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!
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.20753Did you miss this?
All of the Hello Nurse MomentsVideo: YouTubeHello Nurse has got to be one of the most lewdly drawn characters in a cartoon aimed at children. Whenever she's onscreen, bouncing and jiggling as she does, the Warner Brothers tend to go slack-jawed and googly-eyed. It's pretty obvious what sort of interest they have in her, and they rarely miss a moment to oogle her or crack an arched-eyebrow sex joke at her expense, even from this first scene she's in. Every single Hello Nurse moment would make a for a very, very long list.334140Did you miss this?
Where the Squirrel Hides His NutsPhoto: Warner BrosSlappy in general has kind of a foul mouth, but this joke doesn't actually come from her. In "Slappy Goes Walnuts," she's watching a TV show all about squirrels and their nut-loving habits. Around all the other antics in the show, the announcer in the background clearly says, "This frisky little feller likes to hide his nuts in the most unusual places... Where the sun don't shine on them!" As if the audio isn't enough, there's also a visual: the squirrel is holding an acorn in a rather suggestive spot.21672Did you miss this?
Death's Adult ChannelPhoto: Warner BrosThis episode already has a few jokes that kids might not get. I mean, would many 10-year-olds pick up on references to an Ingmar Bergman film? Near the end of this episode, titled "Meatballs or Consequences," the Warners have decided that the Grim Reaper is their new "Dadoo," and that they'll stay with him forever. They have many requests for him, one of which is to stay up late and watch the "adult channel."17250Did you miss this?