Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Clerks animated series, and Kevin Smith is hoping for a revival of the show for the occasion. On his Facebook account, Smith posted about the classic series, reflecting back on its short run. After reminiscing about the various guest stars and memorable moments from the animated series, Smith laments how the show was axed by its network after just two of its six episodes aired. The filmmaker then points out how Arrested Development reused one of the key jokes featured on the cartoon, leading to an interesting comment about next year's anniversary of the series.
"A decade later, when Arrested Development did the same exact joke, we all felt a little vindicated. But not as vindicated as we'd all feel if the show came back to life for its 20th anniversary next year..."
Clerks: The Animated Series was first broadcast in the year 2000 on the ABC network. The movie's stars Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith himself all voiced their characters from the classic 1994 movie, making it the first follow-up as Clerks II wouldn't release until 2006. Alec Baldwin also starred as local millionaire Leonardo Leonardo. It was developed for TV by Smith, Scott Mosier, and former Seinfeld writer David Mandel, with character designs by Stephen Silver (Kim Possible). While ABC only aired two episodes (out of order, even) before abruptly cancelling the series, all six episodes were later released on DVD, instantly making the ill-fated series a cult favorite.
Although it may have never seemed very likely before, seeing the Clerks cartoon come back now appears possible. As we are all living in the age of nostalgia, modern sequels and revivals to classic movies and shows have become much more popular in recent years. Like Smith's movies, the Clerks series developed a cult following since its release, and there would be a lot of anticipation for its potential comeback. However, Smith might have a challenge convincing actor Jeff Anderson to return to provide the voice of fan favorite character Randal Graves. After all, it was Anderson's reluctance to reprise the role for Clerks 3 which indefinitely stalled that project, though it's possible he'll be more willing to be involved as a voice actor only.
With or without more Clerks, Smith's View Askewniverse will continue to expand. The filmmaker is currently hard at work on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which will use the titular characters to satirize the Hollywood remake and reboot trend. This time, Jay and Silent Bob are looking to prevent a reboot of their Bluntman and Chronic movie from being made, travelling across the country to do so. Likely on purpose, the storyline is very similar to the one from 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, further spoofing the concept of rebooting classic movies.
To be clear, a revival of Clerks: The Animated Series is not officially in the works. Smith is merely making it clear he would love to see it happen, but the wheels are not in motion at this time. While we're definitely going to see Jay and Silent Bob again in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, hopefully next year will bring about some good news for the Clerks cartoon as well. Smith's words were originally posted on Facebook.