There’s a New Verse to ‘Yakko’s World’

by Christopher Paul on April 13, 2016

I loved watching Animaniacs as a teenager when it was on TV. I was in high school and found the humor well suited for adults and children alike. I wasn’t the only fan, it seems, because a lot of people were happy to see it on Netflix at the start of the month.

One of the most memorable scenes for me was ‘Yakko’s World’ which I’ve embedded above and the ‘Presidents’ which is embedded below. With the show being aired on Netflix, the actors who voiced the characters are touring (something I’d like to see) with a new verse to ‘Yakko’s World’:

…starting this year, Mr. Paulsen, 60, plans to reunite with the voices of Wakko (Jess Harnell) and Dot (Tress MacNeille) on tour to perform many of the show’s memorable songs, including Wakko’s list of American states and their capitals and a recollection of all of the U.S. presidents. This time, the voice actors will be backed by a full orchestra, as they were with the Colorado Symphony in 2014.

History buffs might be glad to hear that Mr. Paulsen will perform a new verse of “Yakko’s World,” which was written before the Soviet Union broke up, in 1991. The song has been frequently nitpicked for its omissions and shortcuts, and the new verse will add any nations formed in the past 25 years.

NY Times via Patrick LaForge

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