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After 22 years, they're back and zanier than ever!
What's going on? Will we be okay?
Has it all gonе mad since we went away?
Oh, updatе us, please, and put us at ease
'Cause we've run out of jokes about the '90s!
The Warners, "Suspended Animation"
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Animaniacs, also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, is an American animated comedic musical animated satire sitcom that serves as a revival (though often called a "reboot" in-and-out-of-universe) of the 1993–1998 animated series of the same name. With a change of audience, the humor is better suited to fit The New '10s and The New '20s.

On January 4, 2018, Hulu picked up the streaming rights for the original Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Tiny Toon Adventures while ordering two new seasons of Animaniacs direct to series. The revival's first thirteen-episode season premiered on November 20, 2020, with the Warner Siblings and the fan favorite Pinky and the Brain returning as the two main recurring segments. On February 25, 2021, before the second season had even been released, the show was greenlit for a third season. The second season will be released on November 5, 2021, which is said to have "some rejected Animaniacs characters that were left on the cutting room floor" appear.

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Season 1 follows the Warners returning to the Warner Bros. Studio and trying to adjust to the new world they live in.

Season 2 follows the continuation of the Warners' adventures as well as finding new surprises.

Watch the full trailer here.


We're An-i-mane-y! Totally insaney! Back in the game-y! An-i-man-i-acs! These are the tropes!

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  • 555: In the original version of episode 6, a real phone number was shown on screen that was slated to help Brain take over the world. Fans discovered that it actually was the phone number for a sex hotline, leading to the number being blanked out, then altered in later prints of the episode.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Wakko flips and leaps through their laser-filled watertower and reaches his decades-old sandwich without tripping a single one, only to walk through every single one on his way back. Yakko asked why he didn't jump over the lasers to get back, Wakko reveals that he didn't even know about the lasers and that he was just dancing for joy the whole time.
  • Actor Allusion: One of the things shown after Yakko swallows the tablet is a Tamagotchi. Rob Paulsen, voice of Yakko, provided a voice in one of the original commercials for the toy.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • A downplayed example with the Warners. They're still fun loving and definitely continue to go after jerks, but they aren't quite as cheery. The siblings are much likelier to goof on each other and aren't above mean-spirited stunts (such as what Dot does to Yakko in The Cutening or the other two's response to Yakko's Pungeon Master antics in WhoDonut).
    • Their relationship with Dr. Scratchansniff exemplifies this... in a zigzagged way. In the original show, their madcap antics were their way of showing affection for him. Here, it's shown that each of them is a Troll to the good doctor, with the madness being fully deliberate on their end. Dot complains that it's no fun harassing him if he won't fight back. The Warners in the original series would never antagonize someone for the sake of winding them up if they weren't a Jerkass. That said, they went above and beyond to get that soda to help the good doctor.
    • In the original myth, Odysseus may have been a trickster (and a cheater to his wife Penelope), but overall, he cared about his comrades and, for the majority of the time, he would not harm anyone if they did not set him off. In his appearance in "Warners Unbound", he's turned into a Jerk Jock, who bullies the Warners just because he can.
  • Adaptational Sympathy:
    • The original Pinky and the Brain never dealt much with the Brain's motivations for taking over the world other than the occasional implication behind it—notably, one episode implied this was due to him being separated from his family, who lived in a can with a picture of the world on it—but nevertheless always kept him as a Well-Intentioned Extremist who only sought to take over the world so he could make it better. The reboot shows exactly why he sought to take over the world. As a young mouse, he was forced into a "learned helplessness" experiment where he was shocked every time he tried to eat a piece of cheese. He was so traumatized by the experiment that he swore he would never feel helpless again, and decided to take over the world for that reason.
    • The reboot also does this to, of all characters, Chicken Boo. His original skit saw him constantly wander into town in a Paper-Thin Disguise as a famous figure, get exposed as a chicken, driven out thanks to the townsfolk who once praised his name turn against him without a second thought, and he'd wander off as if nothing else happened. However, when the reboot explicitly forbade him from coming back, as he was considered The Scrappy In-Universe, he snaps and (apparently) kills all the other cast members out of revenge for being left out, as he rants about how it's not his fault that he was made such a Flat Character.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • The Brain acts much more villainous here compared to the 90s series where he was more of an Anti-Hero. Special mention goes to "Mousechurian Candidate", where Brain's plan involves exploiting children to build bombs, and when Julia doesn't comply, he mind-controls her against her will to get her to say what he wants.
    • Chicken Boo, of all characters! "Good Warner Hunting" has the Warners trying to outmatch Chicken Boo, disguised as a hunter, who wants their heads mounted on his wall — along with all the other supporting characters of the original Animaniacs series that he has already bumped off. He apparently did this out of revenge for being the only member of the cast not invited back to the reboot. Don't worry, though, the rest of the cast isn't actually dead — they chase Chicken Boo off during the ending.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Warners. They're still not to be trifled with and can handily deal with any abrasive jerk they come across, but they generally have to put in much more effort to deal with enemies and take far more hits than they did in the original show.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • When Yakko ingests the tablet:
      Yakko: Quantum mechanics... quinoa wraps... Queen Bey... we've missed so much!
