A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
This show digs into matters like politics in an allegorical way, using stereotypes and satire and poking fun but always steering just clear of obvious insults. It’s clever and creative, but it also blends reality with fantasy in a way that some viewers may find less entertaining than others.
Positive Role Models
The Animaniacs break every rule they encounter, and they chuckle at others’ attempts to rein them in. Pinky and the Brain are bent on world domination but not for any real intended harm.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick accidents and incidents befall the characters, but no injury ever lasts. Weapons like swords and daggers are shown within context in some scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very rarely suggestions to sexual content, as when a conversation hints at inappropriate uses for the internet.
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Name-calling like "imbecile," "loser," "stupid," and "nerd."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Animaniacs is a reboot of the popular same-named 1990s cartoon about the animated Warner Brothers and Warner sister: Wakko, Yakko, and Dot (voiced as before by Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, and Tress MacNeille). The show's bread and butter is fast-paced satire that targets elements of American politics and pop culture, so expect plenty of caricatures and exaggerated representations designed to poke fun and sometimes stereotype groups of people. The show also takes a lighthearted but indirect approach to issues like gender equality and gun control in the pursuit of laughs. You can also expect a fair amount of gross-out humor, poop references, and nose picking, as well as insults like "imbecile," "nerds," and "loser."
Is It Any Good?
Nostalgia rules in this reincarnation of beloved ‘90s characters, but overall this series falls short of the standard set by its predecessor. The original Animaniacs was a comedy revelation in its day, a cartoon that could entertain kids but really was geared toward adults who could appreciate the whip-smart humor and the satire it took to a new level. But 2020 is a different era with different sensitivities, and this version's unrelenting political satire feels less funny in a politically fatigued culture.
On the other hand, Pinky and the Brain enjoy great success once again in these new episodes. Two decades later, these rodent best pals still cling to their hope of world domination despite never seeing one of their elaborate plans come to fruition. Other elements of nostalgia will appeal to those who remember the original series as well, and regardless of who the viewer is, the Animaniacs musical numbers always hit a high note.
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