Rob Paulsen on Pinky and the Brain 20th AnniversaryReported by Foxwolf on Thursday, November 15th 2018
It's been 20 years since the world was first in danger of domination from Pinky and the Brain, but voice acting legend Rob Paulsen talked to FanSided about how the characters and the Animaniacs show changed his life.
The lab rats made their debut in 1993 in Animaniacs (which Paulsen had pleasure of voicing Yakko, one of the main brothers) before getting their spin-off series two years later which ran for six seasons.
In the interview Paulsen talked about his chemistry with his long-time friend Maurice LaMarche (Brain), the upcoming Animaniacs reboot on Hulu, and how the show changed his life and career.
FanSided: It’s been 20 years since Pinky and the Brain went off the air, and 25 since they first appeared on Animaniacs. What does it mean to you that they’re still relevant now?
Paulsen: I often say to people if Ninja Turtles [the 80s animated series] sort of changed my career trajectory in this realm, Animaniacs changed my life. It really did.
We’re talking about shows that not only have really found a home in the heart of hundreds of millions of people around the world, but they’re shows that were done for the sake of the show. There was very little merchandise that went along with Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, as opposed to Turtles … These shows have been part of my life.
FanSided: Did the chemistry between you and Maurice influence Pinky and the Brain? Because a large part of what made the spinoff work was the rapport between the characters.
Paulsen: You’re a hundred percent right. I love Mo, and he’s one of my dearest friends in the world and I would do anything for him. It just so happens that he happens to be a two-time Emmy-winning actor and we have the same sensibilities in respect to humor, deep love and respect for each other personally.
Our personalities had fertilized that whole Pinky and the Brain experiment, and Mo and me and the strength of the characters. We didn’t write them or draw them, but the stars all aligned. We’re both good at our jobs, but it was really one of those happy accidents, where you go, oh great, let’s give this a shot. And once they gave us a show, then it was not a surprise at all because we can pretty much finish each other’s sentences.
FanSided: We don’t know yet if Pinky and the Brain will be included in the Animaniacs reboot that’s coming to Hulu in 2020. But what would it mean to you to play Pinky again? Would it be different today?
Paulsen: We are all different, and I would say we’re all different in a good way. We’re better, more seasoned, quicker, we’ve had more success in other realms. And I’m looking forward to seeing how new people put a spin on stuff. I don’t know how many of the original crew and cast are going to be involved. The reason a reboot is happening is because of this giant fanbase that was created by what Tom Ruegger and the original crew did.
Check out the full interview at the FanSided source link below.