Animaniacs is my childhood, and I geeked out when I learned it would receive a reboot. Imagine my surprise when I learned it would be a Hulu exclusive.
According to Variety, Hulu, Amblin Television, and Warner Bros. Animation are partnering up to create a “two-season, straight-to-series commitment.” But, the good news does not end there. Steven Spielberg, the executive producer of the original series, will return as the executive producer of the new seasons. Plus, he will be joined by the president of Warner Bros. Animation Sam Register and Amblin Television presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
“I am so pleased and proud that ‘Animaniacs’ will have a home at Hulu,” stated Spielberg. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of ‘Animaniacs’ and Tiny Toon Adventures’ episodes are included in the deal.”
Oh, yea, I almost forgot. Apparently Animaniacs isn’t the only Amblin Television show that will find a home on Hulu, as Tiny Toon Adventures, another Amblin Television show produced by Spielberg, will be available through the sites service. Moreover, fans will also be able to watch the popular spin-offs Pinky and the Brain and Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, also produced by Spielberg, on Hulu.
While we have very little information on the new seasons, chances are high most if not all of the voice actors will be able to reprise their roles. We have no idea if the show will focus explicitly on the Warner brothers (and the Warner sister) or will also feature segments that star other popular Animaniacs characters such as Pinky, the Brain, Slappy Squirrel, Skippy Squirrel, Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, Hello Nurse, Ralph T. Guard, the Goodfeathers, Rita, Runt, Buttons, Mindy, Minerva Mink, and the Wheel of Morality. But, these characters are nothing without clever writing, and we do not know how many, if any, of the writers will return, or if they can include any of the original show’s subtle adult jokes/innuendo. Only time will tell if the reboot can live up to our nostalgia.
While I am excited to sit back and relax and laugh ’til I collapse once again, we will have to wait until 2020. Until then, we have plenty of time to think up a new set of theme song lyrics that rhyme with “Wakko packs away the snacks.” “And it’s time that we came back,” perhaps? Yea, that sounds fitting.