Wednesday, May 31, 2017

An 'Animaniacs' Revival Is In The Works

Nostalgia is big business- and for anything from the 80s or 90s in particular. So it's been no surprise to see many favourite animation franchises from the past getting brought back. Following on from revivals for shows such Duck Tales, Danger Mouse and Hey Arnold, it now seems that Animaniacs could be the next series to be lined up for a return.

Animaniacs originally ran between 1993 and 1998, and was produced by Warner Bros and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Spielberg himself was a producer on the original version (following the success of Tiny Toon Adventures), and he is expected to reprise the role on the 21st-century revival.

Animaniacs most famously featured the Warner Brothers Wakko and Yakko, and the Warner Sister Dot. However, it also featured several other regular characters such as Pinky and The Brain, Chicken Boo, The Goodfeathers, Slappy The Squirrel and more in a format that essentially continued the tradition of classic WB shorts. As such there's no continuing plot to worry about so whether this is a reboot or a continuation really doesn't matter in this case.

The project is in very early stages and does not currently have a home (either broadcast network or streaming service). However, it's noted that the fact that is being eyed for a comeback at all is at least partially due to the series getting a resurge in popularity due to its availability on Netflix (in the US). The streaming site must therefore definitely be a front-runner for where this might end up.

The cast featured legendary actors such as Rob Paulson, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille and Maurice LaMarche, all of who are still active today. The success of the Animaniacs Live events show that they continue to have a following, too.  Fans are hoping that they will be invited to reprise their roles because it just wouldn't be quite the same otherwise.

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