The original Animaniacs actors will return for the reboot to voice the iconic trio Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, as well as Pinky and The Brain. The Animaniacs reboot is apart of Hulu‘s effort to keep up with the reboot trend that has blown up among the streaming platforms. Animaniacs premiered on Fox Kids in 1993 and featured the hijinks of several different wacky casts of animal characters. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, the Warner siblings, were the featured characters on the series, but Pinky and the Brain proved popular enough to spin-off into their own series.
Nearly 30 years later, the original Warner Siblings voice actors are back to revive their iconic roles for the upcoming Hulu reboot. The Animanicast podcast tweeted in October 2019 that Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko, wrote in his publication Voice Lessons that he and the rest of the cast are already working on the project. Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille are back to play Wakko and Dot, respectively. Paulson revealed that he would also reprise Pinky with Maurice LaMarche returning as the Brain. So far Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Pinky and the Brain are the only known returning characters for the Hulu reboot.
Paulsen spoke with ComicBook.com about returning to these characters for the first time since the announcement. He explained that even though it will be the first time that these characters reappear on the small screen since the show initially aired, it doesn’t mean that he and the rest of the original cast haven’t voiced these characters since then. He explained that he, Harnell, and MacNeille joined forces with composer Randy Rogel and traveled the world performing Animaniacs in Concert. Even so, he is honored to return to the animated series and believes asking the original cast to return was ultimately the best decision the reboot could have made.
“It’s impossible to quantify what a compliment that. Moreover, to be able to do that again, with Maurice, with Tress, with Jess. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are back and so are Pinky and the Brain. Moreover is that in this era of celebrities doing a lot of animated characters — and I get why the producers do it. I totally get it — but I also know that just having a movie star do the talking chicken doesn’t mean that the show’s going to be a hit. You’ve got to have a good script, great characters, and terrific actors, whether they’re celebrities or not.”
Reboots, remakes, and revivals appear to be the theme of the ’20s, and the trend doesn’t seem to have an end anywhere in sight. While plenty of talented writers are pitching new works, producers are favoring reboots of popular shows that were already successful, have a fanbase, and will be for-sure cash cows. Hulu is so sure about the Animaniacs reboot that it ordered two seasons up front.
Animaniacs is wholesome content that could lift spirits during a time of hardships. Millennials can revisit the days of their youth on an Animaniacs-packed nostalgia trip while introducing a new generation of children to a wacky and joy-filled world. Hulu anticipates the Animaniacs reboot will be available for all to enjoy in the Fall of 2020 but is subject, and likely, to change.
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