According to a recent report by Yahoo! a reboot of Warner Bros.' hit 1990s cartoon Animaniacs is currently in the early stages of development. The news comes after the original series' debut on Netflix, where it was one of the most-watched non-original series on the streaming service.
The original cartoon's executive producer, Steven Spielberg, and his production company, Amblin Entertainment, are expected to have a significant hand in the possible reboot. Together again with the Warner Bros. Animation studio, it is entirely likely the the "zany to the max" Warner Siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, will once again return to pop culture prominence.
The original Animaniacs cartoon spent 99 episodes on Fox Kids between the years of 1993 and 1995, before moving to Kids' WB, where it ended in 1998. The series, having sold especially well on home video during its original run, concluded with a direct-to-video release entitled Wakko's Wish in 1999.
The series consisted of hilariously musical slapstick, irony, and double-entendre laden animated sketches not only featuring Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, but also wildly entertaining supporting characters like Slappy the Squirrel, Goodfeathers, and of course Pinky and the Brain, who received their own primetime spinoff series in 1995.
Over the course of five seasons, Animaniacs won eight Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. The official Peabody Awards website includes a blurb regarding the 1993 honor which reads, “Too often today, animation on television is produced in a workman-like manner, with little attention paid to characterization, illustration, and above all, narrative storytelling.
“This series, with appeal to adults as well as children, reminds us of the glory days of Hollywood animation and brings that period up-to-date with sparkling characters, witty dialogue, and stunning production," reads the site's explanation.
As of yet, the Animaniacs reboot has not found a permanent broadcasting home, but Warner Bros. Animation, Amblin Entertainment, and Steven Spielberg seem determined to get the new series off the ground in the near future.