Animaniacs premiered on Fox Kids in 1993, and the show utilized the similar zany humor that made Looney Tunes one of the most beloved properties in the world. Animaniacs followed the adventures of Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner, as they ran around the Warner Bros. studio lot causing trouble ... and occasionally bursting into song and dance.
Animaniacs' frenetic pace and cheery tone made it perfect for kids, but its sense of humor appealed to adults and teenagers as well. The show was packed with social commentary, innuendo and was way ahead of its time. Animaniacs was structured like a sketch show, with brief segments featuring a cavalcade of cartoon characters — the most popular of which were two-world conquering mice, Pinky and the Brain.
Animaniacs has developed a cult following since it went off the air in 1998. Luckily for fans, Warner Bros. is looking to cash in on the show’s nostalgia factor, and is developing a reboot of the beloved property.
An Animaniacs Reboot Is In Development!
It's time for Animaniacs! Only this time, a new generation of viewers will get to enjoy the irreverent humor of the Warner Brothers and Sister as they cause trouble on the Warner Bros. lot. IndieWire is reporting that Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are developing an Animaniacs reboot, and Steven Spielberg himself will be overseeing the project in some capacity.
The news of an Animaniacs reboot follows its resurgence last year when the series came to Netflix. But it also comes on the heels of Disney announcing a reboot of one of its beloved ‘90s cartoon franchises, DuckTales.
The project is still in the early stages, but it’s a fair guess that Animaniacs 2.0 will make slight changes to the cast of delightful characters that made the show famous. The presumable return of Yakko, Wakko and Dot is enough to get fans excited, and their brand of meta-humor would fit perfectly in a post-Deadpool world.
Apart from their core character traits, we may see a slight change to Yakko and Wakko's behavior, because if you rewatch some episodes, it becomes clear that their actions towards women are something that may be frowned upon by modern audiences. Some characters such as Goodfeathers and Hello Nurse may get a modern update because they are a bit outdated — but Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, Ralph the Security Guard and Dr. Otto Scratchansniff could largely remain unchanged and still connect with audiences
Most fans are eager to see if the popular characters Pinky and the Brain will be a part of the reboot, but since they starred in their own very popular spinoff, it’s hard to say if they will be a part of the new Animaniacs.
Will The Reboot Stay True To The Original Show?
With Steven Spielberg involved in the project, the Animaniacs reboot will likely have the same tone and humor as the original, but it will be interesting to see how it plays to a modern children. If they change the format or tone too much, they run the risk of alienating fans of the original series.
The term “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to Animaniacs, seeing as the original show won eight daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. On the Peabody website, the show is summed up in spectacular fashion, and should be the model Warner Bros. sticks to for the reboot:
“This series, with appeal to adults as well as children, reminds us of the glory days of Hollywood animation and brings that period up-to-date with sparkling characters, witty dialogue, and stunning production.”
It may sound like a small part of the show, but the Animaniacs theme song is as beloved as the show itself, with its infectious melody and catchy hook. Hopefully, Warner Bros. will include a version of the theme song, much like Disney XD has done with the Ducktales reboot.
There is still a lot we don’t know about the Animaniacs reboot — however, it is being remade by the same companies that created the original, so we can rest assured knowing that the property is in good hands.
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