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Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but why would anyone want to see Snow White and the Seven Samurai?

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so, Brain, but three round meals a day wouldn't be as hard to swallow.

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: I think so Brain, but why would anyone want a depressed tongue?

Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
Pinky: Woof, oh, I'd have to say the odds of that are terribly slim, Brain.
Brain: True.
Pinky: I mean, really, when have I ever been pondering what you've been pondering?
The Brain: To my knowledge, never.
Pinky: Exactly. So, what are the chances that this time, I'm pondering what you're pondering?

Brain: Next to nil.
Pinky: Well, that's exactly what I'm thinking, too.
Brain: Therefore, you ARE pondering what I'm pondering.
Pinky: Poit, I guess I am.

Brain: Come, Pinky, we must prepare for tomorrow night.
Pinky: Why? What are we going to do tomorrow night.
Brain: Same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world!

PINKY AND THE BRAIN remains one of the best animated programs ever produced for a juvenile audience, especially when one considers that this particular show has plenty of appeal for adult audiences as well. Spun off from ANIMANIACS, PINKY AND THE BRAIN mixed slapstick-animated humor with plenty of sophistication, which came in the form of witty observations, topical humor and pop culture references that were obviously beyond the show’s intended demographic. Heck, there was no other reason for this animated show to wind up with a prime time slot, other than the fact that it appealed to an adult audience in addition to the kids.

The basic premise of PINKY AND THE BRAIN follows a pair of laboratory mice on an endless quest for world domination. The Brain (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is a super-intelligent mouse with an extra large head, a voice reminiscent of Orson Wells, and an unquenchable thirst to rule the world. The Brain’s sidekick is a pliable, good-natured fellow lab mouse named Pinky (voiced by Rob Paulsen), who is decidedly deficient on all intellectual levels- even for a rodent. Each adventure finds The Brain coming up with an elaborate scheme to take over the world, one which always manages to come undone at the last moment, generally due to Pinky’s assistance, or sometimes, lack thereof. Obviously a graduate of the Wyle E. Coyote School of Try and Try Again, The Brain is never deterred, despite countless failures and always ready to plot their next night’s activity, which is the same thing he and Pinky do every night… try and take over the world!

PINKY AND THE BRAIN, VOLUME 3 ($45) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features the series final twenty-two episodes. The twenty-two episodes are as follows: Leggo My Ego / Big In Japan, But, That's Not All Folks!, Operation Sea Lion / You Said A Mouseful, The Tailor And The Mice / Bah, Wilderness, Pinky At The Bat / Schpiel-Borg 2000, Broadway Malady, Brainie The Poo / Melancholy Brain, Inherit The Wheeze, Brain's Night Off / Beach Blanket Brain, The Family That Poits Together, Narfs Together, Pinky's Turn / Your Friend: Global Domination, You'll Never Eat Food Pellets In This Town, Again!, Dangerous Brains, Whatever Happened To Baby Brain / Just Say Narf, The Pinky P.O.V. / The Really Great Dictator /Brain Food, Brainwashed Part 1- Brain, Brain, Go Away, Brainwashed Part 2- I Am Not a Hat, Brainwashed Part 3- Wash Harder, To Russia With Lab Mice / Hickory Dickory Bonk, The Pinky And The Brain Reunion Special, A Legendary Tail / Project B.R.A.I.N. and Star Warners.

Warner Home Video has made all the episodes that comprise PINKY AND THE BRAIN, VOLUME 3 available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. As expected, the episodes contained in this DVD collection have a similar appearance to the preceding sets. Image quality is rather pleasing, but this television caliber animation is far from demonstration material. Of course, when one considers that these shows were originally intended for a non-critical juvenile audience, one will find virtually nothing to complain about. The 2D animation is crisp, while the colors are stable and reasonably well saturated. Blacks are accurately rendered and the whites are clean. Originally produced on film, these PINKY AND THE BRAIN episodes do display some film-based flaws. Occasional scratches and other blemishes crop up, pus a slight level of grain is also noticeable. Digital compression artifacts are never an issue.

All of the episodes contained in PINKY AND THE BRAIN, VOLUME 3 have been upgraded to a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Like the preceding sets, the 5.1 channel mixes are surprisingly well done. The outlying channels are well utilized for sound effect placement, as well as giving a nice spread to the musical component. Fidelity is pretty strong with the music and effects coming across better than expected fashion for an animated kid’s show. Voices are well recorded; plus the dialogue is easy to understandable. An English 2.0 surround track has also been included. No subtitles are offered.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as It’s All About The Fans, a twelve-minute fan tribute featuring Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen. Trailers for other Warner titles close out the extras.

PINKY AND THE BRAIN was one of the most brilliantly funny cartoon series every produced for an overgrown juvenile audience. Warner’s final DVD collection of episodes looks and sounds just fine. Very highly recommended! Poit!



Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 3



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