    • In "Warner She Wrote" when the train conductor (who has a tic of mixing up his "M" words) reveals himself to be the dog napper, and Wakko inquires why he did it:
      Conductor: Why? I'll tell you why. A mop that mummified merrily missed Mississippi on the black mamba!
      Wakko and Dot: What?
      Yakko: Hold on. I think I know what he's trying to say. "A mutt that manicured might make millions on the black market".
      Wakko and Dot: Oh.
    • In "Anima-nyet", when the Warners confront the director of the Russian ripoff of their show:
      Dot: We order you to stop this sexist, stupid, sad sack, meta-satire at once!
  • Affectionate Parody: Just like the original series, this one goes all-out with their satire. This time, they parody the "Welcome" scene in Jurassic Park featuring Spielberg as Dr. Hammond.
  • The Ahnold: Nils Niedhart is an incredibly muscular Jerk Jock with a thick Austrian accent who loves to flex (and name) his muscles.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Brain builds a robotic version of himself (whom he deems as his son) to help him take over the world. When he reveals his plan (which involves using the moon to alter the tides and throw the constellations into chaos, allowing him to make himself the only one remaining), the robot naturally deems Brain's plan inferior and comes up with its own. Then, it deems his narcissistic attitude an obstacle in its goals, and tries to kill both him and Pinky.
  • Almost Kiss: When a heartbroken Pinky's crying at the end of "Bride of Pinky," Brain, awkwardly trying to comfort him, (clearly and unambiguously) starts to kiss him but turns away at the last second. Pinky notices, smiles, and moves to do the same, but Brain tells him, "Don't." This is not a joke.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: One of the donuts Wakko has in "WhoDonut" is squid-ink flavored. While this may seem strange to many Western viewers, squid ink is commonly used as food coloring in many Asian countries.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Yakko is seen waking up in a ball pit in episode 8.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: The original show and all the animal characters from the original show that show up in the reboot plays this dead straight, but some of the animals from the reboot, such as the buns as well as the cat in the Halloween Episode have their anus drawn as an "x."
  • Animation Lead Time: Discussed in the musical number "Catch Up". The show was released in 2020, but it was written in 2018. The Warners acknowledge this by reciting the presidential elections of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, while admitting with the latter that they only think Trump is still president in 2020 because of the lead time. Dot and Wakko lament that this means the Warners have two years' worth of events they can't use for the show's topical humor like normal. They resort to in-universe Wild Mass Guessing as to what happened between 2018 and 2020, including that the world is run by polar bears and that the top-rated show on TV is about a time-travelling police car that can talk.
  • Animesque:
    • There is an anime parody in episode 4, which has a clip by Studio Yotta that shows the Warners in different styles. Yakko's design shifts to a Shōnen protagonist, Dot becomes a Magical Girl (complete with a transformation sequence), and Wakko becomes a more manic character akin to something from Studio Trigger. There's even Boss Subtitles for each of them in Japanese, akin to Kill la Kill. The Warner siblings battle against Dwayne LaPistol, a guy who is obsessed with bunnies. But the Warners are decidedly on the losing end of a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • The base artstyle for the returning characters is primarily based on the TMS Entertainment-animated shorts of the original.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Happens in the Pinky and the Brain segments, naturally.
    Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?
    Pinky: I think so, Brain, but if I clone myself, which one will I know to shoot when I turn evil?
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Pinky notes that, in all the time Brain's tried to figure out how to take over the world, Pinky's never asked why Brain wants to take over the world. It turns out that it's because Brain was part of an experiment in which he felt helpless to get a piece of cheese. So he wants to rule the world so he doesn't have to feel helpless anymore.
  • Art Evolution:
    • Yakko and Wakko have tufts of hair on their heads, Yakko's pants are less baggy, the bottom of the Warner siblings' feet are flat, their noses more triangular, and the white parts of their bodies offwhite/ivory rather than the pure white of their classic designs.
    • All the human characters now have five fingers on each hand instead of four like they did in the original show.
    • Dr. Scratchansniff, in addition to having five fingers, has a notably longer and pointier nose.
    • Ralph has gone through a Costume Evolution; his uniform is now a brownish-gray rather than blue.
    • Pinky and the Brain, like the Warners, have swapped out their pure white color for an offwhite/ivory shade of white, but otherwise their designs are relatively unchanged.
    • Genevieve Tsai gives a new take on the series' art style, giving the show an aesthetic similar to The Looney Tunes Show (Ironically, when the Looney Tunes characters appear, they appear in their traditional 50s designs rather than their designs from that series!).
  • Art Shift:
    • "Bun Control" has an anime fight by Studio Yotta that shows the Warners in a style similar to Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill.
    • "The Cutening" has Dot turn the world into a chibi wonderland.
    • The math story in "Math-terpiece Theatre" has a dramatic old film effect.
    • There are three new segments ("Starbox and Cindy", "The Incredible Gnome in People's Mouths", and "Things That Go Bump in the Night") that have completely different art styles. And the effect is rather jarring.
    • A cold open for Season 2 has the Warners parodying Thunder Cats, complete with the same style.
  • Artistic License – History: The Marie Antoinette short on two fronts: First, she never said "Let them eat cake." The short ends when the Warners get her to say it and treat it like it's her Catchphrase. Second, the short depicts the Warners as being in danger of being executed by a guillotine, but the guillotine wasn't designed or implemented as an execution device until after the start of The French Revolution. The short takes place before the Revolution, with the monarchy clearly still in full control.
