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Pinky and the Brain
Pinky and the Brain vol1.jpg
Format Animated comedy / Satire
Starring Rob Paulsen
Maurice LaMarche
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Running time 11, 7, or 22 min (depending on the episode)
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Amblin Entertainment
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel Kids' WB! (1995 - 1999)
Original run September 8, 1995 – November 14, 1998
Preceded by Animaniacs
Followed by Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain is an Emmy-winning animated television series and spinoff of Animaniacs starring Pinky and the Brain. The show ran from 1995 to 1999 on Kids' WB!. The pair later spun-off into their second and last series, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain and paired with Tiny Toons star, Elmyra Duff.

Pinky and the Brain first appeared in 1993 as a recurring segment on the show Animaniacs. From 1995 to 1998, Pinky and the Brain were spun-off into their own Emmy-award-winning show on The WB Television Network, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain, with 65 episodes produced by Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation. Later, they appeared in the unsuccessful series, Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.

Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Brain is self-centered and scheming; Pinky is good-natured but feebleminded. In each episode, Brain devises a new plan to take over the world, which ultimately ends in failure, usually due to Pinky's idiocy or the impossibility of Brain's plan. In common with many other Animaniacs shorts, many episodes are in some way a parody of something else, usually a film or novel. Nearly every episode opens with the following dialogue:

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 near a bridge, presumably San Francisco 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,[1] H.G. Wells[2] and Ivan Pavlov.[3]

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. One centers on his rival Snowball's plan to take over the world using Microsponge.[4] Another episode features Brain's single day where he tries to do anything but take over the world: in the end, a group of people vote that he should take over the world on the one day he does not want to.[5] There is very little continuity between episodes outside of the common fixtures of the mice, though some plans for world domination from early episodes are subsequently referred to in later seasons (for example, Brain's "human suit" used in "Win Big"[6] reappears when Brain faces Snowball in "Snowball."[4]

Both Pinky and the Brain, 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. "Project B.R.A.I.N." suggests that the gene splicing occurred on September 9, 1995,[7] coincident to the first full episode of Pinky and the Brain. The episode "Brainwashed" states that the gene splicing was done by Dr. Mordough, along with Snowball the hamster and Precious the cat, using the Acme "Gene Splicer and Bagel Warmer."[8]

Although Pinky and the Brain plan to conquer the world, 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.[9]


The Brain

The Brain (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) looks and sounds like Orson Welles. In "Project B.R.A.I.N." Brain's name is the acronym for "Biological Recombinant Algorithmic Intelligence Nexus."[7] His tail is bent like a staircase—he often uses it to pick the lock of his cage—and his head is large and wide, housing his abnormally large brain. He is highly intelligent and develops complex plans for global domination, using politics, cultural references, and his own inventions toward his goal. He seems coldly unemotional, speaking in a deadpan. Nevertheless, Brain has a subtle sense of humor and even possesses some Christmas spirit. He has even fallen in love, with Trudie in the episode "The Third Mouse", and with Billie in "The World Can Wait." [10] Brain has been compared to Napoleon Bonaparte[11] and Don Quixote.[12]

Brain sees his inevitable rise to power as good for the world, and not mere megalomania. In Wakko's Wish, he said to Pinky "We're on our way to fame, fortune and a world that's a better place for all." However, his motives are not pure. In one episode, Brain finds himself hypnotized by a psychologist he had planned to manipulate for one of his schemes, none other than Sigmund Freud. There Brain reveals that he originally lived with his parents in a tin can. Researchers took him from his home: the last he saw was a picture of the world on the side of the can. Dr. Sigmund Freud speculates that Brain's hunger to take over the world stems from wanting to go back home to his parents.[13]


Pinky (voiced by Rob Paulsen) is another genetically modified mouse who shares the same cage at Acme Labs, but is much more dim. He speaks with an exaggerated cockney accent. He has several verbal tics, such as "narf", "zort", "poit", and "troz" (the last of which he started saying after noticing it was "zort in the mirror"). Pinky has a straight tail, blue eyes, and a severe overbite, and is taller than the Brain. Pinky's name is given to him by Brain, thinking that Brain was calling him when, in fact, Brain was referring to his pinky digit.[7]

Pinky is more open-minded than the Brain and much happier. Troubles never ruin his day, mostly because he is too scatter-brained to notice them. He helps Brain toward world domination, even though Brain insults him and often hits him on the head. Pinky actually seems to enjoy this, laughing after he is hit. He is happy just being with his best friend. He is obsessed with trivia, spending a lot of time watching television and following popular culture fads. This detritus is in the place of the Brain's rigorous logic. However, the Brain's schemes have sometimes tapped into this knowledge. Sometimes Pinky even finds non-rational solutions to problems. He has a number of unusual special abilities, something like 'magic', perhaps caused by his genetic engineering. He occasionally levitates, and also is apparently capable of telekinesis, as seen when he levitated several pieces of fruit in a bowl.

Other characters

The show featured a few recurring characters. Snowball the hamster (voiced by Roddy McDowall) is Brain's former friend, also made intelligent by gene splicing. He has also developed a desire for world conquest, and Pinky and the Brain are sometimes forced to stop Snowball's schemes.[4] Billie (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is a female mouse, another result of gene splicing. She is smarter than Brain, and makes him afraid she will beat him to his goal of world domination.[10] He loves her: she fancies Pinky. Pharfignewton (voiced by Frank Welker) is a racing mare who Pinky falls in love with.[14] (Her name is a juxtaposition of Volkswagen's "Fahrvergnügen" slogan, the racehorse Phar Lap, and Fig Newton cookies.) Larry (voiced by Billy West) is a white mouse like Larry of The Three Stooges inexplicably present in certain episodes.[15][16] He was created as a response to demand from Kids WB executives to include additional characters on the show.[17]

Other characters that have appeared on the show have included both Brain's parents,[18] and Pinky's parents and "sister" (an empty spool of thread),[19] and their "child", "Roman Numeral I" (Romy for short) who was a result of a cloning mistake. Later seasons also feature recurring caricatures of celebrities, including both Bill and Hillary Clinton and Christopher Walken.

Creation and inspiration

Caricatures of Minton (left) and Fitzgerald from "The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special"

Pinky and the Brain was inspired by the peculiar personalities of two of producer Tom Ruegger's Tiny Toon Adventures colleagues, Eddie Fitzgerald and Tom Minton, respectively.[20] Ruegger wondered what would happen if Minton and Fitzgerald tried to take over the world. Fitzgerald (who has also worked on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Ren and Stimpy) is said to have constantly said "Narf" and "Egad" around the Tiny Toons production office.[20] The gag credit for the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "You Asked For It" credits Eddie Fitzgerald as "Guy Who Says 'Narf'".[21] Series producer Peter Hastings described Eddie by saying, "He always greeted you like you were wearing a funny hat – and he liked it."[22] The Fitzgerald/Minton connection to Pinky and the Brain is shown in the episode "The Pinky and the Brain Reunion Special".[16] Two characters shown as writers for Pinky and the Brain cartoons within the short are caricatures of Fitzgerald and Minton.[23]

