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Those Pesky Producers

Those Pesky Producers

Sam runs in to the kitchen where I am working on dinner and says, “Mom, it was Jamie Kellner.” I am confused, I don’t know a Jamie. Or a Kellner.

“It was Jamie Kellner, Mom,” he says, pointing at the ipad. “He canceled the Animaniacs in 1998!” I tell him that I still don’t know who he is talking about.

“He was an executive, the WB kind,” he says matter-of-factly. Sam has made it quite clear that while he loves DVDs (specifically Volumes 1, 2, and 3 from his Aunt JT), what he’d really like is to watch his favorite show on television, you know — like on Boomerang? Or Cartoon Network? They should totally start airing new episodes.

“Why did he cancel them?” I ask, noticing Wikipedia open on the ipad.

“I don’t know,” he says, “but he was responsible.” And that, friends, must be the gospel truth if he read it.

I suggest he write a letter to Mr. Jamie Kellner or to the WB. “Can we do that?” he asks.

“Sure. Why not?” I say, “We could start a ‘Bring Back the Animaniacs’ campaign.”

“Maybe we can write to the others too?” He starts rattling off other names I’ve never heard of — Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille (the voices); Steven Spielberg…

I stop him and say, “Steven Spielberg?” He says, “Yep. He’s the executive producer.”

“Oh. Spielberg. Didn’t he do some other stuff?” I ask him.

“I think so, another cartoon maybe?”[smile]

“Mom, can we go to Hollywood? I want to go to Warner Bros. to visit them.” And he says Bros. so that it rhymes with ‘toes.’ I start to explain that Wakko, Yakko and Dot probably do not live at the Warner Bros. studio any longer because they’re cartoons, but I don’t want to see that smile dim.
“I’d like nothing more,” I say instead and give him a hug.

In the early nineties, when Animaniacs was apparently everywhere? I owned a TV, but had no cable. I had never heard of Sam’s “zany Warner trio” before he plucked them back into existence off of youtube. Luckily, Santa had heard of them. And she shops on ebay.


We have swerved off of Looney Tunes into the land of Animaniacs! It’s a shame I’ve not yet shared Sam’s adoration of all things Looney Tunes because it supplanted Thomas the Tank Engine about a year ago. We’re talking DVDs, character blankets, cuddlies.

But then he happened upon this video on You Tube (fueling an already happy obsession with geography) and ever since we’ve been living in another dimension — one populated by Yakko, Wakko and Dot.

Happy Day-Before-Thanksgiving y’all.

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