  • Artistic License – Politics: In "Anima-Nyet", a Russian rip-off of Animaniacs features a parody of "Wakko's America" — "Wakkov's Territories of Russian Federation". During it, however, an American-made political map of the world is used, which depicts Abkhazia and South Ossetia as Georgia's territories (Russia officially recognizes them as independent and they are depicted on political maps), Kosovo as independent (Russia doesn't recognize it as independent and it isn't depicted on the maps - not to mention it was a province of Yugoslavia, and then Serbia, which doesn't recognize it either) and Crimea as part of Ukraine (it's currently disputed between Russia and Ukraine, but is de facto controlled by the former and is depicted as Russian territory on the maps).
  • At Least I Admit It: At the end of the first episode after doing a song about the nature of reboots, the Warners claim people have no shame in making them... right before they're given a check for their reboot and likewise sporting the Hulu brand on their clothes. Wakko cites they're the exception cause they know they're selling out.
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  • Back from the Dead: The trailer depicts the Warners rising from the grave (with the date of death listed as the year the original series ended) to shake hands with a crowd of reporters. The first episode reveals that this clip is taken from the opening, when the Warners sing about how their careers have made comebacks.
  • Bag of Holding: Wakko's bag still holds everything, but it's also subverted during "Gold Meddlers", when he realizes he forgot to throw the chocolate bars he was going to make smores with in there. In fact, it's his lack of it that kicks off the plot, as Nils callously tosses them out of the stadium after the Warners nicely asked if he had any chocolate, so they return to the stadium to enact their revenge by humiliating him.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Disgusted by the grossness of daily life, Dot decides to cutify the entire world in "The Cutening", starting with her own brother Yakko, who, like most people, is opposed to it. Wakko is more or less indifferent to it and lets it happen.
    Yakko: Wait, wait, Dot. You don't have to make everything cute.
    Dot: Yes, yes I do!
    Yakko: No, no! I'm the one who yaks! I've got a rakish charm about me!
  • Banned in China: invoked Joked about in the couch gag line of the theme song for episode 8 with Yakko singing that the show is "Illegal in Bahrain-y", complete with a no symbol superimposed over a flying flag of Bahrain.
  • Big Eater: Lampshaded. When Yakko eats Norita's tablet, Wakko takes offense to that and says, "I'm the eatin' stuff guy!"
  • Black Comedy: More prevalent than in the original series.
    • As part of their wild guessing about 2020, the Warners introduce a show called Clunkers, where the star, Clunko, is a talking police car that's also a time machine. Seconds later, he's crushed by a sixteen-wheeler truck, though the camera cuts away to the Warners laughing in movie seats about it.
    • In "The Cutening", Dot pulls out an apparently sentient cupcake that she considers the cutest thing she's ever seen. She decides to eat it and asks the cupcake if that's okay with it; the cupcake attempts to protest before it's promptly swallowed whole.
    • At the start of "Warners Unbound", Yakko (as a Greek god) zaps a person attempting to spray paint his statue with lightning bolts. Repeatedly.
    • Dot accepts having a zit by the end of "A Zit!" and even becomes friends with it. It unceremoniously dies after a week, with an "in memoriam" card for it at the very end of the segment.
  • Body Horror:
    • In "Good Warner Hunting", The Reveal that the Hunter was really Chicken Boo in disguise is shown in a frighteningly horrifying manner.
    • Brain's malfunctioning mind control device not only causes clear pain and violent mood swings in Julia, but it then catches fire inside her skull, causing Brain to speculate (thankfully wrongly) that it essentially lobotomized her — a disturbing prospect for a slapstick show.
    • In "Hindenburg Cola", Wakko's tail gets torn off by Nils, but he isn't too concerned about it, remarking that he is 5% salamander. He then proceeds to grow a new tail in nauseating detail.
  • Bowdlerization: In the original intro, the Earth cracks in pieces after Saturn falls on it. In the reboot theme song, the Earth is squashed, but doesn't break.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • "Baby on board", "Puppies on board", and "Baby puppies on board".
    • The name of the new CEO of Warner Bros, Nora Rita Norita, also qualifies.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: As usual, the fourth wall is nonexistent to the Warners. Yakko outright mentions the first season while trying to get Dot to say something witty in the trailer.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Parodied as a Literal Metaphor. In "Catch Up", Yakko says that Hillary Clinton thought the 2016 election would be a cinch after Obama's victory for the past two terms. When Dot asks if she finally broke that glass ceiling, Yakko replies that there are glass shards raining down alright. Cue a cut to Hillary and several other women hammering away at a literal glass ceiling as shards rain down everywhere.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Wakko and Yakko poke fun at each other by imitating each others' accents briefly at the beginning of "Suspended Animation: Part 1".
    Wakko: But you just wasted yours on, (puts on Transatlantic accent) "All right, guys, there's a lot of pressure on our first lines."
    Yakko: And YOU just wasted yours on, (puts on Liverpool accent) "But you just wasted yours on, 'All right guys, there's a lot of pressure on our first lines.'"
  • British Teeth: Referenced when Dot examines Ralph's mouth. She proclaims that he must have pure British ancestry because of how bad they are.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Besides the Warners and Pinky and the Brain, Dr. Scratchansniff, Ralph T. Guard, and the Mime are also back.