While Ruegger initially based The Brain after Minton, the Welles connection came from Maurice LaMarche, a big fan of the actor/director, who had supplied the voice for Orson Welles in the 1994 movie Ed Wood. LaMarche describes Brain's voice as "65% Orson Welles, 35% Vincent Price".[24] Brain's similarity to Orson Welles was made explicit in the Animaniacs episode "Yes, Always", which was based upon an outtake from one of Welles' television commercials, colloquially known as Frozen Peas, in which he ranted about the poor quality of the script. This cartoon was described by writer Peter Hastings as "a $250,000 inside joke": LaMarche used excerpts from it as sound check material, and Hastings took it to its logical conclusion.[25] The series also alluded to Welles with an episode in which Brain took on the mind-clouding powers of a radio character called "The Fog": a parody of The Shadow, a popular radio character for which Welles once provided the voice.[26] Other Welles allusions included the episode "The Third Mouse", a parody of The Third Man in which the Brain played the part of Welles' character Harry Lime (with Pinky as Holly Martins),[27] and "Battle for the Planet", in which Brain, inspired by Welles' infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast and the hysteria it provoked, stages an alien invasion on television. A caricature of Orson Welles appears in a late episode of the series ("What Ever Happened to Baby Brain"), echoing a rant of the Brain's and introducing himself afterwards.[28]

The episode "Win Big"[6] was the very first Pinky and the Brain segment. It was developed for Animaniacs, written by Ruegger with a script by Peter Hastings, and directed by Rusty Mills. According to Ruegger, most of the elements that would become part of Pinky and the Brain can be found in Hastings's original script. It held many dialog bits that became conventions of the entire series,[20] including Brain's "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?", Pinky's "Oh wait…but no…" in response to a plan, and Pinky's final question, "What are we doing tomorrow night?"



As with Animaniacs, Steven Spielberg was the executive producer during the entire run, Tom Ruegger was the senior producer, Jean MacCurdy was the executive in charge of production, and Andrea Romano was the voice director. Peter Hastings and Rusty Mills produced the show when it was spun off from Animaniacs, as well as the season it ran primetime on the WB. After the first season Hastings left the show and Mills took over as the supervising producer.


The original Pinky and the Brain shorts on Animaniacs were written primarily by Peter Hastings. Upon moving into its own show, the writing staff included Gordon Bressack, Charles M. Howell IV, Earl Kress, Wendell Morris, and Tom Sheppard. Comedienne Alex Borstein was also a staff writer, years before her fame on MADTV and Family Guy. Classic Warner Bros. cartoon director Norm McCabe also wrote for the show.


Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche together at the 34th Annie Awards red carpet.

Pinky and the Brain were voiced by Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, respectively. The series also used the work of many of the same voice actors for Animaniacs including Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, Frank Welker, and Jeff Bennett, as well as Paul Rugg, Billy West, and Jim Cummings. Celebrities such as Roddy McDowall, Nora Dunn, Townsend Coleman, Ernest Borgnine, Eric Idle, Dick Clark, Ed McMahon, Steve Allen, Joyce Brothers, Gavin MacLeod, John Tesh, Michael McKean, Garry Marshall, Mark Hamill, James Belushi and Steven Spielberg have all performed guest voice work for the series as well.[29] Cree Summer has also voiced characters in Pinky and the Brain and reprised her role as Elmyra during Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain.


As with Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain was scored primarily by Richard Stone. He was aided by Steve and Julie Bernstein, who also orchestrated and sometimes conducted the 40-piece orchestra. The recordings were done on Stage A on the Warner Bros lot, the same stage (and with the same piano) where Carl Stalling recorded his Looney Tunes music. The theme music for Pinky and the Brain was composed by Richard Stone with lyrics by Tom Ruegger.[20]

Two versions of the opening sequence and theme, with slightly different lyrics, were used during Animaniacs shorts. In the first version, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (voiced respectively by Paulsen, Harnell, and MacNeille) popped up in the lab and sang the theme while letting the two mice out of their cage. The second, later version had the singers off-camera as the Brain picked the lock on the cage door to free himself and Pinky. On the Pinky and the Brain show, the theme gained an additional two verses and was sung by Gene Paul, mind and others.

The score sometimes includes references to classical music. For example, in the episode where the Brain builds a new Papier-mâché Earth, the theme from the 2nd and 4th movements of Dvorak's 'New World Symphony' can be heard throughout the episode.[30] The episode Napoleon Brainaparte makes frequent reference to the French anthem, La Marseillaise,[11] while in the episode in which Pinky becomes the artist "Pinkasso" Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition can be heard.[31]


Like Animaniacs, most of the original Pinky and the Brain shorts used a variety of animation studios, including Tokyo Movie Shinsha, StarToons, Wang Film Productions, Freelance Animators New Zealand, and AKOM. However, the bulk of the episodes created outside of Animaniacs (seasons 2 and beyond) were produced by Rough Draft Studios and Wang Film Productions. The only episode that was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha on the spin-off was A Pinky and the Brain Christmas.


Like Animaniacs, much of the humor in Pinky and the Brain was aimed at adult 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. In addition to previously mentioned political and actor caricatures, some episodes included complete parodies like 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. Other parodic elements include Christopher Walken in place of Christopher Robin and the "Brainie the Poo" book appears to have been authored by "A.A. Meeting."[32] The three-part "Brainwashed" episode included several allusions to The Prisoner television show, though everyone in The Village was identified by the hat they wore, and not by number.[33][34]

Three songs resemble the musical skits in Animaniacs, matching existing music with new lyrics. Pinky sings "Cheese Roll Call" to John Philip Sousa's march "Semper Fidelis" praising his love for all cheeses from around the world.[35] To the music of "Camptown Races," Brain lists the major parts of the human brain, with Pinky jumping in at the chorus to shout "Brainstem! Brainstem!".[36] "A Meticulous Analysis of History" is set to "When I Was a Lad" from Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore, and sung by both Brain and Pinky, with Brain reciting the rise to power of such historical leaders as Napoleon and Cleopatra, while Pinky mentions how they all fell.[37] In addition, "Brainwashed" featured a song called the Schmëerskåhøvên, a parody of the Macarena, which would brainwash you if done correctly. The song include such odd lyrics as "Put your fingers in your ears then stick them in your belly" and "Bop yourself on the head and cross your eyes."

Like Animaniacs, there was a gag credit in the closing credits: each show featured an English word appropriate for the episode with its definition. For example, "Around the World in 80 Narfs", where the mice are foiled by trying to speak "cabbie" and end up going in circles, the gag credit word was "anophelosis" defined as "morbid state due to extreme frustration."[38]

Another common element in nearly each episode is the following exchange (often referred to by the acronym "AYPWIP"):

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but...

Pinky's response ends with a non-sequitur such as, "we're already naked," "isn't a cucumber that small called a gherkin?" or "if they called them sad meals, kids wouldn't buy them." Brain would then become furious, often bashing Pinky over the head. Twice in the series Pinky and Brain indeed pondered the same thing, though in one of these Pinky dismissed his idea as being too stupid. Just one time the answer was "Yes!"



Pinky and the Brain were popular on Animaniacs, and the popularity continued into their own series. It attracted many of the same fans as Animaniacs, and Internet outreach attracted more. Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen appeared on voice actor tours around the Warner Bros. Studio Stores.

In an interview on the third DVD volume, LaMarche and Paulsen noted that Roy Langbord (vice-president of Showtime), Al Franken, and Barenaked Ladies are fans of the shows.[39]

Nominations and awards

Pinky and the Brain won several Emmy and Annie Awards.[40] In 1996, the series won a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the episode "A Pinky and the Brain Christmas".[9] Rob Paulsen won the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for "Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Television Program Production in 1996 and 1997, while Maurice LaMarche won the same in 1998. Paulsen also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his role as Pinky subsequently in 1999. The series itself won the 1999 Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Special Class Animated Program".

