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Yakko's World
     

Yakko's World

by Animaniacs
 
Like no children's cartoon series since The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Animaniacs was aimed at parents as much or more as it was at kids. (It's likely that more than one parent has had to explain who Mickey Rooney is after a listen to this album's "Yakko's Universe," which name-checks the diminutive star in its chorus.)

Overview

Like no children's cartoon series since The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Animaniacs was aimed at parents as much or more as it was at kids. (It's likely that more than one parent has had to explain who Mickey Rooney is after a listen to this album's "Yakko's Universe," which name-checks the diminutive star in its chorus.) The show about the surreal adventures of the Warner brothers and their sister Dot, which was in production from 1993 to 1996, was full of clever visual puns, wildly obscure cultural references, and a sharply satiric edge that likely whizzed right over most kids' heads, while remaining colorful and silly enough to keep even the youngest viewers entertained. The same can be said of this 1994 disc, the second of several CDs of songs from the series. The tunes, mostly written by music supervisor Richard Stone, with lyrics by Paul Rugg, Tom Ruegger, and the show's other writers, are instantly memorable, both the originals and adaptations like "Wakko's America" (middle Warner sibling Wakko -- the one who sounds like George Harrison circa A Hard Day's Night -- singing the state capitols to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw") and "The Panama Canal," a history lesson set to the old folk standard "40 Miles on the Erie Canal." The lyrics are remarkably clever, full of dizzying internal rhymes that match Stephen Sondheim at his most manic, and even the silliest of these songs -- that would be "Lake Titicaca," a mambo dedicated to the world's highest freshwater lake with the world's most giggleworthy name -- is smart and funny. Unfortunately, a quarter of these 16 songs already appeared on the first Animanics collection, but the remainder are entertaining enough to make this a more than worthwhile purchase, even for those who don't have kids.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/1994
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227176327
catalogNumber:
71763

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Performance Credits

Animaniacs   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Stu Goldberg   Keyboards
Sid Page   Violin
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Mike Englander   Percussion,Drums
Jimmy Ercole   Woodwind
Jess Harnell   Vocals,Voices
Carl Johnson   Performing Ensemble
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Tom Lavin   Guitar
Tress MacNeille   Vocals,Voices
Richard Stone   Conductor
Rob Paulsen   Vocals,Voices
Andrea Romano   Vocals
Julie Bernstein   Performing Ensemble
John Mitchell   Woodwind

Technical Credits

Gary LeMel   Music Executive
Robin Frederick   Music Executive
Michael Aarvold   Engineer
Harry Andronis   Engineer
Robert Fernandez   Engineer
Alan Hirshberg   Engineer
Carl Johnson   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Frank   Music Executive
Steven Spielberg   Executive Producer
Richard Stone   Arranger,Director,Producer
Tom Ruegger   Producer
Andrea Romano   Director
Julie Bernstein   Arranger,Orchestration
Jean MacCurdy   Executive Producer

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