Hulu revives Animaniacs with two new seasons
Dot, Wakko and Yakko are coming back! Streaming service Hulu has partnered with Amblin and Warner Bros. Animation to revive the seminal Animaniacs animated series. Two new seasons are in production with the first set of episodes due out 2020.
In addition to the already completed 99 episodes of Animaniacs, Hulu has also received the streaming rights to Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain and the entire Tiny Toon Adventures series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the troublesome lab mice will appear in the new Animaniacs episodes.
Steven Spielberg will executive produce alongside Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register, Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The show’s voice cast wasn’t publicly announced, but Maurice LaMarche’s Tweet seems to suggest you may hear familiar voices.
Hulu is promoting Animaniacs as the first Hulu Original made for families, with the aim to provide content that the household can watch together. The streaming service has already made deals to run shows like Curious George, Doozers, The Powerpuff Girls, and Supernoobs in a bid to foster more family-friendly fare. “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 No. 1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”
Animaniacs originally debuted on FOX Kids in 1993 before moving to KidsWB in 1995. The show’s 99th, then final, episode aired on November 14, 1998. The series was a critical darling, picking up 8 Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody. A reboot of the series was initially rumored to be in development back in the spring.