The episode "Inherit the Wheeze",[41] in which Brain was subject to the effects of smoking by a tobacco company, won a PRISM Award for its anti-smoking message.[42]

Allusions in other media

The Rice University Neologism dictionary[43] includes not only "narf" as a random sound or nonce word, but also "narfed" as a verb to mean "to be struck completely" with some embarrassment or folly, much as Pinky would be hit on the head by Brain after his follies ruined Brain's plan. Both words are directly attributed to Pinky and the Brain. The International Dictionary of Neologisms[44] includes the word "narfistic" as "an idea or concept that works fine when you think about it – but is very difficult to express to someone else", as a result of Pinky only saying "Narf!" after Brain elaborates on one of his extensive plans.

Pinky and the Brain appear in the post-apocalyptic roleplaying game Fallout2 by Interplay, portrayed as a sibling couple of mutant albino mole rats. One creature is utterly insane, muttering intentions of taking rulership. The other is a highly intelligent cult leader who has intricate plans to claim domination of the post-apocalyptic world, he also has a taste for cheezy poofs.

Pinky and the Brain were alluded to in The Incredible Hulk #438 as two white mice, kept by Omnibus. One of the realistically drawn mice had an enlarged cranium, and when their cage was destroyed the sound "narf" is indicated. Omnibus claims that he is being haunted by The Leader, but once the mice have escaped their cage, the "ghost" of the Leader is silenced and Omnibus is robbed of his brilliant schemes for world domination.

The Virgin New Adventures Doctor Who novel, Death and Diplomacy by Dave Stone includes two characters repeating the "Are you pondering…" lines, and near the end, two of the fallen villains in the story recover, one telling his comrade that they must prepare for tomorrow night when they will take over the universe.


On Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain

Pinky and the Brain first appeared as a recurring segment on the animated series Animaniacs, another show produced by Steven Spielberg. On September 14, 1993, Pinky and the Brain premiered on television in the episode Win Big, which aired on The What-A-Cartoon!Show.

On September 8, 1995, Pinky and the Brain were spun off onto their own half-hour series on Kids' WB, with each episode consisting of one or more segments, including some of the segments from Animaniacs. The first season of the show was scheduled in a prime-time slot from September 8, 1995 through May 12, 1996 as part of the new WB Network lineup, and as a result, tended to have more jokes and humor aimed to adults rather than children. However, due to poor ratings, subsequent seasons were moved to Saturday mornings as part of the Kids' WB programming block.

Even though they had their own show, they still had several shorts in Animaniacs after they got the show, they still appeared in the shows intro, and often appeared in cameo appearances.

On Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain

Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Running time 11 minutes
22 minutes (in 1 episode)
Original channel Kids' WB!
Original run September 19, 1998 – April 10, 1999
Status Cancelled
Preceded by Pinky and the Brain (1995-8)
Animaniacs (1993-8)

Around 1997 the overall structure within the WB Network changed, including the placement of Jamie Kellner as head of the Kids WB programming. Along with this came pressure on the writers of the show to back off on the idea of world domination and to include more characters on the show.[17] The episode "Pinky and the Brain ... and Larry"[15] was a response to this pressure.[17] At this point, Peter Hastings, a key writer for the series, decided to quit the show, with his last script being, "You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town, Again!" directly addressing the issue of networks trying to retool shows that otherwise work already.[17][45]

With increased pressure from the WB network, the series was retooled on September 19, 1998 into Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, in which Pinky and the Brain were owned by Tiny Toons character Elmyra Duff; the unusual change in format was even sarcastically noted in the altered title song. The show lasted for 13 episodes, 5 of which were shown whole and 6 of which were chopped into segments and aired as part of The Cat&Birdy Warneroonie PinkyBrainy Big Cartoonie Show.

The characters' final appearance was in the 1999 direct-to-video Animaniacs feature, Wakko's Wish.

Cancellation and syndication

After Pinky and the Brain and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain were canceled from Kids' WB!, Nickelodeon acquired syndication rights to broadcast all 65 episodes of Pinky and the Brain on their network, and later on Nicktoons TV, beginning on September 4, 2000.[46][47] While the episodes' content aired unchanged, Nickelodeon altered the opening sequence, masking various items such as beakers with the orange Nickelodeon logo in the same shape and the Acme Labs sign changing into a Nickelodeon logo (this garnered a lot of negative criticism from fans). During 2003, Pinky and the Brain aired on Boomerang (also owned by Time Warner) with the theme song unaltered. It continued to air on Boomerang and Nicktoons Network until 2005 when it was taken off both channels. It was later aired on Toon Disney's Jetix block from October 2007 until September 2008. On February 15, 2009, Pinky and the Brain was returned on weekend late nights at 3:00AM ET/2:00AM CT on Disney XD, but was taken off the channel on June 15, 2009.

During 2006, Pinky and the Brain, among other Kids' WB! shows, was broadcast on the AOL broadband channel, In2TV.[48] However, as of 2007, Pinky and the Brain is no longer a featured series on the site.

In Canada, Pinky and the Brain is currently airing on YTV having started on September 3, 2007. The theme song is presented unaltered.

Also in Australia, Pinky and the Brain is currently airing on GO! having started on 21 December, 2009. The theme song is also presented unaltered.


Pinky and the Brain, along with Animaniacs, aired coincident with the formation of The Warner Bros. Studio Store chain across the United States, and, as a result, numerous t-shirts, coffee mugs, stuffed animals, animation cels, and original artwork from the show were available through these outlets. Other merchandise included comic books, computer games, and video tapes. When Warner Brothers acquired the Hanna-Barbera animation properties in 1998, there was a significant decrease with such merchandise through the store. By the time the series was canceled, very little merchandise was available.

VHS releases

Five VHS collections of Pinky and the Brain episodes were released from 1993 to 1995: A Pinky and the Brain Christmas, Cosmic Attractions, Mice of the Jungle, World Domination Tour, and You Will Buy This Video!, each with approximately 4 episodes that including both Pinky and the Brain shorts from Animaniacs and their own show. These collections are now out of print.

DVD releases

Warner Home Video has released the entire series on DVD in Region 1 in 3 volume sets.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Volume 1 22 July 25, 2006[49] This four-disk box set includes the first 22 episodes from the series. Contains "Pinky and the Brain: Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?" — Featurette with Tom Ruegger, Peter Hastings, Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche, Andrea Romano as they discuss why they had so much fun working on the show.
Volume 2 21 December 5, 2006[50] This four-disk box set contains the next 21 episodes from the series. Contains "The Return of World Dominating Extras" – Featurette with Mark Hamill and Wayne Knight as they answer a casting call to do the voices of Pinky and The Brain and get coached by Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen.
Volume 3 22 June 19, 2007[51] This four-disk box set contains the final 22 episodes of the series. Contains the featurette, "It's All About the Fans" – Rob Paulsen (Voice of Pinky) and Maurice LaMarche (Voice of the Brain) pay tribute to their fans.


Pinky and the Brain were also regulars in the Animaniacs comic book published by DC Comics. From July 1996 through November 1998, they starred in their own comic book also published by DC Comics, which ran for 27 issues before cancellation. Following the cancellation of the Pinky and the Brain comic, the mice later starred in stories that took up half of the later Animaniacs issues, which, starting at issue #43, was retitled Animaniacs featuring Pinky and the Brain, and ran for another 16 issues before cancellation.

Computer games

There are a couple of computer games dedicated to Pinky and the Brain, called Pinky and the Brain: World Conquest for the PC, produced by SouthPeak Interactive and distributed by Warner Bros. However, the characters have appeared in several of the Animaniacs games, such as Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt.

Pinky and the Brain also star in their own Gameboy Advance game, Pinky and the Brain: The Master Plan. The game was produced by Warthog, and distributed by SWING! Entertainment in 2002.

