Nickelodeon's upcoming #NicktoonsMovie may have already hit a few snags. The feature is set unite the forces of the famed #Nickelodeon TV universe. These are expected to include many of the gems of the '90s Nicktoons that have since become nostalgia-inducing characters. However, as the film moves forward, the company has decided that two of its most infamous creations will, to the dismay of many, not be joining the lineup.
#RenandStimpy, the notorious chihuahua and his dim-witted feline companion, have been given the axe by their former home network. While this should really come as no surprise to fans of the show, it doesn't negate the fact that it's still a bummer. Though the show was never truly free of controversy and adult themes, it's hard to pick out any cartoon from the '80s and '90s that didn't have some sort of adult reference casually thrown around from time to time.
Series co-creator Bob Camp recently clarified the situation in an interview with ScreenGeek after having made some remarks at Cleveland's Wizard World convention. Those who may still believe in the slight chance of seeing the duo in action on the big screen may want to avert your eyes now, because he put it in no uncertain terms.
"They're rebooting the Nicktoons without Ren and Stimpy."
He didn't stop there. Apparently he'd been working for quite some time to get the duo another shot at the big time. After having been pulled from Nickelodeon, the eventually made its way to Spike TV where it was rebranded in its "true" form and renamed Ren And Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon. In this iteration, there was absolutely no holding back on the risque themes and blatant sexual innuendos. This apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of the folks over at Paramount.
"We actually pitched a Ren and Stimpy movie to Paramount, they wanted nothing to do with it. [Adult Party Cartoon] poisoned the well. I think it really left a sour taste in everyone's mouth. I had nothing to do with that one. And now, someone [at Paramount] doesn't want anything to do with Ren and Stimpy."
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In all honesty, though this may be seen as a setback to some, I'm guessing this really won't impact the future of the Nicktoons Movie - or its potential success. The animation studio has more than plenty of hidden gems just waiting to resurface. Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, #Rugrats, CatDog, Aah! Real Monsters, and #RockosModernLife are just a few of the animated classics Nickelodeon will obviously be looking at to carry their upcoming ensemble feature.
When it comes to the legacy of Nick, Ren and Stimpy really just don't amount to all that much. Although some of us were grateful for the laughs and can look back on the series with fond memories, I think we all know it's for the better that the two not be included.
Are you bummed about the dismissal of 'Ren and Stimpy'? Do you think Paramount made the right call?