It’s been twenty-two years since the Animaniacs last wreaked havoc on the Warner Bros. lot, and despite mice having a lifespan of only one year, Pinky & the Brain are also back with them.
Yes, that’s twenty-two years we’ve missed of this pair doing the same thing every night: trying to take over the world. But the first official trailer for the Animaniacs reboot debuts of the mouse duo. In case you don’t remember this pair, they’re Pinky and the Brain. One is a genius (Brain), the other’s insane (Pinky). They are laboratory mice, and their genes have been spliced. Before each night is done their plan will be unfurled, by the dawning of the sun, they’ll take over the world. Or, at least that’s what they hope to accomplish.
Not only did these two laboratory mice have their own segments on Animaniacs back in its original run, but the duo also had two spin-offs: Pinky & the Brain, which ran from 1995 to 1998, and the attempted reboot, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, which united the pair with Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures. While Pinky & the Brain ran for four seasons, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain only ran for one. But for a few sweet months in 1998, Kids’ WB! Could provide viewers with three different ways to watch them try and take over the world.
Last week, a new teaser trailer that spoofed Jurassic Park was released, and while only the Animaniacs Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are seen, one of the funniest moments centers around the reveal that the show would be bringing back the iconic pair. Animaniacs producer Steven Spielberg plays John Hammond to characters that look an awful lot like Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm. At one point, Spielberg says matter-of-factly, “We’re bringing back Pinky & the Brain,” a fact that shocks and excites both Grant and Sattler. Also, the reboot will bring back Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche as Pinky & the Brain’s voices.
In the latest trailer, we finally get our first glimpse of Pinky and the Brain, and not much has changed. Every night, they’re still trying to take over the world, Brain is still obsessed with this goal, while Pinky is still easily distracted. At one point, Pinky worries that he’s being catfished on a dating app, only for Brain to realize later that Pinky has matched with an actual catfish. Later on, we also see scientists in hazmat suits filling the pair’s cage with foam, which could possibly be how these two are still alive after all these years.
However, even without trying to take over the world, the Animaniacs reboot does indeed seem zany to the max. Many of the moments in this trailer hint that we will follow the Warner Bros. (and sister!) as they try to figure out what has happened in the over two decades since they’ve been missing. This includes eating a tablet and Wakko lovingly finding his moldy sandwich from 1998.
Animaniacs and Pinky & the Brain will be returning on November 20 on Hulu for thirteen episodes. Animaniacs will return with even more episodes in its second season, which is planned to premiere in 2021.