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It’s Time, Once Again, for An-I-man-I-acs!

GettinMelt

HUGGBEES!!!
(he/him)
After a 22-year-layoff, Animaniacs is back, on Hulu. A 13-episode season dropped today, and it is unsurprisingly chock full of Trump jokes and snark about reboots.

I’m two episodes in, and it hasn’t missed a beat after all these years, IMO. So far it looks like the focus is on the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister!) and Pinky and the Brain. The original cast is back, and obviously a lot of love and attention was given to this.

it owns.

So, have you watched it yet? What do you think?
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
The trailer seemed really dull, critics seem pretty down on it but my friends seem to love it. The criticisms I saw seem like they’d apply to the original show as well. I’ll probably watch an episode with husband tonight.

I’m anticipating that it will be fine but not something to watch when I’m in a cynical mood.
 
I am SO EXCITED for this as I loved the original series. We don't have Hulu and this weekend is busy so I plan to try a free week trial or whatever they have over Thanksgiving so we have time to watch them all over a few days.
 

R.R. Bigman

Coolest Guy
The first episode was okay. The animation looks so much cheaper than the lavish originals, but cartoons as a whole will never look as good as they did in the 90’s ever again, so it’s not all the show’s fault. Those Seth Meyers jokes were brutal.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I've been talking a bit about this in the main cartoon thread so I thought I'd share here:
I'm nine episodes into Animaniacs and it's super weird. It's just the Warners plus Ralph and Pinky and The Brain until near the end of the eighth episode, barring one segment about how all the other old segments are gone. I'd say impressions are overall good; for the most part it feels like a very distilled version of the old show, but separating the wheat from the chaff kinda makes you realize how little wheat there is (read: like 80% of the Warners' segments have songs in them, because the original show had about two dozen musical numbers, of which you remember about two).

Also: pretty much any time they try to reference pop culture from after the show was made, it whiffs super hard. Pinky rushes into a dragon's lair and yells "Leeroy Jenkins." One episode has a scene at a fidget spinner factory. Pinky and the Brain talk about deadmau5 (twice). They straight-up tell us in the first episode that the show was written in 2018 and they have no idea what's going to be on everyone's mind (except for the election, a well that they go back to with startling regularity), but maybe in that case they shouldn't try to guess.

I think I like it more than the original show, it's just thin.

Best line: "And get me a new coffee! With mayonnaise! And add some canned ham! This is the fifties!"
Okay, just got to the episode with their weird Russian counterparts and Venezuelan Price is Right is a hilariously dark joke.

The sheer abundance of Russian election tampering jokes crammed into this show has aged it so rapidly. Like, writing something topical that far in advance is always going to be a crapshoot, but yeesh.

Especially fremdschämen-inducing as the "wild guesses about what happens in 2020" part of the song in the first episode has "we'll all live isolated in bunkers and wear gas masks all the time" as like the second thing. So close, guys.
 
I've been laughing with it! The first episode felt like a strong start, but it kind of wore out its welcome as the episodes went on. Not really the kind of show that lends itself to binging as the frantic slapstick gets a bit wearing. It feels like the kind of show that's better digested in thirty minute chunks when I randomly catch in on TV. I'm taking a mid-season break and coming back to it later on this week.

Lady Ostrich said she liked the Warner sections are better than the Pinky and the Brain ones, and...I think I agree? I definitely felt a sense of "Oh boy, here we go again..." every time their theme song came on.
 
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I've enjoyed it so far! My 3 year old tries to sing the theme song now, which is kind of impressive considering she's only heard it like 4 times.
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
Lady Ostrich said she liked the Animaniacs sections are better than the Pinky and the Brain ones, and...I think I agree? I definitely felt a sense of "Oh boy, here we go again..." every time their theme song came on.
I’m the opposite. I like the Warner stuff a lot but they always feel like B-tier Looney Tunes to me. Pinky and the Brain’s more narrative and character-driven formula feels like a better fit for these shows’ 90s-era cynicism and light satire.

It’s kind of weird to have very good New Looney Tunes and masterful Mickey shorts that feel very up-to-date and influenced by the intervening years of animation, then Animaniacs comes back only slightly changed. Though “shameless rehash” is very on-brand for that aforementioned cynicism, so it works.

Teg’s analysis is spot-on. I do think it’s good, possibly better than the old show, and even better-looking except for the stiff pilot. Way better than I expected. But it feels dated.
 

madhair60

Video games
Hello, I do an Animaniacs podcast called Animanichat. I hate Animaniacs and having to watch every episode of it is torture to me, please give it a listen.

This reboot is as poor as I expected on the Warners' side, but the Pinky and The Brain shorts are surprisingly extremely entertaining. I think PaTB might be evergreen.
 

LBD_Nytetrayn

..and his little cat, too
(He/him)
I've been laughing with it! The first episode felt like a strong start, but it kind of wore out its welcome as the episodes went on. Not really the kind of show that lends itself to binging as the frantic slapstick gets a bit wearing. It feels like the kind of show that's better digested in thirty minute chunks when I randomly catch in on TV. I'm taking a mid-season break and coming back to it later on this week.

Lady Ostrich said she liked the Animaniacs sections are better than the Pinky and the Brain ones, and...I think I agree? I definitely felt a sense of "Oh boy, here we go again..." every time their theme song came on.
I thought they were all collectively the Animaniacs?
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
lol at “kids these days with their phones have no attention span” in an age of two hour YouTube documentaries and five hour Twitch streams.
 
I watched the first two or three episodes. It gave me similar vibes to the Rocko's Modern Life sequel that got made recently. Which is that I respect what it does and how faithful it was to the tone of the source material, but that I've grown up and grown past this show of my childhood. And that this show really is for little kids, with enough bones thrown to the parents to keep them from going insane when their kids are watching it. I'd love to be able to show kids this, they'd probably love it like I did.
 
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