Animaniacs Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Created in the 1990's by Tom Ruegger and backed by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the Animaniacs is still fondly remembered as one of the 90's wittiest and zaniest animated TV shows. Primarily following the Warner brothers Yakko and Wakko and their sister Dot, the Animaniacs served as something of an affectionate parody and deconstruction of the classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, and the works of Tex Avery. The Animaniacs is known and loved for its expansive cast of characters, sharp humor, biting satirical jokes, and fantastic animation. Though the show was prematurely ended back in the 90's, murmurs of a reboot have fans of the classic show excited for a revival.

Animaniacs Dog Names In Pop Culture

Animaniacs Dog Name Considerations

The show prominently featured two dogs more than any other; Buttons, the protective guardian of the mischievous young girl Mindy, and Runt, the oafish companion of Rita the grey cat. While neither dog directly resembles any real world dog breeds, the designs of both of them were influenced by certain flesh and blood canines. Buttons, for instance, has the sharp ears and light colored under belly of a German Shepherd. If you happen to own a German Shepherd, or any other dogs that are known for having a dark coat that's underbelly is streaked with lightly colored fur, consider naming your pet Buttons after Mindy's stalwart companion. 

Runt, on the other hand, is a large dog who sports a light brown coat that's peppered with dark brown spots which are primarily clumped together on his back. Runt also has a very distinct tuft of red fur that sits atop his head, making it look like he's sporting a red, bushy bowl cut that parts in front of his eyes. Larger dogs that have heavy amounts of hair on their heads, like the Romanian Mioritic Shepherd dog or even a Labradoodle, would be able to ironically rock the Runt moniker just like the Animaniacs character of the same name, so take that name into consideration if you've got a dog that fits that description. 

Male Animaniacs Dog Names

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Squit
The final Goodfeather based off of Ray Liota
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Pesto
This angry pigeon is based off of Joe Pesci
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Bobby
One of the Goodfeathers, based on Robert De Niro
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Skippy
Slappy Squirrel's chipper nephew
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Pip
Francis' nickname
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Pumphandle
Francis' last name
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Francis
The first name of a character who parodies Ben Stein
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Baloney
A giant, orange dinosaur who parodies Barney the Purple Dinosaur
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Runt
Rita's absent minded canine companion
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Buttons
Mindy's personal guardian canine
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Director
Mr. Director is based off of Jerry Louise
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Plotz
Thaddeus' last name
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Thaddeus
The CEO of the Warner Bros. company
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Scratchansniff
Otto's last name
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Otto
The name of the Warner Siblings' psychiatrist
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Franklin
Frank Welker's full first name
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Frank
Renowned voice actor Frank Welker provides many voices for the show
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Guard
Ralph's last name is actually guard
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Theodore
Ralph's middle name
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Ralph
The guard who always tries to catch the Warners
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Maurice
Brain's voice actor and the supplier of Wakko's burps
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Brain
The stoic and maniacal brain behind Pinky
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Robert
Rob Paulsen's full first name
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Pinky
The fun loving half of Pinky and the Brain
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Jess
A reference to the voice actor and singer Jess Harnell, Wakko's VO
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Harpo
The Marx brother Wakko is based off of
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Wakko
Yakko and Dot's brother
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Rob
Famed voice actor Rob Paulsen provides the voice for Yakko
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Groucho
Yakko is based off of Groucho Marx
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Yakko
One of the Warner Siblings and main characters of the show

Female Animaniacs Dog Names

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Marita
The female purple Hip Hippo
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Gina
A female character who debuted on "A Moving Experience"
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Hassenfeffer
The apple of Dr. Scratchansniff's eye
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Eve
She appeared alongside Adam early in the series
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Billie
A female nurse who Brain is attracted to
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Fignewton
Phar's last name
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Phar
A horse that Pinky goes out with
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Katie
A teenage girl with an explosive personality
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Sherri
Slappy's voice actress
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Slappy
An elderly squirrel with a mean disposition
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Nurse
Hello's actual last name
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Hello
The actual first name of the nurse Yakko and Wakko fiend after
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Carloota
A female bird who had a thing for Squit
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Lana
The last member of the Girlfeathers
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Kiki
Another member of the Girlfeathers
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Sasha
One of the Girlfeathers
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Bernadette
Bernadette Peters provides the voice of Rita the cat
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Rita
The Grey cat who accompanies Runt
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Nancy
Nancy Cartwright of the Simpsons fame voices over Mindy
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Mindy
A cute little girl who often gets into big trouble
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Tress
Industry veteran Tress MacNeille voices over Dot and many other characters
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Bo Besca
The last additional name attributed to Dot Warner
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Fanna
Yep, another name for Dot; we're almost done though
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Banana
Yes, one of Dot's names is "Banana"
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Francesca
Yet another portion of Dot's name
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Louisa
Another portion of Dot's full name
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Contessa
The second part of Dot's full name
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Angelina
Dot's got a really long full name, this is the first part of it
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Dottie
A name Dot has warned others to never call her
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Dot
The leading lady of the Animaniacs

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