the warner bros. animation archive
Warner Bros. Animation Chronology: 1999 back home
Television Animation Classic Animation Feature Animation

-The cel animation process is abandoned in favor of Digital Coloring, which utilizes hand-drawn artwork that is scanned into computers and inked and painted digitally.

-Wakko’s Wish, the first feature length Animaniacs film, is released directly to video.

-Detention debuts on Kids’ WB. The series revolves around the students of Benedict Arnold Junior High and their relationships with each other.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain wins Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class - Animated Program.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs wins Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.

-Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brain wins Daytime Emmy Award: Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program: Rob Paulsen as Pinky.

-The New Batman/Superman Adventures wins Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement In Sound Mixing - Special Class.


-Cartoon Network ties Kids’ WB for largest collection of Looney Tunes shorts when the it gains 214 Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts previously licensed to Nickelodean. Cartoon Network will later become the exclusive home to Looney Tunes in September, 2000.

  -Feature length film The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird, is released in theatres on August 4, 1999. Adapted from the story by poet Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant is set in the cold war era and tells the story of a young boy who befriends a mysterious robot. The film grosses only $23,159,305 in the United States, costing $50,000,000 to produce. However, the film generates overwhelming praise from film critics and preforms fairly well in video sales.