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New Episodes Of ‘Animaniacs’ Are Coming To Hulu

Hulu is teaming up with Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation to reboot the 25-year-old animated series Animaniacs.

Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer on the new series, which received a two-season straight-to-series order. He’ll co-share exec producing duties with Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

New episodes, which will feature Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, as well as Pinky and the Brain, are set to premiere on the premium streaming service in 2020. The series will mark the the first Hulu Original made for families.

Maurice LaMarche, voice of the Brain, commemorated today’s news with the following tweet:

Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also announced a a new deal today that will make Hulu the exclusive streaming home of all 99 episodes of the original Animaniacs, as well as Pinky and the Brain, the subsequent Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and the complete Tiny Toon Adventures.

“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, Hulu’s SVP of content. “This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”

Hulu’s animation offerings currently include Teen Titans Go!, Curious George, The Powerpuff Girls, The Doozers, Adventure Time, Doc McStuffins, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, among others.



    • Valjean

      “Tradigital”. Did you just coin that? I like it.

  • MOARlogic

    Hulu isn’t available in Canada. I wonder what their international solution will be?

    • Jett Atwood

      Pirate Bay. ;)

    • Doconnor

      Hulu shows like The Handmaid’s Tale have shown up on cable networks. This show will likely end up on Teletoon.

    • J.S

      Yeah, it isn’t avaible in latin america either. Maybe Cartoon Network or Boomerang will air it

  • Fried

    Current reboots (From top of my head):
    Wacky Races
    Be Cool, Scooby Doo
    Powerpuff Girls
    Ben 10
    Teen Titans Go

    From a visual standpoint, the show has a 1% chance of actually having effort put into it. From a writing standpoint, the best it could possibly hope for is being generic.

    I know these companies think reboots are easy money, but as half that list proves, it really isn’t. When even PPG is becoming a financial failure despite its name brand, then what’s even the point of the reboot tactic anymore?

    • Kyle_Maloney

      Does the Hey Arnold movie count? I know its not a reboot technically, or even its own series, but it could lead to one, and it seemed to be pretty faithful to the original. But I guess they had more time to make sure it was authentic.

    • Cameron Iacono

      It’s not Like CN is 100% incapable of making good Revivals, they Done it before with Johnny Bravo goes to Bollywood, PPG Rule and Dance pants specials were good, the Fog of Courage Short, Thunder Cats 2011, Ed Edd’N Big Picture Show too Along with Wacky Races on Boomerang It’s that Stupid TTG formula that hit it big with Kids and They Repeated the Formula with Ben 10 and the Cloudy With a chance of Meatball show! Besides it was the Warner Bros Animation Team that made TTG, and Warner Bros animation has Done Wabbit witch was pretty good but That Team that make TTG are assholes.

    • Cameron Iacono

      The PPG got renewed for a 3rd season, so it’s doing good

  • Valjean

    I’m worried. Both that the show’s signature brand of humor will neutered by political-correctness and that the animation won’t be even a fraction as good as the original episodes. Any word on whether TMS is involved with the animation?

    • William Bradford

      None of the things Animaniacs skewered were ever things that would be considered not off limits now. it was never making fun of Asian or Black people, or making fun of women drivers. There were a lot of people being picked on that i’m sure guys like Trump would whine about them being mean to, though…

      • Valjean

        It’s not that the Warners ever made fun of minorities, but there were other characters such as Minerva Mink and Hello Nurse that might be extensively rewritten or scrapped altogether. Never mind the fact that there was more to them than just their sex appeal (particularly in Hello Nurse’s case, where one short revealed that she holds several PhDs, volunteers for charitable organizations, etc.). I doubt Yakko and Wakko will even be able to say “Hellooooo Nurse!” anymore.

        And Hello Nurse and Minerva gags were mild compared to some of the double-entendres the writers would sneak into episodes (“Finger Prince” being the most famous example). No, I expect this new version of Animaniacs to be watered down and focus mainly on slapstick than Groucho Marx-style one-liners and envelope-pushing meta humor, much less have any of the more adult type jokes they used to have. But I’d love to be proven wrong.

        • William Bradford

          Ah yes, Hello Nurse and Minerva might not survive the way they did… at least not without being even MORE Meta about sexual harassment and objectification. But that was just one part of the show: MOSTLY want the Animaniacs were about was finding a jerk who deserved to be driven crazy, then drive him/her crazy. That’s timeless :)

    • Mesterius

      “Any word on whether TMS is involved with the animation?”

      Obviously they aren’t. TMS hasn’t done outsourced animation for Western cartoons for almost 20 years now.

      • Valjean

        But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t.

        • Mesterius

          Actually, that’s exactly what it means, with a 99,99999999% probability.

          The reason TMS was available to animate the original Animaniacs was that they were regularly doing that kind of outsourced work for Western producers back in the 80s and 90s. Plus, they already had a relationship with Warner Brothers through Batman: The Animated Series. However, around the start of the 21th century, TMS deliberately pulled out of this type of outsource work for foreign companies. That they would get back into it two decades later just for this one show doesn’t feel likely at all.

          And there are other factors to consider, too. In the 90s, it was quite common for American cartoon producers to outsource to Japan. These days, Japanese studios are generally considered much too expensive, and the norm has become to outsource to countries like China or Korea. So again: it doesn’t feel realistic in the slightest to expect that TMS is involved with this new series.

  • Ryan Cullen

    I am both happy and nervous about this news, as I feel Animaniacs were a product of their time, and I am not sure if updating them will work. We’ve had some successful revivals. I thought the new Beavis and Butthead episodes Mike Judge did were surprisingly strong. But, we shall see.

