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Rita and Runt were the stars of several musical segments in 1993-94 in the animated television series Animaniacs. Rita (voiced by Bernadette Peters) is a sassy, smart, street-wise cat; Runt (voiced by Frank Welker) is a dumb but sweet dog, whose voice and mannerisms parody Rain Man. Like any stereotypical dog, Runt hates cats, but is not smart enough to realize that his best friend Rita is a cat.


Rita and Runt first starred together in episode seven, on September 21, 1993, of Animaniacs, appearing in a segment called "When Rita Met Runt." Later appearances took place in various settings and time periods, including Ancient Egypt, "Home on De-Nile", Nazi-occupied Poland around 1939, "Puttin' on the Blitz", and Salem during the infamous Salem witch trials; they also occasionally appeared in the "contemporary" era.

Rita often breaks into song, drawing on the singing talents of Peters, a Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning singer-actress. As with many other Animaniacs segments, "Rita and Runt" sketches often parodied specific musicals; one of the pair's most lavishly scored cartoons was a spoof of the musical Les Misérables, called "Les Miseranimals".

Episode List

Excluding cameos and brief appearances in ensembles, Rita and Runt has appeared in the following Animaniacs episodes:

  • Episode 7, When Rita met Runt
  • Episode 11, Les Miseranimals
  • Episode 17, The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Episode 25, Home on De-Nile
  • Episode 29, Phranken-Runt
  • Episode 31, Puttin' on the Blitz
  • Episode 39, Smitten with Kittens
  • Episode 43, Of Nice and Men
  • Episode 44, Kiki's Kitten
  • Episode 48, Icebreakers
  • Episode 57, Up a Tree
  • Episode 62, Witch One

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