    • In "Good Warner Hunting", Chicken Boo, Minerva Mink, Newt, Slappy Squirrel, Skippy Squirrel, Rita, Runt, Buttons, Mindy, Miles Standish from "Turkey Jerky", Mr. Skullhead, the Goodfeathers, the Hip Hippos, Katie Kaboom, Phar Fignewton, B̶a̶y̶n̶a̶r̶t̶s̶ Charlton Woodchuck, and even the Flame all return, though in non-speaking roles.
  • Bus Crash: In "Good Warner Hunting", it's revealed that every other character from the original series aside from the Warners and Pinky and the Brain were seemingly killed off by a hunter that was actually Chicken Boo in disguise. Thankfully, it's subverted at the end of the short when it's revealed that they're still alive, just really ticked off at Chicken Boo.
  • Butt-Monkey: A mouse that periodically appears in the Pinky and the Brain sketches, Egwind, exists purely for the sake of getting killed, although his demise is only ever implied by the situation.
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  • Call-Back:
    • A subtle, blink-and-you-miss it one. In the opening sequence when the Warners sign their new contract, the A in Wakko's name still looks like a 2 - as it did in "The Acme Song" from "Cookies for Einstein", episode 2 of the original series.
    • Also, the lyrics "The trolls will say we're so passé, but we did meta first!" is a reference to the "Please, Please, Please Get a Life Foundation", where they troll the fandom's internet presence... in the mid-90s, nonetheless.
    • In episode 3, Wakko refers to Yakko as "Mr. Countries-of-the-World-Song" while the tune of "Yakko's World" plays in the background. This also might be a reference to "Cutie and the Beast", where Dot referenced the song when Yakko corrected her on how to say her name properly.
    • "The Animaniacs 2020 Election Special" sees Wakko attempt to sing "Wakko's America" while in front of an electoral map.
      Wakko: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Columbus is the capital of Ohi- oh, it's all the same!
    • "Warner She Wrote" has Yakko play the role of "Hercule Yakko", from an episode of the original show. They even lampshade this.
    • In "Good Warner Hunting", Yakko starts making a list of all the characters who had appeared in the old show. They even make a deep cut of mentioning a character that only appeared in two episodes.
    • In "Of Mice and Memes", Brain mentions the human brain, leading to Pinky shouting in terror “There’s a human you?!?!”. A similar situation happened back in the spin-off episode "Brainwashed Part 1: Brain Brain Go Away”, where Pinky assumes Hillary Clinton’s statement about the human brain is about Brain himself, leading to him to say to Brain “There’s a human version of you? Oooh, scary!”.
    • In "Manny Manspreader", Wakko drinks Abyss Boy, the drink that served as the plot catalyst in "Potty Emergency".
  • The Cameo
    • Death from the segment "Meatballs or Consequences" of the original series makes a cameo in the theme song, with the Warners signing a contract to him.
    • A number of Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters as well as Buster and Babs Bunny and "whatever these guys are" appear in "Suffragette City".
    • A very bored Bugs Bunny and later zombified versions of him, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig appear on posters parodying how Looney Tunes has become a Franchise Zombie.
    • In the episode "Good Warner Hunting" the Warners start to wonder what happened to all the characters from the original series. The hunter (who is revealed to be Chicken Boo) reveals that he hunted down and supposedly "killed" each of the characters. After Chicken Boo reveals himself, he escapes the Warners, only to be confronted by the characters from the original series revealing that not only are they still alive, but they were kidnapped by Chicken Boo.
      • Additionally, Mr. Skullhead appears as "Mr. Lul Head" in a comment on the troll's computer in the theme song.
  • Canon Discontinuity: The Pinky and the Brain short “Of Mice and Memes” starts in late 1998 and reveals Brain was working on his latest plan for 22 years, confirming Tom Ruegger's tweet about Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain being non-canon.
  • Catching Up on History: In the first episode, the Warner siblings sing about what they missed in the past 22 years such as smartphones, rising sea levels, the recession, Uber, Youtubers, Pluto as a dwarf planet, online shopping, and the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. They lampshade that since the show is written in 2018 due to Animation Lead Time, they sing predictions about the next two years such as chips in their brains, further climate disasters, living underground, living in Mars, and a movie about a time-travelling talking police car.
  • Cast as a Mask: Dr. Walter Grubb is voiced by Danny Jacobs. He's actually Chicken Boo in disguise, once again voiced by Frank Welker.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The gross-looking pigeon at the beginning of "The Cutening" proves essential to reversing the Cutening, as the Warners lick it to unleash a World-Healing Wave of gross sludge that returns everything to normal.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Wakko’s still afraid of clowns... though Nickelwise is ironically alright with him.
    • In "Manny Manspreader", Wakko drinks Abyss Boy, the drink that served as the catalyst for the events of "Potty Emergency".
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Nora Rita Norita, the new CEO of the Warner Brothers studio, is still somewhat of an antagonist and a Mean Boss, but she's a very different type of character than Thaddeus Plotz, and her attitude towards the Warners is very different. Plotz was temperamental, slightly bumbling and a bit of a cheapskate who really had it out for the Warners, though he got some Pet the Dog moments to show that he wasn't all bad. Nora Rita is less of a bumbler, but more emotionally distant and is generally seen doing exercises while talking on the phone. Her attitude towards the Warners is more of a slightly hostile disinterest; she just plain doesn't have time for their nonsense. It even plays to how the Warners react to her compared to Plotz; they wouldn't stop leaving Plotz alone until he inevitably sent Ralph to catch them. Norita just plain shoos them out all on her own, even to the point that it terrifies the siblings.
