It’s time to check in once again to see how the Warners have broken out of the Water Tower and how they are torturing poor guard Ralph. Or we would be if this was the original show, but this is the returned series, and we have no time for Ralph!
So let’s jump into the series, but like all other critiques, this critique will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall.
The series has a lot less story this time around. The first return featured a bunch of material dealing with the return of the characters, but now that this is their second season back, there really isn’t a story continuing their journey back to reality. That’s not specifically a problem though because Animaniacs wasn’t really a show about progression within the characters.
There is however a great story that talks about Pinky and the Brain through the years at Warner Bros. All in all the skits are great, but they take a hit because they set up with the first season some growth and progress, and then literally forget about it the second time out at Hulu.
Jess Harnell (Wakko), Rob Paulsen (Yakko), and Tress MacNeille (Dot) are back again as the titular characters, with Rob also playing (Pinky) and Maurice LaMarche playing (Brain). Whatever you think about the figures, maybe you grew up loving the series and then grew up to be a Republican somehow, and hate the show now, you can’t argue that the crew still sounds like nothing has changed.
They have the characters down, it’s basically as if they’ve never stopped being the Warner siblings.
The show has some amazing skits, and the content is awesome, but unfortunately, the show is still written and animated in a time lag. The first season was created almost two years before it was released, who knows how backlogged these scripts were. All that aside, the skit with Trump still feels a bit old now, with him officially out of office now for almost a year.
The show feels less and less like a show for children though, and more for adults.
Conner’s Final Thought(s):
I still miss the full cast and the variety of stories that can be told with their use, but as we watch these new episodes, we are given more time for main characters. I was hoping that they might create new characters, but it looks more like it’s just the Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain. Still, if I have to choose between no supporting cast but we get this show or no show… It’s a clear choice.