January 4, 2018
Hulu, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation Jan. 4 announced a deal to create and premiere a new version of the cartoon franchise “Animaniacs.”
Under the two-season, straight-to-series order, Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer of the series, with Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, and Amblin Television co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank also serving as executive producers.
The series marks the first Hulu Original made for families. New episodes are set to premiere on the streaming service in 2020.
In addition to announcing the new series, Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution also inked a new pact that makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to the complete library of all 99 episodes of the original “Animaniacs,” as well as “Pinky and the Brain,” the subsequent “Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain,” and the complete “Tiny Toon Adventures” collection. The classic series are available now on Hulu.
“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, SVP of content, Hulu, in a statement. “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.”
“I am so pleased and proud that ‘Animaniacs’ will have a home at Hulu,” said executive producer Steven Spielberg in a statement. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of ‘Animaniacs’ and ‘Tiny Toon Adventures’ episodes are included in the deal.”
“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Amblin and Hulu for new episodes of ‘Animaniacs,’ filled with endless laughs — and ongoing plots for world domination by Pinky and the Brain,” said Sam Register, president, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, in a statement. “Parents who grew up with the cartoon now have new episodes to share with their own families.”
The original “Animaniacs” made its television debut in 1993. Since its premiere, the series has launched spin-offs and characters including “Pinky and the Brain.”
The new show will will join the Hulu Kids library alongside full libraries of exclusive kids programming, including “Teen Titans Go!,” “Curious George,” “The Powerpuff Girls,” “Doozers,” “Adventure Time,” “Doc McStuffins” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
“Animaniacs” is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation.