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Hulu, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are mounting a new version of the popular animated series ANIMANIACS that is expected to debut on the streaming service in 2020, it was announced Thursday.
Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer of the series, which received a two-season, straight-to-series order. WB’s Sam Register will also executive produce along with Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.
The series marks the first Hulu Original made for families, as it follows the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, as well as their sister, Dot — three inseparable, irascible siblings who have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. They have been locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower for a very long time, but they have found a way to escape. Causing chaos and comic confusion, Yakko, Wakko and Dot run amok, turning the world into their personal playground. And fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain will also return to make appearances in each episode.
In addition to announcing the new series, Hulu and Warner Bros. also inked a new pact that as of Thursday, makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the complete library of all 99 episodes of the original Animaniacs, as well as Pinky and the Brain, the subsequent Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and the complete Tiny Toon Adventures collection.
“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere,” said Hulu’s Craig Erwich. “This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”
“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu,” said Spielberg. “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.”
The original Animaniacs made its television debut in 1993 and went on to become one of the most popular animated series for children, winning three Daytime Emmy Awards for its music direction and composition. Award-winning songs such as “Yakko’s World” and “Wakko’s America” remain fan favorites and are still used to educate children.
The Hulu Kids library currently includes Teen Titans Go!, Curious George, The Powerpuff Girls, Doozers, Adventure Time, Doc McStuffins, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.
Personally, I was always more of a Tiny Toon Adventures and Garfield and Friends kind of guy, though I fully acknowledge that those Animaniacs are kind of adorable.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief