As they gobble up iconic ’90s television IP to create a new frontier of animated entertainment for current day audiences, Comedy Central have announced today that the latest beloved series to to cop a reboot will be none other than The Ren & Stimpy Show, breathing new life into the manic chihuahua and the well-intended cat.
The O.G series was the stuff of legend, first airing in 1991 on Nickelodeon, where it would have a home for five years before eventually calling it a day in December 1995. The following year, the series had another crack via MTV, but has largely laid undisturbed since then.
Think Adventure Time but completely gross, The Ren & Stimpy Show was billed as children’s TV with even the most chill parents deeming it far too adult for most kids. Focusing on the exploits of the two central characters, The Ren & Stimpy Show made its name with a twisted humour and animation so vile, you’d struggle to imagine it finding a home outside of the 9’0s, when blissful carelessness took the wheel on many creative decisions.
But, here we are – ushering a new dawn of the series for modern audiences alongside other titles being revived including Beavis & Butthead, Daria spin-off Jodie as well as the subtly high-concept classic, Clone High.
Says Nina L. Diaz, Chief Creative Officer of ViacomCBS’s Entertainment & Youth Group of the news, per The Hollywood Reporter, “I want to thank our partners at Nick Animation as we re-imagine these iconic characters with a new creative team.”
There’s yet to be an official announcement on who the creative team will be, which will no doubt be of some interest. The original mastermind behind Beavis & Butthead, Mike Judge, will be returning to the help of that particular reboot however given the original creator of Ren & Stimpy, John Kricfalusi, faced allegations of sexual misconduct, a sane person would expect some changes.
While it’s easy to take pity on the newer generations being denied their own IP in lieu of hand me down IP from their older siblings, it’s even easier to be stoked as millennials and Gen X’ers, as we can take incredible solace in the return of some cherished – albeit incredibly vulgar – childhood memories.
No release dates have been revealed yet, but rest assured we’ll be all over that when it happens.