Animaniacs (1993–1998)
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Soccer Coach Slappy/Belly Button Blues/Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise/Valuable Lesson 

Slappy is the coach of a Soccer team. Skippy keeps getting hit in the face by the ball, causing him to cry and Slappy deciding to put him out of the game. But at the final game, the last ... See full summary »

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Nick DuBois (as Nick Dubois), Nicholas Hollander | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rob Paulsen ... Yakko Warner / Katie's Dad / Boy Snuggler (voice)
Jess Harnell ... Wakko Warner / Cab Driver (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Dot Warner / Female Censor / Little Girl (voice)
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Slappy Squirrel (voice)
Nate Ruegger Nate Ruegger ... Skippy Squirrel (voice) (as Nathan Ruegger)
Laura Mooney Laura Mooney ... Katie Ka-Boom (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Attila the Hun / Grampazoid Snuggler / Doctor (voice)
Justin Garms Justin Garms ... Tinker (voice)
Jeff Bennett ... Burt / AL 5000 / Al Gore / Don Knotts / Little Boy (voice) (as Jeff Glen Bennett)
Frank Welker ... Announcer (voice)
Mary Gross ... Katie's Mom (voice)
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Slappy is the coach of a Soccer team. Skippy keeps getting hit in the face by the ball, causing him to cry and Slappy deciding to put him out of the game. But at the final game, the last hit by the ball in Skippy's face gives the team the win. Katie Kaboom gets furious when her parents won't let her wear clothes that are "in-style" at her school, since they make her belly button visible. The Warners wake up from suspended animation in a spaceship in a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey. When the computer of the ship orders them to return to their sleeping pods, the Warners refuse to and things get out of hand. The Warners are visited by the network censors after harassing Attila the Hun. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1993 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Nathan Ruegger refused to cry in "Soccer Coach Slappy" because he felt he was too old to be doing that anymore, so Skippy's crying was recycled from the earlier segment "Bumbie's Mom". See more »

Quotes

Slappy: [Wearing a coach's hat] I'd like to say how very happy I am to be here. I'd also like to be stuck on a deserted island with Morey Amsterdam. But I'm not. I didn't ask for this job, and in fact, i'm missin' a Ricki Lake episode, I'm talkin' sacrifice here! Actually, I'm doin' it for my nephew Skippy.
Skippy: [Hugs Slappy] You're the greatest, Aunt Slappy!
Slappy: Coachin' does have it's small rewards.
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Connections

Spoofs 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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Traditional
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Soccer, belly buttons, space and censors
28 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation to bits. It was a big part of my life as a child, especially Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera and Tom and Jerry (with tastes broadening further getting older with Pixar, Studio Ghibli and some of the more mature animations out there), and still love it to this day as a young adult whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now, with more knowledge of the different animation styles, directors, studios and what work went into them.

'Animaniacs' has always been one of my favourites. From an early age, it always stood out as one of the most colourful, unique, funniest and cleverest shows, animated and otherwise, ever made. It is not to be dismissed as a show just for children. There is plenty for children to enjoy, any child who loves great animation, humour to laugh at and unique characters will be in heaven. There is more than plenty for adults too, especially the hugely clever in-jokes/poking fun that is likely to be better understood by older viewers with more familiarity for what is being referenced and poked fun at.

This is a brilliant episode in a show where even the weakest episodes were not failures and one where there were many classics. For me, it's one of the show's best.

Here, the animation is very well done, with vibrant colouring, crisp beautiful backgrounds and convincing movements for the characters. The music is not only catchy it is actually memorable as well, with an instantly hummable main theme.

The scripts and humour are witty and hilarious with clever references and inside jokes. As are the situations no matter how silly they are the characters get into. "Soccer Coach Slappy" is my personal favourite, mainly because of loving Slappy, but also love the '2001: A Space Odyssey' (a favourite of mine) parody. "Belly Button Blues" is much funnier than how it sounds reading the summary, which makes it sound very cheesy and clichéd., instead it's a very funny and relatable treatment of an issue that's relevant still today. This all springs from a great concept, some shows have a great concept but don't live up to it.

'Animaniacs' was always one of the finest examples of execution of a great concept doing that and superbly, with the story lines here being funny and endearing. The characters are immensely likable with unique personalities, with no exception, Slappy stealing the show in "Soccer Coach Slappy".

Have no qualms with the uniformly terrific voice acting from some of the most talented voice actors from that period and in the business.

In summary, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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