Thursday, September 08, 2022

Snipple Animation Boards 'Ren & Stimpy' Reboot

Snipple Animation Studios has teased that they'll be working on Comedy Central's upcoming The Ren & Stimpy Show reboot!

In a new post on Instagram, Snipple released a teaser for the new series, inspired by Nickelodeon's cult '90s animated series, to recruit animators to work on the project, captioning the image: "Now that you know what's going on, let us tell you of who's about to come along. EEEEENCOMING! Recruitment for ANIMATION TRAINING is now in full swing. Scroll down for our past post. EXPERIENCED ANIMATION ARTISTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO APPLY FOR AVAILABLE WORK. BE WITH US for more productive days ahead, and be part of more happy, happy joy joy days for all!".

Snipple, which specializes in hand-drawn animation, has previously worked on Nickelodeon's Dora and Friends: Into The City! and Nickelodeon International's ToonMarty, as well as animated series such as Jellystone!, Green Eggs and Ham, Klaus, Phineas and Ferb, Disney's Ducktales, DreamWorks' Where's Waldo?, Big Hero 6 The Series, Teen Titans Go!, Unikitty!, Animaniacs, and Rick and Morty. London-based Snipple Originals also has a partnership with PAW Patrol creator Keith Chapman to co-create and develop ground-breaking animated kids TV shows.

It was announced in November 2021 that the reboot animated series was being produced by Awesome, Inc., the Atlanta-based woman-owned and led animation studio behind Adult Swim favorites such as Squidbillies, Aqua Teen, Birdgirl, and Gemusetto. It's currently unknown whether the studio is still involved in the reboot. Awesome, Inc. is also animating the upcoming Daria spin-off Jodie, also for Comedy Central. The series will star actor Tracee Ellis Ross voicing the titular character and serving as an executive producer along with Grace Nkenge Edwards who is the show creator.

The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on August 11, 1991 as one of the original Nicktoons, alongside Rugrats and Doug. The cult Emmy-nominated animated series followed Ren, foul-tempered Chihuahua, and Stimpy, a good-natured yet dimwitted cat. It aired for nearly 100 episodes over five seasons on Nickelodeon, ending in December 1995. The following year, the series had a run on MTV.

The show's creator, John Kricfalusi, would go on to try and replicate the success of Ren & Stimpy without the restraint of a kid’s network, churning out Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Cartoon Party in 2003, but it turned out the censorship battles made the show what it was. 

In August 2020, Comedy Central announced that it had commissioned a reimagening of Nickelodeon's  The Ren & Stimpy Show, 25 years after the Nicktoons' original run, as part of the network tapping into IP across Paramount Global to build an original animated slate of adult comedy around stalwart South Park. The Ren & Stimpy Show will join a Beavis and Butt-Head reboot from Mike Judge and Daria spin-off Jodie.

It will not, however, involve the show's original creator John K., with Kricfalusi having no creative input into nor receiving any financial remuneration from the new series.

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H/T: Special thanks to @jusjarbo4ever for the news!; Additional source: @Matt04181.

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