Nickelodeon Rebooting 90’s Classics?
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Although we didn’t see all the episodes when they originally aired, through reruns, we’ve also grown up with or have at least heard of shows like Rugrats, Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life. In recent years, TeenNick has even aired a 90’s Are All That programming block with some of the original Nicktoons. With Nick’s viewership slumping below Disney Channel and Cartoon Network’s ratings, this brings up the question, why not reboot the classics?
Networks have tried both successfully and unsuccessfully to reboot shows from their golden days. In 2014, Disney Channel rebooted Boy Meets World into Girl Meets World and also has plans to revive Ducktales on Disney XD. Cartoon Network currently has plans to bring back The Powerpuff Girls and currently airs Teen Titans Go, a spinoff of the popular Teen Titans. Nickelodeon has not rebooted any of their cartoons since the Rugrats spinoff, All Grown Up went off the air.
According to Variety, Nickelodeon is reportedly looking into rebooting other classics. Russell Hicks, president of development at Nickelodeon told Variety that the studios are looking into their older library “to bring back ideas” of shows that were loved in a “fresh new way”. Nickelodeon responded on their Facebook page with a link to the article and the caption “Hmmm…” with a winky face.
The Tracking Board reports that the reboot will actually be an “Avengers-style” Nicktoons movie that combines live-action and animation similar to the 1989 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Nickelodeon reportedly hired Mary Parent, producer of The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water to direct a movie that would combine the worlds of Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Angry Beavers. The movie will take inspiration from films such as The Lego Movie and Wreck-it Ralph with self referential jokes and nostalgic charm.
A reboot seems like a very interesting decision for Nickelodeon but time will only tell what the future holds for the nostalgic past.