By Brenda De La Cruz
The 2020 remake of “Animaniacs” on Hulu floods its older fans with nostalgia and laughter, while bringing witty and modern comedic lines to its newer viewers.
It focuses on three sibling cartoons who live on the Warner Brothers filming lot. Their everyday activities include getting into trouble while annoying the WB’s security guard and psychiatrist.
Along with the trio, the show also gives viewers another ‘90s cartoon classic, “The Pinky and the Brain.” The two lab rats in this section of the show often concoct plans to take over the world and spend their time running into barriers in hilarious situations.
Many other characters from the original make their appearance as well, but viewers will need to continue watching the new series for them.
The last time “Animaniacs” was on the air was in 1998. After 5 years, it was put to rest, but not before bringing laughs to many children after school.
The first episode of the 2020 reboot begins with a quick introduction of the siblings, along with a brief explanation of how long it has been since they were last seen.
This description in the opening scene is spoken by a cartoon depiction of Steven Spielberg, who is one of the executive producers of the show.
The opening credits hold onto the original theme song and beat. However the writers decided to add proper pronouns in the song as an attempt to be politically correct with today’s audience.
Along with being politically correct, the writers made sure to add in all events that took place in the last 22 years since the show last aired. This is a way of catching up the trio on current events.
The animation, when compared to the original has, as expected, improved. The characters and backgrounds look brighter and clearer as compared to the original. The show also uses the original actors for the voices of the trio trouble-maker cartoons.
Tress MacNeille reprises her role as Dot, Jess Harnell returns as Wakko, and Yakko is played once again by Rob Paulsen.
What seems to stand out the most with this reboot is how up-to-date the writers make sure to be.
There are several Trump jokes in the series, as well as many nods to how progressive society has become in terms of having female bosses and leaders.
Music and singing fill most episodes, with funny lyrics and valuable lessons about being a good human being.
Watching the new reboot feels sort of like reading a history book combined with an episode of “Family Matters,” except all in one cartoon episode.
The messages are always something valuable, yet pitched in a hilarious manner.
Puns and wise-cracks are made with today’s society as the butt of the joke.
Whether you agree with the jokes or not, the parody-filled show will have you laughing one way or another.
Nothing is spared with the Warner siblings, including gun rights, millennials or even Russia.
Viewers will feel the warmth as the show taps into many childhood memories , while also managing to match society’s current sense of humor.
The cartoon is rated TV-Y7 for viewers ages 7 and up and season one can be watched on Hulu.