For many 90’s kids, Pinky And The Brain is nothing short of a childhood-defining masterpiece, alongside other hit shows like Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo, and others. If you’re one of those people we have some good news for you. Rob Paulsen, voice actor and voice of Pinky himself, recently confirmed in an interview with Comicbook.com, that the show will soon return with new episodes.
As some may remember, Pinky and the Brain began as a recurring skit on the show Animaniacs, before becoming a show of its own. When asked about the odds of releasing new episodes of Animaniacs, in which he voiced Yakko Warner (and Pinky), Paulsen replied: “It’s impossible to quantify what a compliment that is. Yakko, Wakko, and Dot are back and so are Pinky and the Brain.” Paulsen then continued: “Moreover is that in this era of celebrities doing a lot of animated characters – and I get why the producers do it. I totally get it – but I also know that just having a movie star do the talking chicken doesn’t mean that the show’s going to be a hit. You’ve got to have a good script, great characters, and terrific actors, whether they’re celebrities or not.”
Paulsen and co-star LaMarche (AKA the Brain), have been touring with the Animaniacs in Concert tour since the show ended in 1998, a fact that according to the interview, contributed to the show’s return: “He (producer Steven Spielberg) sees the fact that LaMarche and I have been traveling around the country, doing Animaniacs in Concert. He sees Maurice and I when we’re at a comedy festival, doing ‘Who’s On First’ as Pinky and the Brain or are doing a Q&A with 3000 people, and he’s asking me, ‘Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?’, and I say, [switches to Pinky’s voice] ‘I think so, Brain. But me and Pippi Longstocking? What would the children look like? Narf.'”
There’s no official release date for Animaniacs’ (and Pinky and the Brain’s) new episodes, but they’re rumored to be available on Hulu (meaning in the US only), in late 2020, sometime around this coming fall.
For those of you who can’t wait this long and need an immediate 90’s fix, all the old Animaniacs and Pinky And The Brain episodes, are available to stream on Hulu, and we can’t think of a more binge-worthy series to pass your time in the lockdown.
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