  • Kyle_Maloney

    2020 is a crazy long wait, I hope its worth it. The voice actors still sound great, I just hope the writing and animation isn’t neutered.

    • Mesterius

      It feels long, but 2-3 years is actually a very common period of time for developing and producing an animated TV series. And there are many cases where a year passes between one season and the next, too. Animation takes time.

  • VariousVarieties

    Unfortunately no Richard Stone (he passed away in 2001), and probably no Andrea Romano either (she retired last year).

    • Valjean

      And one by one the writers are now speaking up on social media to say
      they haven’t been invited to participate in the new show. To quote Lando
      Calrissian, “This deal’s getting worse all the time”.

  • cristian maestre

    i live in argentina , tooncast shows currently animaniacs on tooncast ,boomerang showed the complete series in 2016 and 2017. do you think boomerang will show the reboot in my country and latinamerica?

  • Lori

    Is anyone else concerned by the extremely problematic issues surrounding Hello Nurse and Minerva Mink? It’s hard to ignore how sexist Animaniacs was, especially when viewing it through the lens of today and the #MeToo movement.

    My hope is that those elements will be removed in this reboot, but I’m not optimistic about that.

    • Kyle_Maloney

      I’m concerned but for the exact opposite reason. I want them to keep them. And lets not forget hello nurse was written to go against the trope at one point. Its just lighthearted fun. The last thing I want is for the PC police to ruin this for us.

    • Valjean

      Reminder that Minerva Mink was co-created and written by Sherri Stoner, a woman.

    • Person Man

      Of course, remove elements that make the show great in the name of political correctness. Typical.

    • Fried

      Animaniacs had a variety of girl characters. To say the show was sexist because there were a couple of sexy girls suggests that being sexy for a girl is wrong and leads to characters like Ms. Bellum into being removed in the PPG reboot. Even more troubling is that Bellum is considered not appropriate for today’s standards despite her being quite smart, and not just as a gag like Nurse. The production crew literally couldn’t look past her sexy body to see her brains but instead of catcalling, they booed.

      If there was an Adonis gag character in the show, I don’t think you would vote to have him removed, so doing it to women isn’t empowering, it limits what is “allowed” for them and creates standards for women characters while the men characters are free to be whatever they want. It does the exact opposite.

    • Joey

      There were extremely problematic issues surrounding those two? Animaniacs was sexist? News to me.

      Actually, I was always surprised I didn’t find lots of people crying wolf over the show. I’ve even seen plenty of “progressive” politically correct types who still loved the show, which I find odd. But, I guess now that there’s news of the reboot, it’s all coming out of the woodworks.

      We really don’t need another watered down reboot of a show filled with political agendas. This is a show that makes fun of that kind of stuff.

  • Jim Corrigan

    No matter what Charlene deGuzman might think, there is nothing wrong with Hello Nurse.

  • Gray Stanback

    Now that Disney has a majority stake in Hulu, could that end up throwing a wrench in this?

  • Cameron Iacono

    I hope Buttons doesn’t get treated like crap in this one

  • Jonathon Asuna Leafa Richards

    they have to bring back the original cast they just have to in my eyes

  • Valjean

    Executive Producer and creator Tom Rugger, and writers Sherri Stoner, Deanna Oliver, Paul Rugg, and John P. McCann have all confirmed they have not been asked to return.

    • VariousVarieties

      Disappointing. :(

    • Inkan1969

      Really? That’s weird. Disney actually brought them all together to make “The 7D”. I thought that they might use that reunion as a springboard to reviving “Animaniacs”.

  • They’re still in talks with getting Tom Ruegger on board (his son is looking for help):

    No word yet on Paul Rugg, Sherri Stoner and others…

    • Mesterius

      Which means they (as in, Warner) are NOT in talks with getting Tom Ruegger on board. His son is looking for campaign help because Warner Brothers has shown no interest in inviting Ruegger back.

      Are people really so surpriced by this? This is a REBOOT – being produced almost 20 years after the original ended. I’d be much more surpriced if a large quantity of the original cast/crew DID get invited back.

      • Valjean

        Which to me suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of the Animaniacs fanbase on WB Animation’s part. This fanbase has always been creator savvy. The adults who watched it in the 90s were savvy about who wrote and who created what, and the kids who grew up on it are savvy now. You’d be hard-pressed to find a cartoon fandom that’s geekier about all the minute details than Animaniacs–I mean hell, they made an entire episode about us (“The Please, Please, Please Get a Life Foundation”).

        So no, I’m not surprised that some bigwig exec somewhere had the idea that since this was a “reboot” that we needed fresh writers with fresh voices. But if they’re counting on the long term support of hardcore Animaniacs fans, they can forget it. I suspect most of us will check out the first episode or two and then move on.

      • Kyle_Maloney

        You don’t reboot something without aiming to get at least a good portion of the original fans back on board though, if it doesn’t retain what its fans liked about it in the first place they will not come back.

      • Inkan1969

        Most of the original crew worked together on Disney’s “The 7D” just a couple of years ago. So bringing the crew back shouldn’t be that hard.

  • FluffyDragon

    I was watching the 1st season on Netflix some time ago. What happened? Is it now going to be a Hulu exclusive? I like that Netflix doesn’t have commercials and I don’t think these streaming services trying to grab everything as “exclusive” is a good idea in the long run if that’s the only “unique feature” they have to offer…

    I do want to support the show and creators so I will be sure to check it out when it comes.

  • StephaneDumas

    Will they team Pinky and the Brain with Elmyra again? ;-)