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In 1999, Animaniacs was pretty much on its last leg as Kids WB's signature show — many of its writers and voice actors had moved on to Histeria! and Pokémon was fast becoming the most successful show of the block — but at the end of the year, the series was given a Grand Finale in the form of the direct-to-video movie Wakko's Wish.

In the film's continuity, the majority of the regular cast of Animaniacs — and a few extras here and there — are living happily in Acme Falls, a nice town in the peaceful kingdom of Warnerstock that is ruled by Sir William the Good. When King William passes away, King Salazar the Pushy of the neighboring kingdom Ticktockia takes over Warnerstock and sends everyone into misery thanks to overtaxing. The Warners — Yakko, Wakko, and Dot — are a trio of orphans who are suffering more than any other Acme Falls resident, especially Dot (who is in need of a vital operation).

One cold winter night, Wakko wishes upon a star — and happens to choose the one wishing star in the sky, which then falls into the mountains; the first person to touch it gets exactly one wish. The Warner siblings, eager to make their dreams come true, begin their quest to get to the wishing star so Wakko can make his wish — but the rest of the citizens of Acme Falls are after it as well, and so is King Salazar. Who will get to the wishing star first and make their wish? Well, the title does give it away... but not completely, since Wakko wished he'd find the star and he did, but to make another wish he'd have to get to it.

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 Yakko: Now don't look down.

Wakko: Do you get vertigo?

Yakko: No.

Wakko: Me neither.

Yakko: Yeah, I watched that movie six times and I still don't get it.


 Yakko: All of the shops are closin',

Dot: Things couldn't get much worse,

Skippy: [holding up acorns encased in ice] Even my nuts are frozen,

Slappy: Be careful with that last verse!

    • "He used to like nuts; now he's discovered dates!"
  • Heartwarming Orphan: The Warner siblings.
  • Ill Girl: Dot
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Dot; subverted in that the operation she needs is actually to add a beauty mark.
  • Interspecies Romance: Pinky (a mouse) and Phar Fignewton (a horse), of course.
  • "I Want" Song
  • Literal Genie: The Warners try to convince Salazar that the Wishing Star is one of these, in one of the film's more hilarious scenes. He quickly loses his patience (and who can blame him?).
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Dot appears to be this for much of the movie, but it turns out she was just acting the entire time, and the "surgery" she was trying to get was having a beauty mark added.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Logo Joke: Wakko joins Bugs Bunny in the opening logo and takes a bite of the WB shield.
  • The Movie
  • Mundane Wish: The wish that Wakko ultimately makes is for two ha'pennies. Subverted in that spending them helps revive Acme Falls.
  • Orphanage of Fear: The Warner siblings had to live in one of these.
  • Pet the Dog: More like "Give the Dog a Meal for All His Troubles."
    • The ultimate Pet the Dog, seeing as all his heroism in the entire TV show went unrewarded.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Dot's vital operation, which turned out to be just getting her a beauty mark.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Pinky first goes to see Phar Fignewton, he quotes the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.
  • Spoiler Title: Guess who gets to the Wishing Star first.
  • Tempting Fate: "You know, for a cave of your worst nighmares, this isn't so bad."
  • Throw The Dog A Platter Of Steaks: Buttons finally gets rewarded for keeping Mindy safe.
  • Win Win Ending: Everyone getting his and her wish. Except the Mime.
  • Zillion-Dollar Bill: Because Acme Falls has fallen on such hard times, a ha'penny is treated as this, and two of them is what restores it to being almost perfect (damned mimes.)