Pinky, Elmyra, & The Brain (originally titled Pinky & the Brain Meets Elmyra, The Continuing Adventures of Pinky & the Brain, and Pinky & the Brain: The Elmyra Years) is the retooling of the American animated television series Pinky and the Brain (itself a spin off from Animaniacs), with the title characters being joined by Elmyra Duff from their other show, Tiny Toon Adventures. The show is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and the series was produced by Amblin Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Animation, and aired from 1998 to 1999 on The WB Television Network, running for thirteen episodes. This was also Steven's last collaborative effort with Warner Animation.
Of the thirteen episodes, only six were shown before the series was cancelled. The remaining seven episodes were chopped up into segments as part of The Cat and Birdy Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show (or The Big Cartoonie Show for short) with segments from other Warner Bros. cartoons (including Tiny Toons).
The only clear connection between this series and Tiny Toon Adventures is the character of Elmyra Duff. While she essentially has the same personality as her Tiny Toon counterpart and lives in Acme Acres, her character is different from that on Tiny Toon Adventures in various ways. She goes to a normal school with other human kids rather than her Tiny Toons co-stars, and harbors an unrequited crush on Rudy Mookich rather than Montana Max (though like Montana Max, Rudy does not return her affections). Her pets are also different than those on Tiny Toon Adventures; in this case, a cat named "Mr. Pussy-Wussy" and a turtle named "Mr. Shellbutt" (the same turtle that Pinky and the Brain hide in while looking for a new laboratory) rather than Furrball and Byron Basset. Like the other characters from Tiny Toon Adventures, Elmyra's family (consisting of her mother, father, older sister, two younger brothers, and grandmother, previously seen in the episodes, Take Elmyra Please and Grandma's Dead), were also excluded from the series.
The show's theme song is set to the same tune as the Pinky and the Brain theme song, but with different lyrics explaining how Pinky and the Brain ended up with Elmyra after the destruction of their lab in the last episode of Pinky and the Brain. The lyrics to the theme song can be seen in the section below.
This short-lived series continued the exploits of Pinky and the Brain, who have been evicted from Acme Labs, following its destruction in the last episode of Pinky and the Brain, and are on the run from the psychotic Wally Faust. Their life on the lam (as explained in the theme song's lyrics) leads to them hiding out in a turtle at the pet store and being purchased by Elmyra Duff.
Now living in Elmyra's bedroom, the Brain continues working on his plans to take over the world, but Elmyra proves to be quite a distraction, to the point where quite a few episodes have Brain never actually getting around to enacting any part of his plans.
Some of the series' running gags include a new variation on the "Are You Pondering what I'm Pondering?" gag in the Pinky and the Brain series, in which the Brain would ask Pinky if he had a question. Pinky would ask Brain his question, and towards the end of the episode, the Brain would answer it for him. Another recurring gag is Elmyra continually washing out Brain's mouth whenever he says something she would find offensive or merely scientific jargon that she can't understand (which she calls "naughty-waughty potty talk").
- Wally Foust (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A seldom-seen character who pursues Pinky and the Brain to use in his own world domination schemes.
- Rudy Mookich (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) - Elmyra's unrequieted love interest, fulfilling the role that Montana Max had on Tiny Toon Adventures. Like Elmyra, he attends Chuck Norris Grammar School. He has a crush on Patty Ann, the Brain's robot suit. He has a pet snake that he wants to feed Pinky and the Brain to.
- Vanity White (voiced by Jane Weidlin) - One of Elmyra's classmates, whose name is a parody of Vanna White (of Wheel of Fortune fame).
- Andrew Loam (voiced by Pamela Segall)
- Ms. Entebee (voiced by Andrea Martin) - Elmyra's teacher, who works at Chuck Norris Grammar School.
- Principal Cheevers (voiced by John Vernon) - Elmyra's principal, who works at Chuck Norris Grammar School.
- Mr. Pussy-Wussy (voiced by Frank Welker) - Elmyra's pet cat, fulfilling the role that Furrball had on Tiny Toon Adventures. He often chases Pinky and The Brain. In The Cat that Cried Woof, The Brain creates a formula that makes him act like a dog. This formula's effect seems to be permanent, as he continues acting like a dog in Mr. Doctor.
