Yakko and Mr. Plotz, retitled Yakko Gets Tricked for American audiences, is the first episode of Yakko the Animaniac and Friends. It is a parody of the Thomas and Friends episode Thomas and Gordon/Thomas Gets Tricked.


  • Yakko as Thomas
  • Mr. Plotz as Gordon
  • Perfecto Prep Swans as Coaches
  • Sawtooth (from Wacky Races) as Thomas's Driver
  • Ralph as Henry (Cameo Role)
  • Pesto as James (Cameo Role)


Narrator: "Yakko is a Maniac who lives in a America on Warner Bros Studio. He is a cheeky little Maniac, with six big toes, a short, black tail, two tall long ears, and a small red nose.

He's a fussy little maniac, too. Always bringing swans about, ready for the bigger maniacs to take on long journeys.

And when maniacs come in, he brings the swans back home so that the maniacs can go and rest.

Yakko thinks no maniac works as hard as he does. He loves playing tricks on them, including Mr. Plotz, the biggest and proudest boss of them all. Yakko likes whistling rudely at him."

Yakko: "Wake up, lazy bones! Why don't you work hard, like me?"

Narrator: "One day, after taking the swans on a journey, Mr. Plotz arrived back at the altar, very tired. He was just going to sleep when Yakko came up in his cheeky way.

Yakko: "Wake up, lazy bones, do some hard work for a change!" You can't catch me!"

Narrator: "And off he ran, laughing.

Instead of going to sleep again, Mr. Plotz thought how he could get back at Yakko.

One Morning, Yakko wouldn't wake up. His animator couldn't make him start. His stamina was low and there was not enough strength. It was nearly time for the express. People were waiting, but the swans weren't ready.

At last, Yakko started."

Yakko: "Oh, dear, oh, dear!"

Narrator: "He yawned.

He fussed into the station, where Mr. Plotz was waiting."

Mr. Plotz: "Hurry up, you."

Narrator: "Said Mr. Plotz."

Yakko: "Hurry yourself!"

Narrator: "Replied Yakko."

Narrator: "Mr. Plotz began making his plan."

Mr. Plotz: "Yes,"

Narrator: "Said Mr. Plotz,"

Mr. Plotz: "I will."

Narrator: "And almost before the swans stopped moving, Yakko reversed quickly and held the first one's hand."

Mr. Plotz: "Get in quickly, please."

Narrator: "He whistled.

Yakko usually pushed behind the swans to help them start, but they always let go of him first. This time, Mr. Plotz started so quickly, they forgot to let go of Yakko. Mr. Plotz' chance had come."

Mr. Plotz: "Come on, come on,"

Narrator: "Puffed Mr. Plotz to the swans.

The line went faster and faster. Too fast for Yakko. He wanted to stop, but he couldn't!"

Yakko: "Hey, hey! Stop, stop!"

Mr. Plotz: "Hurry, hurry, hurry!"

Narrator: "Laughed Mr. Plotz."

Swans: "You can't get away, you can't get away!"

Narrator: "Laughed the swans.

Poor Yakko was going faster than he had ever gone before. He was out of breath, and his feet hurt him, but he had to go on."

Yakko: "I shall never be the same again."

Narrator: "He thought sadly."

Yakko: "My feet will be quite worn out."

Narrator: "At last, they stopped at a station.

Yakko let go, and he felt very silly and exhausted.

Next, he sat on a turntable, thinking of everyone laughing at him.

And then he ran onto a path, out of the way."

Yakko: "Well, little maniac,"

Narrator: "Chuckled Mr. Plotz."

Mr. Plotz: "Now you know what hard work means, don't you?"

Narrator: "Poor Yakko couldn't answer. He had no breath. He just puffed slowly away to rest, and had a long, long drink.

He went home very slowly, and was careful afterwards never to be cheeky to Mr. Plotz again."

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