The Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister are escaping the water tower again for more zany hijinks.
The classic Emmy award-winning animated series, Animaniacs, which ran for five seasons from 1993 until 1998, has been picked up by Hulu for a two-season series order in 2020, with original executive producer Steven Spielberg returning for the reboot series, making it Hulu’s first original animated series for kids and families. In addition to Spielberg, Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also serving as executive producers for the reboot.
“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, SVP of Content, 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 #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”
And if the new reboot series is not enough, Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution have inked a deal that makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home for the original ninety-nine episodes of Animaniacs, along with Pinky and the Brain, the subsequent Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, and the complete Tiny Toon Adventures collection, all of which have been available for streaming on Hulu since Thursday.
“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu,” Spielberg said. “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.”
The original series follows the Warner siblings: Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, who escape their prison in the Warner Bros. water tower, and run around interacting with many different characters. The series also featured different segments built around side characters like Goodfeathers, Slappy Squirrel, and fan-favorite characters, Pinky and the Brain, who later stared in their own spinoff series and will make their return for the new series.
No word yet on if the original voice actors of the Warner Siblings: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille will return for the new reboot.
Sources: Deadline.com, Variety, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Polygon, The Verge
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