If you've been enjoying Animaniacs on Hulu, there's plenty more where that came from. Ahead of the premiere of season 2, the streamer has just ordered another 10-episode season. As with the first two seasons, season 3 will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg alongside Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register and Amblin Television co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. The news was revealed by Hulu before the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.
"With returning seasons of award-winning comedies and dramas, Hulu's 2021 slate of original series truly has something for everyone," said Craig Erwich, Hulu and ABC Entertainment president, in a statement. "We're incredibly excited to welcome back the stories and characters fans have connected with in The Handmaid's Tale, Shrill, Animaniacs and Love, Victor, while taking viewers deeper into the character of Mike Tyson in Iron Mike and bringing animated but deeply human characters to life in Marvel's MODOK."
Based on the original animated series by Tom Ruegger, Animaniacs was developed for Hulu by Wellesley Wild and Steven Spielberg. It features the voices of original cast members Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, and Frank Welker. Hosted by Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, each episode presents different short stories that follow separate characters, which also includes the popular mouse characters Pinky and the Brain. The series is also known for its parodies of pop culture, such as a spoof of Jurassic Park that kicked off the opening of the reboot.
When Animaniacs was given the green light at Hulu in 2018, the Disney-owned streamer ordered two seasons with ten episodes each. The first season premiered in November and quickly proved to be a hit with old and new fans alike. It was reported that season 2 would be premiering on the streamer sometime in 2021, but an official release date still hasn't been revealed. Giving Animaniacs an early renewal for season 3 should also help cut down the wait time between seasons 2 and 3, as animated shows take a long time to produce.
Though Animaniacs has been doing well with Hulu viewers, it hasn't gone without its controversy. When the series premiered, some fans noticed a reference to Johnny Depp on a fictional movie poster in the background. This was interpreted by many of Depp's fans to be an insult pertaining to his ongoing legal trouble with ex-wife Amber Heard. Voice actor Rob Paulsen would later clarify that the joke had been written before Depp and Heard's problems were so public and that the scene was actually referring to a popular internet meme in 2018.
Johnny Depp controversy aside, Hulu is clearly pleased with Animaniacs as evidenced by the early renewal for season 3. Given how long it takes to develop animated shows, it's unlikely we'll see season 3 before the end of the year, but hopefully we'll soon get some news about the release of season 2. For now, you can watch every episode of season 1 on Hulu. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.