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Ren And Stimpy Revival Announced By Comedy Central

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Yet another 1990s classic is being revived over at Viacom…Comedy Central revealed today they’re commencing work on a revival of Ren and Stimpy, the chaotic, influential Nicktoon that awed and inspired a generation, and caused massive Log shortages at our nation’s toy stores.

“We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” said Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group. “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.”

I know what you’re all thinking right now, and it had to be weighing on CC’s mind too. After Variety pressed Viacom, an inside source told them “John Kricfalusi will have no creative input into and will receive no financial remuneration from the new series.”

John K getting kicked off Ren and Stimpy was a pretty outrageous event in its day, but viewing it under modern light, the real mystery is is why it didn’t happen sooner. Even when you take away the disgusting pedophilia that’s been revealed in recent years, John was a horribly cruel boss who treated his workers like garbage. I like craftsmanship in my animation too, but you can pull that off without being, in terms PG-rated enough to say here, a complete and absolute buttwipe.

Y’know that whole story about how John is the complete creative soul of Ren and Stimpy and everything would fall apart without him? Let’s face it….the main source of that information has been John. And the evidence proves it’s blatantly untrue: the Games episodes weren’t great, but when John gained control again things got far worse. His later projects have been 100% himself, and 150% about himself, and he has never come remotely close to replicating the magic of those old R&S episodes.

Animation is a collaborative process, and takes the right cocktail of writers, artists and painters to make special. No matter what John wanted us to believe, it is possible for the series to survive without him. We just need to find the right talent. Let’s hope CC can.