One of the 90’s most popular cartoons is back and airs 20th November on Hulu. We will finally see the return of Yakko, Wakko and Dot in their crazy antics.
The show also sees the return of the original voice cast of Rob Paulsen (Yakko/Pinky), Jesse Harnell (Wakko), Tress MacNeille (Dot) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain). With both a trailer and a Jurassic Park spoof featuring Steven Spielberg (as John Hammond) introducing the classic characters, it looks like all the same humour and craziness of the original show will be there once again.
The trailer shows off references to technology and modern pop culture that has occurred in the absence of the Animaniacs, so no doubt that will be integrated heavily into the show. Some things never change with the return of Dot’s mallet and let’s hope the iconic ‘Hello-o-o nurse!” line.
Animaniacs, which was produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, first aired in 1993 on Fox Kids before moving to WB Kids in 1995 and finished off in 1999 with a straight-to-video movie Wakko’s Wish. The mid-90s also saw a spin-off series for side characters Pinky & The Brain. The show was bursting with pop cultural references and showed the Warner siblings interact with celebrities such as Prince and lived in the Warner Bros. water tower.
What made the Animaniacs so entertaining were multiple factors: the show continued the chaotic hilarity of Looney Tunes, with its slapstick and ‘violent’ cartoon humour, the show had a variety of characters and stories to tell, and with the main three characters there were a lot of self-aware and fourth wall breaking jokes. Animaniacs was 20+ minutes of ADHD and brightly coloured tomfoolery. Even the opening trailer is full of self-referential humour that highlights the time frame to which that Warner brothers (and sister) have been away.
One of the most memorable moments of the show was the song Yakko’s World, where Yakko would name all 200+ countries from around the world. This has been altered since to accommodate new countries in the show’s absence.
Warner Bros. were everywhere in the 90’s and for me I think it was one of their best eras of television and film, with shows like Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures and the Space Jam movie. There were even Warner Bros. stores around the world which also compensated for other popular franchises like Batman, Scooby Doo and Harry Potter.
The WB writers wanted the backgrounds of the show to feel like paintings and it looks like that will be the case with the vibrant use of colour in scenes. The updated animation still keeps the class of the original 90’s and the Warner sibling’s own 1930’s character impersonation, but with vibrant HD quality. The show will also see a return of Julie and Steve Bernstein who composed additional music for the show and will now be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra.
The Warner siblings look to be zanier than ever. Let’s hope there’s plenty of seasons in the works!
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