The beloved 1990s animated series Animaniacs is reportedly coming back to life, and Steven Spielberg is back to make sure Wakko, Yakko and Dot are as zany as ever.
IndieWire reports an Animaniacs reboot is in the early phases of development over at Amblin TV and Warner Bros., with Spielberg producing. The show has enjoyed a fresh wave of success after making its debut on Netflix, so it’s not much of a surprise to hear it could be getting a new lease on life. The show featured enduring characters such as Pinky and the Brain and is one of those rare shows to cross over and appeal to kids and young adults — so you’d imagine there’s even more of a market for it in today’s nostalgia-fest.
The original series ran from 1993 until 1995 for 99 episodes, and aired on Fox Kids and Kids’ WB (both now-defunct children’s programming blocks on prime-time TV). It also won a Peabody Award for “restoring quality to the daily animated television series,” plus eight Daytime Emmy Awards, in case you’ve forgotten how good this show was all those years ago.
There’s no word on where the new version could air, but it stands to reason a lot of networks would be interested. Not to mention Netflix, which is reaping the benefits of the original run right now.
Are you glad to hear Animaniacs is coming back?