Cartoon #5: Pinky and the brain

Pinky and the Brain first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on the show Animaniacs. They are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan for the two mice (led by Brain) to take over the world, which ultimately ends in failure. In common with many other Animaniacs shorts, many episodes are in some way a parody of something else, usually a film or novel.
The cartoon’s tagline is:
Pinky: “Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky—try to take over the world.”


Most of the Pinky and the Brain episodes occur in the present time at Acme Labs, located in some large American metropolitan city, presumably Los Angeles as to tie in with Animaniacs and the Warner Brothers studio lot. However, several episodes took place in historical times, with Pinky and the Brain under the laboratory care of some scientifically-minded person, including Merlin, H.G. Wells and Ivan Pavlov.

The bulk of every episode involves one of Brain’s plans for world domination with Pinky’s assistance, and the ultimate failure of that plan.
Both Pinky and the Brain, are white mice kept as part of Acme Labs’ experimentation, have undergone significant genetic alteration; as per the show’s title lyrics, “their genes have been spliced” which gives the two mice amplified intelligence over that of a typical mouse, the ability to talk to humans, and anthropomorphism.
Although Pinky and the Brain plan to conquer the earth, they do not show much antagonism; in a Christmas special Pinky even wrote to Santa that Brain had the world’s best interests at heart.


The Brain is highly intelligent and develops plans for global domination and he will use all sorts of methods from politics to inventions to achieve his mission. Brain’s name is revealed in “Project B.R.A.I.N.” to result from the acronym for “Biological Recombinant Algorithmic Intelligence Nexus”. His tail is bent like a staircase — he often uses it to pick the lock of the cage — and his head is large and wide, supposedly housing his abnormally large brain. He appears to be coldly unemotional and speaks in a deadpan manner. Nevertheless, Brain has a very subtle sense of humor, and has even fallen in love once, with Billie. Intellectually, Brain sees his inevitable rise to power as beneficial to the world rather than mere megalomania.  In one episode, when Brain finds himself under the influence of hypnosis by a psychologist he had planned to manipulate for one of his schemes (none other than Sigmund Freud), it is revealed that Brain lived in a can with his parents when he was young. The researchers took him from his home, and the last he saw of it was a picture of the world on the side of the can. The psychologist speculates that Brain’s hunger to take over the world stems from needing to get his world back.


Pinky  is another genetically modified mouse who shares the same cage at Acme Labs, but is substantially less bright. He speaks with an exaggerated cockney accent. He frequently uses nonsensical interjections, such as “narf”, “zort”, “poit”, and “troz” (the last of which Pinky started saying after noticing it was “zort in the mirror”). Although Pinky is also an albino lab mouse like the Brain, he has a straighter tail, blue eyes, a severe overbite, and is taller than the Brain. Pinky’s name is given to him by Brain, thinking that Brain was calling to him when in fact Brain was referring to his pinky digit.

Pinky is more open-minded than the Brain and much more up-beat. He doesn’t let troubles ruin his day, mostly because he’s too scatter-brained to notice them. Pinky also works with Brain notwithstanding the fact that Brain insults him constantly and often beats him over the head. However, Pinky actually seems to enjoy this, laughing after every hit. Pinky is just happy spending time with his best friend. Pinky is also more attuned to the world at large, due to a large amount of time watching television or following other popular culture fads; as such, he tends to think in less rigorous patterns than the Brain, and has offered solutions that Brain would have not come up with. Pinky has a number of unusual special abilities, something like ‘magic’, but caused by his genetic engineering. Most notably, he occasionally levitates, and also is apparently capable of telekinesis, as seen when he levitated a fruit in a bowl.

Like Animaniacs, much of the humor in Pinky and the Brain was aimed at both adult and younger audiences. Parodies of pop culture icons were quite common on the series, more so during the original episodes developed for the WB prime time slot. Notably, these episodes included political figures such as then-President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary and other world leaders at the time, and actors such as Christopher Walken.

