90s kids have asked the question: "What happened to Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner?" Fear not, Animaniacs fans, as Hulu has come to the rescue.
Yakko, Wakko, And Dot Return
Throughout the 1990s, many families turned to the now defunct Fox Kids and Kids' WB to see the crazy adventures of three colorful siblings: Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner. The Warner siblings lived in a fictional Warner Bros. Studios historic water tower.
Wherever the Warner trio traveled, fans of the show knew that the siblings' hysterical hijinks would follow them. From lovingly embarrassing Ralph the Security Guard and the studio's in-house psychiatrist Dr. Otto Scratchansniff to presenting short songs that would "educate" the viewer such as "The Presidents" and Wakko's "50 State Capitols," fans would be laughing for 22 minutes.
A New Deal
Animaniacs fans can thank series executive producer Steven Spielberg for this achievement. Spielberg's production company, Amblin TV, along with Warner Bros. Animation will create new adventures for the Warner trio that will be exclusively carried by Hulu.
This announcement also signals that Hulu signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution that will not only feature all 99 episodes of the classic animated series but also their spin-offs such as Pinky and the Brain and its sequel, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain. Hulu is also expected to feature another popular 1990s cartoon series, Tiny Toon Adventures, in its streaming library.
"I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu. Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into the wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot," said Steven Spielberg, in a statement.
The Revival Season
Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner's return has been part of a wave of revivals that has hit the television industry for the past few years. Fuller House, a spin-off of the popular family sitcom Full House, was the first show to be brought back. Longtime series supporters lavishly praised the Netflix series, while Fuller House introduced actors Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Candace Cameron Bure to a new generation of fans.
Network television was the next part of the television to get hit by the revival phase. NBC brought back one of its hallmark comedies: Will And Grace. Fans were ecstatic to see Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally as Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen, even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave the series two Golden Globe nominations including Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy and Best Actor-Television Series Musical and Comedy (McCormack). ABC has scheduled to premiere both the American Idol and Roseanne revivals in March.
The Warner Trio will also be joined by fan-favorites Pinky and the Brain when the new series begins airing on Hulu in 2020.