Today, we’re wrapping up our week-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of The Maltese Falcon with a little irreverence. And where better to turn for irreverence than the Animaniacs?
God, how I adored this cartoon in my callow and misspent youth. But it’s watching the show as an adult that really brings the greatest pleasure, because you can truly appreciate how witty it was. In any given episode, you could find a veritable feast of obvious and not-so-obvious pop culture references, delivered in the cleverest of ways. After all, it’s not many kids’ shows that will parody The Seventh Seal, Les Misérables, Bambi, or Raging Bull, let alone all in the same season.
So here for your viewing pleasure: the Animaniacs’ take on The Maltese Falcon, called “This Pun for Hire.” Enjoy!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s series of posts on one of our favorite “true classics!” A million thanks for tuning in. 🙂