Ren & Stimpy will get a ‘reimagining’ at Comedy Central, along with Beavis and Butt-head…
Following a recent announcement that Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead is to be brought back to life at Comedy Central, the cable channel has also confirmed that The Ren & Stimpy Show is also being rebooted.
The surreal animated series, created by John Kricfalusi, originally aired on Nickelodeon between 1991 and 1995, and was a grotesque and insane look at the lives of Ren, an emotionally unstable Chihuahua, and Stimpy, his good-natured yet dimwitted cat buddy. The series was hugely beloved, spinning off into comics and video games, and regularly referenced in pop culture, however, in 2018 series creator Kricfalusi was accused by two women of sexually harassing them while they were underage, and he was also accused of possessing child pornography. The statute of limitations had run out so the animator was never officially investigated by the authorities, and he later released an apology for some of the behaviour he’d chosen to acknowledge, saying his mental health and “poor impulse control” were to blame. It’s not clear if Kricfalusi will be involved in the new reboot series.
“I want to thank our partners at Nick Animation as we re-imagine these iconic characters with a new creative team,” said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer for ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, about the deal.
Chris McCarthy, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group added “We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio. 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.”