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The Animanicast- A podcast dedicated to Animaniacs

The Animanicast is a podcast dedicated to the classic animated television series "Animaniacs." Join your hosts Joey, Nathan and Kelly as they revisit each episode in the order in which they were released. They'll discuss their favorite moments, jokes, characters as well as their memories of first watching the episode. The show's pop cultural references are also discussed and explored in detail. (You might just learn some cool facts!) In the end, each episode receives a "Water Tower Rating" from the hosts. So cue up an episode of Animaniacs on Netflix or on DVD and then listen to the Animanicast to keep the fun going!
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Jan 28, 2018

Each and every week, your hosts revisit an episode of the series in the order in which they first premiered. They discuss their favorite jokes, gags, and discuss all the cultural references they can find! Today's special episode features more discussion of the upcoming reboot of Animaniacs, specifically the news that Wellesley Wild from Family Guy fame will be the new showrunner and executive producer. Afterwards, Nathan and Joey review issue #3 of the Animaniacs comic book.

Wellesley Wild Announced as Animaniacs Showrunner

Wellesley Wild was recently announced as the new showrunner for the upcoming Animaniacs reboot. This news created an uproar among Animaniacs fans that wanted to see the creator, Tom Ruegger, return to the series. Joey, Nathan, and Kelly share some of the reactions from the Animanicast's Facebook feed, Twitter feed, as well as a couple emails.

One of our listeners, Malik, thinks that the writing team might end up consisting of all new writers from SNL or other franchises seen as cutting edge. This leads Joey to wonder if, much like the recently rebooted Ducktales, the voice cast of the rebooted show will consist of new actors from SNL or similar shows. The recent Ducktales reboot and upcoming Ninja Turtles show has done it. At this point, anything seems possible. Especially since the voice cast has not been announced yet!

Kelly points out that the decisions made so far do not seem to make sense from a creative or financial level. Animaniacs was successful in part because people like Tom Ruegger put their heart and soul into the original show. The decisions so far have alienated many fans and left others confused and often upset. She concludes by saying that Animaniacs without Tom Ruegger would be like the Muppets without Jim Henson. The Muppets just haven't felt the same after Henson passed away. Not having Tom involved in at least a consultant role seems like a bad mistake. If the executives want the show to feel like the original in any way, it would make sense for Tom and his original writers to have an active role in this reboot.

While it is extremely disappointing that Tom Ruegger has not yet been confirmed to be involved in the upcoming series there  is still some time! There are a few things that Animaniacs fans can do if they would like to see him and the original writing staff involved. The key is to do these things now. If fans wait much longer, it may be too late!

  • Stay active and speak out on social media in a positive and proactive way. Let Warner Bros. and Amblin know that you are concerned about the decisions that have been announced.
  • Sign the #WriteAnimaniacsRight petition over at Change.org. The link can be found HERE.
  • Write a positive and professional business letter to Steven Spielberg.
  • You can get tips on how to write a business letter HERE

Correspondence to Steven Spielberg can be mailed to

100 Universal City Plaza
Bldg. 5121
Universal City, CA 91608

Animaniacs Comic #3

Afterwards, Joey and Nathan review and discuss issue #3 of the Animaniacs comic book. Stories include, "Rewriting History," " Coco Anyone?" and  "Guitars and Cadillacs." It's a pretty good issue, Nathan and Joey particularly like a couple of panels.

What Do You Think?

Are you excited about the return of Animaniacs? Anxious? Excited? Let us know your thoughts by sending an email to animanicast@retrozap.com. You can write up your thoughts or send us a voice message via mp3 or other sound file. Who knows? You might hear your thoughts on an upcoming episode!

Different Ways to Support Our Show

If you'd like to support out show there's lots of ways to do it! First of all, you could go onto Apple Podcasts and leave us a five-star positive review.

Also, don't forget to tell a friend about the show! Your retweets and post shares help others find us.

You could also purchase some hand prepared decals from Joey at Decals.Animanicast.com

Interested in getting some Animanicast MERCHANDISE? It's in stock now at TeePublic! Get yours at Teepublic.Animanicast.com

Jan 21, 2018

Each and every week, your hosts revisit an episode of the series in the order in which they first premiered. They discuss their favorite jokes, gags, and discuss all the cultural references they can find! Season three is off with a super strong start in this packed full episode.  This episode kicks off a new variation on the opening credits, which lead right in to our first segment. Then we have a new theme song for Skippy and Slappy. Will Wakko be able to come up with a new Gookie  as well? To finish the episode off we get a song about shaking things up!