Some episodes including more complete parodies similar to those in Animaniacs. The episode “The Megalomaniacal Adventures of Brainie the Poo” parodies Winnie The Pooh. “Cameos” include Jagger instead of Tigger and Al Gore instead of Eeyore. Al Gore is “full of hot air”, floating like a balloon.

Ίντα τέλειοι τούτοι οι 2 ααα. Ο έξυπνος τζαι ο βλάκας πάντα παν πακκέτο (εξαρτάται που σας ποιον θεωρείται έξυπνο τζαι ποιο βλάκα). Μάλλον εγώ έβρισκα έξυπνο τον brain τζαι εμέιναν μου παιδικά αποθημένα να γίνω φυσικός για να καταλαβω τα equations που γράφει ο brain.

Θυμούμαι ένα επισόδειο που μίσιμου εσκέφτηκε ο brain οτι αν δεν εβρίσκαν πρώτοι οι ανθρώποι τη φωδκιά εν ήταν να έχουν world dominance. Κάπως επήε πίσω στο χρόνο τζαι επροσπάθησε να έβρει τζείνος τις τσιακμακόπετρες χαχα.

Νομίζω έχουμε φτάσει στο τέλος του πρώτου γύρου για τα μίκι μάους.

Hope you have enjoyed it.

Προτείνω όταν έρτω Κύπρο να τα κατεβάσουμε τζαι να δούμε ένα μαραθώνιο Moomins-Heidi-Animaniacs-Pinky and The Brain-Melissa i Mayia.

11 Responses to Cartoon #5: Pinky and the brain

  1. από τα αγαπημένα μου,
    αν και δεν τα έβαζε συχνά η τηλεόραση…
    ο κοντός όλα τα λεφτά ,
    και το τραγούδι σούπερ!!

  2. elpizw to no.6 na einai apo ton ant1!
    japanimation aka anime..
    dragon ballz, sailor moon, pokemon.. (nai mexri kai ti 3i gumnasiou evlepa pokemon kai ithela na agorasw to pokidex agenta!)

  3. just me says:

    umm cartoons/anime akoma vlepo… eprepe na stamatisoume at a certain age dld? :/


  4. havana says:

    Telos tou protou girou? :S
    o bugs bunny pou epie dld?
    o captain planet…
    o pingu…

  5. Leni says:

    Htan mia apolafsi tounto cartoon!
    By the way, sto panepistimio eixame ena ka8igiti pou kati mou 8ymize, kati mou 8ymize, telika katalava. Htan idios o Pinky AND the Brain! haha

  6. Marl3n says:

    OH MY GOD!

    It’s so creepy that we are on the same brain wave length!
    Elpizw na eisakoustei to aitima gia ta manga. Maybe I will be allowed to continue your new tradition Roam (since i specialise a bit in japanizationise cartoons ;P)

    Leni mou, einai gia to fisiko twn epistimwn sto dimotiko sxoleio pou les sigura :P!!!

    Poli petiximena pantws ola ta comics! Cheers lad :)

  7. CandyCandy says:

    Ουφφφ…θκιαβάζω τζιαι εν τελειώνουν…τέλεια η καταγραφή σου roam μου!! Ψηφίζω ναι στην πρόταση σου…να μου πείτε μόνο τι συνοδευτικά λιξιά γουστάρετε να φέρω!:-)

  8. Mayia, moomins!
    Pinky and the brain!
    Oh my god.

    Εντα ωραίοι τζαιροί.

    “Μάγια όλοι σ’αγαπούυυν, Μάγιαα (Μάγια), Μάγιααα (Μάγια) Μααααααααααααγια..”

    Νομίζω εσυγγινήθικα.

    Σοβαρά εν είχαν λάθος.

  9. cake says:

    nomizw touta itan ta agapimena mou mikimaous (mazi me tous x men)!!

  10. @Cake: τζαι μένα!

    @Roam: στους X-Men εν θα κάμεις αφιέρωμα; Sailor Moon? Dragonball? Τους θρυλικούς Power Rangers?

  11. Αν δεν το πρόσεξες ως τώρα:

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