ByKristy Anderson, writer at
Kristy Anderson

The '80s had their turn, and now it seems '90s nostalgia has taken the world by storm. It seems like almost every day another remake of a beloved movie or show is rumored or confirmed.

Here's a round up of all the '90s reboots we can expect to see.

1. The Powerpuff Girls

Original Series Aired: 1998–2005

Reboot Expected: 2016. Currently airing on Cartoon Network.

The original Powerpuff Girls, a series chronicling the adventures of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three young super heroines, was a classic of the late '90s, riding the wave of the "girl power" trend of the time.

A reboot of the series premiered in April of 2016, and while it has earned consistently high ratings, many fans of the original are not entirely happy. One of the biggest complaints comes from the fact that the girls' original voice actresses, Cathy Cavadini, E.G Daily, and Tara Strong, have been replaced by newcomers Amanda Leighton, Natalie Palamides, and Kristen Li.

It is perhaps best to view Powerpuff Girls 2016 as a warning to temper our excitement regarding other '90s reboots. Things will likely never be exactly the same as you remember.

2. Hey Arnold!

Original Series Aired: 1996–2004

Reboot Expected: November 23, 2017

Hey Arnold!, the beloved Nicktoon about a boy with a football-shaped head, ended on a massive cliffhanger in 2004, with Arnold finding a map that revealed the possible whereabouts of his long-lost parents, Miles and Stella. The cliffhanger was supposed to be resolved with a theatrical film, but the box office failure of the series' first big screen offering, Hey Arnold!: The Movie; as well as creator Craig Bartlett's falling out with Nickelodeon, put a stop to these plans.

For years, fans campaigned to get the movie made, with the full support of Bartlett, and the show's production team. In 2016, they finally got their wish. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, a 90-minute TV movie set to finally solve the mystery surrounding Arnold's parents, is set to air on Nickelodeon in November, 2017.

Bartlett has expressed hope that a new season of Hey Arnold! will be greenlit if the movie is successful.

3. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers

Original Series Aired: 1993–1995

Reboot Expected: 2017

The original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers became a pop culture phenomenon when it first aired in the early '90s, spawning a franchise of sequel and spin-off series that still continue today.

In 2014, it was announced that Power Rangers was set for the "dark, gritty, reboot" treatment with a new film, based around the story and characters of the original Mighty Morphin' series. Soon after, Elizabeth Banks was cast as villain Rita Repulsa, followed by Bryan Cranston as the Ranger's mentor, Zordon. A group of relative newcomers will play the Power Rangers.

While fans have tried to be excited for the reboot, many are skeptical. The new design of the Rangers' suits received a lukewarm reception, and some fans are concerned that "dark and gritty" isn't really the way to go for MMPR.

4. Rocko's Modern Life

Original Series Aired: 1993–1996.

Reboot Expected: 2017

Rocko's Modern Life, introduced to the Nicktoons lineup in 1993, quickly became a cult classic, finding an audience far beyond the demographic usually expected for a children's network. The show launched the voice acting careers of Carlos Alazraqui and Tom Kenny, who is now best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants.

Rumors of a reboot emerged after a leaked notice from Nickelodeon revealed that the Network was seeking animators for Rocko. The rumors were confirmed in August 2016, when creator Joe Murray announced that he was working on a 90-minute Rocko's Modern Life special. The special will follow Rocko's reactions to things such as smartphones and social media, after returning from a trip into space.

The special will likely be a one-off, as Murray is not interested in producing a full series revival.

5. Legends Of The Hidden Temple

Original Series Aired: 1993–1995

Reboot Expected: 2016

Legends Of The Hidden Temple was a kid's game show in which six teams competed through a series of challenges, all the while hearing stories about the special artifact featured in that episode. The winning team got a chance to compete in the notoriously difficult Temple Run round. To win the grand prize, they had to retrieve the artifact without being caught by the temple guards.

The reboot comes in the form of a TV movie, featuring a group of children visiting the Hidden Temple theme park before being caught up in an adventure to prove the Legends are real.

Kirk Fogg, host of the original series, will appear in the movie as a tour guide, while Dee Bradley Baker is set to reprise his role as the voice of Olmec, a stone head at the temple gates who revealed the legends to the players. Fans will be happy to see everyone still struggles to assemble that damn Silver Monkey.

6. Jumanji

Original Release: 1995

Reboot Expected: July 28, 2017

The original Jumanji, a film about a magical board game starring the late, great Robin Williams, was first released in 1995. It was a box office success, leading to an animated series that ran for three seasons, and later a spiritual sequel in Zathura: A Space Adventure.

In August 2015, a new Jumanji film was announced, later revealed to be a sequel to the original rather than a remake. Dwayne Johnson will star as Dr. Bravestone, alongside Kevin Hart as Moose Finbar, Jack Black as Professor Shelly Oberon, and Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse.

Only time will tell if the new film can capture the magic of the original.

7. Ren And Stimpy

Original Series Aired: 1991–1995

Reboot Expected: TBA

One of the three original Nicktoons alongside Doug and Rugrats, Ren And Stimpy quickly became a cult classic, known for its crude humor and poorly hidden adult jokes. Ren and Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, an attempted reboot aimed at adult audiences, failed dismally, cancelled after airing only six episodes on Spike TV in 2003.

Up until recently, it seemed as though Ren And Stimpy was the least likely defunct Nicktoon to be rebooted, but in early 2016, creator John Kricfalusi was reported to be meeting with Nickelodeon executives. In April, it was revealed that Kricfalusi is working on a new Ren And Stimpy short to be shown alongside the upcoming third Spongebob movie.

It can be assumed that, if the short is well received, we may see a full revival soon after.

8. DuckTales

Original Series aired: 1987–1990

Reboot Expected: 2017

DuckTales technically only just scrapes into the '90s, with its original run ending in late 1990, however it continued in reruns until 1995 at least, and I'm sure many a '90s kid has fond memories of watching it.

Adapted from Carl Bark's Disney Duck Universe comics, DuckTales remains a beloved classic from Disney's library of animated series. A theatrical film, DuckTales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp, was released in August 1990, four months before the end of the series' original run. The development of a reboot was first announced in May, 2015, with the series to air on Disney XD.

Fans have been cautiously optimistic regarding the reboot, despite concerns about radical new character designs, and a brand new voice cast. Many are hoping that if the new DuckTales is successful, it will lead to a reboot of other classic series from the "Disney Afternoon" programming block, such as Darkwing Duck or TailSpin.


Which '90s remake or reboot are You looking forward to?


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