I was never a big fan of Animaniacs — they tried too hard, were not especially funny and could never live up to their classic Warner Brothers ancestors. There was more comedy in one full revolution of Daffy Duck’s bill than in entire seasons of Jakko, Wakko and Dot.
But that’s not to say that I didn’t admire the effort. After a couple of decades of terrible animation and mind-numbing writing, Steven Spielberg’s pet effort at least attempted to make cartoons intelligent again. And maybe kids learned something along he way.
According to several sources, Spielberg, in conjunction with Warner Brothers, is working on a reboot of Animaniacs. It’s not clear if that would include new episodes of Pinky and the Brain, but I don’t see why not — that segment was one of the show’s most beloved. (Again, I’m not sure why). Thankfully, new Tiny Toon Adventures is not included in the plan.
The potential reboot comes as “Animaniacs” has experienced a new surge in popularity since arriving on Netflix last year. Steven Spielberg, who developed the original as a follow-up to the success of his “Tiny Toon Adventures,” is expected to be on board in crafting the updated version.
There’s no home yet for “Animaniacs,” and insiders caution that it’s still in the early stages of development. But 1990s nostalgia is big business these days – witness the success of another Warner Bros. TV title, “Fuller House,” which is one of the most-watched originals on Netflix.
“Animaniacs” ran for 99 episodes – from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids, before moving to Kids’ WB from 1995 to 1998. It also spawned the primetime spinoff “Pinky and the Brain,” which aired on The WB.