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What are We? is a song from the "Animaniacs" episode of the same name. The song contemplates what sort of species the Warners are, a question also asked by many fans of the show.

VOICE CAST/PERFORMERS[]

Voice Actor/Actress Character(s)
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner

Dr. Scratchansniff

Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner
321SPONGEBOLT Background Singer

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT[]

Coming soon on a separate page.

LYRICS[]

Wakko: ♪Maybe we are dogs. Cute little dogs, with ears.♪

Woof-woof! (Pants to the rhythm)

♪And little tails that we can wag. Hey, let's go fetch his slippers and play tag!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: Hey, get off of me!

Dot: ♪Maybe I'm a cat.♪

Background Singer: A cat?

Dot: ♪What do you think of that?♪

Dot and Background Singer: ♪A lovely cat that all the word adores!♪

Dot: ♪And here's my kitty paws.♪

Background Singer: To hold!

Dot: ♪With little kitty claws.♪

Background Singer: To file!

Dot: ♪Which I like...♪

Dot and Background Singer: ♪...to sharpen on your couch!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: (Screams at the sight of his couch sliced) That's not funny!

Yakko: ♪Maybe I'm a bunny, hopping 'round here happy as I please. Or penguins and it's cold, which makes you sneeze.♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff sneezes himself off the floor)

♪I've got it, of course! Maybe I'm a horse.♪

♪I can live on oats and hay, and laugh and run and jump and play, and you can ride on me all day!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: No vay [way]!

Dot: ♪Hey, maybe I'm a skunk.♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: Oh boy! You really stink!

Yakko: ♪A dinosaur might be some fun.♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: But then you'd be extinct.

Dot: ♪Maybe we're all insects.♪

Wakko: ♪Do you like bugs and bees?♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: You kids are buggy in the head.

Yakko: ♪Maybe we're giant fleas!♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff screams while running down a hallway and into another room)

Dot: ♪Maybe an electric eel.♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff yelps)

Wakko: Or a seal.

Dot and Background Singer: Get real!

Dot: ♪Hey, wait a minute, I've got it now!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff (Simultaneously with Background Singer): You do?

Background Singer (Simultaneously with Dr. Scratchansniff) ♪You do?♪

Dot: ♪Yes, I do!♪

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪We're not bees and we're not cats, or bugs or horses or things like that.♪

♪What we are is clear and absolute!♪

Background Singer (Eagerly): Really? What is it?

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪What we are dear doctor...♪♪

Background Singer: And Singer!

Dot: Is cute!

Dr. Scratchansniff: No! Vhat [What] are you kidses? Look at you! With zose [those] ears and those tails. That's not normal! I know normal! I mean vhat [what] are you?

Wakko: Well...

(Music starts)

♪Maybe we are dogs. Cute little dogs, with ears.♪

Woof-woof! (Pants to the rhythm)

♪And little tails that we can wag. Hey, let's go fetch his slippers and play tag!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: Hey, get off of me!

Dot: ♪Maybe I'm a cat.♪

Background Singer: A cat?

Dot: ♪What do you think of that?♪

Dot and Background Singer: ♪A lovely cat that all the word adores!♪

Dot: ♪And here's my kitty paws.♪

Background Singer: To hold!

Dot: ♪With little kitty claws.♪

Background Singer: To file!

Dot: ♪Which I like...♪

Dot and Background Singer: ♪...to sharpen on your couch!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: (Screams at the sight of his couch sliced) That's not funny!

Yakko: ♪Maybe I'm a bunny, hopping 'round here happy as I please. Or penguins and it's cold, which makes you sneeze.♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff sneezes himself off the floor)

♪I've got it, of course! Maybe I'm a horse.♪

♪I can live on oats and hay, and laugh and run and jump and play, and you can ride on me all day!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: No vay [way]!

Dot: ♪Hey, maybe I'm a skunk.♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: Oh boy! You really stink!

Yakko: ♪A dinosaur might be some fun.♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: But then you'd be extinct.

Dot: ♪Maybe we're all insects.♪

Wakko: ♪Do you like bugs and bees?♪

Dr. Scratchansniff: You kids are buggy in the head.

Yakko: ♪Maybe we're giant fleas!♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff screams while running down a hallway and into another room)

Dot: ♪Maybe an electric eel.♪

(Dr. Scratchansniff yelps)

Wakko: Or a seal.

Dot and Background Singer: Get real!

Dot: ♪Hey, wait a minute, I've got it now!♪

Dr. Scratchansniff (Simultaneously with Background Singer): You do?

Background Singer (Simultaneously with Dr. Scratchansniff) ♪You do?♪

Dot: ♪Yes, I do!♪

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪We're not bees and we're not cats, or bugs or horses or things like that.♪

♪What we are is clear and absolute!♪

Background Singer (Eagerly): Really? What is it?

Yakko, Wakko, and Dot: ♪What we are dear doctor...♪♪

Background Singer: And Singer!

Dot: Is cute!

(As soon as the song, "What Are We?" ends, the score, "Witch On Roof" from "The Wizard of Oz" plays for Waldo's score. As soon as Waldo's score ends, the Warners kiss Dr. Scratchansniff.)

Dr. Scratchansniff: I'm sorry I asked.

AUDIO SAMPLES[]

Normal

Instrumental

Background Singer's lines

Dr. Scratchansniff's lines

Warners' lines

TRIVIA[]

  • The album version of "What Are We?" credits Waldo's score as "Wizard Waldo's Attack!".
  • This song has the fewest lines sung by Background Singer.
    • On a similar note, there isn't any voice cancellation on this song.
  • While the original version cuts down Dr. Scratchansniff's line to "That's not normal!", 321SPONGEBOLT's rewrite retains the original line, "That's not normal! I know normal" from the original version from the album.
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