Two decades later, Animaniacs is returning, and to help usher them back to television, Hulu had a little help from Jurassic Park. The short spot premiered at New York Comic Con Online with a spoof of the Michael Crichton novel turned movie and Warner brothers and sister.
It was a near shot for shot remake of the 1993 dinosaur film, released the same year as the original Animaniacs show. The short begins with Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm getting their first look at the resurrected dinosaurs in the classic Jeep, except they’re animated. Playing the role of John Hammond is instead Steven Spielberg, who was an executive producer for Animaniacs and directed Jurassic Park.
“Alan, this species of cartoon has been extinct since 1998. I mean, these haven’t been seen on TV since the golden era of animation!” Sattler says, as Grant manually turns her head to reveal the Animaniacs in all their wacky glory.”
It’s all done in the classic animation Animaniacs featured when it was released in the 90s. There’s a bit of fun dialogue explaining the animation style used to recreate Yakko, Wakko, and Dot.
“Clean vectored outlines, wide screen format. These don’t look like reruns. Well, they’re not. I reanimated them. We are gonna make a fortune with this show.”
The show will also feature all of the original voice cast reprising their roles. Jess Harnell (Wakko), Maurice LaMarche (Brain), Tress MacNeille (Dot), and Rob Paulsen (Pinky and Yakko).
Of course, then there’s Pinky and the Brain. Pinky and the Brain? You said you’re bringing back Pinky and the Brain? Say it again. We’re bringing back Pinky and the Brain.”
The cast and crew also held an online panel during New York Comic Con detailing the reboot’s return.
Join me,@yakkopinky, @JessHarnell, Tress MacNeille, and EPs @Gabe_Swarr and Wellesley Wild for our OFFICIAL Animaniacs Returns Virtual Panel by @NY_Comic_Con! 10amP/1pmE! Get a Sneak Peek at the NEW Animaniacs, way in advance of our Nov 20 drop on @Hulu!https://t.co/TaJtp2GQCF
— MAURICE LAMARCHE (@MAURICELAMARCHE) October 11, 2020
Hulu’s Animaniacs will premiere November 20 with one 13 episode season.