We’re a month away from getting Animaniacs back and it’s not a moment too soon. Yakko, Wacko, and Dot have been missing since the late-90s and, honestly, it was probably more due to fatigue than anything else. Sometimes you need to rest a property, then bring it back down the line. Animaniacs is a very welcome return, but at the same time, we don’t want it to be too different. More specifically, it doesn’t need to be too different. Add a new splash of paint and modernize it without straying too far, but keep the soul the same.
Things were already on the right track with the news that they were bringing back all the original voice actors. Apparently, it was a situation where Steven Spielberg wanted all of them back or it wasn’t happening.
On Sunday, New York Comic Con had a panel about the new show featuring voice actors Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell, and Maurice LaMarche as well as executive producers Wellesley Wild and Gabe Swarr. Much was talked about in this half hour, including why the characters resonate so well and the several-year process of bringing the show back in its new form.
Talk is fine, but where’s the cream filling? We need some results and luckily, they tossed in a look at not just any Animaniacs clip, but the cold opening for the brand new season. Better yet, they play up the Steve Spielberg connection by parodying a certain movie he did about bringing back awesome things from the distant past.