Back in the fall of 2015, news surfaced that Paramount Pictures was working on a live-action animated hybrid movie that would bring back some of the staple Nicktoons from the ’90s era of Nickelodeon. Since then, Napoleon Dynamite director Jerusha Hess was brought on as director, but it’s been over a year and we haven’t heard any significant updates on the project. However, we did just find out that one Nicktoon thought to be included won’t show up in any new line-up of the cartoons.
According to Ren and Stimpy co-creator Bob Camp, his angry chihuahua and charmingly dimwitted red cat probably won’t be involved in the developing Nicktoons movie or considered as a possible reboot, as it seems there’s some bad blood between the cartoon’s creators and Nickelodeon.
Speaking with ScreenGeek at Wizard World Cleveland recently, Camp acknowledged the Nicktoons movie, but revealed that Ren and Stimpy would not be included with Nickelodeon’s other original cartoons in the movie:
“They’re rebooting the Nicktoons without Ren and Stimpy. We actually pitched a Ren and 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 and Stimpy.”
Camp’s talk about “rebooting the Nicktoons” is in reference to vague discussions that have been tossed around at Nickelodeon, though no official reboots of any favorite animated shows from the ’90s has been announced. It’s merely something that executives were toying with when the 25th anniversary of Nickelodeon Animation came about last year.