“Reboots are symptomatic of a fundamental lack of originality in Hollywood,” Yakko declares in the opening of the new trailer for Animaniacs’ return, but a juicy check from Hulu makes him quickly reconsider his stance, luckily for all the zany classic’s loyal fans around the world.
In fact, Hulu first delivered the exciting news on this year’s virtual New York Comic Con, in the form of a spoof of Jurassic Park’s classic dinosaur introduction scene, which is brimming with wit, cinematographic aesthetics, irony, and of course, the inimitable over-the-top energy of the Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. Not to mention it features an animated Steven Spielberg, who also announces the return of Pinky and the Brain, the recurring segment on Animaniacs, which is greeted with the kind of awe and dismay that only cult classics and urban legends of their caliber can rightfully inspire.
The trailer’s strong, self-deprecating opening is a statement that after 22 years, Animaniacs will be back with a top-notch comedic vengeance instead of resting our laurels and bleeding clichés dry. But while it’s a tribute to the more mature and satirical side of the show, the rest of the trailer is a furious reel of the absurd, childish wackiness that epitomizes the Warner Brothers and Sister.
“After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. Water Tower, the Animaniacs waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio and beyond, turning the world into their personal playground,” a press release reads.
We catch a glimpse of some intriguing premises, to say the least, including a Trump-looking prehistoric baby cyclops, a majestic Pegasus that comes “bearing horrible tidings of war,” and an anime version of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.
The trailer also gives us a glimpse of Pinky and the Brain in their usual dynamics.
The season consists of 13 episodes and will be available on Hulu on November 20. If that wasn’t good enough, there’s already a deal in place for another 13-episode season which should come out in 2021.
Steven Spielberg is also returning behind the wheel as the executive producer.
2020 isn’t so bad, after all.