The upcoming Animaniacs revival series just became a whole lot more promising, as the original leading voice cast members are all returning to reprise their roles. Previously, it had been announced that an Animaniacs reboot was currently in the works at Hulu, though it wasn't confirmed if all of its leading cast would be returning. Fortunately, it has just been verified that the three lead cast members are all on board for the reboot. This includes Rob Paulsen as Yakko, Tress MacNeille as Dot, and Jess Harnell as Wakko. Additionally, Maurice LaMarche will also be back as the voice of The Brain (keep in mind Paulsen also voices Pinky). The news was confirmed by the Animaniacs cast themselves in a photo posted to Twitter, which you can check out below.
We are VERY pleased to finally see in PRINT today in @yakkopinky's "Voice Lessons" that the original voice cast of #Animaniacs has indeed been working on the upcoming reboot! 😁— The Animanicast (@animanicast) October 8, 2019
Rob, @MAURICELAMARCHE@JessHarnell and #TressMacNeille are back! (Pic from Maurice LaMarche) pic.twitter.com/cHQUxAzIsp
For anyone familiar with the original series, it goes without saying that getting the original cast back was crucial as the voices of the characters are just so unique. Created by Tom Ruegger, Animaniacs first debuted in 1993 on Fox Kids before later finding a new home on The WB. An animated variety show, each episode features separate skits starring a variety of characters. Leading the pack are Yakko, Dot, and Wakko, three siblings living in the water tower in Warner Bros.' studio lot. The Pinky and the Brain segments shown on the series have also become very popular in their own way, as the rodent duo's constant failures to conquer the world have have made the two extremely memorable cartoon characters.
Reviving Animaniacs is a part of the Hulu strategy to compete with Netflix and eventually become the No. 1 streaming service on the market. With the competition only increasing as more streamers enter the fray, it's crucial for each option to snag as much must-see exclusive content as they can. Recognizing the continued popularity of the classic '90s cartoon, Hulu is looking at Animaniacs to help bring in some new paid subscriptions. "We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere," Hulu Senior Vice President Craig Erwich previously said in a statement.
Discussions of an Animaniacs reboot date back a couple years, but the official announcement came in January of last year by Hulu that the project was in development. It came about as a result of a new partnership between Spielberg and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Spielberg is also exec producing alongside Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. It was also revealed that the reboot will be given at least two seasons to start with, and pending its potential success, a renewal in the future is certainly a possibility.
The Animaniacs reboot is set to start streaming on Hulu in 2020, but an exact premiere date has not yet been revealed. As we head into the new year, some updates on the project should be forthcoming. Still, with each update, the revival only seems that much more promising. This news comes to us from The Animanicast on Twitter.