Did ‘Animaniacs’ Have Surprising Queer Elements Hiding in Plain Sight All This Time?

Last week, the world rejoiced as Hulu announced they had just ordered two brand new seasons of Animaniacs. The quintessential ’90s cartoon was particularly known for including jokes for adults as well as kids. Their multi-layered sense of humor made the show so popular. However, while Animaniacs had lots for adults, they tended to stay away from queer narratives … or did they? A brief Animaniacs primer If it’s been too long since the ’90s, let’s refresh your memory. Animaniacs (or, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs if you’re formal) was an animated sketch show. It ran for 99 episodes on Fox, and later, the (now defunct) WB. It was created by Tom Ruegger (who also worked on Tiny Toon Adventures , Freakazoid! and Disney’s The 7D ), and featured voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche and more. The stars of Animaniacs were the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister), Yakko, Wakko and Dot. They were designed as throwbacks to the early ’30s style of character design. (If you’re up on your animation history, think the old Bosko cartoons .) As mentioned above, the show was known for sneaking more adult jokes past the censors. One particularly famous […]

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