a||"The Icky Mouse Club"||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard||November 21, 1998|
|Brain decides that he should organize the neighborhood kids into a gang, and when they grow up they will still see him as their leader.|
|5b||"The Man From Washington"||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||November 21, 1998|
|Wally Faust tries to steal Brain's latest invention and kill Brain.|
|6a||"Yule Be Sorry"||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||December 12, 1998|
|Christmas episode. After Brain gets angry at Pinky and wishes that Pinky was never his friend, he has a dream that shows him what things would really be like if they were in Acme Labs with Elmyra instead.|
|6b||"How I Spent My Weekend"||Nelson Recinos||Charles Howell, Wendell Morris, and Tom Sheppard||December 12, 1998|
|Elmyra narrates the story of Brain's plan to build a giant robot that will fly to France, and shoot out laser beams that turn all the cheese into stupid American tourists.|
On The Big Cartoonie Show
Less than halfway through the series's run, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain began airing on The Big Cartoonie Show, in which one episode segment was shown at a time, rather than complete episodes. The exception to this airing change was episode 10, which was shown completely on its respective airdate.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|7a||"At The Hop!"||Rob Davies||John P. McCann||January 16, 1999|
|Elmyra wants to go to the school dance with Rudy, but Rudy actually wants to go with Patty Ann, which is actually Brain in disguise. This suits Brain, because he needs to rescue his cologne that makes people instantly attractive.|
|7b||"Pinky's Dream House"||Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack||January 23, 1999|
|When Pinky dreams of living a normal family life Elmyra dresses up both he and Brain and places them in a doll house.|
|8a||"Squeeze Play"||Nelson Recinos||Erin Ehrlich and Alex Borstein||January 30, 1999|
|Rudy takes Brain's latest invention, which Brain needs to take over the world. To get it back, Brain and Pinky will have to get past Rudy's snake.|
|8b||"The Ravin!"||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard||February 6, 1999|
|Brain reads an altered version of the Edgar Allan Poe poem "The Raven". This episode shows what happened to Acme Labs, in which the laboratory changed into a Dissy Store (a spoof of The Disney Store).|
|9a||"Wag The Mouse"||Rob Davies||Ken Segall||February 13, 1999|
|Elmyra runs for class president, but she doesn't stand a chance against the other candidates. This cartoon introduces Vanity White.|
|9b||"A Walk In The Park"||Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack and Charles Howell||February 20, 1999|
|Elmyra takes a trip to a Disney-esque theme park, and Brain makes plans to switch the looping song recording at the "Small World" ride with a hypnotic message. This fails because Brain uses the wrong tape and “Baloney's Greatest Hits” comes out instead.|
|10||"That's Edutainment"||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris and Tom Sheppard||February 27, 1999|
|Pinky and the Brain get their own children's entertainment program.|
|11a||"Teleport A Friend"||Rob Davies||John P. McCann and Mitch Watson||March 6, 1999|
|The only full-length Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain cartoon. Brain's body is fused with Elmyra's, and if Brain can't reverse the transformation caused by the device he built, they will remain that way forever. Brain’s only hope is Pinky, who, unfortunately for Brain, is spending most of the cartoon chasing a pig.|
|11b||"Mr. Doctor"||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||March 13, 1999|
|Elmyra takes some of her pets--Brain, Pinky, the extraterrestrial from "Cute Little Alienhead", and Mr. Pussy-Wussy--to the vet, who notices her cat is acting like a dog.|
|12a||"Fun, Time, And Space"||Rob Davies||John P. McCann||March 20, 1999|
|Brain creates a black hole in Elmyra's room, hoping to exploit that theory that black holes can transport someone to other universes or send someone back in time.|
|12b||"Hooray For Meat"||Rob Davies||Earl Kress, Wendell Morris, and Tom Sheppard||March 27, 1999|
|Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain go to a "Meat Festival". Brain discovers a plan to take over the world using "Meats of Evil".|
|13a||"Party Night"||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||April 3, 1999|
|Vanity throws a party, and invites Rudy but not Elmyra. Elmyra shows up anyway thinking Vanity just forgot to invite her.|
|13b||"The Mask of Braino"||Nelson Recinos||Earl Kress, Charles Howell, Wendell Morris, and Tom Sheppard||April 10, 1999|
|Brain becomes "Braino", a masked crimefighter, and an allusion to "Zorro".|
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