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Ren and Stimpy is just another in a long list of nostalgic 90’s television shows that are getting reboots; from Beavis and Butthead to the new Daria spinoff, Jodie. Both are appearing on Comedy Central alongside the new Ren and Stimpy.
The original series, created by John Kricfalusi, aired on Nickelodeon in 1991 along with Doug and Rugrats. It lasted for five seasons, even after the departure of Kricfalusi in 1992. Ren and Stimpy were acclaimed but also controversial for its “dark humor, sexual innuendos, adult jokes, and shock value.” The series followed Ren, a neurotic chihuahua, and Stimpy, a well-meaning cat. The show ended in 1995, with two episodes left unaired until MTV released them in 1996.
The new show is due to air on Comedy Central; produced without Kicfalusi’s involvement, and with an all-new team. Vice President of CBSViacom Entertainment and Youth Group Chris McCarthy told Deadline, “We’re excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio.” He continued, stating, “Ren and Stimpy join our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation…as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP for new generations.”
Here are a few questions for the audience: what do we think of all these reboots? Do these precious, cherished shows deserve preservation for future generations? Have we no more original ideas left in the animation world? What are your opinions on the reboot? Let us know your opinions in the comments.