The Tiny Toons are making a comeback. HBO Max and Cartoon Network have jointly announced a two-season order for Tiny Toons Looniversity, which will reboot the 90s animated series for modern audiences. Warner Bros. Animation and Amblin Television are partnering for the series, which will bring back Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. Spielberg was a producer of the original.
Tiny Toons Looniversity will bring back Babs, Buster Bunny and the rest of the gang viewers will be familiar with. It follows "their comedic ambitions all the way to Acme Looniversity, the esteemed institution of higher hijinx learning, where young dreamers become professional toons." Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, had this to say in a statement.
"Tiny Toons Looniversity will capture all the clever, subversive and smart humor that made Tiny Toon Adventures such a standout series. Fans old and new will love to laugh at and with these characters all over again."
Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios will executive produce the new show alongside Amblin Television Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. There is no word yet on a possible premiere date for the series or how it will air between HBO Max and Cartoon Network, be it with simultaneous episode premieres or one getting priority over the other. Falvey and Frank had this to say.
"These smart, hilarious and cheeky characters have left an indelible impression on the childhoods of so many. We're thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Warner Bros. Animation, HBO Max and Cartoon Network to reimagine the Tiny Toons for new audiences, and we know that fans of the original series will be just as excited to share the show with their children as they will be to revisit a childhood favorite."
The original Tiny Toon Adventures ran for three seasons between 1990 and 1992. It was revived for two specials in 1994. Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig were teaching a new generation of characters at a school named Acme Looniversity. Sam Register had this to say.
"For many kids, Tiny Toons was their introduction to the world of Looney Tunes and, over time, Buster, Babs, Plucky and all the characters grew to be just as beloved by an entirely new generation. The continuation of our great creative partnership with Amblin Television will bring these characters back for fans of all ages to enjoy."
This is the latest commitment by HBO Max to reviving classic Warner Bros. cartoons. The streaming service also launched with Looney Tunes Cartoons, which was received well. WarnerMedia is investing heavily on the animation side for the service, with Unicorn: Warriors Eternal also in the works from Genndy Tartakovsky, in addition to three projects from Mo Willems. The Tiny Toons reboot also represents another recent return by Steven Spielberg to a popular 90s property. Spielberg is also behind the upcoming Animaniacs reboot, which is launching on Hulu later this month. This news was previously reported by Deadline.