In the computer game Fallout 2 the character may encounter an albino mole-rat that calls himself "The Brain".[52] "The Brain" created a cult that attempts to restore the humanity of the ghoul characters (humans that were badly damaged by radiation), by a process referred to as "Renewal". By doing so "The Brain" hopes to take over the world. The player can engage in dialogue with "The Brain", with one of the dialogue possibilities being, "Big plans for an oversized rat".


While Pinky and the Brain does not feature as many songs as Animaniacs, some of the music from the show can be found across the three Animaniacs CDs. An expanded version of the episode "Bubba Bo Bob Brain" presented in a radio drama or audiobook fashion was released as a CD in 1997 by Rhino Entertainment.

See also


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From Wikiquote

Pinky and the Brain, animated series after being spun-off from its role as a segment in the Animaniacs series.


General Quotes

Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world!

Brain: We must prepare for tomorrow night.
Pinky: Why? What are we going to do tomorrow night?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world!

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: Are you pondering cheese sticks?

Pinky: Narf!

Pinky: Zort!

Pinky: Poit!

Pinky: Troz!

Pinky: Egad, Brain!

Pinky: Gonk!

Pinky: Fjord!

From Animaniacs shorts

Brain: It must be inordinately taxing to be such a boob.
Pinky: You have no idea.

Pinky: Hmmm... let me think...
Brain: Don't hurt yourself, Pinky.

Brain: If I could reach you I would hurt you.

Brain: Promise me something, Pinky. Never breed.
Pinky: I'll try.

Pinky: [after kicking him into the cage bars while doing his Russian dance] Whatcha doin' over there, Brain?
Brain: Pondering your afterlife, Pinky.

[During a parody of The Night Before Christmas]
Brain: Pinky, I am in considerable pain.
Pinky: Narf! Zort! Poit! Egad! I'm with you, Brain!

Brain: Here we are, Pinky--at the dawn of time!
Pinky: Narf, Brain. Wake me at the noon of time.

Pinky: Egad! You astound me, Brain!
Brain: That's a simple task, Pinky.

Brain: Now, Pinky, if by any chance you are captured during this mission, remember you are Gunther Heindriksen from Appenzell. You moved to Grindelwald to drive the cog train to Murren. Can you repeat that?
Pinky: Mmmm, no, Brain, don't think I can.

Brain: They've turned into giant Swiss lederhosen-clad dancing yodelers.
Pinky: Talk about unpredictable!

Brain: Come, Mindy, it's time for us to conquer the world.
Mindy: Why?
Brain: By right of superior intelligence, I am best suited to guide the destiny of this planet.
Mindy: Why?
Brain: My empirical powers give me the mandate.
Mindy: Why?
Brain: Because it's something I want to do!!

From the Pinky and the Brain series

[After seeing on a naval chart how close their objective is]
Pinky: Oh, look Brain, it's so close, we'll be there before you can say "Poit!"
Brain: We'll reach Mars before I yell 'Poit!', Pinky.

Pinky: [Their submarine is filling up with water.] We're gonna make it! We're gonna make it, right Brain!? BRAIN??
Brain: POIT!!!

Pinky: You aren't going to get rid of me,are you Brain? I mean, you, working as a single? Look happened to Jerry Lewis after he split with Dean; all that stuff in your hair.

Pinky: Egad Brain! I wish I was as smart as you.
Brain: I wish you were as smart as a tree stump, Pinky.

Pinky: Brilliant, Brain! Oh, one quick question.
Brain: What?
Pinky: Do sealions eat seazebras?
Brain: You are going to be a help this time. Say it!
Pinky: "You are going to be a help this time."

Pinky: I think I'll ask Winnie if she wants to go to the movies with me. [barks to Winnie in sealion language; she starts swimming faster]
Brain: You just said "Fetch me a big clown hat!"
Pinky: Oh! What a good idea!

Brain: [being attacked by an octopus] PINKY!!
Pinky: Hi Brain. Do you know the lyrics to Muskrat Love?
Pinky: [singing to the tune of Muskrat Love] Octopus help... [stops] I don't think that's quite right...

Brain: Where's Winnie? What's happened to the army?
Pinky: I don't know. All I said to Winnie was... [barks in sealion]
Brain: You witless sponge! You told her there was a school of overweight fish swimming nearby!

Brain: [speaking in sealion language] You must get the army back at once.
Winnie: [subtitled] Give me a fish and I will playfully nuzzle you.
Brain: There's no time for me to give you another fish!
Pinky: [speaks to Winnie in sealion language; she swims away] Winnie! Come back! I was only trying to tell her how much I like her.
Brain: Unfortunately, it came out more like, "I'm a big billy goat so you'd better beat it, sister."

Pinky: You know Brain I've been thinking I don't want to be an elf anymore.
Brain: What do you want to be Pinky?
Pinky: A dentist!

Narrator: So they took their friend Christopher's advice and went to see Algore the Donkey, who lived on the very next page.
Pinky: When does this scene start to animate, Brainie?
Brain: It already has, Pinklet. The question is, when does Algore start to animate?

Brain: Has it ever occurred to you, Pinklet, that your scarf is constricting the bloodflow to your head?
Pinky: Yes! And it keeps my neck all cozy-warm.

Brain: Luckily, I know the location of a veritable Fort Knox of honey, right here in Acme Woods!
Pinky: Oooh, a fort! FORT! Oh, can we play Cowboys and Indians?
Brain: No, but we can play Geniuses and Numbskulls.
Pinky: How do you play?
Brain: Like this! [hits Pinky with his stick]
Pinky: Troz! Who won?

Brain: As you know, people in today's body conscious society are obsessed with losing weight. My plan is to secretly replace all the artificial sweeteners in the world with real ones, thus rendering the world's population fat, slow moving, and completly toothless.
Pinky: You mean like the guests on Jerry Springer?
Brain: Exactly, Pinklet.

Brain: After [Snowball], Pinky! He's about to engage the machine!
Pinky: Poit! I didn't even know they were going steady. We really ought to bring a gift, Brain. [Brain grabs him and runs after Snowball.] You know where they're registered? Congratulations, Snowball! We're so happy for you and your fianceé! A hamster engaged to a big machine? What will people say?
Brain: Stop being foolish, Pinky.
Pinky: Oh you're right, Brain, as long as they're happy. We should get them something nice; a fondue set, maybe. I mean, after all, we are getting tight hats in the bargain.

Brain: [After being struck by a tractor in a tornado] Curse you John Deere!

Brain: I feel the need. I feel the need for expeditious velocity.

Brain: The game does not conclude until the woman with the eating disorder ululates.

Brain: What is Troz?
Pinky: Why it's "Zort" in the mirror!Troz!

Brain: The irony of it all, Pinky. Years of trying to take over the world, and all I had to do was say "moo".

Pinky: Russia! I've heard of that place! Isn't it full of cheating, lying and backstabbing intrigue?
Brain: The Cold War is over Pinky. Now Russia is a place of free-market capitalism.
Pinky: What's free-market capitalism?
Brain: Erm... cheating, lying and backstabbing intrigue.

Hillary Clinton: Would you mind telling me who you are?!
Brain: As if you didn't know.
Hillary Clinton: Right. As if I didn't know.
Pinky: Why, he's your guest of honor - the Brain!
Brain: I am the subject of this whole conference.
Hillary Clinton: We're here to discuss the human brain.
Pinky: Egad! There's a human version of you? Scary!

