Throughout its run so far, The Hub has found a delicate balance between fan-favorite original programming and carrying on the spirit of Saturday morning cartoons with repeats of animated hits Batman Beyond, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Transformers, and more. If anything, the channel has proved it has quite the strong relationship with Warner Brothers in accessing their library of content. Now, it seems they're reaching into the WB vault and plucking out one of the most acclaimed hits of the 90s: The Animaniacs.
While Hub fans will be spending Thanksgiving with Alf in a 12 hour marathon, NickAndMore reports that Christmas is the Warners' as Animaniacs will officially debut on Christmas Eve in a four hour marathon starting at 4PM. From there, Animaniacs will air on The Hub with dates and times to be determined as we enter the new year.
Here are a glimpse of the Christmas-centric episodes that will air throughout the night:
- “Twas the Day Before Christmas; Jingle Boo; The Holiday Concert” (4-4:30 p.m.) – Slappy Squirrel reads a classic Christmas poem in “Twas the Day Before Christmas.” Chicken Boo dresses up as Santa Claus in “Jingle Boo.” Wakko performs “The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert,” and the Warners make mischief in “Toy Shop Terror.”
- “A Christmas Plotz; Little Drummer Warners” (4:30-5 p.m.) – On Christmas Eve, the Warner siblings subject Warner Bros. chief, Thaddeus Plotz, to a Dickensian nightmare in “A Christmas Plotz.” Later, the three Warners star in “Little Drummer Warners,” a musical version of the nativity.
- “My Mother the Squirrel; Oh Say Can You See; 12 Days of Christmas” (5:30-6 p.m.) – In “My Mother the Squirrel,” the Bluebird thinks Slappy is his mother. The Flame helps Francis Scott Key write our nation’s anthem in “Oh! Say Can You See,” and the Bluebird returns to sing his version of a holiday song in “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”
- “Cutied and the Beast; Boo Happens; Noel” (6:30-7 p.m.) – The Tazmanian Devil plays the Beast and Dot is Cutie in “Cutie and the Beast.” In “Boo Happens,” Chicken Boo relives the life of “Forrest Gump.” Then, the Warners have fun with puns in a musical number sung to the tune of classic Christmas carol, “Noel.”
- “The Christmas Tree; Chicken Part 1; Prom Night; Chicken Part 2” (7:30-8 p.m.) – Slappy Squirrel awakens to find her house is now “The Christmas Tree” at “Rockyfellow” Center, Katie Ka-Boom tries to negotiate a mutually acceptable curfew for “Prom Night” with her dad, and the entire cast appears on the TV news program “Punchline.”
This will be the second major win for the hit animated series, as after six years and many fan-led campaigns the series' Volume 4 DVD will hit in February. This also comes following successful airings of the winter-themed television movie Wakko's Wish, which will additionally be returning to The Hub as well on December 3rd.
Now if only Tiny Toons and Pinky & The Brain might receive a similar repeat-revival...
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