  • Couch Gag: As they did in the original series, the second-last line of the theme song has a different line that ends with a rhyme for "zany", even if it's usually forced.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Just like the original series, if a certain segment exceeds the 7-minute time-limit, there will be a break in the segment, since Hulu runs ads during their shows.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    • In "Warner She Wrote", the dognapper turns out to be the train conductor, who has a tendency to mess up his words and say something completely different. When the dog attacks him at the end, he calls it a "Monster Trucker", prompting this reply:
      Wakko: Oh, I think he meant mo—
      Yakko: Ah-ah, not in front of the kids.
    • In "How to Brain your Dragon":
      Pinky: But, you hate the arts, Brain. You always say that The Renaissance is French for bull—- *SLAP*
  • Dangerously Garish Environment: Downplayed for the cuter version of Earth seen in "The Cutening", which is very brightly-coloured and has things like anthropomorphic objects and Amazing Technicolor Wildlife. It's not dangerous so much as mind-numbingly annoying to the Warner siblings, to the point where they claim to be losing their minds, but it's really more an exaggeration. However, one aspect of this world is that all the dogs are puppies, and they're all sad.
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  • Dark Reprise: The Animanyet theme is the Animaniacs theme, but in minor key and with significantly more Communist propaganda.
  • Demoted to Extra: Dr. Scratchansniff was a major supporting character in the original show, but he's only in two episodes of the first season here — and one of his appearances is a brief, non-speaking cameo. Dot Lampshades this in "Hindenberg Cola", when she exclaims "Dr. Scratchansniff! Oh, we haven't seen you all season!"
  • Deranged Animation: Happens fairly frequently, almost more so than the original show.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Dot decides to sing a song about all forty-five first ladies... in just two minutes, despite the concerns of her brothers. By the time one minute has passed, she finds that she has only covered eleven of them, and must hastily rush through the rest of the song to cover them all.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Dr. Scratchansniff has a cameo in "The Cutening" before his official return in "Hindenberg Cola".
  • Entertainingly Wrong: In "Catch Up", the Warners make wild guesses about what 2020 will be like, as their script was written in 2018. Some of them include having chips in our brains, feeling no pain, more climate disasters, and living underground to hide from our polar bear masters.
  • Expy: Besides the cameos listed above, "Suffragette City" features several characters based on others from various franchises, among them Link, Mario, Agumon, a couple of Disney-esque ducks and a luchador who looks like El Superbeasto.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Wakko is still packing away the snacks in the opening, and he chomps on everything from smartphones to ping pong balls.
  • Eye Beams: Dot uses them in "The Cutening" to turn the entire world cute.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Having been locked away for another 22 years, the Warners are understandably behind on current pop culture, which they lampshade in "Catch Up". They also note that their script was written in 2018, so they can only make wild guesses about what life is like in 2020 when they air. Those wild guesses quickly verge into their usual insane and silly antics.
    Yakko: And now there's a President Truuuu... least we think there's still a President Trump. You see, the writers are writing this in 2018.
    Wakko: How is that possible? [kicks away a box labeled "TBD"] The people rely on Animaniacs for outrageous and relevant content.
  • Floorboard Failure: In the theme song, Yakko takes Ralph's chair away while Dot and Wakko tickle him, causing him to collapse and break the floor. This was changed from the original theme, where Yakko instead pulls a lever to make Scratchansniff's chair fall to the ground with him.
  • Foreshadowing: The hunter chasing the Warners in "Good Warner Hunting" has rather tiny feet with noticeable three points: two in the front and one in the back, which aren't shaped like a human foot. This foreshadows his true identity as Chicken Boo, as this is the shape of a chicken's foot.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: In "Gold Meddlers", Yakko goes up to compete in the high dive. Right before he does, Dot points out that he never learned to swim, so he ends up belly flopping after breaking the sound barrier and igniting from reentry, displacing all the water in the pool in the process.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Unlike the original series, the human characters, including Scratchy and Ralph, now have five fingers on each hand instead of four.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the after show segment, there's a crawl underneath the headline making various jokes while the scene is going on. One even says "Trolls will say new season is not as good as the original even before it airs".
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  • G.I.R.L.: Spoofed. Pinky is trying online dating out but expresses concern about being catfished online. He turns the phone around to reveal that the profile picture is an actual catfish.
  • Groin Attack: During the discus throw in "Gold Meddlers", Wakko is compelled by dog-like instincts to chase after Nils' discus. He then rushes to him and "returns" the discus by flicking his head up, tossing the discus straight into Nils' groin.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • Wakko's sandwich in the first episode, in all its moldy glory since being left unattended in the water tower.
    • The second episode has Odysseus being rubbed against the cyclops' out-of-shape and otherwise flakey body as his loofah, causing him to beg forgiveness to the Warners.
    • On Marie Antoinette's fingernails in one segment.
  • Halloween Episode: Episode 11 which has a spooky theme to it complete with a Special Edition Title. note 
  • Horrifying the Horror:
    • The Warners inadvertently did this to Nickelwise the Dancing Clown.
