Happy happy joy joy! After 25 years, The Ren and Stimpy Show is returning to screens courtesy of Comedy Central. The plan that Comedy Central has in mind is for to "reimagine" the show for modern audiences, with Nickelodeon Animated Studio on board to develop the project once ViacomCBS hires a creative team.
"I want to thank our partners at Nick Animation as we reimagine these iconic characters with a new creative team," said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer for ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group.
ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group president Chris McCarthy added, "We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio." McCarthy continued, highlighting the studios growing list of animated shows, with the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group president saying, "Ren & Stimpy joins our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation including South Park, Beavis and Butt-Head and Clone High as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP for new generations."
There is currently no information available on when the series will debut or for how many episodes it will run, but the news is sure to excite fans who have missed the gross-out duo for the last few decades.
The Ren & Stimpy Show originally debuted on Nickelodeon way back in 1991, airing five seasons and 52 episodes before concluding its initial run in 1995. The series follows the adventures of title characters Ren, an emotionally unstable Chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured yet dimwitted cat. The series was well-received by both critics and audiences alike and has gone on to garner a cult following thanks to The Ren and Stimpy Show's notoriously controversial approach as well as for its dark humor, sexual innuendos, adult jokes, and shock value. The series proved so popular that it went on to spawn video games, comic books, and even a spin-off for adult audiences, titled Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon".
How die-hard fans respond to the idea of reimagining and readjusting the show for modern times remains to be seen, but considering that Comedy Central are hardly shy when it comes to approaching potentially vexing topics, the return of Ren and Stimpy could be a very welcome one that pleases older fans as well as bringing in new ones.
As pointed out by ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group president Chris McCarthy, the revival of The Ren and Stimpy Show continues the company's latest trend of rebooting beloved, subversive animated comedies from the 1990s and early 2000s. The new adventures of Ren and Stimpy will join new takes on the likes of Beavis & Butt-Head, Clone High and Daria spinoff series, Jodie.
The Ren and Stimpy Show is also due to be revisted this year in the upcoming documentary Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story. The movie will follow filmmakers Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood as they explore the rise and fall of the ground-breaking animated series "Ren and Stimpy" and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi.
Are you excited to see Ren and Stimpy return? This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.