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Subtle, silly, witty, snort-your-beverage-of-choice-up-your-nose-genius.

The theme song will be in my head forever. Although I was never quite sure which one was the genius and which one was insane. Each night they tried to take over the world and failed, but kept trying. Quite a lesson in perseverance.


This sadly only ran for 65 episodes (and I have them all!!!), but it will run through our hearts and brains forever, leaving tiny little paw prints that leave tiny little ouchies…
This isn’t a show of half measures, people either love it or hate it or possibly just miss out on its brilliance altogether.

anima5My fav lines were always when Brain (voiced by the astonishing Maurice LaMarche) would say, “Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?”

Pinky (voiced by the talented Rob Paulsen) would usually have some bizarre answer like:

“I think so, Brain, but…but burlap chafes me so.” or

“I think so, Brain, but this time, you put the trousers on the chimp.” or

“I think so Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby.” or

“I think so, but what if the chicken won’t wear the nylons?”  Or

“I think so, Brain, but if they called them ‘Sad Meals’, kids wouldn’t buy them.” or

“Well, I think so, hiccup, but Kevin Costner with an English accent?”

“I think so, Brain, but me and Pippi Longstocking… I mean, what would the children look like?” or

“Well, I think so, Brain, but if Jimmy cracks corn, and nobody cares, why does he keep doing it?”

And it’s all funnier in his Cockney accent and throw in a:  narf, zort, poit, and a troz and you’ve got yourself a lot of laughs.




Very me

7 thoughts on “PINKY & THE BRAIN

  1. I need to watch this show again, I loved it so much and I was definitely too old for it the first time 😉

    Brain was modeled after Orson Welles, which makes a lot of sense with the voice and all.


    I love that show… all of them!
    D. Parker says so many things about Pinky & The Brain
    that I love to read.


  3. You watched Pinky and the Brain for the same reason as I did. And I found it prudent not to be eating or drinking while watching it, too.

    Brilliant, insightful and ahead of it’s time.

    Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
    (Insert narfy statement here)
    Pinky, you have the brain of a developmentally disabled cucumber.

    “What was so important about that phrase?” you might ask. That was part of this cartoon’s subtle brilliance. Not long before that, the term “mental retardation” was replaced by “developmental disability.” I mentioned to a group of people that the words wouldn’t change people;s perceptions but simply substitute another word for what people were already thinking. Not that the stereotypes were acceptable, but that’s reality…narf. 🙂


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