ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

Today's youngsters are getting to relive the '90s cartoon glory of Animaniacs thank to Netflix, which began offering the show on April 1. For those of us that remember the show from the first time around, "Yakko's World" song is a catchy conversation piece, if you can master it. How many countries can you sing to the tune of "The Mexican Hat Dance"?

Well, okay — not all of them. Despite being filled with bouncy rhythm and rhyme, "Yakko's World" is severely lacking in accuracy. And not only because there have been new countries formed since the song came out in 1993 — there were a few snafus right from the start (San Juan is not a country...).

Rob Paulsen is the original voice of Yakko (and Pinky and the Brain!). Fans often beg Paulsen to perform "Yakko's World" — and he's happy to oblige. He'll be teaming up with Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Tress MacNeille (Dot) on a musical tour of the Animaniacs' greatest hits. You'll be happy to know that he's brushing up a new and improved version of "Yakko's World" for the gig, correcting the original oversights and adding the countries that have been created since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Here Are A Few Of Those Mistakes In The First Version:

1. San Juan is not a country. It is the capital of Puerto Rico, which is also not a country. It's a US territory.
2. So is Guam.
3. Abu Dhabi is also just the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which isn't mentioned.
4. Greenland is technically just part of Denmark.
5. What about South Africa?

6. And Singapore?
7. And Cote d'Ivoire?
8. And Brunei?
9. And St. Kitts? St. Croix? And those other Caribbean islands?
10. The USSR broke up almost two whole years before "Yakko's World" came out. So what about Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan?
11. Caribbean and Asia aren't nations. Although, what else could you rhyme with Malaysia?

And here are some of those countries we can expect to hear in the new one!

1. Micronesia
2. The Czech Republic
3. Slovakia
4. Eritrea
5. Palau
6. East Timor
7. Montenegro
8. Serbia
9. Kosovo
10. South Sudan

What suggestions do you have for the new 'Yakko's World'?

Source: NYT, Animaniacs Wikia


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