After the success of Tiny Toon Adventures, another animated series backed by Steven Spielberg debuted in 1993 on the successful Fox Kids lineup. That series was Animaniacs, created by Tom Ruegger and making its debut on September 13th, 1993.
The animated series combined that slapstick, witty banter, and a cavalcade of references to appeal to a wide demographic, and the animated series was a huge hit.
The main characters were the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister, known primarily for causing animated chaos wherever they ended up (after escaping from the WB Water Tower). This could range from bugging historical figures, to ending up on a movie set, in space, or much much more. Some of the other notable characters from the series included:
- Pinky & The Brain – Animated shorts about two genetically-enhanced lab mice. The Brain wants to take over the world, while Pinky is his enthusiastic, but dim-witted sidekick.
- Slappy Squirrel – A retired cartoon character who isn’t afraid to let her crankiness show when dealing with foes old and new. Often teamed up with her bubbly nephew, Skippy.
- Chicken Boo – A mute chicken often in disguises fools everyone…except one person who calls him out on being a giant chicken!
- Buttons & Mindy – Buttons is a dog tasked with watching the young girl, Mindy. But, Mindy always makes her way out, causing poor Buttons to try to protect her from all kinds of situations.
It lasted 99 episodes through Fox Kids and Kids WB and even had an animated movie called Wakko’s Wish. It also spawned a pair of spin-offs: Pinky & The Brain and Pinky, Elmyra and The Brain.
For more on a specific episode that crossed over with Tiny Toons, click this link: This Day in TV History – May 20th, 1994 – Animaniacs’ “Lookit The Fuzzy Heads” Airs