Unpopular Opinions: No New Animaniacs!
Here’s an unpopular opinion, for you; I DON’T think there should ever be a revival of Animaniacs!
It’s not that I disliked Animaniacs. Quite the opposite. I loved Animaniacs. In fact, that’s part of why I hope that Warner Brothers never attempts to revive the series. A! was one of those shows that was perfect for it’s time and succeeded because of a number of specific circumstances which can’t be replicated.
Think about it; A! made the scene in 1993. This was hot on the heels of Tiny Toon Adventures. The Warner Brothers’ Silver Age was in full swing. Broadcast network weekday afternoon kids’ blocks like Fox Kids and Kids WB! were still alive and kicking. The circumstances were perfect for A! to arrive on the scene and when it did, and it was glorious. But just because it worked then, doesn’t mean that it would work now.
Some things are best left in the era in which they thrived. Does anyone want to see, say, Eek! the Cat suddenly pop back into existence so we can find out what he’s been up to for the past 2 decades?
Animaniacs has been out of production for over a decade now. All of the cast and crew of the show have moved on to do other things. Does anyone honestly believe that Warner Brothers could simply bring back the original writers, directors and voice actors and simply continue at the precise point in the series where it left off?
First, a new A! would most likley have to air on Cartoon Network, since Kids’ WB! doesn’t exist anymore and WB co-owns CN with Turner Broadcasting. Does anyone remember when Cartoon Network decided to revive Dexter’s Laboratory and there were a bunch of things different about the new series and almost everyone hated it? Does anyone remember Xiaolin Chronicles?
I’ve seen what happened when shows like Xiaolin Showdown, Dexter’s Lab and The Powerpuff Girls got revived or rebooted, and I know that if A! were to get a revival, then same fans who’ve been whining and moaning for new A! and starting “movements” on Facebook and the like would then be carping and griping non-stop about how the new show stinks and that this new reboot ruins their memories of the original.
I really don’t want to see this happen with one of favorite cartoons of all time. There’s no way the show will ever be as good as it once was, even if it was revived. so I say just leave it alone and enjoy what we had.
Of course, if you’re asking me if I’d like to see Warner Brothers produce a new and original animated series with a similar level of energy, feel and creativity as Animaniacs!, then yeah, I’d be all for that.