Super Strong Warner Siblings

Picking up right after the shoot of their theme song, the Warners do a parody of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. The segment of course leads to the classic monster vs. Robot fight, with an animaniacs twist. Joey, Kelly, and Nathan discuss their memories of the Power Rangers, and are all impressed with how well they adapted the show into this very funny segment.

Nutcracker Slappy

It’s Skippy and Slappy meets Fantasia, as they try to crack a nut and dance ballet, but things quickly get carried too far.  Music is set to Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”, and we get a cameo from Episode 42’s HollyWoodchuck with Charleston Woodchuck moving up in the world.  Did Skippy just make Speilberg reference? Kelly can’t make up her mind.

Wakko's New Gookie

Wakko has decided to kick it off the new season with a fresh new Gookie to replace his old one.  He tries it out for Yakko, Michaelangelo from "Hooked on a Ceiling", Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, and Larry King, but none of them like it as much as the old one.  The episode ends with Yakko’s attempts at a new catch phrase for season three, and yes, another Speilberg reference.  

A Quake, A Quake!

The Warners sing a song about the 1994 Northridge earthquake to the tune of Schumann's "Happy Farmer". Joey is confused because these aren’t the lyrics he remembers. Nathan is now concerned about living in earthquake ridden LA, and Kelly is impressed about the date we recorded the podcast.

News

Find out the latest about the Animanics reboot, and how Kelly, Nathan, and Joey are processing the information.  We also discuss the strange episode order on Hulu, and share some Listener Feedback!

CartoonBrew.com wrote more about the subject.

A fan created petition has been created, you can check it out and sign it HERE if interested.

Sending a polite, professional, and positive business to the producers at Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg might be a good idea as well if you want to make your voice heard. Please try to represent the Animaniacs fan community in a positive light!

You can get tips on how to write a business letter HERE

Correspondence to Steven Spielberg can be mailed to

100 Universal City Plaza

Bldg. 5121

Universal City, CA 91608

Different Ways to Support Our Show

If you'd like to support out show there's lots of ways to do it! First of all, you could go onto Apple Podcasts and leave us a five-star positive review.

Also, don't forget to tell a friend about the show! Your retweets and post shares help others find us.

You could also purchase some hand prepared decals from Joey at Decals.Animanicast.com

Interested in getting some Animanicast MERCHANDISE? It's in stock now at TeePublic! Get yours at Teepublic.Animanicast.com

Jan 14, 2018

Each and every week, your hosts revisit an episode of the series in the order in which they first premiered. They discuss their favorite jokes, gags, and discuss all the cultural references they can find! Today's episode features a discussion of "I'm Mad," "Bad Mood Bobby," "Fake," lots of filler, and some  more Animaniacs reboot news.

Different Ways to Support Our Show

If you'd like to support out show there's lots of ways to do it! First of all, you could go onto Apple Podcasts and leave us a five-star positive review.

Also, don't forget to tell a friend about the show! Your retweets and post shares help others find us.

You could also purchase some hand prepared decals from Joey at Decals.Animanicast.com

Interested in getting some Animanicast MERCHANDISE? It's in stock now at TeePublic! Get yours at Teepublic.Animanicast.com

Jan 7, 2018

Each and every week, your hosts revisit an episode of the series in the order in which they first premiered. They discuss their favorite jokes, gags, and discuss all the cultural references they can find! Today's special episode features a discussion of the upcoming reboot of Animaniacs, thoughts from the hosts of the Animanicast, and some statements from some of the original writers of Animaniacs. 

Hulu's Press Release and Reactions

Animaniacs is back on streaming media! Following its successful run on Netflix in 2017, and rumors of a possible reboot in May of 2017, it was announced on January 4th, 2018 that Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment had reached a deal with Hulu to stream classic episodes of the series along with classic episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, Pinky and the Brain, and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain. In addition to this, the highly anticipated reboot of the series is scheduled to premiere in 2020 exclusively on Hulu. Two new seasons of the show have been ordered.

The classic episodes of Animaniacs, et al. are all available right now on Hulu for your enjoyment!

Joey, Nathan and Kelly read the official statements from Hulu, Warner Bros, and Steven Spielberg before having a brief discussion of what they hope to see in the future seasons of Animaniacs. Animation style, voice actors, as well as retaining the original creators and writers of the show are all discussed. 

In a late breaking addition, it appears that the original writers and creators of Animaniacs have not yet been asked to return to the series. This is very disappointing news and, while it could change, it puts a damper on much of the excitement that the initial reboot announcement has created. We will share more news as it develops on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

What Do You Think?

Are you excited about the return of Animaniacs? Anxious? Maybe a little of both? Let us know your thoughts by sending an email to animanicast@retrozap.com. You can write up your thoughts or send us a voice message via mp3 or other sound file. Who knows? You might hear your thoughts on an upcoming episode!

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