Fans of 90s animation rejoice, as Pinky and the Brain are finally making a comeback. While the iconic duo won't be coming back in their own show again, they will be part of the upcoming Animaniacs revival, which is coming to Hulu later this year. This, according to actor Rob Paulsen, who voices Pinky, as well as Yakko on the show.
The Animaniacs revival reveal came during a recent interview with Rob Paulsen. It had previously been confirmed that the original cast, which also includes Tress MacNeille (Dot) and Jess Harnell (Wakko), would be returning. Now, Paulsen has revealed that Maurice LaMarche will also be returning to reprise his role as the Brain alongside Pinky. Here's what Paulsen had to say about it.
"It's impossible to quantify what a compliment that is. Moreover, to be able to do that again, with Maurice, with Tress, with Jess. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are back and so are Pinky and the Brain. Moreover is that in this era of celebrities doing a lot of animated characters, and I get why the producers do it. I totally get it, but I also know that just having a movie star do the talking chicken doesn't mean that the show's going to be a hit. You've got to have a good script, great characters, and terrific actors, whether they're celebrities or not."
This, in many ways, shouldn't come as a surprise to longtime fans of the show, but it is still a welcome confirmation. Pinky and the Brain were a staple of Animaniacs from the very beginning, ultimately becoming popular enough to earn their own spin-off, which debuted in 1995. Generally speaking, it centers on the Brain hatching plans to take over the world, with his trusty pal Pinky tagging along. Rob Paulsen, speaking further, explained that producer Steven Spielberg took note of the show's loyal following.
"He [producer Steven Spielberg] sees the fact that Randy and I have been traveling around the country, doing Animaniacs in Concert. He sees Maurice and I when we're at a comedy festival, doing 'Who's On First' as Pinky and the Brain or are doing a Q&A with 3000 people, and he's asking me, 'Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?', and I say, [switches to Pinky voice] 'I think so, Brain. But me and Pippi Longstocking? What would the children look like? Narf.'"
Rob Paulsen and other members of the cast have traveled the world doing Animaniacs in Concert shows, which have proved to be quite popular. The popularity of the showsis what helped lead to the Animaniacs revival in the first place, which was initially announced in January 2018. The initial order was for two seasons.
There is no word yet on a specific premiere date for the Animaniacs revival series, but it is expected to make its debut sometime this fall. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. This news comes to us via Comicbook.com.