ZOMG, "Animaniacs" are reuniting and touring the U.S.
If you can still remember the Animaniacs theme song from your childhood, you’re not alone.
23 years after its debut, the Animaniacs hit song “Yakko’s World” is still as popular as ever among the millennials who grew up with it. Which make us happy to report that Rob Paulsen, the voice of Yakko, is reuniting with his co-stars for a tour featuring all of our favorite songs! The New York Times reports that Rob and the voices of Wakko and Dot (Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille) will be backed by a full orchestra, and the classic “Yakko’s World” song will even be getting a new verse.
For those who need a refresher, “Yakko’s World” premiered on the second episode of Animaniacs back in 1993. Set to the tune of the “Mexican Hat Dance,” the song lists every single nation in the world —that is, before 1991. The song was criticized for omitting certain nations, and most notably referencing the Soviet Union, which had broken up by the time of its debut.
Now, however, it’s getting a makeover, and the upcoming tour will be sure to include any nations that formed in the past 25 years.
Naturally, Twitter is pumped about this news:
The song itself was written by Randy Rogal, who wrote for the hit show and updated the song for the upcoming tour. According to The New York Times, Randy got the idea for the song when his son’s grandmother gave him a globe, and he wrote the song as a part of his audition. Rob performed it all in one take, and he still sings it on command when millennials who recognize him request it.
“The problem comes when people stop asking,” Rob told the New York Times. “I’m incredibly grateful.”
We’re incredibly grateful that these silly things we loved as kids still have a special place in the creator’s hearts, and that we’ll have a chance to relive the magic when the gang goes on tour this year.