Hulu has set the official premiere date for its upcoming Animaniacs revival, as the streaming service has announced they will be bringing back Wakko, Yakko, and Dot to the small screen this winter. Hailing from Ablin Television, Warner Bros. Animation, and executive producer Steven Spielberg, the series had been in the works for quite some time as the revival was first announced in 2018. It hadn't been clear when the anticipated reboot would be debuting on the streamer, but today's news brings word that the new Animaniacs will begin streaming on Friday, Nov. 20.
The "brand-new version of the iconic family-friendly cartoon series for the whole family" will bring back Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot with the original voice actors returning to reprise their roles. Fan favorite characters Pinky and the Brain will also be coming back, also with the original voice actors. Original composers Julie and Steven Bernstein will also return to score the revival.
It would also appear that the new version of Animaniacs will maintain the spirit of the original, essentially feeling like new episodes to the classic series over two decades later. In the new series, the Warners "have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. Water Tower, the Animaniacs waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio and beyond, turning the world into their personal playground."
The first season of Hulu's Animaniacs reboot will consist of 13 episodes. In addition to this year's new episodes, Animaniacs will also return with a 13-episode second season in 2021. Executive producing the new Animaniacs alongside Spielberg are Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Wellesley Wild. Gabe Swarr is also on board as co-executive producer.
Created by Tom Ruegger, the original Animaniacs debuted on Fox Kids in 1993 before later moving to The WB in 1995. The series served as a variety show, presenting animated skits featuring a variety of memorable characters. Of course, this included the Warner siblings for which the series was best known. Along with Pinky and the Brain, some of the other show's classic characters include Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, Chicken Boo, Slappy and Skippy Squirrel, Katie Ka-Boom, and the studio psychiatrist, Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, and his assistant Hello Nurse. The show came to an end after five seasons in 1998, and given its continued popularity, it's clear that the series was given the boot far too soon.
The return of the series has been long overdue, and fortunately, we're now just months away. Animaniacs will return with all-new episodes on Hulu on Friday, Nov. 20. Also set to premiere on the streaming service in the months ahead are the new anthology drama Monsterland on Friday, Oct. 2; Eater's Guide to the World on Wednesday, Nov. 11; and the drama series No Man's Land on Wednesday, Nov. 18; and the Greta Thunberg documentary I Am Greta on Friday, Nov. 13. This news comes to us from Deadline.