Toons Go Wild

Four classic Warner Bros. cartoon series executive produced by Steven Spielberg – including Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures – have launched on Hulu, which also announced plans for two new seasons of Animaniacs starting in 2020. Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ own subscription streaming service Boomerang is unveiling the more recent series Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and a classic Scooby-Doo spin-off.

Produced mostly during what Wikipedia dubs the “animation renaissance of the late 1980s and early 1990s,” Hulu’s classic Spielberg cartoons consist of over 250 episodes: Animaniacs (99), Tiny Toon Adventures (98), Pinky and the Brain (65) and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (13).

Neither Warner Bros., Hulu, nor Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said how many new episodes of Animaniacs will be produced. They revealed, however, that the show’s main characters — the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and sister Dot – have found a way to escape from long imprisonment in the Warner Bros. water tower, so they can now return to “wreaking havoc and mayhem in the lives of everyone they meet.” Each episode will include appearances by spin-off characters Pinky and the Brain, the companies said.

We’ll put in a request from The Savvy Screener to update the classic Animaniacs “Presidents Song” (below) to include the second Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Boomerang, which Warner Bros. runs with sister company Turner, will debut Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs this Thursday, January 11. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, this prequel to the feature film franchise, premiered on cable’s Cartoon Network in March, but three of Boomerang’s 26 episodes will be brand-new to US viewers.

Boomerang has already premiered another prequel, Hanna-Barbera’s A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, consisting of 27 episodes that originally aired in, yes, the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Featuring more than 5,000 titles including Scooby-Doo itself, Boomerang costs $4.99 a month. For more, visit Boomerang.com.

Hulu’s subscription plans start at $5.99 a month. For more, visit Hulu.com.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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