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‘Animaniacs’ Reboot to Premiere on Hulu in 2020

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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

*** This is a user-submitted post by Ernesto Chacon. ***

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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  • I’ve always considered purchasing a Hulu subscription to look into more animated series old and new for review purposes, and with this reveal that an Animaniacs reboot is going to be a thing on that website, I’m more enticed to subscribe than ever before.
    Of course, there’s always the possibility that it might not be as good as the original, but even if that is the case, the original will always be as great as ever, especially since I feel it’s the greatest animated series ever made. Then again, as the DuckTales reboot proved, even without the same writers, a reboot can turn out pretty dang amazing anyway, so I think I can keep an open mind for the Animaniacs reboot when it comes.

  • Ernesto Chacon

    Thanks for submitting the article Rotoscopers, I appreciate you taking the time to submit it but I would like to add some suggestions that need to be corrected:

    1. On the first body paragraph on the “until1998” I forgot to put a space between the two can this word be separated to “until 1998”?

    2. Can you add in the categories: Warner Bros. and News to this article?

    3. The Youtube link for the original Animaniacs theme song for some reason is only just a link rather than the video itself when compared to the Samurai Jack articles I previously posted?

    Could you guys look into this I very much appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Ernesto

    • Just saw this! I think I’ve fixed all the issues! 🙂

      • Ernesto Chacon

        Thank you!!

  • Blake Taylor

    So pumped for this!

  • Yellow

    Wow, a reboot! That’s exciting; I’m curious to know what talent they’ll get.

  • Fluffydips

    It better be good. It would be a shame to screw up the Animaniacs.

    • Ernesto Chacon

      Well if Disney XD can make the new Ducktales series work, then I’m optimistic that this series could do it as well. 😉

  • Was really hoping for Netflix, but I guess I can try to get Hulu if this reboot is REALLY good, but so excited 🙂

    • Ernesto Chacon

      To be honest, Netflix has been aggressively spending around $8 billion in original content and not in association from third-party licensors (e.g Disney, Universal, Warner Bros.), which is the reason why companies like Disney (who is set to have their own streaming service in 2019), Fox (which started removing some of their shows since April 2017) and to a lesser extent Warner Bros. Television have decided not to renew their contracts with Netflix resulting in many of their movies and shows being removed from the service and migrate over to Hulu.

      Animaniacs was one of those series.

  • I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this reboot lives up to the original series! Plus, I really hope they get all the original voice actors back. It just wouldn’t be the same if Wakko, Yakko, and Dot were voiced by different voice actors. Same goes for the rest of the characters as well. This is exciting news and hopefully it all goes well!

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  • Frank Coufal

    Hopefully, it’s successful enough to convince Amblin and Spielberg to get back into animation, including producing animated features.