Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures is planning a massive crossover event that will feature its biggest cartoon characters to date. Unfortunately, Ren & Stimpy will not be one of them. Show co-creator Bob Camp broke the bad news that everyone’s favorite filthy animal duo are not included in the planned The Nicktoons Movie.
Dumped and Forgotten?
The Ren & Stimpy Show has always been the dark child of Nickelodeon. It debuted as one of NickToon’s original programming in 1991 (together with Rugrats and Doug). The cartoon follows Ren, an emotionally unstable chihuahua, and Stimpy, a dimwitted cat. Unlike its fellow Nick cartoons, Ren and Stimpy was controversial because of its dark humor and sexual innuendo. It ended after five seasons in 1995.
The cartoon was revived in 2003 with a series titled Ren & Stimpy: Adult Part Cartoon. It aired on Spike, but it only lasted for five episodes. It was so bad that long-time fans of the show just want to pretend that it did not happen. And it looks like Nickelodeon wants to forget about Rend & Stimpy too!
At Wizard World Cleveland, Camp revealed that the characters he has created will not be included in the anticipated The Nicktoons Movie. Moreover, it looks like the cat and dog duo will not reappear in any form of media any time soon. Camp stated (as quoted by Screen Geek), “They’re rebooting the Nicktoons without Ren and Stimpy.” He also revealed that they pitched a movie to Paramount, but someone from the Hollywood studio “wanted nothing to do with it.”
He added that the aforementioned rebooted series Adult Part Cartoon actually eliminated any chance for Ren and Stimpy to return. The Spike series was the uncensored version. So it is no surprise that the studio wants to distance itself from the title.
But does Camp even want to work on more Ren & Stimpy material in the future? “I’m always interested,” Camp said, “but no one else seems to be.” In the meantime, he has a few projects in the works.
The Nicktoons Movie
Last year, Paramount announced that the company has created a narrative that features some of the best-known characters of Nickelodeon. The studio hired Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) to helm the big crossover movie. He also will co-write the movie with his wife Jarusha Hess. Meanwhile, Mary Parent and Cale Boyter of Disruption Entertainment will produce the movie.
With Ren and Stimpy out of the project, The Nicktoons Movie is still expected to feature Nickelodeon’s other successful titles such as Rugrats, Doug and even Rocco’s Modern Life. No release date has been set for the planned crossover movie as of this writing.
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