[Brain finds Billie at the controls of the machine]
Pinky: Egad, Brain! Snowball's turned into a mouse!
Brain: No, Pinky, it's Billie.
Pinky: Billie's turned into a hamster? [Brain grabs him and smacks him with his hat repeatedly] She's a mouse! She's a hamster! She's a mouse! She's a hamster! She's a mouse and a hamster?(laughs deliriously)

Bill Clinton: Hey, and don't forget - Saturday morning's the big global Schmëerskāhøvênathon for world peace.
Brain: Schmëerskāhøvênathon? Pinky, do you know what this means?
Pinky: Another preemption for Brand Spanking Fresh and Shiny New Doug?

Pinky:...Then I said "If you change the 'P' to an 'O' then my name would be 'Oinkasso'!

Brain:(about Snowball's plan)And execute me in the process.
Snowball:Oh,don't be silly,Brain,it would take all the fun out of life;I derrive my greatest pleasure from making you squirm.
Pinky:I derrive my greates pleasure from making Brain squirt milk out of his nose!(Snowball and Brain bop Pinky on the head)Natch!

Brain: No! Pinky, you got chocolate on my Jack-o-lantronic transmitter!
Pinky: You got Jack-o-lantronic transmitter in my chocolate!

Brain: For the last time, Pinky, there is no such word as "Chramecirum"!

From Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain

Brain: Look at these tapes! "It's a Sugary-Wugary Day" by Laffie. "Life's a Rosy-Posie Bed of Honey" by Marie Fluis and Pork Chop. The titles alone are enough to make my teeth rot!
Pinky: I'll help you floss.
Brain: I'll help you hurt!

Brain: There's only one ride that interests me - the incredible thrill ride of taking over the world!
Pinky: Mmm, I think there's a height requirement for that ride.

Pinky: Wheee! Oh Brain, I love the teacup ride!
Brain: Pinky, get out of that woman's teacup!

Pinky: Isn't life wonderful, Brain? Just think, we started out as lab mice forced to spend the whole day working our way through frustrating mazes that went absolutely nowhere. Now we get to do what humans do! [camera zooms out to reveal the line they're standing in is frustratingly long]

Brain: Hey, where's Elmyra?
Pinky: Oh no, she's lost! We might never see her again!
Brain: Stop trying to cheer me up, Pinky. She's got the tape.
Boy: Mooom! I wanna go back to the ride where the little atronomic girl is tearing up all the fuzzy animals!
Brain: Oh no! Elmyra's wandered into the plush toy store!

Brain: Yes, finally! The Happy Sappy Children of Many Lands ride! Where cheering music will spread the message that a mouse should rule the world!
Pinky: Oh no, Brain. Narf! You're thinking of that other park in Orlando.

Brain: All I have to do head past Duraway, cross Finland, and get to the ride controls which are just behind Chad.
Pinky: Chad who?
Brain: Chad the country.
Pinky: What a lovely name! Do you think it would suit me?
Brain: Personally, I think "Dolt" would be more appropriate.

Brain: Pinky, after I switch the tapes, I'll met you near Chad.
Pinky: I'd like to meet Chad!
Brain: Chad is not a person!

Pinky: That ride's even better now that Baloney's singing.
Elmyra: You know, I heard Baloney singing, but I didn't see him anywhere.
Pinky: Maybe he's talking to Chad.

Brain: Come, Pinky. We must leave this horrid place and prepare for tomorrow.
Pinky: Why, Brain? What are we going to do tomorrow? ...I know! Tomorrow we'll get the right tape and come back to Duckyland!
Brain: Oh no. Even the world isn't worth that. Nothing is going to get me to come back to this... to this Hieronymus Bosch-inspired nightmare world.

Brain: Oh, look, it's time for a visit with Mr. Loyal Subject. [puts on puppet and has it say:] Hello, Your Highness. Hail you! [as himself] Hello, Mr. Loyal Subject. What's the secret word for today? [as Mr. Loyal Subject] The secret word for today is "Brain"! [as himself] Golly, that's me! [as Mr. Loyal Subject] That's right; it's important that our viewers must learn to bow before the Brain! [lights flash and Brain addresses the puppet] Hey, you said the secret word! You win!
Pinky: Knock knock!
Brain: My goodness, someone's at the door. Who could it be?
Pinky: It's me, Pinky the Unstinky! Shut yer face! Shut yer face!
Brain: Hello, Pinky the Unstinky.
Pinky: Hello, Mr. Loyal Subject! Hello, Brain! [lights flash]
Brain: You said the secret word!
Pinky: I did? Um... what's the secret word, Brain? [lights flash]
Brain: You said the secret word again!
Pinky: Really? I've never won anything before. What do I win, Brain? [lights flash] Oh, this is so exciting!
Brain: OK, that's enough.
Pinky: Enough of what, Brain? [lights flash]
Brain: Stop saying the secret word!
Pinky: What's the secret word, Brain? [lights flash]
Brain: Errrrgh! Stop saying "Brain"! [lights flash]
Pinky: Ah! You won, Brain! [lights flash]
Brain: Stop it, stop it, stop it!
Pinky: Stop what, Brain? [lights flash]
Brain: Okay, that's it! The secret word is not "Brain"!
Pinky: Wuhahaha! Shut yer face! Shut yer face, Brain! [continues to repeat "Brain", with the lights flashing each time, until Brain hits him on the head with his sceptre)
Brain: The new new secret word is "pain".

Brain: Our ratings are in the toilet.
Pinky: Oh, I'll get them.

Zipp Twyman: I've never seen such high numbers! Your ratings have gone through the roof since you added Elmyra to the show!
Brain: How ironic.

Brain: And each year, in a misbegotten melange of civic pride and corporate boosterism, they [the Gristle Meat Company] throw a huge televised parade down the main street of town, the Meat Parade. And one lucky little girl is chosen to lead that parade on television before millions of people. Do you know who that lucky little girl is this year, Pinky?
Pinky: Someone named Meat? [laughs] Meat!
Brain: Meat my fist, Pinky.

Brain: [as Elmyra's cousin, "Patty Ann"] Why, uh, hello, cousin Elmyra! I've missed you so.
Elmyra: Don't you be all smarty-clown-nosey with me! You just came here to make time with my man!
Brain: I wouldn't give two hoots for that walking cyst you call a "man".

[Elmyra is hosting a pretend talk show.]
Brain: That song was the most banal self-serving ditty I've ever heard. Elmyra might have a future in show business.
Pinky: Um, Brain, speaking of show-biz, I am a guest today on Elmyra's Funtime Show. I'll be promoting my latest movie, The Great Pinky Adventure!
Brain: An interesting title. Too bad Dumb and Dumber was already taken.

Elmyra: And didn't you just make a fun movie-woovie?
Pinky: Why, yes I did! It's called The Great Pinky Adventure, starring me! Perhaps you could run a clip and I'll explain what all about it.
Elmyra: (pantomiming with a paper drawing) "Look out! I'm falling from a plane! What will happen to me?" "My name is Pinky Bignose. (crumples up the paper) This is scary! Narf! Zort!"
Pinky: Um, excuse me, Elmyra, but that's not at all what The Great Pinky Adventure is about. And since it is my movie, I should make the sounds for it, y'see?
Elmyra: It's MY show, Pinkly-winkly! [raspberry]
Pinky: Yes, but it's my movie.
Elmyra: Elmyra's Funtime Show is MY show, and I get to be in charge all the time!
Pinky: Well! I shall tell all my celebrity friends not to be on your program, and to go to a nice party instead!

