Warner Bros. Animation’s beloved 1990s animated series Animaniacs now has a reboot series “officially” in development. Created by Tom Ruegger and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television studio, the original Animaniacs ran for ninety-nine episodes on both Fox Kids, between 1993 and 1995, and Kids’ WB, between 1995 and 1998. The show also gave rise to the movie spinoff Wakko’s Wish in 1999, as well as the TV show spinoff Pinky and the Brain in 1995.
Structured as a variety show (featuring musical sequences and skits including a rotating cast of characters) Animaniacs episodes were typically composed of three short mini-episodes connected by brief bridging segments – themselves, connected to a larger frame narrative that served to define the entire series. Animaniacs is well known for its wry jokes aimed at mature audiences, but its target audience was children growing up in the ’90s. This, in turn, has allowed Animaniacs to remain a favorite among young adults who grew up watching the show today – an audience that will no doubt have something to say about this reboot of the franchise.
According to IndieWire, an Animaniacs TV show reboot is being actively developed by Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation, with Spielberg lending a helping hand on the rebooted version. At the time of writing this, little else is known about the show (including, where it will air and possible cast members), but fans can expect to see the small screen return of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in the near future – in addition to equally memorable characters, like Pinky and the Brain.
Following a hiatus of close to twenty years since the final appearence of the original animated TV show, Animanics fans who were thrilled when the original series was made available on Netflix for the first time last year will no doubt be eager to follow the goings on in regards to the forthcoming reboot TV show closely. With any luck, development will continue and the beloved franchise will return in a shiny new package in due time.
Originally conceived by Spielberg as a followup to his Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs quickly established itself as a major animation success story of the 1990s, and has since gone down as one of the most beloved properties of its era. How its reboot will fare in the modern-day though, that’s another matter altogether.
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