    • In a sense, Nora Rita Norita's psychotic outburst is too much even for the Warners, who are visibly unnerved by it and escape from the room.
  • Hubris: What made Odysseus bully the Warners, which turned out not to be a good idea…
    Odysseus: My hubris just gave me an idea!
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • When the Expository Theme Tune claims the cast to be "gender balanced", the main trio is shown on a balance scale with Yakko and Wakko on one side clearly outweighing Dot on the other, as if to pointedly remind you that the main trio is in fact still two guys to only one girl. note 
    • Yakko remarks that reboots are a sign of a complete lack of creativity in Hollywood... right before accepting a massive check to reboot his own series. Wakko then clarifies that it's only cool when they do it, because they admit to it.
    • The Warners are disgusted when a lady chews up her dog's own treats to feed to it like a baby bird. As soon as the Warners walk off screen, Wakko stretches his neck over to ask if the dog and the lady were going to finish that.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: Yakko manages to learn about everything that's happened in the past 22 years by swallowing a computer tablet like a pill tablet.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: The Brain tells Pinky that cute silly animal videos are actually more popular than that other thing the Internet is known for and tries to exploit this by creating his own cute silly animal video with a mind control payload and trying to get it to go viral.
  • Jerk Jock:
    • Nils Niedhart is Lichtenstein's athlete for a pastiche of the Olympics and is amazingly talented at every imaginable sport. But he's also an insufferable blowhard who makes the mistake of pissing off the Warners, turning what should have been a glorious streak of gold medals into one long Humiliation Conga.
    • Odysseus in "Warners Unbound". He's such a jerk to the Warners that they send punishments his way. Unfortunately for them, Odysseus takes to most of said "punishments" pretty well, at least until they send him to the cyclops.
     L-O 
  • Lame Pun Reaction: After Wakko loses a donut, Yakko says they have a real "who-donut" on their hands. Dot and Wakko promptly zap Yakko with "pun guns", with shock him with electricity. As Yakko continues to make bad puns, Dot keeps zapping him until Yakko's ghost shows up. Then Dot zaps Yakko's ghost back into his body.
  • Laser Hallway: Wakko goes through one to retrieve his (gross) sandwich. After he retrieves it, he sets off the alarm anyway. Turns out going through it was just his "Happy Sandwich Dance".
  • Last-Second Word Swap:
    Pinky: Shut the ffffront door!
  • Latex Perfection: In "Good Warner Hunting", in contrast to his Paper Thin Disguises from the original series, Chicken Boo's disguise as a hunter is amazingly good.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Nils ended up in Hell at the end of his debut episode, but escapes offscreen to return in the season finale.
  • Logic Bomb: When Pinky and the Brain are nearly killed by Brain's creation gone rogue, Pinky asks for one final question before his demise. Said question is, "If I eat myself, will I grow twice as big, or completely disappear?" The robot malfunctions and self destructs, as Pinky had apparently given it "The philosophical equivalent of dividing by zero."
  • Mickey Mousing: Parodied and played straight in the "Here Comes Treble" segment.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Dot turns a simple math problem into a dramatic story for Math-terpiece Theatre.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • At one point when the Warners are spinning around, Wakko finally does his trademark gookie.
    • In "Animani-Nyet", original writer Randy Rogel (who wrote "Yakko's World", "Wakko's America", "I'm Cute", and many other episodes and songs) appears as himself, having been held hostage by the Kremlin. He also co-wrote the song in the episode. (Since Rogel had previously toured with Rob Paulsen, it was probably the least he could do on the show as a favor.)
    • Nora Rita Norita still has a portrait of Thaddeus Plotz, the original CEO of Warner Brothers in the 1993 show, hanging in her office.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: One episode features the American bald eagle and two Russian brown bears.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Episode 8 has a newcaster named Raquel Madcow.
    • Another episode features a parody of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • Normally, Squit of the Goodfeathers is a Perpetual Smiler and Nice Guy. In "Good Warner Hunting", however, after being saved by the Warners, he is visibly LIVID, and brandishing a baseball bat. Needless to say, Squit REALLY wants to end Chicken Boo.
    • "Fear and Laughter in Burbank" has Yakko. When Nickelwise tries to scare Dot by showing her as a no-longer-cute old woman and Wakko with plastic food, they're both fine — Dot is excited by the prospect of seeing her future, and Wakko eats all the plastic food anyway. However, when Nickelwise lures Yakko into an empty office environment where there's nobody there to laugh with him, then doesn't react to his jokes, revealing Yakko's fear of people not finding him funny and not being able to "yack" anymore after Nickelwise ties his tongue? The kid breaks, and becomes a screaming, terrified mess. The normally confident, smart-aleck, five-steps-ahead-of-his-foes Yakko is the ONLY ONE of the Warner siblings who the clown manages to scare, and he comes very close to losing his soul before Wakko and Dot show up. He's visibly and audibly shaken by this after he comes to, and only goes back to his usual self after his brother and sister reassure him that they do think he's funny (and that they're both okay after their encounters with Nickelwise).
  • Overly Narrow Superlative:
    • When being confronted by Nickelwise, Dot says that Yakko is easily one of her top-two funniest brothers. She only has two brothers.
    • In the press conference segment in Episode 10, the ticker says "Wakko's Wish now the highest grossing Animaniacs movie of 1999".
