Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish Movie Review
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I remember being young and watching The Animaniacs with my brothers. But when I received Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish on DVD for review, the only thing I could remember was two lines of the theme song (and just barely, I realized when I googled). The movie was direct-to-video in 1999 and was just released on DVD last week.
When I popped the DVD in, I immediately remembered it. Very early, there’s a joke about a mime and I laughed. And I remember being younger and laughing at it too. I mean, a good mime joke is timeless. Actually, the entire movie is timeless. It’s so good, even fifteen years later.
The three orphan siblings — Yakko, Wakko, and Dot — live in Warnerstock, a neighbor of Ticktockia. Warnerstock’s king dies and the king of Ticktockia taxes the heck out of the residents of Warnerstock until they’re completely sad, miserable, and their only warmth comes from their breath. And Dot, she doesn’t quite have much of it. She has this cough that seems troubling. And she needs an operation.
A year goes by and nothing changes. So Wakko goes off for an entire year to work and collect his fortune. I’ll be honest. I worried about Dot. This has now gone on for two years. Her cough was troubling me. Wakko comes back and so many of the townspeople meet him at the train station upon his return to see how he’s done. Actually, he’s done great. He comes back with a ha’penny. The entire town rejoices because he can basically buy anything. But you know what this youngster wants to do with his half penny? He wants to pay for Dot’s operation. How amazingly unselfish is that? It’s a good lesson for kids.
But, also at the train station is someone who works for the king. Taxes are collected on the ha’penny — resulting in the entire penny being taken away. Now the Animaniacs are really in trouble because Dot is not sounding any better. Luckily, though, Wakko wishes on a star. And it’s one of those stars that actually grants wishes, so says a character voiced by Ben Stein (which really brought me back to the ’90’s when Ben Stein and his recognizable voice were everywhere). The only catch is you have to be the first person to find where the star landed to collect the wish.
This sends the sad and miserable town — which includes Pinky and The Brain (who I completely forgot got their start in The Animaniacs), some squirrels that seem very familiar to me, and that little baby who says, “Okay, I love you, bu-bye” that was so popular over my middle school — into a frenzy to try and find the star. In the end, the star is found, a cannon blast seems to kill Dot, everyone gets mad at the new king, Dot says she was faking her death, and Wakko wishes for two ha’pennies. Wealth is restored in the kingdom (which, we find out, actually boasts the Animanics as heirs to the thrown) and Dot gets her operation, much to my relief. Until, it turns out, all she wanted was a mole so she can rival Cindy Crawford. And that, actually, was the only real dated reference in the 70ish minute movie.
I loved every second of it, I really did. It was cute, it made me laugh a lot, and it was really wholesome. That’s exactly why cartoons were so great when I was a kid. They were funny and filled with zany hijinks and jokes. Even the “dark” parts are really lighthearted. Plus, there’s ten fun songs to sing along to and I just don’t think cartoons nowadays have enough stuff to singalong to. I can’t say enough great things about this. And, really, it was just overall so perfect for a cartoon and has such a great message (never give up hope), I’m not even mad that I worried so much about Dot’s cough and her necessary operation that turned out to be pretty frivolous.
This is definitely a movie that you absolutely need to add to your kids’ collection.
This is out on DVD now. You can purchase it here.