Animaniacs is an American animated comedy musical streaming television series developed by Wellesley Wild and Steven Spielberg for the streaming service Hulu. It is a revival of the original 1993 television series of the same name. The classic cast comes back from the classic series.
Why It's Still Zany To The Max
- It not only stays faithful to the original series, it continues the Animaniacs series from where the original left off as shown in the opening sequence to the first episode. It also was able to get away with content that most modern kid shows aren't able to do such as satirizing and mocking some issues of the modern times like the trend of relying on reboots and use of some bad words (said by Brain on "Of Mices and Memes").
- Memorable soundtrack and songs.
- Top-notch animation and art style for even the early-2020s standards which are upgrades of the the original series.
- Decent voice acting, with the original cast reprise their roles.
- The comedy, the musical and the slapstick stays true to source material. It also was more comical, cartoonier and a lot more slapsticky than the original.
- Likable characters, including Yakko, Wakko and Dot, especially Pinky and the Brain.
- The Warner Siblings have earned development going from crazy characters who used to annoy people to characters that find hard to stand the changes of the modern times.
- The opening sequence is creative and well done, as a nice throwback to the original series' intro. The theme song is still catchy, but with modified lyrics and the jazzy-remixed version.
- Many funny moments, as well as tons of slapstick comedy moments. The running gags are still very impressive.
- Unique pop culture references.
- Memorable quotes that are very faithful and true to the source material.
- Slappy, Skippy, Hello Nurse, Minerva Mink, Thaddeus Plotz, Buttons, Mindy, Rita, Runt and most of the other supporting characters from the original show do not appear, outside of many appearing in a gag in “Good Warner Hunting”.
- Speaking of Hello Nurse, the main reason why she was removed was due to sexism as well as concerns that she might be outdated. As for the in-show reason as to why she was that she joined Doctors Without Borders.
- Adding onto the fact above, all the new characters are downright terrible. Starbox is a stereotypical "take over the world" alien, Cindy is a spoiled brat who wants Starbox as a pet so much that she crosses lines not even Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures would cross, and The Gnome is a selfish jerk who always shouts and talks too loudly.
- Due to today's political climate, the Hello Nurse joke that both Yakko and Wakko are known for has never been used.
- Despite Yakko and Wakko no longer flirting with women, Dot still hits on males sometimes, which is a double standard.
Like the original series, this reboot received mostly positive reviews, became one of the three most-watched Warner Bros. animated streaming programs, the others being Looney Tunes Cartoons and Jellystone!.
- The reboot's director Katie Rice previously worked in shows like Harvey Girls Forever! and the infamous Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon". Wellesley Wild previously used to work for Family Guy and Gabe Swarr worked to Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
- Tom Ruegger had stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that if he worked on the revival, Hello Nurse would have became the CEO, surpassing Thaddeus Plotz, instead of Nora Rita Norita.