Egg asked me to transcribe this, since he got it on videotape but it wasn't closed-captioned. I figure those who missed it or couldn't see it at all might at least want to know what was said, so I'm posting it. Significant shot changes are mentioned, but not all. Sooooo, here we go!
[1 September 1995] Transcription of E! News Daily piece about Animania IV First preview: Dagny Hultgreen: ...and what are real-life computer hackers doing in a recording studio? Why, singing, of course. --- Second preview: Steve Kmetko: We'll be right back to wrap things up on E! News Daily... DH: ...at a recording session where regular Internet surfers get in their hacks with the Animaniacs. (shot of us singing ends focused on Jess Harnell) All the places in between From Houston and elsewhere We'll come to see and to be seen --- Piece: SK: They're off the wall, and irreverent, but fans love them. The Warner Bros. cartoon "Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs" has legions of followers, including a large group who converse on the Internet. Realizing these fans weren't just casual followers, the producers decided to invite them to the set. (clip from `Please Please Please Get-A-Life Foundation') Geek: There's this guy with a T-shirt that says `839' on it, and that's the cartoonists' union, Local 839, OK...? (audio fades to the background) Molly Gore (pinkinia): We have a very good sense of humor about ourselves. If we didn't have a very good sense of humor, we wouldn't be fans of the show. (shot of us filing off the soundstage) SK: These 20 Animaniac fans are meeting each other in person for the first time, but they're already close friends. (clip from PPPGALF) SK: They converse on the computer, every day, about their favorite animated show. Jay Maynard (Splutter): We spend a lot of time discussing not only Animaniacs, but... the show, because it has so many cultural references in it, the discussions on the net lead off in all kinds of directions, because... just spinoffs from discussing what's appeared. (shot of Richard Stone conducting the orchestra for `Bingo') SK: The Internet fans were given the royal treatment while on the set -- watching the orchestra score one segment... (shot of Ron O'Dell (Keeper) shaking hands with Tress MacNeille) SK: ...meeting the actors behind the voices... (shot of us crooning) SK: ...even getting to sing the theme song. We're travelin' maniacs! SK: Tress MacNeille and Jess Harnell provide the voices of Dot and Wakko on the show. Jess Harnell: The nicest thing about it is that what we do isn't like working on a sitcom where you work in front of an audience, so when we get to meet the people who watch the show and who like it so well, it's great for us. It really means a lot to us. (shot of us crooning) Let's hope it doesn't rainy An-i-man-iiii-acs! Pipe down in back! (shot of Wakko malleting Geek) SK: Gee, it'd be fun to have them for parents, wouldn't it, with voices like that? Enim-- Animaniacs -- pbbbl -- airs Saturdays on the Warner Bros. network. DH: Maybe brothers and sisters.