At New York Comic Con 2021 the “Hellloooo, Season Two! Animaniac’s Voice Cast Panel “to look at the 1993 Hulu revival of the loved one Animaniacs Cartoon produced by Steven Spielberg. The new season, which comes out this fall, also has a new teaser: a Thundercat Riff “’80s Cats”, in which the Warner siblings are transformed into jacked-up muscular warriors and compete against each other with a giant robot, while the theme song “‘ 80s’ 80s’ 80s’ 80s cats …” sings.
Voice actors Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky), Tress MacNeille (Dot), Jess Harnell (Wacko) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain) took part in the virtual panel moderated by David Holbrook from TV Guide. Reviving a popular 1993 franchise after years of development hell with the original cast, the 2020 Animaniacs had to endure loads in a static state after 22 years.
Harnell shared, “At other personal appearances for other projects, we are often asked if they will bring back? Animaniacs? We said that would be great. We always felt that it was a possibility. But then when it happened, Hallelujah, we went on the time machine and went back to 1993. “
“Thanks Steven Spielberg for that,” said LaMarche. “He got involved with the idea if you want to give someone your childhood. Honor the old designs and update them. ”A lack of toy-like motivation was obviously part of the show’s appeal when compared to other cartoons. “We didn’t sell anything [like other cartoons]. Many things on Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons were commercials for toys. And Steven just wanted to honor the Warner Brothers tradition of making it the funnest place on earth. ”
Paulsen expands and notes how rare it is to do something for television for the sake of art. “Not just to get another crack, but it also has an exponentially larger audience and the King of Hollywood who says, ‘If we get that trust’ [the original voice actors]. Never talk to me about stunt casting. ‘”
Harnell called Animaniacs a “cartoon Trojan horse”. He said, “Any great cartoon is great because it works on two levels. It’s fun for kids because it’s visually appealing and it’s intelligent at the adult level too, so the parents who are in the kitchen making the cereal will say, “I can’t believe they said that.” It’s a musical satire for adults disguised as a cartoon for children. “
Undaunted referential with hammer-hard cartoon violence, Animaniacs picks up on his game of slapstick and satire on current events – at least as much as the animation production can keep up with the times like Lampenschirm in the first revival “Catch-Up Song” number. The first season was recorded with the upcoming second season. Paulsen said: “With the recording of the first 28. began [episodes] in 2018 and it fell in 2020. They gave us a year and a half lead time, which is unusual to get something fully funded and the orchestra [set up]. You have 18 months to screw it up. “
Although they were not in person at NYCC, the cast remembered attending conventions and seeing fans with their characters tattoos. LaMarche said, “Oh yes, I signed a man’s leg, a doctor’s leg. I fell to the floor in Toronto … and he had the brain on his calf. The next day he shows up with my signature on his calf. And I say: ‘Don’t check in your calf with my signature.’ “
Some memories are more uncomfortable. MacNeille said, “I advised a fan against getting a neck tattoo. I said. Do not. Do it. “Harnell also shared,” I’ve seen a lot of these tattoos of characters that people have me sign in very inappropriate places. On the one hand, you’re flattered. But you’ve humiliated me. “
Animaniacs Season 1 is currently streamed on Hulu. Season 2 kicks off on November 5th on Hulu.