How on Earth did Animaniacs stay on the air so long without offending parents everywhere? The Animaniacs has adult jokes in just about every single episode. From an ink blot test where Yakko only sees girls to Dot singing a version of the song "Making Whoopie," there's a lot that would go over a kid's head. Well, many fans who watched the show as children are adults now and, oh man, did they miss a lot.
There may be many more adult jokes on kids cartoons, but with how often Animaniacs had subtle grown-up humor, it basically cornered the market at the time. Kids might have caught on to the occasional toilet humor and burp gags, but allusions to Freud and Oedipus? Even if kids didn't get it, the characters themselves were quick to acknowledge what they were doing, poking fun at the audience, censors, and family values as a whole.Which dirty Animaniacs jokes were simply the raunchiest? The cleverest? You can look through this list of the ultimate adult jokes on Animaniacs and help decide which ones really pushed the limits of Animaniacs innuendo And if they're to much for you, well, then, goodnight, everybody!
The Delicate Art of ConjugationHow many youngsters know the word "conjugate?" Well, if they do, they know more than young Yakko. During a schooling session, the teacher asks if Yakko knows how to conjugate and he misunderstands the word, seizing on the fact that "conjugating" has the weirdly dry sound of clinical sex terminology.26071Did you miss this?
The Warners Go Greek While ShoppingHow do the Warners even know who Oedipus is? When looking for a gift for Dr. Scratchandsniff, Dot suggests buying him an outfit from Oedipus Rex menswear. Yakko shoots the idea down because "...his mom would hate those." If you know the story of Oedipus, you know how messed up that is. As a few bonus jokes, they also touch on Freud, the term 'birthday suit,' and scantily clad women. The whole clip is full of adult gags!17837Did you miss this?
Someone Asks for the Bird and Doesn't Get ItThis joke is actually used a few times in the series, but it never fails to get a stifled laugh from any adults watching. A character asks the Warners for the bird, in this case a turkey set to be killed for Thanksgiving dinner. In response, the Warners say that they'd love to, but can't for a very particular reason. The joke goes over the character's head, as well as the heads of younger viewers.26584Did you miss this?
Yakko Thinks the Nurse Has a Pretty MouthPhoto: Warner Bros.Serves Dr. Scratchansniff right for trying to teach Yakko manners. When learning how to formally introduce himself to Hello Nurse, Yakko almost gets the formality right, beginning with "How do you do," but then he quickly adds, "that thing with your mouth?" Considering that we haven't seen Hello Nurse do anything with her mouth this episode, the implications are pretty clear. His arched eyebrows and mischievous smile both underline what he really means.19046Did you miss this?