Nothing is sacred anymore. Not the 80s TV shows you loved as a child or the 90s movies that shaped your world. Whether we like it or not, everything is getting a reboot. Everything. Including Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs.
According to Indiewire, the Jurassic Park director is teaming up with Warner Bros. to bring back the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and Warner sister, Dot. Spielberg’s Amblin Television will be actively involved with the remake after a “new surge in popularity since arriving on Netflix last year”.
The Animaniacs had a large cast of characters – with each set of characters acting in their own plot. The Warners, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, were three cartoon stars from the 1930s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the 90s when they escaped. Slappy Squirrel was an aged cartoon star that would easily outwit antagonists and educate her nephew, Skippy Squirrel, about cartoon techniques. Other characters included Chicken Boo, Katie Ka-Boom, Rita and Runt, Buttons and Mindy, Flavio and Marita, a trio of pigeons known as The Goodfeathers, and Minerva Mink. While I’m not sure that the Animaniacs’ wit and slapstick would translate well with today’s audience, it would be interesting to see if they’re able to adapt the characters.
Isn’t the use of falling anvils going to be a bit too excessive?
Blending wit, slapstick and pop culture references, the variety show “Animaniacs” features a large cast of characters, whose predominant personalities are the Warner brothers – three inseparable siblings – who have a great time creating havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. The series, which originally ran from 1993 thru 1998, also features a number of comedic educational segments, often in musical form.