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Animaniacs - Animated Series of the 90s

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Animaniacs - Animated Series of the 90s

 

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This popular animated series of the 90s, created by Tom Ruegger, produced by Steven Spielberg and distributed by Warner Bros was originally aired from September 13, 1993 to November 14, 1998 on Fox Kids (1993–1995) and The Kids' WB block (1995–1998), for 99 episodes divided into 5 seasons.

It was the second animated series produced by the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. The studio's first series, Tiny Toon Adventures, was a success; also based on the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which featured appearances by many of its famous cartoon characters, and was co-produced by Amblin Entertainment. So the creators of Animaniacs used the experience gained from the previous series to create new animated characters that were cast in the mold of Chuck Jones and Tex Avery's creations.

It featured a broad mix of old-fashioned wit, slapstick, pop culture references, and cartoon violence and wackiness. It also had a number of comedic educational segments that covered subjects such as history, mathematics, geography, astronomy, science, and social studies, often in musical form.

The show had no set format, and most of the episodes were composed of three short mini-episodes, each starring a different set of characters, and connected segments.

The storyline followed The Warners, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, three cartoon stars from the 30s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the 90s. Upon their escape, they often interacted with some of the human characters working at the studio.

It was the second highest rated cartoon in the 2–11 age segment as well as for children ages 6–11 demographics. The series won several awards, including multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. It also comes in at 17th place on the All-Time Best Cartoon Lists.

Due to a large audience of adults, making up over 20% of the viewers, The Animaniacs led to one of the first Internet-based fandom cultures. It later aired on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network in syndication.

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