Hulu’s revival of Animaniacs was met with much praise from both fans and critics alike, and many have been wondering if it will get a Season 2.
Running for five seasons between 1993 to 1998 and consisting of 99 episodes, Animaniacs was an animated comedy variety show that unexpectedly took the world by storm. It starred the wacky Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner, three inseparable dog-like creatures that loved getting into trouble.
The series aired on Fox Kids and then WB Kids before getting canceled in 1998, wrapping up with the TV movie Animaniacs: Wakko’s Wish serving as the finale in 1999. The three wouldn’t stay down for long though, as in 2018, it was announced that Animaniacs would be getting a revival for the streaming network, Hulu. Put into development by Steven Spielberg and Wellesley Wild, Season 1 of Hulu’s Animaniacs premiered on November 20, 2020, and consisted of 13 episodes. Fans enjoyed this revival of a beloved classic, and many are wondering if it will return for a second season.
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The series has confirmed that a second season is already on the way. The series was actually given an early Season 2 renewal ahead of its premiere date, guaranteeing an immediate two-season order once it was given the green light for production, meaning no matter how fans reacted to the revival, it was most likely always going to be a multiple season series. Season 2 is expected to drop on Hulu sometime in 2021.
Same as the original, the Animaniacs reboot is a variety show with each episode featuring a combination of mini sketches, skits and bridging segments that star a revolving cast of characters, often parodying real-life events or topics in pop culture. Though not as raunchy or zany as its predecessor, the revival contains the same spirit. Season 2 will continue to showcase the adventures of the three Warner siblings as well as the two fan-favorite lab mice, Pinky and The Brain, while they run into and interact with other characters from Warner Bros. Studios.
The reception of the revival has been very positive. It currently has a certified “fresh” score of 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. The series seems to have adapted well to the modern age, even though it can no longer be considered one-of-a-kind anymore and hasn’t actually changed all that much. Since the original Animaniacs came on the scene, there have been numerous adult-themed animated satires that followed, including Family Guy, South Park, Rick & Morty and Bojack Horseman. The Warners and company have pretty much stayed the same, not so much as changing for the times, but reawakening from a 20-year sleep with characters who are aware of their long hiatus.
The revived Animaniacs includes a unique type of self-awareness in that the Warners acknowledge they are cartoons living in a TV show. In their 1993 debut, the Warners were three cartoons trapped at Warner Bros. Studios from the 1930s until escaping into the modern 1990s. This time around, the three are adapting to life in the 21st Century and are well aware that they’ve been off the air for a long time. Season 2 will continue Yakko, Wakko and Dot’s zany adventures.
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