The Steven Spielberg-backed Animaniacs reboot has a premiere date.
First announced in 2018, the series has already received a two-season order — each season will comprise 13 episodes — full of the usual Warner sibling mania. The first episode of the new Animaniacs will premiere on Hulu on Nov. 20, with a second season airing in 2021.
The original series was nominally about Yakko and Wakko (the Warner brothers) and Dot (the Warner sister), irreverent, authority and order-defying … creatures … who menaced the denizens of the Warner Bros. studio lot. The slapstick was for the kids, but the show’s non-stop pop culture references and celebrity parodies were definitely for adults. The series was also something of an animated sketch show, each episode containing an installment from one a broad lineup of recurring characters like Slappy Squirrel, the Lassie-parodying Buttons and Mindy, or the Goodfellas-parodying Goodfeathers.
Most famous of these skits was Pinky and the Brain, about a maniac lab mouse and his absolutely idiotic partner, spun off into not one but two of its own stand-alone series. Each episode of the new Animaniacs will feature a Pinky and the Brain interlude.
Warner Bros.’ back catalog of Animaniacs media, including the original Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, and Tiny Toons are already available on Hulu.