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"Reboot It" is a song from the Animaniacs 2020 reboot, during the first episode's segment "Suspended Animation Part Two." It chronicles the recent trend in film of reboots, revivals and the like being prioritized by studios over original ideas.

Immediately after the song, Yakko Warner gives a PSA to the audience, saying that "reboots are symptomatic of a fundamental lack of originality in Hollywood. A creativity crisis fueled by terrified executives clinging to the past like rats to the debris of a sinking ship." The Warners then proceed to take their words back as they receive the check for the Animaniacs reboot.

Lyrics[]

Yakko:
They ran out of ideas for fresh new shows,
So Hollywood did the only thing it knows
Murphy Brown, Melrose Place, Gilmore Girls, Lost in Space
That's So Raven's what they're cravin'
Wakko:
I know that's a show worth saving!
Yakko:
I vote X-Files for a comeback
Dot:
Duchovny's still a real snack!
Yakko:
Would The Golden Girls be darker
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
If we resurrect Bea Arthur?
Reboot it, renew it
Reshoot it, redo it
And reuse it, retool it
Abuse it, just do it
If you wanna make some easy cash
Just recycle and rehash
Yakko:
Repeat it, reinstate it
Reheat it, recreate it
There's no need to feel frustrated
Simply just regurgitate it
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
For a guaranteed ratings smash
Dig it up out of the trash
Come on, just reboot it!
Dot:
Will & Grace, and Dynasty
Sweet 16 on MTV
Wakko:
Blue's Clues, Twin Peaks, and Fargo
Go catch Carmen Sandiego
Yakko:
Just relax and take the flak
If people want it, bring it back!
Looney Tunes, Queer Eye, and DuckTales
Just reboot it, cause it sells!
Dot:
Take something foreign, then translate it
Shamelessly appropriate it
Even if the old fans hate it
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
Get the script rights cleared!
Yakko:
You've done sequels, try for prequels
Wakko:
Think of all the streams that equals
Utilizing these techniques
Wakko and Dot:
Will make your shows revered
Shows revered!
Yakko, Wakko and Dot:
Reboot it, renew it
Reshoot it, redo it
And reuse it, retool it
Abuse it, just spew it!
If you wanna make some easy cash
Just recycle and rehash
Repeat it, reinstate it
Reheat it, recreate it
There's no need to feel frustrated
Simply just regurgitate it
For a guaranteed ratings smash
Dig it up out of the trash
Come on, just reboot it!

Trivia[]

Media Referenced[]

  • Murphy Brown, Melrose Place, Gilmore Girls (retooled as A Year in the Life), Lost in Space, That's So Raven (retooled as Raven's Home), The X-Files, The Golden Girls, Will and Grace, Dynasty, My Super Sweet 16, Blue's Clues, Twin Peaks, Fargo, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego, Looney Tunes, Queer Eye, and DuckTales were all referenced and mentioned in the song.
    • A rejected joke about ThunderCats Roar was pitched by storyboard artist Meg Syverud. It would've involved the Warners orchestrating the production of that show specifically to annoy people.[1] It's currently unknown if it was going to be in this cartoon or not.
    • Ironically, the 2017 revival of DuckTales was announced to be concluding after the third season around the time the episode featuring this song was released.
    • The Will and Grace revival had also ended earlier on April 23, 2020 along a revival of the 1990s sci-fi TV series ended two years later.
  • The "Johnny 2: Telling Lies" is a reference to the memetic nursery rhyme, "Johnny Johnny Yes Papa". This is further implied by the prequel poster, which shows a toddler Johnny Depp eating sugar from a sack. It was mistaken to be a mean-spirited joke directed towards the actor's personal issues but this was confirmed to be false.[2]

Sources[]

  1. Tweet by Meg Syv. Published March 15, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  2. Comicbook - Rob Paulsen explains Johnny Depp Joke Controversy

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