The ’90s was a mixed bag in a lot of ways, but one thing it did better than maybe any other era was cartoons. Bizarre, daring, and weirdly animated, ’90s cartoons injected the brains of millions of kids with disgusting outsider art and questionable jokes. But while Rocko’s Modern Life and Animaniacs had a lot going for them, no cartoon ever came close to The Ren & Stimpy Show, which depicted the boil-covered antics of a chihuahua and a neckless cat doing their best to make $47 million and get famous. Now, Gen Z kids will be able to join the ranks of the initiated, as it’s been announced that Ren & Stimpy are coming back.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Comedy Central will release a ‘reimagined’ version of the classic Nickelodeon cartoon. Details are scarce beyond that, but it has been revealed that Ren & Stimpy are just one of four defunct cartoons that ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group president Chris McCarthy is bringing back to the screen. The others include Beavis & Butthead, Clone High, and a Daria spinoff called Jodie.
“We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” said McCarthy. “Ren & Stimpy joins our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation including South Park, Beavis and Butt-Head and Clone High as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP for new generations.”
It should be noted, however, that show creator John Kricfalusi, who was accused of sexual misconduct in 2018, will not be involved in the project.
The return of metalhead staple Beavis & Butthead was announced earlier this month. The revived cartoon will also be released via Comedy Central, and has been signed up for two seasons, plus spin-offs. Most exciting to fans is that creator Mike Judge will helm the project, though the mention that they’ll be confronting ‘meta-themes’ makes one wonder if they’re trying to eat Deadpool’s lunch.
Anyway: get your rubber nipples ready for new Ren & Stimpy. Here’s a little taste for now.