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Animaniacs
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Teaser poster from Amblin’s website
Picture format Presumably 720p or 1080p 16:9 Widescreen
Running time 22-26 Minutes
Creator Tom Ruegger (Original Concept and Characters)
Starring Rob Paulsen
Jess Harnell
Tress MacNeille
Maurice LaMarche
Frank Welker
Country of origin United States of America
Original channel Hulu
Production company Amblin Television
Warner Bros. Animation
Snipple Animation Studios
Titmouse, Inc.
Tonic DNA [1]
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original run Expected Fall or Winter 2020 –
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Related shows Animaniacs
Pinky and the Brain
Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain

For information on the original show, see Animaniacs

"They are self-aware that they had been locked-down for 25 years"- Rob Paulsen

The 2020 revival of Animaniacs is an upcoming animated slapstick comedy series for Hulu.

Synopsis

The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister, Dot—three inseparable, irascible siblings—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. And escape they do—every day! Causing chaos and comic confusion, Yakko, Wakko and Dot run loose in the city, turning the world into their personal playground. And fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain will also return to make appearances in each episode. [2]

Cast

Confirmed Cast and Characters So Far

Crew

Crew-members who worked on the original show are bolded in desktop mode.

Executive Producers

Production Managers

  • Leigh Culbertson (Senior APM)
  • Ryan Ramsey (Assistant Production Manager)

Storyboard Arists

  • Kyle A. Carozza
  • Karl Hadrika
  • Brett Varon (Also Director)
  • Zach Smith
  • Meg Syverud
  • Katie Rice (Also a Director)
  • Gene Goldstein
  • Ernie Ochoa
  • Nick Sumida
  • Lisa Vandenberg
  • Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss
  • Brock Gallagher

Writers

  • Randy Rogel
  • Roddy Heart
  • Tommy Reilly
  • Greg White
  • Jordan VanDina
  • Andrew Barbot
  • Matthew Yang

Directors

  • Katie Rice
  • Brett Varon

Prop Designer

  • Will Terrell

BG Artists

  • Pablo Leon
  • Katrien Verbiest
  • Randol Eagles

Confirmed Crew-Members With Unspecified Job

  • Tony Cervone (Presumably storyboards, directing and producing)

Development

Early Events

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.[3] A contributing factor is due to the show experiencing a popularity surge on Netflix. On October 1st, 2017, Netflix removed the original show to make room for other titles (it is commonly theorized they removed the show due to losing the bidding-war for reboot rights to Hulu) . In addition, Rob Paulsen and Randy Rogel’s successful Animaniacs Live! concerts were also instrumental in reviving the series as it helped keep the show popular.

Announcement

In 2018, Amblin announced that Animaniacs was renewed for two more seasons which will air on Hulu.[4] 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 in different territories at some point until 2017. However, Freakazoid!, another Spielberg/WB cartoon, was not included in the deal.

Production

As of early June 2018, [5] the pilot episode's script was completed and as of July 12th, 2018, [6] storyboarding and production has officially started. On August 9th, 2018, an interview with Rob Paulsen revealed that there will be 26 new half-hour episodes of the show, and the new season would most likely air in the Fall of 2020. [7] 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 the fan podcast "Animanicast" on August 18th, 2019; new details were revealed on how the process was coming along.[8] According to a summed-up version,[9] 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 at the time 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", [10] it was 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.

Closer to Release

On January 25, 2020, Steve Bernestien returned to conduction with the show’s first scoring session, with a leaked image of the new Animaniacs. The show is mostly scored at the same Eastwood Soundstage as the original.

In March 2020, several crew members behind the show confirmed on Twitter that they were now working on the show from home due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic shutting down the studio. [11] The show was also menitoned along with numerous other animated series that are still continuing production amidst the virus in a Deadline article. [12] Likewise on May 2nd, 2020, Rob Paulsen confirmed on his Instagram Live stream that the cast is recording some lines from their homes. He also reaffirmed the Fall 2020 release window. It’s currently unknown if scoring is being done remotely as well.

On June 11, 2020, Rob Paulsen said in an Ask Fandom livestream that the estimated release window as of now is September-October, but no exact date due to COVID. He also confirmed the show is a revival and that the Warners have been locked away in the tower since the 90s ("They are self-aware that they had been locked-down for 25 years"). [13] [14]

In an interview with Animation Magazine, Rob Paulsen confirmed that as of July 2020 the show is now in post-production. He also confirmed that Squit and Dr. Scratchansniff will be returning. New ancillary characters will also be introduced.[15]

Assorted Rumors

  • Release Date could be September 14th, 2020.
  • Thaddeus Plotz will presumably retire and not be present as a new female CEO will take over the studio. [16]
  • Although he isn’t writing for the show, there is speculation that Paul Rugg will be guest-starring as either Mr. Director or Freakazoid (most-likely the latter). On December 11th, 2019, he posted to Instagram that he was on his way to the Warner Bros. lot to record some dialogue for a character he never thought he’d voice again. He proceeded to do some “wooshing”-type noises as a vocal warmup very similar to one of Freakazoid’s noises. [17]
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Paul Rugg working on the Warner Bros lot on December 11th, 2019. What is he up to?

