One of my favorite cartoons growing up has to be Animaniacs. My favorite thing about this show was the fact that it was broken up in segments and featured a bunch of different characters. Of course there was the Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot who always wreaked havoc at the Warner Bros. Studios. Often looked after by Thaddeus Plotz, the CEO of Warner Bros. and Dr. Scratchansniff, the psychiatrist who is trying to control the Warners and his assistant Hello Nurse. During the different segments of the show, we got to see great characters like the Goodfeathers an Italian American trio of pigeons. Or the great Pinky and the Brain who every night “try to take over the world” but (SPOILER ALERT) fail every time. There are so many other characters that we can bring up for nostalgic purposes but that is not what this piece is about.
Animaniacs ran from 1993 to 1998 first on Fox Kids and then moving over to Kids WB and ran for 99 episodes. This show was developed by Steven Spielberg after his success with Tiny Toon Adventures. Animaniacs did so well that it won eight Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. Now the Warners are back people have taken notice thanks to their addition to Netflix last year, which have allowed the show to have a resurgence in popularity.
This resurgence has also been noted by Ablin Televison and Warner Bros. Animation who are in early stages of developing a new version of the show as reported by InidieWire. Steven Spielberg is expected to be work on this updated version as he did in the original series. Even with this news it is important to note that Animaniacs does not have a network yet, but I doubt that it would not be picked up. Netflix has had a big success in resurrecting a 90’s show with Fuller House, which has become one of the most watched originals on Netflix.
I really hope that this show gets done. Their style of comedy is relatable able to both children and adults. Also they added characters and plots that were relevant to the times. Not to mention their educational moments like when Wakko recites the states and their capitals. Or when the Warners go run through the presidents of the United States. It’s a show I enjoyed as a child and one that I am also enjoying with my child as an adult. Hopefully they don’t change too much of the original concept as we know how sensitive our society has become. Would you be excited for a new Animaniacs series? If so what characters would you be excited to see again? Chime in below!
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