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Animaniacs 2.0 feels bogged down by its overwhelming need to speak to our Trumpian era, and Yakko, Wakko, and Dot now face the familiar conundrum of how to parody a culture that has become a parody of itself after.
Animaniacs doesn't reinvent the formula of the old episodes, nor does it follow them verbatim. Instead, this is an update that feels as if the show had just taken a scheduled 22-years-long break and are now picking up where they left.
In the world of Animaniacs the best jokes often come in the deep cuts, like one about, of all things, the Oldboy remake.
For fans of Animaniacs, the reboot will feel like a welcome home. Yet after any remodel, some things feel amiss.
The series is as topical as things can get for writing the new episodes in 2018.
The new Animaniacs, rebooted and now streaming on Hulu, replicates the manic energy of the original but not really in the service of anything that feels as transgressive or groundbreaking.
Young newcomers may find it hard to keep up, so this revival is mostly for parents seeking a nostalgia trip that's zany to the max.
Other elements of nostalgia will appeal to those who remember the original series as well, and regardless of who the viewer is, the Animaniacs musical numbers always hit a high note.
While it stumbles at times and doesn't quite capture the magic of the original, there is enough wit to remind fans of the heyday of Saturday morning cartoons.
Animaniacs doesn't have it all figured out. But every time you might be about to write something off, it throws a curveball that's so spot-on, weirdly prescient... or absurdly funny that it demands another look.
Audience Reviews for Animaniacs: Season 1
Jan 06, 2021good new take on the old show need to have a lot more of the side story's back. the animation looks very good.
Dec 17, 2020It's many political attributes maybe a little more on the controversial side, but this Animaniacs reboot recaptures the animany totally insany spirit of the original, in its own unique way
Dec 11, 2020It's a fun and colorful continuation of the original series!
Dec 09, 2020Lacking most of the diverse cast Animaniacs does a pretty good job at updating their craft for the modern era. Full of funny adult jokes and silly childlike antics there's a lot that's new here for the whole family to enjoy while still managing to fit like an old, comfortable sweater.
Dec 07, 2020It is interesting. However the fact that they killed off majority of the cast but left Pinky and the Brain was a mistake. While growing up I didnt know of anyone liking Pinky and the Brain. Everyone I knew liked Slappy, Boy Random, and Mindi and Buttons.
Dec 07, 2020As much as I missed the show, the revival seems to lack the same magic the original had. For a kids show is was definitely aimed at the old audience now grown up with many stories that kids couldn't follow or understand not to mention going to the political well way to often. The lack of supporting characters from the past is what makes it feel lackluster. We weren't left with many memorable moments in the first of at least two seasons
Dec 04, 2020I LOVE this cartoon series! The comedy is at both the level of slapstick but also pop-culture.
Dec 01, 2020Fitting emotional segments plus stupid and brilliantly funny based humor, the Animaniacs reboot may be missing some of its old wit and charm from its original debut, but shows us that a little bit of change is sometimes good. Especially if the voice actors are enjoying themselves. (Let's hope these Warner's can stick around for more than 2 seasons.)
Nov 28, 2020They've completely changed the dynamic of the Warner siblings. Yakko and Wakko have been watered down to make room for their younger sister. Dot has been given a louder voice in the new series and no longer bears the charm she had in the original. Instead of being cute she has wit? I thought Yakko was the one with wit? You can tell her new personality panders to a specific audience and personally, it's one of my biggest problems with the reboot. as a huge fan of the original this was really disappointing to see
Nov 26, 2020I recommend it. It holds up to the original, and is, in some ways, even better, due to an updated cultural awareness, leading to less instances of punching-down humour. Most of the comedy is more genuinely clever than that. To be entirely fair, though, the show has two faults that may be worth mentioning upfront. At moments, the show repeatedly retreads specific topics in its sketches (there are quite a lot of Russia jokes, as one example, which all tend to repeat the same underlying premises, which was funny at first, but went to the point of beating a dead horse), which can feel a bit repetitive, but the show, as an entire whole, doesn't suffer significantly for this, when considering the full picture. The only other prominent fault worth mentioning is that it uses gross-out humour, which is a relic of the 90s that really ought to have been left in the 90s. Some of those gross-out gags are bizarre and disturbing, and none of them have comedic value that they could have contributed to the show. It's extremely strange that they were added to a show that wanted to be updated and current, even for a reboot of a 90s show. While gross-out gags never actually had comedic value, even when they were rampant in the 90s, in current day, they are especially out-of-place, and detract from the moments of the show where they are included. But, those moments are, fortunately, few and far enough between, that they don't ruin the show. The bulk of the rest of the show's content is substantial enough, and not repulsive, to make the gross-out moments very little by comparison. The gross-out gags are simply an inclusion of an antiquated, out-of-place notion of comedy from the 90s that are, in modern day, flatly disturbing when they occur. But there are very few of those moments throughout the show; so few in fact that I still consider the whole of the show to deserve a positive score. And, especially in comparison to other shows, it shines brilliantly in its quality. The shows faults, while present, are statistical white noise compared to its strong points. With those two points out of the way, the entire rest of the contents of the show more than exceed in making up for them. The writing is (mostly) on-point, the animation is well produced, the topical moments, despite being written two years ago, still feel relevant, the more cohesive format of the Warner sibling sequences is extremely satisfying, and, although I know many fans are dismayed at the absence of many of the other characters, I loved the new ones. The music is bang-on, top-notch, and catchy as all get out. I'm also a fan of the new intro basically saying trans rights, especially because of Wakko's canonical nonbinary moment in the comics, and the fact so many queer fans have interpreted much of Dot's characterization as indicators of a trans identity. Even more, the intro then immediately after those lyrics mocks trolls that would criticize the intro, showing a very modern irreverence. The quality of the whole of the show feels very much like a near-seamless continuation of the original show. However, outside of the show's contents, there is one other significant flaw, which is the primary reason I didn't give this show a perfect or near-perfect score: They brought Wellesley Wild onto the show's production, and he is responsible for some of the lowest-quality, lowest common denominator, lowest hanging fruit, worst, crudest, trash on TV. He is responsible for multiple productions that rely on hateful, disgusting, often bigotedly prejudiced, cruel, offensive-for-the-sake-of-being-offensive, shock-value, lazy, unoriginal, unfunny, stupid, and bad-animation shows and movies out there. So him being on the team is a full 2-point deduction from a score that would have been 5 stars. It is almost guaranteed that he was the one responsible for the two categories of flaws that the show has, because they are both lazy and humourless writing that contribute nothing positive to the show. The rest of the show, which does have comedic value, is likely written by the other people on the team, who have a nonzero amount of talent. Aside from that disaster of a choice of crewmember, the rest of the show's quality is good. The voice-acting is completely spot-on, the meta-humour is phenomenal, the characterization is ideal, and the wordplay ranges from delightfully, endearingly silly, to absolutely brilliant. I am, under normal circumstances, vehemently opposed to the support or use of streaming services, by virtue of moral imperative, but, for this show, exclusively, I used Hulu's free trial. I have never used it before. I hope that using it in some way contributes viewership figures to the show, in support. I hope that the revival of the show is being well supported. It is a modern cartoon with the same silly atmosphere of the original. It is both for children and for adults. It is cerebral and straightforward. It's good. I watched the original series as a child. This show satisfies my thirst for the show, and has me a new fan all over again.