Brain: Pinky? What are you doing? You're supposed to be with Elmyra!
Pinky: In all my years in the movie business, I have never been treated so shabbily! I tell you, Brain, that show has gone to Elmyra's head! Give someone a little power, and they turn on you like a rogue duck! Zort!
Brain: A rogue duck? Pinky, Elmyra has a pretend show. It's all inside her drum-like head.
Pinky: Honestly, Brain, if you're going to make excuses for her unprofessional behavior, [stammers] ...I just don't care to listen!

Pinky: Brain, do you think we learned an important lesson about relations and being popular and peer pressure?
Brain: No, I don't think we did.
Pinky: Whew! That's a relief.

Rudy: Oh, it's you. Hey, wanna go push that Humpty Dumpty guy off his wall?

Mrs. Antebbe: Well, party crashers! That does it. Everybody, it's time to go wee-wee-wee all the way home.
Pinky: Narf! That sounds unsanitary, Cranky Mouseykin.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Just one. If Fred Flintstone knew the giant order of ribs was going to tip over his car, why did he order them every week?
Brain: It was an end title.
Pinky: What?
Brain: Fred Flintstone doesn't order ribs every week. That was only animated once, then music and voice tracks were added. The footage is run at the end of the show in the same spot everytime. It's called an end title.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Just one. How come Elton John gets older and older but his hair gets younger and younger?
Brain: It might be a weave.
Pinky: What?
Brain: Elton John's Hair, I think it might be a weave.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Just one, Brain. How do they get the snow to fall when you shake up those little souvenir globes?
Brain: Particles of a white material with a slight negative buoyance relative to to the water in which they are suspended.
Pinky: How's that?
Brain: Those souvenir globes, thats how they get the snow to fall in them.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Just one. On Sabrina the Teenage Witch, her pet cat looks so real, how do they make it talk?
Brain: It's a puppet.
Pinky: What?
Brain: The cat on Sabrina the Teenage Witch; it's a puppet. That's how they make it talk.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Just one, do you have to wear a Fez at a turkish bath?
Brain: You don't have to wear a Fez at a turkish bath.
Pinky: How's that?
Brain: A turkish bath is nothing more then a personal hygiene method using steam. Steam is released into a small room inducing perspiration that cleans the pores, it has nothing to do with hats.

Brain: Any questions?
Pinky: Yes, do you know the way to San Jose?
Brain: Make a right at Oxnard.
Pinky: Come again?
Brain: It's the way to San Jose. You get to Oxnard and make a right.

Rudy: What are you making? Some kind of cheese ray?

Elmyra: Romeo Rudy, oh so cutie, your Juliet is here, baby!

Brain: Ah, our first caller! Hello, you're on Brain's World.
Pinky: Hi. This is famous TV star, eh... Byron Allen! I watch you all the time.
Brain: You have any questions?
Pinky: Just one. Who's Byron Allen?
Brain: He was on Real People.
Pinky: Huh?
Brain: Byron Allen. he was the co-host of Real People, a pioneering infotainment show of the early 80s.
Pinky: Ohhh, that explains it then.

Brain: [regarding Rudy's room] What a landfill! There are probably germs in here the size of a nickel.

Pinky: Egad! That cat hates us meeces to pieces! Doesn't he, Mr. Pixie?
Brain: Stop calling me Mr. Pixie! This isn't funny, it's sick!

Brain: And do you know why [everyone in Fairyland has problems]?
Pinky: Um... is it because you're telling this story and you have a very pessimistic view of life?

From comic book stories

Brain: [Referring to Pinky’s comic book] Pinky, who would want to read about two lab mice trying to take over the world? Who would want to read about my failures?
Pinky: Oh, believe me, Brain, to a human, our nightly exploits would be a humorous diversion that would magically transmute the dreary workaday world into a fanciful realm of zany hijinks!

Brain: It is here that my cheap workforce of trained iguanas will work night and day to make our shoes to my exacting specifications!
Pinky: But, Brain, I thought elves made shoes.
Brain: Kathie Lee Gifford hired them all, so I settled for second best.

Pinky: Feel strange... my body, growing... Argh! I'm becoming the Incredible Hu--oh, wait, no, I'm just becoming normal Pinky again. Zort!

Verminator: Hear me now, and listen laater. You are maaking me very aaangry. I don't need any fancy veapons. I vill destroy you vith my bare haands.
Pinky: Oh no, Brain, what'll we do? He has a bear named Hans!

Brain: The show must go on…
Pinky: I believe it's coming down, Brain.
Brain: Another comment like that, Pinky, and I swear I'll put the alligator scene back in.

Brain: Pinky, my laughing gas is designed to make humans laugh to the point of freezing, under certain conditions. Do you know what those conditions are, Pinky?
Pinky: Ummm... Suzanne Somers must be riding a horse and singing "Don't Fence Me In"?

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but this time, you put the trousers on the chimp.

Brain: [in response to the outfits Pinky has him try on; as Wilma Flintstone] Too old-fashioned. [as the Mona Lisa] How passé. [as Princess Leia] Where are we, Pinky? Outer space? [as Marge Simpson] D'oh!

Brain: I'll chase [Snowball] 'round Cape Hope, and 'round the Horn, and 'round the Norway Maelstrom, and 'round Perdition's Flames before I give up!
Pinky: Just don't forget to turn left at Albuquerque, Brain! Poit!

Pinky: But Brain, why the toga? No one's worn those in years. Except for that one really strange man in Lancaster-Shire.

From Kids' WB! promos

Brain: Rise and shine, people of Earth. I am your new sun.
Pinky: Brain, what are you doing up there?
Brain: If I can't take over the world, I shall shine over it! Everyone will have to look up to me, the Brain.
Pinky: Are you sure you're not up there to visually illustrate that on weekends, we're on first thing as well as our regular time?
Brain: Pinky, if I had arms, and wasn't a ball of glowing hydrogen, I would hurt you.

[Crossing over with Pokémon]
Misty: Hey, what kind of Pokémon is that?
Ash: I dunno, but I'm gonna catch it!
Pinky: Brain, we're not Pokémon!
Brain: Be quiet. If we catch them all, we'll be able to rule the world! Bring it on!
Ash: I choose you! Charmeleon!
Brain: Yaaaaaaahhhhhh!!! [is tail-whipped by Charmeleon] Aaaaah!
Announcer: Discover all-new Pokémon!
Brain: [gets roasted by Charmeleon] Gotta catch 'em all...
Announcer: This weekend on Kids' WB!

Brain: Pinky, if I can teach you that Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs come on weekday mornings, Kids' WB! will pay me big money, and then...
Pinky: We can buy a puppy!
Brain: No, I use that money to take over the world! Say it with me: Tiny Toons.
Pinky: Tiny Toons...
Brain: Yes, that's right. Then?
Pinky: Then, we, uh... buy a puppy!

Voice: And now it's time for Cartoon Secrets Revealed.
Pinky: I'm not really that stupid. I purposely sabotage Brain's plans, because if he ever succeeded, the show would be over, wouldn't it?
Voice: That's rather smart.
Pinky: Yes, I thought so.
Brain: Who are you talking to?
Pinky: No one.

Brain: Thanks for agreeing to meet with me; I really feel you're the only one who can help. You see, after five years of unsuccessful attempts at world domination, I finally figured out where I was going wrong.
Pinky: Brain! Time to walk the sponge again!
Brain: In short, I need a new partner, one whose might is equal to my intellect. In return, I'm willing to let you have all of northern Europe.
Superman: You're kidding, right?
Pinky: He turned you down, didn't he?
Brain: Who asked you?!