- Mr. Shellbutt - Elmyra's pet turtle, fulfilling the role that Byron Basset had on "Tiny Toon Adventures" as Elmyra's secondary pet. He is the same turtle that Pinky and the Brain hide in while looking for a new laboratory, until Elmyra purchased him.
Warner Bros. network executives wanted Pinky and the Brain to be part of a sitcom "more like The Simpsons". In a press release, Warner called the move "A fresh approach to popular favorites Pinky and the Brain." The idea, however, was panned by many animation fans, namely those of Pinky and the Brain and Tiny Toon Adventures alike, as well as the producers of the series. Former WB writer and producer Peter Hastings even left Warner Bros. for Disney over the decision.
Dissatisfaction shown with work
Even before Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, dissatisfaction with Warner Bros.' decision to change Pinky and the Brain showed up in some of the later episodes of the series. The last script that Peter Hastings wrote before leaving Warner Bros. was the episode, You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town Again, in which the demise of Pinky and The Brain is caused by the Network's decisions to change the show.
Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain has also shown dissatisfaction towards Warner Bros.; some of the lyrics in the theme song had said, "So Pinky and the Brain, Share a new domain, it's what the network wants, why bother to complain?", referring to the means of executive meddling. During this line, a clip showed Pinky and the Brain getting kicked out of the Warner Bros. office. Furthermore, a spoken line by the Brain at the end of the song adds, "I deeply resent this."
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's offered a collection of four Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain toys with their meals.
|#||Title||Description||Directed by||Written by||Airdate|
|1a||Patty Ann||The Brain builds a robot suit to disguise himself as Elmyra's cousin, Patty Ann. Rudy falls head over heels for him.||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||9/19/1998|
|1b||Gee, Your Hair Spells Terrific||The Brain plans to clone dinosaurs from fossilized amber mosquitos. To get the money, he has to get Elmyra to win a spelling bee, and the only way to make that work is to cheat, something celebrity judge Baloney the Dinosaur doesn't take too kindly to.||Nelson Recinos||Tom Ruegger, Charles Howell||9/19/1998|
|2a||Cute Little Alien Head||The Brain uses an intergalactic radio to flag down a passing Alien, in hopes of trading for advanced weaponry. Unfortunately, Elmyra drives the Alien away.||Russel Calabrese||Kate Donahue, Scott Kreamer||9/26/1998|
|2b||Better Living Through Cheese||To win the prize money from a science fair, The Brain builds a high-tech device for Elmyra to show off. Rudy destroys the device just before it can be judged by Bob Quack the Science Hack.||Russel Calabrese||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||9/26/1998|
|3a||My Fair Brainy||In a parody of My Fair Lady, The Brain devises a plan to take over the world through outer space. To get there, he enters Elmyra in a contest to be the first child aboard a space shuttle.||Nelson Recinos||Doug Langdale||10/3/1998|
|3b||The Cat That Cried Woof||The Brain creates a formula that makes Elmyra's cat, Mr. Pussy-wussy, think he is a dog.||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||10/3/1998|
|4a||The Girl With Nothing Extra||The Brain tries to make Elmyra popular so that he and Pinky can work through her fame to take over the world.||Russel Calabrese, Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack, Charles Howell||11/7/1998|
|4b||Narfily Ever After||The Brain tells Elmyra a Cinderella-esque bedtime story.||Russel Calabrese, Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack, Charles Howell||11/7/1998|
|5a||The Icky Mouse Club||The Brain organizes the neighborhood kids into a gang, so that when they grow up, they will see him as their leader.||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||11/21/1998|
|5b||The Man From Washington||Wally Foust tries to steal The Brain's latest invention and use it to kill him.||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||11/21/1998|
|6a||At the Hop||Elmyra wants to go to the school dance with Rudy, who would rather go with Patty Ann, The Brain's robot disguise. The Brain tries to use this to his advantage, as he needs a sample of his cologne to make people instantly attractive. This episode marks the debut appearance of Vanity White.||Rob Davies||John P. McCann||1/16/1999|
|6b||Pinky's Dream House||Pinky dreams of living a normal family life, so Elmyra dresses him and Brain and places them in a dollhouse.||Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack||1/23/1999|
