Animaniacs

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Reboot of classic satire is fun but lacks original's magic.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

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.

Sexy Stuff

Very rarely suggestions to sexual content, as when a conversation hints at inappropriate uses for the internet.

Language

Name-calling like "imbecile," "loser," "stupid," and "nerd." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPoisonsave4 February 11, 2021

More media propaganda

Very disappointed that the reboot of the show. trys to pander the woke culture and political views of the left so hard. It would be fine if it wasn't so o... Continue reading
Adult Written byBrendan W. October 6, 2021

Like the original

Even though they are some “Trump” jokes don’t blame The Animanaics blame your age regardless should you watch it? The answer is yes!
Kid, 10 years old November 25, 2020

ok

it makes fun of trump "for all you trump lovers"
Teen, 15 years old Written byshoozotter11 November 29, 2021

Amazing remake of an amazing show

Animaniacs has been a part of my childhood since I was very little and I was happy to watch this. I feel like there are some innuendos that I was a little surpr... Continue reading

What's the story?

ANIMANIACS reintroduces the Warner Brothers -- Yakko (voiced by Rob Paulsen) and Wakko (Jess Harnell) -- and the Warner sister -- Dot (Tress MacNeille) -- to audiences 22 years after the original series ended. Now back in their old Warner Bros. movie lot stomping grounds, the siblings pick up where they left off, getting into one absurd predicament after another and driving the local lot police crazy. Other segments follow the schemes of Acme Lab mice Pinky (Paulsen again) and the Brain (Maurice LaMarche), who attempt nightly to take over the world. Music, pop-culture parodies, political satire, and allegory dominate the stories in this reboot. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the satire used in Animaniacs. Is it effective as a comedic tool? Does it seem biased in its choice of targets, or does it share the teasing equally? What stereotypes do you notice? Are they offensive or funny? 

  • Who is this show’s target audience? Do you understand the humor? How does a person’s life experience affect how he or she approaches different subject matters from a comic standpoint? How do you maximize your screen time by finding shows appropriate for you?

  • How does this reboot compare to the original? Is it as funny? As clever? Does it lack any elements that contributed to the success of the first? Conversely, does it add anything that makes it better than its predecessor?

TV details

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