The Original Creators of Animaniacs Were Not Told About the Revival, and Now There’s a Petition to #WriteAnimaniacsRight
Hulu just announced that they’re gearing up to release a reboot of the beloved cartoon Animaniacs in 2020, with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment set to produce. The reboot has been given a straight-to-series order for two seasons, and the original characters Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, along with fan favorites Pinky and The Brain, will all be a part of the revival.
One group that won’t be a part of the revival, however, is the original writers. This is according to Nate Ruegger, son of original creator, Tom Ruegger, who just took to Imgur to plea with fans to sign a petition to get Nate (who played Skippy the Squirrel in the series), his dad, and the other writers involved in the reboot:
In his statement on Imgur, Nate wrote in part:
“Some of my best childhood memories were voice acting as Skippy the Squirrel on my father’s show Animaniacs. Now, about 25 years later, Animaniacs is coming back — but as many of you may not know, none of the original writers were asked back for this revival series. In fact, my father, who created Animaniacs, found out about the revival series by reading about it online like everyone else. If you would like to see Hulu, Amblin, and Warner Bros. extend the courtesy of asking the original creator and writers to be involved in the next season of Animaniacs, please let them know by signing or sharing this petition. Animaniacs is very special to my father — the concept, the characters, and the storylines came from his life and our family. My father confided in me that if he gets shut out of the next seasons of Animaniacs, his heart may break into a thousand pieces. So I have to try. I have to at least ask one of you, some of you, for your help.”
Hulu released the following statement on its decision to bring back Animaniacs:
“We cannot wait to work with Steven Spielberg and the entire Amblin and Warner Bros. teams to bring more sketches, catchphrases, songs and laughs from the Animaniacs to kids and adults everywhere. Now one of the most beloved, inventive, and funny animated franchises in history, Animaniacs and its cast of witty characters can live on, on Hulu. This marks yet another big move for us as we continue our efforts to be the #1 streaming destination for premium animated content.” Steven Spielberg also released a statement, saying “I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu. Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”
What do you think of Hulu/Amblin/Warner Bros. not bringing the original writers on to the new seasons? Will you still watch the show if Nate’s petition is unsuccessful? Let us hear all your thoughts at @Smosh!