Brain: I need help from you viewers. Pinky and I are being held hostage by some horrible little girl whose name escapes me right now.
Elmyra: [pounds Brain on the head repeatedly] E-L-M-Y-R-A! I'm Elmyra, silly cranky big-head mousie!
Pinky: Hey Brain, is that what they call pounding it into your head?


Brain: Be quiet Pinky, or I shall have to hurt you.

Brain: What can I do for fun, Pinky? That's it! I'll send several bills to Senate for ratification, then veto them all!

Brain: At the key moment, I will assume control of the world's loudspeakers and bombard the masses with the most annoying sound known to mankind.
Pinky: Fran Drescher's voice? Poit!

Brain: The 24-hour deadline has passed, yet there has been no message from Earth! It is most curious. Perhaps I was too lenient.
Pinky: Either that or everyone's gone back to reading books.

Brain: Pinky, remind me to hurt you later.

Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?

In every episode, Brain asks Pinky the question "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky's various responses are: [1] [2]

  • "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?"
  • "I think so, but where will we find an open tattoo parlor at this time of night?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but if we didn't have ears, we'd look like weasels."
  • "Uh... yeah, Brain, but where are we going to find rubber pants our size?"
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but balancing a family and a career ... ooh, it's all too much for me."
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but isn't Regis Philbin already married?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but burlap chafes me so."
  • "Sure, Brain, but how are we going to find chaps our size?"
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but we'll never get a monkey to use dental floss."
  • "Uh, I think so Brain, but this time, you wear the tutu."
  • "I think so, Brain, but culottes have a tendency to ride up so."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we covered the world in salad dressing wouldn't the aspargus feel left out?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'Sad Meals', kids wouldn't buy them!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but me and Pippi Longstocking -- I mean, what would the children look like?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what would Pippi Longstocking look like with her hair straight?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but this time you put the trousers on the chimp."
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but I can't memorize a whole opera in Yiddish."
  • "I think so, Brain, but there's still a bug stuck in here from last time."
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain, but I get all clammy inside the tent."
  • "I think so, Brain, but I don't think Kaye Ballard's in the union."
  • "Yes, I am!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but, the Rockettes? I mean, it's mostly girls, isn't it?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby."
  • "Well, I think so -POIT- but where do you stick the feather and call it macaroni?"
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but pantyhose are so uncomfortable in the summertime."
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but it's a miracle that this one grew back."
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but first you'd have to take that whole bridge apart, wouldn't you?"
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but 'apply North Pole' to what?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but 'Snowball for Windows'?"
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but snort no, no, it's too stupid!"
  • "Umm, I think so, Don Cerebro, but, umm, why would Sophia Loren do a musical?"
  • "Umm, I think so, Brain, but what if the chicken won't wear the nylons?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but isn't that why they invented tube socks?"
  • "Well, I think so Brain, but what if we stick to the seat covers?"
  • "I think so Brain, but if you replace the 'P' with an 'O', my name would be Oinky, wouldn't it?"
  • "Oooh, I think so Brain, but I think I'd rather eat the Macarena."
  • "Well, I think so hiccup, but Kevin Costner with an English accent?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but don't you need a swimming pool to play Marco Polo?"
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but do I really need two tongues?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."
  • Brain: We eat the box?
  • "Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and no one cares, why does he keep doing it?"
  • "I think so, Brain NARF, but don't camels spit a lot?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but how will we get a pair of Abe Vigoda's pants?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Pete Rose? I mean, can we trust him?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would Peter Bogdanovich?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but isn't a cucumber that small called a gherkin?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we get Sam Spade, we'll never have any puppies."
  • "I think so, Larry, and um, Brain, but how can we get seven dwarves to shave their legs?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but calling it pu-pu platter? Huh, what were they thinking?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but how will we get the Spice Girls into the paella?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we give peas a chance, won't the lima beans feel left out?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but I am running for mayor of Donkeytown and Tuesdays are booked." From an early Kids' WB intro.
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we had a snowmobile, wouldn't it melt before summer?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what kind of rides do they have in Fabioland?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but can the Gummi Worms really live in peace with the Marshmallow Chicks?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but wouldn't anything lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but three round meals a day wouldn't be as hard to swallow."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if the plural of mouse is mice, wouldn't the plural of spouse be spice?"
  • "Umm, I think so, Brain, but three men in a tub? Ooh, that's unsanitary!"
  • "Yes, but why does the chicken cross the road, huh, if not for love? I do not know."
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but I prefer Space Jelly."
  • "Yes Brain, but if our knees bent the other way, how would we ride a bicycle?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but how will we get three pink flamingos into one pair of Capri pants?"
  • Snowball: "Oh Brain, I certainly hope so."
  • "I think so, Brain, but Tuesday Weld isn't a complete sentence."
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain, but then my name would be Thumby.
    Brain: In a perfect world, your name would be Dummy!
  • "I think so, Brain, but I find scratching just makes it worse."
  • "I think so, Brain, but shouldn't the bat boy be wearing a cape?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want a depressed tongue?"
  • "Um, I think so, Brainie, but why would anyone want to Pierce Brosnan?"
  • "Methinks so, Brain, verily, but dost thou think Pete Rose by any other name would still smell as sweaty?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't his movies be more suitable for children if he was named Jean-Claude van Darn?"
  • "Wuh, I think so, Brain, but will they let the Cranberry Duchess stay in the Lincoln Bedroom?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but why does a forklift have to be so big if all it does is lift forks?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if it was only supposed to be a three hour tour, why did the Howells bring all their money?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Zero Mostel times anything will still give you Zero Mostel."
  • "I think so, Brain, but if we have nothing to fear but fear itself, why does Eleanor Roosevelt wear that spooky mask?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what if the hippopotamus won't wear the beach thong?"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain-2, but a show about two talking lab mice? Hoo! It'll never get on the air."
  • "I think so, Brain, but Lederhosen won't stretch that far."
  • "Yeah, but I thought Madonna already had a steady bloke!"
  • "I think so, Brain, but what would goats be doing in red leather turbans?"
  • "I think so, Brain... but how would we ever determine Sandra Bullock's shoe size?"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so. But how do we get Twiggy to pose with an electric goose?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain. But if I put on two tutu's, would I really be wearing a four-by-four?
    Brain: Why do I even bother asking?
    Pinky: I dunno, Brain. Maybe it's all part of some huge, cosmic plot formula!
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't mustard make it sting?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but can you use the word 'asphalt' in polite society?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! (Sprays his breath)
    Brain: Er... then again, let's not let our enthusiasm overwhelm us!
  • "I think so, Mr. Brain, but if the sun'll come out tomorrow, what's it doing right now?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but aren't we out of shaving cream?"
