UPDATE: When reached for comment, Rob Paulsen, voice of Yakko Warner, Pinky, and your entire childhood, says with regards to the rebooted Animaniacs: “Sounds like a blast and as a fan, I’m really looking forward to the show!”
Well, it’s time to laugh ’til you collapse. In a surprise move, Hulu announced today that the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister!)—also known as the Animaniacs—are returning to the airwaves, though viewers will have to wait until 2020 to watch the new episodes. The show, which debuted in on FoxKids all the way back 1993. And though there were spinoffs in the forms of Pinky & The Brain (a classic in its own right) and Pinky, Elmyra, & The Brain (not a classic in any form), no new Animaniacs stuff has been produced since 1998. But for legions of nostalgic fans, the show is still regarded as a highlight of ’90s animation renaissance.
In a press release, Steven Spielberg was announced to back in the role as Executive Producer. According to a press release, Spielberg says: “I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu… “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.”
The announcement of the rebooted Animaniacs also notes that the series has been given a two-season order. In addition, Hulu will acquire the rights to stream all episodes of Animaniacs and its spin-offs.
Furthermore: “We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere,” said Craig Erwich, senior VP content at Hulu. “Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the No. 1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”
Hulu is referring to the reboot for Animaniacs as their first venture into programming designed for families. If this is their first foray into the field, it will definitely be interesting to see what happens in the future.
A quote from “Brain” actor Maurice LaMarche:
Guess I can talk about this now…. https://t.co/tvGTyV2tRR
— MAURICE LAMARCHE (@MAURICELAMARCHE) January 4, 2018
Just going to leave this here.
Are there any remaining non-rebooted 90s properties?
— Box Brown (@boxbrown) January 4, 2018
AJ Frost is an editor/writer based out of Phoenix, AZ.