Animaniacs is set to break free from a decades-long purgatory in the Warner Bros. Water Tower, thanks to the impending arrival of a Hulu reboot series, which now has a solid release date.
Hulu has officially announced that the new Animaniacs will premiere on its platform on Friday, November 20. The series, a production of Hulu, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation, will launch with 13 episodes, showcasing the rebooted adventures of Warner siblings Yakko, Wakko and Dot in a return that’s 22 years in the making, reinventing the classic 1993-1998 animated series and its concluding 1999 direct-to-video feature, Yakko’s Wish. Given Hulu’s officially released image of the Warners (as seen in the title image), the series appears to be sticking to a classic look.
Interestingly enough, Hulu’s announcement for the inaugural season of its rebooted Animaniacs comes with the news that the series has been preemptively renewed for a 13-episode second season. Thus, Animaniacs Season 2 is now confirmed to premiere on Hulu in 2021 on a date to be revealed. As the official logline describes of its (familiar-sounding) plot:
“Warner siblings, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. Water Tower, the Animaniacs waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio and beyond, turning the world into their personal playground.”
Indeed, viewers can safely expect to see more helpings of the signature comical chaos and family-friendly tongue-in-cheek satire that made the original iteration so iconic. Plus, just as with the classic series, the primary focus of the Warners’ insane exploits will be complemented by the presence of Pinky and the Brain, with the famously spun-off, iconic-in-their-own-right duo of would-be-world-dominating lab mice set to continue their inevitably-failing machinations. However, as of yet, there is no indication that it will feature updates of other supplementary segments from the classic series like the Goodfeathers, Slappy Squirrel, Rita and Runt or Buttons and Mindy.
Auspiciously, the production tenure of Amblin has yielded the presence of Steven Spielberg, who—just as he did with the original iteration—serves as executive producer, joined in that capacity by Sam Register (President, Warner Bros. Animation), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Amblin Television Co-Presidents). Yet, the series is directly overseen by Wellesley Wild (Family Guy, The Orville), who serves as showrunner and executive producer.
The arrival of the Animaniacs reboot series is the culmination of a process that started back in May 2017 with its arrival as a project for Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation, after which in gained momentum in early 2018 with the appointment of Wild as showrunner. Now set to arrive on Hulu in November, the series will complement the platform’s existing current animated originals like Solar Opposites and Crossing Swords, not to mention the notable streaming presence of the back catalogue of animated Adult Swim phenomenon Rick and Morty.
Animaniacs Reboot Release Date
Animaniacs will scream “hello nurse!” to Hulu viewers when it premieres on Friday, November 20. It will eventually be followed by Season 2, which is penciled-in for a premiere sometime in 2021.