  • "Oh yes, Brain! Remind me to tape all our phone calls!"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain, but I hear Hillary is the jealous type."
  • "I think so, Brain, but Madonna's stock is sinking."
  • "I think so, Brain. But does 'Chunk o' Cheesy's' deliver packing material?"
  • "I think so, Brainwulf, but if we're Danish, where's the cream cheese? Narf!"
  • "I think so, Bwain, but I don't think newspaper will fit in my underoos."
  • "Uh, I think so, Brain--but after eating newspaper all day, do I really need the extra fiber?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But isn't a dreadlock hair extension awfully expensive?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But will anyone other than Eskimos buy blubber-flavored chewing gum?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but the ointment expired weeks ago!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But would the villains really have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those pesky kids and their dog?"
  • "Uh, I think so Brain, but how are we gonna teach a goat to dance with flippers on?"
  • "Wuhh... I think so, Brain! But let's use safflower oil this time! It's ever so much healthier!"
  • "Wuh... I think so, Brain. But Cream of Gorilla Soup—well, we'd have to sell it in awfully big cans, wouldn't we?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But if he left chocolate bullets instead of silver, they'd get all runny and gooey!"
  • "Yes, Brain, I think so, but do nuts go with pudding?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but a codpiece made from a real fish would get smelly after a while, wouldn’t it?"
  • "I think... so, Brain... *gag* ...but I didn't know Annette used peanut butter in that way."
  • "I think so, Brain, but do those roost in this neighborhood?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but is the world ready for angora bellbottoms? I mean I can see wearing them inside out, but that would--"
  • "I think so, Commander Brain from Outer Space! But do we have time to grease the rockets?"
  • "I think so, Doctor. But are these really the legs of a show girl?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain. But this time I get to play the dishwasher repairman!"
  • "I think so, Brainius. But what if a sudden wind were to blow up my toga?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But Trojans won’t arrive on the scene for another 300 years."
  • "I think so, Brain... but where would a yak put PVC tubing?"
  • "Whuh... I think so, Brain, but... but if Charlton Heston doesn't eat Soylent Green, what will he eat?"
  • Pinky: (talking to his reflection in the mirror) Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky's Reflection: Why, yes, Pinky! Yes, I am! But where would you get a chicken, 20 yards of spandex and smelling salts at this hour?
  • "I think so, Brain, but Ben Vereen never answered our proposition."
  • "I think so, Brain, but wouldn't an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie, yellow polka-dot one-piece be better suited for my figure?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but won't it go straight to my hips?!"
  • "I think so, Ali-Brain! But isn't it cheating to use glue?"
  • "Whuu... I think so, BrainPan! But if running shoes had little feet, wouldn't they need their own shoes?"
  • "I think so, Brain. But what if the Earl of Essex doesn't like burlap pantaloons?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but should we use dishwashing liquid or cooking oil?"
  • Pinky: I think so, Brain! We'll dress up like biker dudes and infiltrate the "Hades Ladies." Then we'll convince them to hold a meeting inside the corn palace. Narf! The resulting carbon-monoxide buildup will allow you to complete your energy-making device and shortly after, you will rule the world!
    Brain: Actually, I was thinking of calling the police. But I like your idea better!
    Pinky: I’m honored, Brain... er, what was my idea again?
  • Pinky: (holding one of the pointy pieces from Sorry! and the bottle of Slick 'n Slide) I think so, Br...
    Brain: [shuts Pinky's mouth] No, on second thought, don’t tell me... I don't think they allow that in a book with the Comics Code.
  • "I think so, Brain, but would Danish flies work just as well?"
  • "We think so, Brain! But dressing like twins is so tacky."
  • "I think so, Brain, but practicing docking procedures with a goat at zero G's—it's never been done!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But shouldn't we let the silk worms finish the boxer shorts before we put them on?"
  • "I think so, Brain! You draw the bath and I'll fetch the alka-seltzers and candles!"
  • "I think so, Brain. But the real trick will be getting Demi Moore out of the creamed corn!"
  • "Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"
  • "I think so, Brain, you'd think [Lyndon Johnson would] have left room for baby-kissing, wouldn't you?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But won't Mr. Hoover notice a missing evening gown?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But what's the use of having a heart-shaped tattoo if it's going to be covered by hair?"
  • [Snowball has used his Visual Transmogrifier to make himself look like Brain and has encased an iron mask on Brain's head, claiming him to be his (Brain's) visiting cousin, Clement.]
    Snowball/Brain: Listen, Pinky--Clement's a little tired. Let's go take over the world while he rests.
    Pinky: Sure, Brain--but aren't you going to ask me somethin'?
    Snowball/Brain: Eh? Ask you what?
    Pinky: You know, "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
    Snowball/Brain: That depends, what are you pondering?
    Pinky: Me? Well, actually, I was pondering which was more exciting, hand or foot pumps. Narf!
    Snowball/Brain: I, I wasn't pondering that...
    Pinky: Um...
    Snowball/Brain: Does that answer your question?
    Pinky: Which question?
    Snowball/Brain: [visibly annoyed] Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: I think so, Brain! But I can't decide which is more exciting...
    Snowball/Brain: Hand or foot pumps, narf! Yes, you said that already!
    Pinky: Oh... right... Poit!
  • "I think so, Brain, but couldn't the constant use of a henna rinse lead to premature baldness?"
  • "I think so, Brain. Just make sure we don't swallow each other's bubbles!"
  • "I think so, Brain! But ruby-studded stockings would be mighty uncomfortable wouldn't they?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but if I have my portrait drawn, will we have time to make it to the lifeboats?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But is Chippendale's ready for 'The Full Pinky?'"
  • Snowball: Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Brain?
    Brain: There's a 99.7% probability that I am, Snowball!
  • "I think so, Brain! But do I have what it take to be the 'Lord of the Dance'?"
  • "I think so, Brain! How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren't sponges down there?"
  • "Oh, I think so, Brain! But doing a clog dance in actual clogs will give me awful blisters."
  • "I think so, Brain, but nose rings are kinda passé by now."
  • "I think so, Brain, but where are we going to get a trained octopus at this time of night?"
  • "I think so, Brain! But no more eels in jelly for me, thanks—I like my gelatin after lunch."
  • "I think so, Brain, but I didn’t know 90210 was a real zip code! Will Tori be there?"
  • Pinky: Narf! I think so, Brain, but what if the Telechubbies don't fight fair?
    Elmyra: Ewwww, that would be bad!
  • "I think so, Brain. But even if we found a tuxedo to fit a blowfish, who would marry it?"
  • "Um, no, Cranky Mouseykin, not even in the story you made up."
  • "I think so, but where is a fish?"
  • Brain: "You pondering what I'm pondering?" I asked Pinky on the sly. "Well, I think so, Brain," he muttered. "But my feet taste better buttered." Then I grimaced and I shuddered at his typical reply.
  • "I think so, Brain. But if Pinocchio were carved out of bacon it wouldn't be the same story, would it?"
  • "Um, I think so, Brain, but wasn't Dicky Ducky released on his own recognaissance?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but Pepper Ann makes me sneeze."
  • "I think so, Brain. But suppose we do the hokey pokey and turn ourselves around, is that what it's really all about?"
  • (sung) "I think so, Brain, but just how will we get the weasel to hold still?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but how are we going to get the bacon flavoring into the pencils?"
  • "I think so, Brain, but instant karma's always so lumpy."
  • [Upon looking for safe passage through colonial India...]
    Pinky: Well, I think so, Brain, but... no, it's too stupid.
    Brain: We shall disguise ourselves as a cow!
    Pinky: Narf, Brain! That was it exactly!
  • [Unused one]
    Pinky: I think so, Brain, but she'd never leave Mickey.
    Brain: I thought we agreed never to discuss that!

The Series Finale: (They're Brain-2-Me-2 and 3-Pinky-0 in a Star Wars Parody)

  • "Uh, I think so Brain2, but a show about two talking lab mice? It'll never get on the air.

And for a change:

  • Brain: Are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: Whoof, oh, I'd have to say the odds of that are terribly slim, Brain.
    Brain: True.
    Pinky: I mean, really, when have I ever been pondering what you've been pondering?
    Brain: To my knowledge, never.
    Pinky: Exactly. So, what are the chances that this time, I'm pondering what you're pondering?
    Brain: Next to nil.
    Pinky: Well, that's exactly what I'm thinking, too.
    Brain: Therefore, you are pondering what I'm pondering.
    Pinky: Poit, I guess I am!


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