Animaniacs are back!

Logo for the “Animaniacs” cartoon reboot in 2020.

From the year 1993, the “Animaniacs” by Stephen Spielberg was a beloved cartoon that many grew up with. It ran from 1993 to 1995 on the Fox Kids programming block.

But 25 years after its cancellation, the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, are back.

The reboot of “Animaniacs” is available on the streaming service Hulu and there are already 13 available episodes for the first season.

Thoughts and feelings on the reboot range from praise to dismissiveness. There is a trend of speculation that the current world of entertainment is “too much” for Animaniacs to survive in.

YouTuber Saberspark made a video that gave a positive review of Animaniacs.

He said that he thought the original had charm and quality that he enjoyed, and could be appreciated by all manner of age groups. He praised the reboot for being self-aware.

The reboot has many jokes and skits making fun of Warner Studios’ properties and old Animaniacs content. Self-awareness and self-deprecation are a recurring element to the Animaniacs’ humor, and Saberspark praised them for this throughout his video.

“The writing’s sharp. The animation’s sharp. Everything is just on point.” Saberspark said, “I think it’s a very faithful adaptation and I recommend it!”

The news outlet “Variety”, published a column by Caroline Framke’s thoughts on the reboot titled “Hulu’s ‘Animaniacs’ Reboot Runs in Circles Trying Old Tricks in a New World: TV Review.”

Framke is less positive about this reboot and says the new Animaniacs is trying too hard.

“In the tweaked opening credits, one of TV’s most enduring theme songs gets pointed lyric updates advising mad nerds to remember that the ‘Animaniacs’ ‘did meta first,’ and assuring the audience that this reboot is appropriately ‘gender neutral’ and ‘ethnically diverse’ for its new era. (Sure.) So while the 1993 ‘Animaniacs’ was aggressively self-aware, this 2020 version feels aggressively so, even defiant, as it constantly works to justify its existence.”

“The Verge” published its article, titled, “Hulu’s Animaniacs reboot can’t survive a BoJack Horseman world,” in which Joshua Rivera says that the Animaniacs’ formula of gearing its humor towards more mature and learned audiences who enjoy humor critiquing and mocking pop culture may have worked in the 90s, but modern shows that use that same formula pull it it off in a much more innovative and transgressive way.

“Mostly, the new Animaniacs seems to be attempting to succeed using the old formula. Trouble is, there have been other shows doing excellent showbiz satire in the Animaniacs’ absence, like BoJack Horseman, which managed to skewer Hollywood and the new media ecosystem that now covers it.”

There are a variety of thoughts and feelings on the Warner siblings’ comeback, and each different one seems to be the result of the different values that each viewer may hold.

If you still enjoy the manic, cynical comedy of the original, you will probably like the reboot.

If you value technical quality or innovative execution in a piece of media, maybe not so much.

Only time will tell if these perspectives change.