Yakko, Wakko and Dot are coming back to TV for two more seasons. Hulu has officially picked up the Animaniacs reboot for two seasons in a straight-to-series order, reviving the beloved animated TV series that has been off the air for nearly 20 years. The Animaniacs show will also be bringing back executive producer Steven Spielberg, who worked on the original run of the series in the 90s. Here's what Spielberg had to say about the revival in a statement.
"I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu. Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal."
As Steven Spielberg notes, this Hulu deal goes far beyond two new seasons of Animaniacs, the deal, which was made between the streaming service, Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Entertainment, also includes the exclusive streaming rights to the original run of Animaniacs episodes (sorry, Netflix subscribers), Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain and the complete Tiny Toon Adventures run.
This makes Hulu a must-have subscription for fans of 90s animation. Animaniacs originally ran for 99 episodes from 1993 to 1998. The series features the voices of Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Tress MacNeille (Dot) and Jess Harnell (Wakko). Animaniacs centers on the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister Dot, who wreak havoc on the Warner Bros. lot after being locked away in the water tower for an extended period of time. Since the show ran for 99 episodes in its original run, the first episode of the Animaniacs will be its 100th episode overall, which they can surely have some fun with.
We first reported on the potential Animaniacs reboot in May of 2017. At the time, it wasn't clear where the reboot was going to land or if Steven Spielberg was going to be involved. The details have been worked out and Hulu clearly feels confident in bringing back the beloved animated series, as they've committed to two seasons of the revival series straight away, which is quite rare. It's unclear if other networks or services like Netflix were in the running, but it's hard to imagine Netflix didn't at least try to scoop up the revival. In any case, Hulu is where Animaniacs will live for the foreseeable future.
President of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series Sam Register, along with Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also on board as executive producers for the Animaniacs reboot, alongside Steven Spielberg. According to Vareity, the new episodes of Animaniacs are set to arrive on Hulu in 2020. At the present time, it isn't clear if the original voice cast will return, but it seems unlikely that they would move ahead with a new run of Animaniacs without them.