  • Overly Pre-Prepared Gag: "France France Revolution" is basically a seven-minute setup to get Marie Antoinette to say "Let 'em eat cake" (which, for the record, she never actually said in real life). The premise and ending is very similar to "The Three Muskewarners".
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In the third episode, Wakko feels a bit bitter over "Mr. Countries-of-the-World Song"'s signature number being more memorable than his own "Wakko's America" song. He can't even bring himself to sing more than the first verse in "The Animaniacs 2020 Election Special".
     P-S 
  • Pluto Is Expendable: When Yakko sings the song about what the Warners were missing since 1998, he brings up how Neil deGrasse Tyson demoted Pluto to a dwarf planet.
  • Politicians Kiss Babies:
  • Precision F-Strike: In "Pinko and the Brain", somehow, the Brain gets away with saying "Hell". As does Wakko in "Hindenburg Cola".
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Both Thaddeus Plotz and Hello Nurse are absent in this series. Plotz is now retired and has been replaced as the studio CEO by new character Nora Rita Norita, and Hello Nurse's absence is explained in the last episode of the first season—according to Dr. Scratchansniff, she joined Doctors Without Borders.
    • Also, entire segments have been put on a bus. In addition to all the characters not named Yakko, Wakko, Dot, Ralph, Scratchansniff, Pinky, or Brain, the "link" sketches (the Warners escaping the water tower, getting chased by Ralph, or returning to the water tower to evade capture from Ralph), the Wheel of Morality, the Randy Beaman Kid, Dot's Poetry Corner, Mime Time, Good Idea Bad Idea, and the final gag at the water tower after the credits or even the gag credits have also been completely abandoned.
    • In addition, two creations of Paul Rugg, Mr. Director ("Froyn-LAY-ven!!!") and the strict schoolmarm Miss Flamiel, have yet to make appearances.
  • Recycled Premise: "Here Comes Treble" is essentially a remake of one of the original show's finale shorts "The Scoring Session", but without Neivel Nosenest or the entire cast serving as the orchestra.
  • Rushmore Refacement: After The Brain hypnotizes the masses using social media, he gets permission from the U.S. Government to add his face to Mount Rushmore.
  • Ruder and Cruder: Slightly, the original show held back a bit due to TV censors and guidelines. This version, being on a streaming service with more lax standards, gets away with a lot more mature jokes and the characters are a bit meaner to each other.
  • The Scrappy: Invoked: In "Good Warner Hunting" Yakko and Dot gleefully tell Chicken Boo he was the most hated sketch in the original series.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • The Warners denounce reboots as symptomatic of a lack of originality in Hollywood... before accepting a check from Hulu to revive their own show.
    • The Jurassic Park trailer depicts Hulu as a greedy businessman who can't wait to make a fortune off the Warners.
    • In the first episode's version of the series' theme song, Dot is seen decked out entirely in Animaniacs merchandise and eating Animaniacs-brand cereal while beaming at the camera and saying, "Have no shame-y!"
    • The second song the siblings sing in this reboot is one that's a Take That! to reboots.
  • Shout-Out: As with the original series, this series makes a lot of references to popular culture.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • When the Warners introduce themselves during the anime-styled segment, their names flash across the screen in katakana.
    • Feathered dinosaurs are referenced in "WhoDonut".
    • After spitting out bad coffee, Brain suggests de-stablilizing Guatemala in "Pinko And The Brain", set in 1953. President Jacobo Arbenz was deposed in 1954 with significant State Department and CIA influence, but on behalf of the United Fruit Company, not coffee merchants.
  • Smart Animal, Inconvenient Instincts: The Warners are all Cartoon Creatures referred to as "puppy children". While the Warners will deny this, Wakko undoubtedly acts like a dog on multiple occasions, such as chasing after Nils' discus like a frisbee and returning it to him while sitting on all fours. He even barks while running after it.
  • Smash to Black: Unlike the original series, which often has iris outs and fade to black transitions, this is how all of the episodes end.
  • Squashed Flat: While we don't see his flattened body afterward, this happens to a boy during the title sequence when a television that he's watching on tips over on top of him.
  • Stock Scream: Batman does the Wilhelm Scream in "Suspended Animation, Part 1" after the Warners accidentally bump into him.
  • Super Cute Superpowers: ''The Cutening" has Dot mention the trope by name when she realizes the cupcake she ate gave her the power to shoot rainbows from her eyes that cutie-fy whatever they hit.
  • Super Spit: In "Gold Meddlers", Wakko eats all the ping pong balls Nils throws at him in the middle of a sports competition. He then proceeds to plate the table before hitting his stomach to burp up all the ping pongs, ricocheting off the table at such speeds that they essentially punch Nils in the face. He then burps up three more that hit the scoreboard.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The latter character of "Starbox and Cindy" appears to be this for Mindy from the original. Her name even rhymes.
     T 
  • Take That!:
    • While being driven around the WB lot, a group of tourists are excited to see the sound stage where a Batman movie was filmed... only to audibly groan after learning the movie in question was Batman v Superman.
    • The second episode has Odysseus treat Hades like it's an episode of Aegean Ninja Warrior, only for him to beg for mercy after spending two minutes with a certain bragging orange cyclops. When Yakko suggests getting rid of said cyclops, Dot responds that they can't.
