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Warner Bros. Animation Chronology: 1996 back next
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-An fourth hour is added to Kids’ WB’s saturday morning schedule and an extra afternoon hour is added, making the network’s total airtime nine hours per week.

-Superman debuts on Kids’ WB, much of the creative team from Batman:TAS moves to this show. The show’s design is heavily influenced by classic Fleisher cartoons, and takes place in a more contemporary setting than Batman: The Animated Series. The series premieres primetime on The WB in the 90-minute movie “The Last Son of Krypton”.

-Damon Wayans’ Waynehead debuts on Kids’ WB. The short lived series tells the story of an inner-city boy with a mechanical leg.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain makes its debut on The WB primetime.

-Road Rovers, an animated series about crime-fighting dogs, debuts on Kids’ WB and lasts one season.

-Animaniacs becomes more educationally bent to meet FCC requirements. Steven Spielberg returns from filming Schindler’s List in Europe, insisting on more celebrities voicing their own cameos or whole roles. This plan was originally intended as far back as the early Animaniacs writer's bible, which suggests a lot of cameos which would have the real voices "with Steven's help." The appearances begin in 1996 and are most numerous in 1997.

-Warner Bros. launches Kids’ WB Music, a joint venture between Warner Bros. and Kid Rhino. The label develops music products aimed at children, featuring classic and contemporary Warner Bros. characters.

-A Pinky and the Brain Christmas wins Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs wins Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Children's Program.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs wins Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Animation.

-The Adventures of Batman and Robin wins Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for the episode “A Bullet for Bullock”.



-Superior Duck is released theatically. Directed by Chuck Jones.

-From Hare to Eternity starring Bugs Bunny, directed by Chuck Jones premieres theatrically (dedicated to Isadore "Friz" Freleng).