March 21, 2017


'Ren & Stimpy' Shut Out of Nicktoons Reboot Plans, Creator Says


The 2015 news that Nickelodeon would bring back some classic Nicktoons for a variety of reboots has already manifested in a few ways. Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is coming this fall, and a Rocko's Modern Life TV movie is en route. The initial report even spoke of a "massive live-action/animated crossover film" featuring a bunch of the separate properties uniting.

One of the greatest shows isn't invited, though. “They’re rebooting the Nicktoons without Ren & Stimpy," Emmy-nominated co-creator Bob Camp told ScreenGeek at the Wizard World Cleveland convention. 

Camp went on, saying the very-short-lived 2003 comeback on Spike probably buried them:

"We actually pitched a Ren & 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 & Stimpy. ... I’m always interested—but no one else seems to be.”

Camp has also worked as a storyboard artist for SpongeBob Squarepants and Jackie Chan Adventures.The Ren & Stimpy Show went for 52 episodes; its five seasons ran 1991 to 1995.

Read a 20th anniversary interview with Hey Arnold! creator Craig Bartlett, then watch an episode of Fuse's nostalgia podcast Besterday, this one celebrating Daria, another subversive, outstanding animated classic: