Nate's DVD Collection ~ Pinky and the Brain
Pinky: Gee Nate, what are we going to do tonight?
Nate: The same thing we do every night Pinky. Try to make money off of my hubs.
They're Pinky and NateSean
Yes Pinky and NateSean
One's a single gay dude
The other's hand drawn
Before Each night is Done
He'll sit and type away
And talk to invisible mice
Until the van takes him away
They're dinky, they're Pinky and NateSean, Sean, Sean, Sean, Sean...Badump.
All skulduggery aside Pinky and the Brain was one of the most loved segments of it's successful predecessor Animaniacs. So loved that it got it's very own show with it's very own time slot. Interestingly enough this used to be on in the evenings as a part of the WB lineup during the regular week, although it was still a Saturday morning cartoon.
The story is simple. Pinky and the Brain are laboratory mice. The Brain is clearly the smarter of the two and each night he attempts to unload of his many elaborate plans for world domination, which inevitably end in failure, otherwise there wouldn't be much of a show. Pinky is the less than phenomenally intelligent one (still smart enough to handle a Katie Couric interview, booya) who appears to be the constant foil for the Brain's nefarious schemes. (actually it's Spoiler Alert The Brain's fault but you'll get to that later.)
Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering? Featurette with the voices of Pinky and the Brain stars Robert Paulsen and Maurice LaMarc, and voice director Andrea Romano.
What I Like About It
Pinky and the Brain was my favorite segment of Animaniacs, with Slappy the Squirrel and Rita and Runt being close seconds. And I was overjoyed when they decided to do a spin-off focusing primarily on two mice bent on world domination.
I mean seriously, this was the show that made it cool to want to take over the world. I wanted to take over the world because of Pinky and the Brain and watch dog parenting groups of the 90's were more concerned with Duke Nukem 3D and it's violent impact on American teens. Go figure.
Like Animaniacs this a show that's funny, entertaining and intelligent without looking down at it's target audience. You almost root for The Brain each time he hatches a new scheme but of course he can't succeed or else there wouldn't be a second episode. And the handful of times he does “take over the world” it's never quite what as he expected it.
You also get a fair chunk of the usual social commentary you come to expect from shows like this. When Brain is trying to travel around the world in 79 days to try to beat Phileas Fog's original bet he makes the remark, “I shall speak in the language of the American tourist; Slowly and loudly as if everyone else is stupid.”
What I Don't Like About It
I really can't find anything I don't like about this one. It's one of the “Can Win” columnists.
Should You Buy This DVD?
Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?
Pinky: I think so, Brain. But it's not very healthy to go streaking in the Winter Olympics now is it?
Brain: *bonks Pinky on the noggin* No, you dolt. If I were to embed a hypnotic suggestion into every copy of the DVD then I could program generations of followers to name me their leader!
*Ominous crash of thunder*
Cut to a Montage of Brain sneaking into the DVD factory to create the Embed. Pinky is sitting out of the way watching The Jonas Brothers on a portable DVD player that dwarfs him while munching on popcorn.
Hours later Brain captures NateSean using his robotic body suit and forces him to watch Volume 1 of Pinky and the Brain.
NateSean: (In zombie like voice) Buy...the... DVD...Brain is our leader...buy
Pinky: Egads, The Jonas Brothers rule! Narf!
Brain: Pinky, No!
Natesean: (in zombie like voice) The Jonas Brothers rule, The Jonas Brothers rule...
Cut to a news segment where a crowd of millions shouting “The Jonas Brothers Rule” are flooding the streets of major cities. Brain, dejected reaches out of the cage and flicks the remote off, but not before one of the ACME Labs technicians grabs the remote and switches it to “Rock Camp” on the Disney Channel.
ACME Labs Tech: The Jonas Brothers Rule.
Brain: Oh well, Pinky. I suppose we'll have to try again tomorrow night.
Pinky: *Still watching TV* Why Brain, what are we going to do tomorrow night?
Brain: *Looks to NateSean who is still obsessing over Jonas Brothers* Try to raise NateSean's Hubscore.
They're Pinky and the Brain and NateSean, Sean, Sean, Sean, Sean, Sean. Badadadadump bumpsh.
So...er, yeah, buy the DVD. And the Jonas Brothers suck.
Can My Kids Watch This?
Oh yeah. Definitely.
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