|7a||Yule Be Sorry||The Christmas episode. The Brain gets angry and wishes that he never met Pinky. As a result, he has a dream that shows him what things would be like if he were at Acme Labs with Elmyra instead.||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||12/12/1998|
|7b||How I Spent My Weekend||Elmyra narrates the story of The Brain's plan to build a giant robot that will fly to France and shoot laser beams that turn cheese into stupid American tourists.||Nelson Recinos||Charles Howell, Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||12/12/1998|
|8a||Wag the Mouse||Elmyra runs for class president, but doesn't stand a chance against the other candidates.||Rob Davies||Ken Segall||2/13/1999|
|8b||A Walk in the Park||Elmyra takes a trip to the Disney-esque theme park, Duckyland, and The Brain plans to switch the looping song recording at the "Small World" ride with a hypnotic message. This plan fails because he uses a "Baloney's Greatest Hits" tape by accident.||Rob Davies||Gordon Bressack, Charles Howell||2/20/1999|
|9a||Squeeze Play||Rudy takes The Brain's latest invention, which The Brain needs to conquer the world. To get it back, Pinky and the Brain must get past Rudy's pet snake.||Nelson Recinos||Erin Ehrlich, Alex Bornstein||1/30/1999|
|9b||The Ravin!||The Brain reads an altered version of the classic Edgar Allan Poe poem, "The Raven". In this episode, it is revealed that Acme Labs was turned into a Dissy Store.||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||2/6/1999|
|10||Teleport a Friend||The only half-hour-long Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain episode. The Brain accidentally fuses his body with Elmyra's, and if he can't reverse the transformation caused by the device he built, they will remain that way forever. The Brain's only hope is Pinky, who, unfortunately for the Brain, spends most of the cartoon chasing a pig.||Rob Davies||John P. McCann, Mitch Watson||3/6/1999|
|11a||Mr. Doctor||Elmyra takes some of her pets, Brain, Pinky, the Alien from "Cute Little Alienhead", and Mr. Pussy-Wussy to the vet, who notices her cat is acting like a dog.||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||3/13/1999|
|11b||That's Edutainment||Pinky and The Brain get their own educational children's television program.||Nelson Recinos||Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||2/27/1999|
|12a||Fun, Time and Space||The Brain creates a black hole in Elmyra's bedroom, hoping to exploit the theory that black holes can transport someone to other universes or send someone back in time.||Rob Davis||John P. McCann||3/20/1999|
|12b||Hooray For Meat||Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain go to a "Meat Festival". There, The Brain discovers a plan to take over the world using "Meats of Evil".||Rob Davies||Earl Kress, Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||3/27/1999|
|13a||Party Night||Vanity White throws a party, and invites Rudy Mookich, but not Elmyra. Elmyra, thinking Vanity just forgot to invite her, shows up anyway.||Nelson Recinos||John P. McCann||4/3/1999|
|13b||"The Mask of Braino"||The Brain becomes "Braino", a masked crime fighter, and a parody of Zorro.||Nelson Recinos||Earl Kress, Charles Howell, Wendell Morris, Tom Sheppard||4/10/1999|
Theme Song Lyrics
Pinky (spoken): "Gee, Brain, what do you want to do today?"
Brain (spoken): "The same thing we do every day, Pinky, endure Elmyra, then try to take over the world!"
(Pinky and the Brain scream as Elmyra gives them a bone-crushing hug. Elmyra laughs)
Singers: The situations changed
For Pinky and the Brain
Alone in the rain.
And someone's looking round
For where they might be found
For Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,
Their pressure magnified
With every lab they tried
They had to flee constantly
Needing a place to hide
Trapped inside a store
A girl ran in the door
She bought a discount turtle
but ended up with more
Elmyra: Furry things are nice
I love my talking mice
I take them to school
And make them eat rice.
I spray them with perfume
In my own bedroom.
Singers: They're crinkly
and often in great pain, pain, pain, pain
pain, pain, pain, pain,
So Pinky and the Brain
Share a new domain
It's what the network wants,
Why bother to complain?
The Earth remains their goal,
Some things they can't control,
They're Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,
Brain (spoken): "I deeply resent this."
Singers: Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain,
Pinky (spoken): "Troz!" (Laughs)
Elmyra (spoken): "Mousies!"
The complete series was released 28 January 2014 on a two-disc DVD set.