Notes/Trivia

  • This will be the first native HD production in the Animaniacs franchise and the first entry to be fully widescreen. Prior to the reboot, several episodes of the original show were widescreen such as I’m Mad and Variety Speak.
  • Yakko and Wakko have had a slight redesign: they now have little tufts of hair on top of their heads similar to Pinky. It might have been a later decision to add these small design tweaks as the teaser poster lacks these.
  • In pre-production Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Apple were in a bidding-war for streaming rights to the reboot. Ultimately, Hulu won. [18]
  • Maurice LaMarche has teased that Brain has become a little more bitter having not taken over the world after all these years since the original shows ended. The time-skip of course will be acknowledged (go to around 14:23-ish).[19]
  • Most of the original voice cast has been confirmed to return including Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche and Frank Welker. It is also possible Jeff Bennett may also be returning as he was present in a photo confirming the cast’s return.
    • Frank Welker confirmed at a convention that he'll be reprising his role as Ralph T. Guard. It’s currently unknown if he will also reprise his other roles such as Chicken Boo and Thaddeus Plotz (due to the presence of a new female CEO character).
  • Paul Rugg, who wrote for the original series, was originally approached to return to write for the reboot but declined as he felt he already fulfilled his duties for writing for the original show and was more open to new talent writing for the reboot. As mentioned above in the “Assorted Rumors” tab however, there is speculation that he will be guest-voicing.
  • As of now, there are no Goodfeathers segments.[20] Despite this, it appears the Goodfeathers will have some kind of presence as Squit will return according to Rob Paulsen.
  • Kyle A. Carrozza, creator of Cartoon Network's Mighty Magiswords whom also storyboarded for the series, is technically one of the few original Animaniacs artists to return for the reboot as he did clean-ups and inbetweens for the episode "Episode 92: It/Dot - The Macadamia Nut/Bully for Skippy" when he visited Startoons, the studio that animated the episode.
  • Many of the musicians from the original show are returning to score, including Bryan Pezzone.
  • Jessica Borutski was slated to be involved with the show initially as an artist but the contract fell-through.
  • A leak from April 2019 was recently discovered on the YouTube Page of an animator who worked for Snipple Animation Studios, one of the animation studios on the show (picture appears around 7:18 in the video). [21] The picture is also in the gallery below. It’s unknown if they also animated the shot of the Warners that was leaked in January 2020.
  • Acording to Rob Paulsen in Hey Fandom!, The new tone of the revival will keep an adult tone that the original show had. [22]
  • According to Jess Harnell, Wakko calls a “prominent political leader” a psychopath in the first episode. (29:13 in the video) [23]

Gallery

Misc. Leaks and Early Promotional Material

References

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/ryan-ramsey-animaniacs
  2. https://amblin.com/tv/animaniacs-2/
  3. http://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/animaniacs-reboot-steven-spielberg-amblin-1201817336/
  4. https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/04/hulu-is-resurrecting-animaniacs-and-streaming-previous-seasons
  5. https://twitter.com/animaniacsquote/status/1003070398521643014
  6. https://twitter.com/karl_hadrika/status/1017295883002568704
  7. https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/boston/rob-paulsen-animaniacs-reboot
  8. https://www.retrozap.com/animanicast-157-exclusive-reboot-news-and-a-review-of-animaniacs-issue-16/
  9. https://twitter.com/KateFerrandino/status/1163237292598865921
  10. https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2019/10/08/animaniacs-original-voice-cast-returning-reboot-hulu-2020/
  11. https://twitter.com/leighsnamehere/status/1239246790873845761?s=21
  12. https://deadline.com/2020/03/animation-tv-series-continue-coronavirus-challenges-1202890786/amp/
  13. https://twitter.com/animaniacswba/status/1271173063640481792?s=21
  14. https://twitter.com/animaniacswba/status/1271175204094595081?s=21
  15. https://www.animationmagazine.net/animated-people/rob-paulsen-gives-us-the-scoop-on-upcoming-animaniacs-reboot/
  16. https://twitter.com/hardel_john/status/1242029887621382156?s=21
  17. https://www.instagram.com/p/B58IOFLDdZu/?igshid=ooel3oh2rviz
  18. https://collider.com/rob-paulsen-voices-book-animaniacs-reboot/
  19. https://youtu.be/O4XlkUuSNCg
  20. https://twitter.com/mauricelamarche/status/1181633311917006848?s=21
  21. https://youtu.be/26jCehmYTBM
  22. https://www.fandom.com/articles/rob-paulsen-animaniacs-ninja-turtles-hey-fandom
  23. https://youtu.be/64ePyCO7JDA
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