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The 2020 revival of Animaniacs is an animated sitcom and comedy series created for Hulu. In 2017, there was an announcement that Animaniacs is getting a reboot expected to be led by Steven Spielberg and made by Amblin TV and Warner Bros. Entertainment, as before.[2] A contributing factor is due to the show's popularity surge on Netflix. On October 1st, 2017, Netflix removed the original show to make room for other titles.

In 2018, Amblin announced that Animaniacs was renewed for two more seasons which will air on Hulu.[3] If the show has good viewership ratings, more may be picked up later. In the meantime, Warner Bros. has given streaming rights to Hulu for Tiny Toon Adventures (The Plucky Duck Show included), Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, all of which were available for streaming on Netflix at some point until 2017. However, Freakazoid!, another Animaniacs spin-off, was not included in the deal.

As of early June 2018, [4] the pilot episode's script was completed and as of July 12th, 2018, [5] storyboarding and production has officially started. On August 9th, 2018, an interview with Rob Paulsen revealed that [6] there will be 26 new half-hour episodes of the show, and the new season would most likely air in the Fall of 2020.] at the time, it was stated that it was unknown whether the original voice actors would return or their roles would be recast.

In the 157th episode of "Animanicast" on August 18th, 2019; there were new details revealed on how the process was coming along [7] According to a summed-up version, it's planned that the reboot will be released in September 14, 2020 as opposed to the Fall, Randy Rogel has returned to write (most likely songs) for the show, Steve and Julie Bernstein have returned to compose, and two new songwriters have been hired and have tweeted their involvement. There has been no mention of Slappy Squirrel or Goodfeathers segments being included yet, but there are some new "Good Idea, Bad Idea"-like segments, the original voice actors possibly being involved due to strong hints from Paulsen and LaMarche(but still unconfirmed due to NDA), and an Instagram post from Carlos Alazraqui with him in a recording studio with Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress Macneille that may indicate him being involved in the reboot as well.

On October 8th, 2019, in Paulsen's book "Voice Lessons", [8] it is confirmed that he, Harnell, Macneille and LaMarche were working on the show and returned to provide voices for it, including for Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Pinky and the Brain.

On January 25, 2020, Steve Bernestien returned to conduction the first scoring session, with a leak image of the new animaniacs.

Notes/Trivia

  • The original voice cast has been confirmed to return.

References

  1. {{cite web |title=Episode #1.1 |url=https://m.imdb.com/title/tt7833878/?ref_=m_ttep_ep_ep1 |website=imdb |accessdate=January 15, 2020 |date=December 22, 2019
  2. http://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/animaniacs-reboot-steven-spielberg-amblin-1201817336/
  3. https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/04/hulu-is-resurrecting-animaniacs-and-streaming-previous-seasons
  4. https://twitter.com/animaniacsquote/status/1003070398521643014
  5. https://twitter.com/karl_hadrika/status/1017295883002568704
  6. https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/boston/rob-paulsen-animaniacs-reboot
  7. https://twitter.com/KateFerrandino/status/1163237292598865921
  8. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/10/08/animaniacs-original-voice-cast-returning-reboot-hulu-2020/
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