      Dot: Remember? The Roman Gods meddled with our affairs and made him a demigod. Or was it a demagogue?note 
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but during "Catch Up", Fox News is depicted with the logo "Fake News." They would later appear with this same name in a later episode, in particular with an Expy of host Tucker Carlson.
    • The Russians are also shown in "Catch Up" as openly meddling in the U.S. Election in 2016, consisting of Russian Bots.
    • In the last episode, there’s a slow motion scene, to which Yakko (in normal speed) glares at the camera and says, “Hey, Zack Snyder! It’s a 7-minute segment! Move it along!”
    • The second song the siblings sing in the series is one to other reboots. Also doubles as Self-Deprecation, since it's a reboot complaining about reboots.
    • Dwayne LaPistol is an Expy of Wayne LaPierre, longtime executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. But unlike Wayne's love of guns, Dwayne loves buns. Specifically, bunnies. However, LaPistol is treated as creepy with how obsessed he is with his "buns", and is treated as a force for the Warners to defeat.
    • Jay-Pac's diss track to the Warners in "Gift Rapper" has one to Elmyra, who was the Creator's Pet back in the 90s.
      Wakko's even less likable than Elmyra!
    • The entire segment of Anima-nyet is a giant jab at (Soviet) Russia, with numerous to Putin, Trump, and Nicolas Maduro.
  • Take That, Audience!: The new lyrics for the opening theme contain a thinly-veiled mockery of fans complaining about the "differences" the new series has compared to the original.
    A brand-new cast who tested well in focus group research!
    Gender-balanced, pronoun-neutral, and ethnically diverse!
    The trolls will say we're so passé, but we did meta first!
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe. In "The Cutening", Dot cutifies everything in the world, turning the entire Earth into a colorful land free of pollution and full of cutesy creatures with huge eyes. 28 Days Later, everyone is sick of this, as sugar is coming out of Yakko's eyes, and the Warners quickly try to reverse what they've done by doing something incredibly gross.
  • Titled After the Song: "Suffragette City" is named after the David Bowie song of the same name, off The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
  • Title Drop: Lampshaded:
    Wakko: Looks like we're gonna have to become Gold Meddlers!
    Dot: Title of the sketch?
    Wakko: Title of the sketch.
    (Freeze Frame, title "Gold Meddlers")
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chicken Boo surpringly enough. The original series showed him as being unable to pull of nothing more than a Paper-Thin Disguise that somehow nobody but one person failed to notice. This time, he's mastered Latex Perfection, and can even change his voice!
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dr. Scratchansniff, who in the last episode of season one turns out to have had enough of being the Warners' Butt-Monkey and wants to take advantage of the reboot to relaunch himself as "the new and improved Dr. Otto von Scratchansniff."
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Nils Niedhart is amazingly muscular, but his upper body dwarfs his lower body, not that it impacts his athletic performance.
  • Trumplica: In The Odyssey-themed episode "Warners Unbound", the giant cyclops Odysseus encounters on his journey named Polyphemus is depicted as looking and acting like Donald Trump. Said cyclops engages in grandiose bragging about his island, similar to Trump's tendency to play things up in his speeches while he was President of the United States.
     V-W 
  • Vanilla Edition: The season 1 DVD put out by Warner Brothers doesn't have any bonus features.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Pinky says he's getting catfished on an online dating site... by an actual catfish.
    • When the new president of Warner Bros presents to Yakko a tablet filled with the sum total of human knowledge, he takes it as "one easy-to-swallow tablet" (as in a pill), and promptly swallows it with a cup of water.
    • When Dot talks about breaking the glass ceiling, the camera pans out to caricatures of several female politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, hammering away at a literal glass ceiling, sending shards flying everywhere.
    • The musical number about what has happened since 1998 has Iron Man as a superhero based around clothing irons.
    • When Nils crams the Warners into their tent, balls it up, and tosses it into the city, Yakko shouts that this is "In tents!" right before slamming into a signboard. This is punctuated by the Mime sitting on top doing a rimshot.
    • Pinky says that banana hammocks are not as comfortable as they might seem, while sitting in a hammock made from a banana. Then the hammock breaks and wraps around his loins.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The pink pegasus Dot rides in the trailer has a deep, baritone voice courtesy of Jon Bailey of Honest Trailers fame. He also says he bears horrible tidings of war, but he leaves rainbows behind him while flying.
  • Vocal Evolution:
    • Since it's been 22 years since their last broadcast, the Warners' voices are noticeably deeper than their last appearancenote . This is especially noticeable with Yakko's singing voice, as Rob Paulsen was recovering from a bout of severe throat cancer in 2016. It is also worth noting that the Warners' voices were actually sped up by 5% in the original show.
    • Brain also sounds markedly old and (trying-to-take-over-the) world-weary—at times, at times strikingly like Vincent Price in his later years.note 
  • World-Healing Wave: The Warners reverse The Cutening by licking the eyes of a gross and sickly pigeon, creating a wave of green sludge that undoes everything... but makes the Warners' lower bodies that of a giant pigeon.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: After winning countless gold medals by participating in a pastiche of the Olympics, the Warners are dismayed to find that they are not in fact made of chocolate like they'd hoped. Yakko then wonders what the heck they're going to do with all of these solid gold medals if they can't make smores out of them.

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