President Trump’s heinous violations of royal protocol when stumbling around the 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II were appalling, but nothing was worse than the time Yakko, Wakko, and Dot of the Animaniacs replaced the royal banquet room at Buckingham Palace with a dinette set.
But soon, you can relive the glory days of that madcap, underappreciated Warner Bros. cartoon, which ran for 99 episodes over six years in the mid-1990s (and which, like everything else, is getting the reboot treatment). On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, Feinstein’s at the Nikko will be home to Emmy-winning voice actor Rob Paulsen’s ANIMANIACS IN CONCERT!.
As Yakko, Dr. Scratchnsniff, and the dimwitted lab rat Pinky of “Pinky and the Brain,” Paulsen appears alongside fellow Emmy-winning composer-writer Randy Vogel, responsible for Animaniacs songs like “Yakko’s World” and “When You’re Traveling from Nantucket.”
Released from their water tower on the Warners backlot, Paulsen and Rogel will screen some classic clips, interspersing them with stories and “silly secrets” about the show’s production. (It was always pretty smart: If you watched it as a kid, you might not have caught all the references to the golden age of Hollywood, at the time.)
And now that Buckingham Palace has been redecorated, it’s time to stop Big Ben at exactly 4 p.m., thus creating perpetual tea time and allowing the Brain to conquer the British Empire and then the world.
ANIMANIACS IN CONCERT!, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, 8 p.m., at Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St. $33.75-$65, feinsteinsatthenikko.com