It’s been way too long since the Animaniacs brightened our days with their antics, and it looks like a reboot is in the works.
IndieWire reports that Amblin Entertainment (Steven Spielberg’s company) and Warner Bros. are in talks about bringing back Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.
The news doesn’t come with any details or even a source, but a new Animaniacs would make sense. 2018 brings the 25th anniversary of the classic animated series, and that’s the perfect time to introduce it to a new generation.
The original Animaniacs aired from 1993-1998 over 99 episodes. It’s sketch comedy in the Looney Tunes vein, but on a whole other level that appeals to kids and grownups alike.
During its run, the show won eight Daytime Emmy Awards, and the coveted Peabody Award. The Peabody is given to shows, networks, and other businesses in the media industry. It’s usually reserved for journalism, talk shows, and serious dramas. Animaniacs is one of only a handful of animated projects to receive one.
Anyone who grew up in the 90s or just appreciates great cartoons has fond memories of Animaniacs. Who could forget the “50 State Capitals” song? You might have forgotten that amazing Prince bit, though, so here’s a reminder of how amazing this show was.
Presumably, any new Animaniacs show would bring back the original voice actors. Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko), and Tress MacNeille (Dot) are all still very much in the voice acting biz, as is Maurice LaMarche (The Brain). There’s little doubt they would love to return for new episodes.
After all, Paulsen has been doing the characters on his Talkin Toons with Rob Paulsen podcast and live charity events for years.
More details as they come. This story appears to come from some behind-the-scenes talks between IndieWire and someone at either Amblin or WB, and they have yet to make any official announcements. The way these things tend to go, though, if the story picks up steam then they’ll have no choice but to confirm or deny it.