Reboots are a tricky business. No one likes their favorite characters to be recast, even if the original actor ends up playing their father or teacher or is incorporated into the project in some other winky-winky way. People don’t want to let go of their fond memories of the first time around.
Animated shows, however, don’t have this problem. At least not in the same way. Cartoon characters don’t age, which is why Bart Simpson has been 10-years-old for 30 years. Unfortunately, the people supplying those characters’ voices are only human, and if someone were to reboot The Simpsons with a new voice for Homer, fans might not be happy. This is why fans of the 90s cult classic cartoon Animaniacs are surely rejoicing today.
As announced last year, Animaniacs is coming back to TV – ahem, Hulu – for (at least) a two-season run. And the news just broke that the original voice cast is returning as well.
The cast themselves announced their return via the Animanicast Twitter account:
— The Animanicast (@animanicast) October 8, 2019
That’s Rob Paulsen (the voice of Yakko), Tress MacNeille (Dot), and Jess Harnell (Wakko), who are clearly as thrilled as their fans will be to be back voicing the anarchic, pop-culture-skewering trio on Hulu starting next year. (Pinky and the Brain will also make appearances on the reboot.)
“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere,” said Craig Erwich, senior VP of content at Hulu. “Now one of the most beloved, inventive and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the No. 1 streaming destination for premium animated content.”
Not long after that announcement we also found out that Pinky and The Brain are part of the reboot festivities.
Then yesterday we found out their triumphant return happens on November 20 and a commitment to a second season?!
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) August 16, 2020
I’m excited for my kids to have a fun, age-appropriate way to take in some satire, especially since a lot of the show’s adult-jokes will go over the heads and make this one of the few kid’s shows I enjoy watching!