Animaniacs is the latest animated classic to get the reboot treatment, courtesy of Hulu. After 22 years since the original finale, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are returning to the screen on November 20 as a Hulu Original.
The reboot was first announced back in 2018. Steven Spielberg was confirmed to be involved, reprising his role as a series executive producer. The main cast also reprised their roles: Rob Paulson (Yakko, Pinky), Tress MacNeille (Dot), Jess Harnell (Wakko), and Maurice LaMarche (the Brain).
The original Animaniacs was an anthology show centered on Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. In the show, the trio escaped their home in the Warner Bros. water tower and interacted with famous Warner characters and actors, along with figures from pop culture. Fans can stream the original series and the 1999 movie Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish on Hulu.
First Looks at Animaniacs Reboot
In early October, fans got their first extended look at the reboot at New York Comic Con. In the short clip, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot find themselves in the world of Jurassic Park. Animated versions of Jurassic Park‘s Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler find the trio during an expedition.
“Alan, this species of cartoon has been extinct since 1998. I mean, these haven’t been seen on TV since the golden era of animation!” Sattler says.
An animated Spielberg confirms the sightings, saying he reanimated the trio as well as Pinky and the Brain. An animated Hulu spokesperson appears to say, “We are going to make a fortune with this show.”
The reboot will debut on Hulu with thirteen episodes. A second season with an additional thirteen episodes will be released in 2021.
The 22-year gap is not left ignored in the reboot. In the new trailer, fans got a peek at the iconic characters learning about the modern world, from quinoa wraps and tech tablets to Beyoncé’s reign as “Queen Bey.” Pinky and the Brain also appear to try their hand at online dating, with Pinky facing a literal catfish.
You can watch the full trailer for Animaniacs below: