Animaniacs: Hulu Original Series Review


I would like to thank Hulu for allowing me to watch and review this series.

Cast: Rob Paulsen (“Yakko Warner” & “Pinky”), Tress MacNeille (“Dot Warner”), Jess Harnell (“Wakko Warner”) and Maurice LaMarche (“The Brain”)

Synopsis: They’re back! The Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner sister Dot, have a great time wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet. After returning to their beloved home, the Warner Bros. water tower, the siblings waste no time in causing chaos and comic confusion as they run loose through the studio, turning the world into their personal playground. Joining Yakko, Wakko and Dot, fan-favorite characters Pinky and the Brain also return to continue their quest for world domination.

We greet the Animaniacs with a long overdue and warm welcome I cannot express my excitement about the warner brothers & the warner sister creating a comeback the only way they know-how. Zany to the Max. 22 years later and the magic of Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs hasn’t missed a beat.

This new 13 episode series is the definition of self-aware, which is fitting for the show. Especially the first episode which feels more like an ” In cased you missed it” or recap of how much the world has changed since the series has been absent. The Animaniacs are nothing without their original voice actors, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell who play Yakko, Wakko & Dot respectively. And yes the original voice actors for pinky and the brain make a stunning comeback as well.

It’s difficult to notice issues with a show when it is essentially flawless. It knows exactly what it is and what it needs to be. I have seen 5 out of the 13 episodes and so far I couldn’t find any drawbacks. The jokes don’t feel outdated and it often makes fun of Hollywood for creating subpar reboots. And the episode title cards give the series a sense of its origins during the ’90s which to many is considered the golden years of animation.

Final: The consistency of this show continues to amaze me 22 years later and I have no doubt in my mind that this will get picked up for multiple seasons. The term reboot has left a sour taste in the mouth of many, but that might change after you give this series a watch The Animaniacs is set to release on Hulu on November 20th.

My Score:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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