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Animaniacs reboot in the works

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pig's Laundry, May 30, 2017.

  1. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Apparently, after a recent upswing in popularity after being added to Netflix last year, it was just announced that Stephen Spielberg, Amblin Television, and Warner Bros are working on a reboot/revival of the classic show:

    I'm extremely excited about this! Animaniacs, along with Pinky and the Brain and other Warner cartoons were cancelled before their time, so I always thought that there were a lot of stories that still could've been told. And with such a huge cast of characters, the story possibilities are endless :)

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  2. ConsummateVs

    ConsummateVs Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's awesome! I love Animaniacs! :D
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  3. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Honestly, I feel like the show ran its course with 99 episodes and a TV movie in the bag, hardly something "cancelled before its time". Though it would be neat seeing the original cast and writers return, if they will be involved.

    And I have a strong feeling this will be put on Netflix or something. No doubt the writers and producers would prefer something where S&P won't be breathing down their necks every minute.
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  4. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well, I say it was cancelled a little too early because the whole reason WB cancelled it was because their were too many adults watching and not enough kids (similar to Young Justice dying because too many girls like super heroes) and they wanted to replace it with cheaper to produce shows like Pokemon. So it died after the network gradually started ordering less and less episodes every season. I guess they had no idea how to market a cartoon to an older audience so this show along with it's spin off aired their last episodes on the exact same day.
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  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    If it's as clever, sharp, and unique as the original was, I might actually be willing to give this a shot, but I know how hard it is to try to recapture lightning in the same bottle.

    If anything, I wouldn't mind a Freakazoid reboot - that one really got the short end of the stick, and honestly, of the three Spielberg-produced cartoons, that one was my favorite (Animaniacs did come in a close second though).
  6. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    Hopefully, it won't end up like Wabbit - try as they might, that show is dull. Literally, the somehow managed to make the idea of Bugs Bunny vs. DEATH HIMSELF totally lame.

    If does actually get made, I hope the animation is also top-tier. None of this crappy Flash like The Tom & Jerry Show has. There's plenty of good hand-drawn stuff still being made (Steven Universe for example). I'm not gonna expect anything like the TMS studios did, which was like 95% flawless, but it still needs to look good.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I have the sickening feeling it's either going to be Flash or CGI.

    But, considering even the original went through multiple different animation studios and often times had an inconsistent look to it, I think I can be a little more forgiving if the animation isn't exactly top-notch . . . unless it's just so bad it's hard to get into like the 2012 TMNT series on Nick.
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  8. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Spielberg will still be bankrolling this revival, so maybe he'll have the good sense to go with full hand-drawn animation or, worst-case scenario, a Flash studio that can allow for very fluid and expressive animation, like Bardel or Mercury Filmworks. TV-quality CGI can't really allow you to be super loose and expressive unless you spend a fortune on it, which is why squash and stretch is shown more frequently in film.

    And as for the Nick TMNT series, you must have only watched the 1st season where the visuals admittedly felt a tad off. Since then, I've seen subtle improvements in textures in lighting with each subsequent season. The detail on the Triceratons is especially impressive.
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  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Same with ALVINNN - obviously TV CGI series do improve over time. But really, for me, it's more the overall look and design of the Nick TMNT that just doesn't appeal to me; Splinter in particular isn't easy to look at.
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  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Is anything hand drawn anymore?
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  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Yes, just not very often. Though the DuckTales reboot will be using traditional animation, though, so anything's possible with Animaniacs.
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  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Given there'll be a new Ducktales series this summer and then Muppet Babies next year, I'm not rally surprised Animaniacs might be getting a reboot/revival shot in the arm.
    Whacko: Ouch!

    Endless stories? Only if they choose to not focus on the same cluster of characters so heavily. Seriously, would it have keeled them to make more than just two Minerva Mink cartoons?
    Basically I'm just on the fence and will reserve judgment if/when I get to watch it after it's been officially made and released on air or online. *Shrug. :skeptical:
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  13. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    That's true. I would love to see more Minerva Mink, and not just because she's a real babe. :D I'd also love to see the writers make use of ideas they didn't get the opportunity to do, like that bacteria soap opera "As the Petri Dish Turns" or the new angle of Pinky & The Brain in which they get different mutant superpowers each episode from scientists experimenting on them, which they felt was too dark for a kids' show.
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  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Bad news: it's going straight to Hulu.
  15. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Why not Netflix?
  16. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Well, i'm just excited it's still happening! Hopefully they're able to capture the spirit of the original while keeping it relevant for today.

    Considering Cartoon Network and Boomerang were probably they're only other viable options, streaming seems like a good choice. As we all know, CN doesn't care about most of their shows, and the schedules for new episodes are random. Plus, creatively, and considering the main age group that'll be watching this, Hulu makes sense.
    I don't have Hulu anymore, but i'm not worried. There are alternative ways to watch shows, if you know what I mean ;).
  17. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

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  18. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Totally called it! :)

    Like I said before, they most likely went with Hulu because there is no S&P department standing in the way, like Netflix. It's up to the producers to police their content.
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  19. ErinAardvark

    ErinAardvark Well-Known Member

    Ok . . . . . time for an unpopular opinion. Why all the reboots? Why can't people get creative and come up with something original anymore? I realize rebooting a franchise allows the next generation to have their own version of something their parents once enjoyed, but when will enough be enough? What's wrong with trying to come up with an original idea? Why do they have to recycle an old idea?
  20. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Cause nothing is original anymore.
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