Nickelodeon, or as it is affectionately called in the ‘90s, Nick, is easily one of the most nostalgic segments of the 1990s in America. Surprisingly, though, Nickelodeon is actually a Canadian channel. Nickelodeon in the 1990s brings to mind shows like Aaah!!! Real Monsters, Are you Afraid of the Dark?, Rocko’s Modern Life, Doug, Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, and Hey Arnold!, Clarissa Explains it All, All That, among others. Nickelodeon brought back the nostalgic ’90s Nick to their Teen Nick channel in 2011, but according to Comicbook, Nickelodeon has big screen plans for your ’90s Nick cartoons.
Paramount, which happens to be a subsidiary of Nickelodeon’s production company Viacom, is currently looking to bring five ’90s Nick TV shows into a “Justice League/Avengers” style crossover film. However, despite it being all ’90s Nick cartoons, it is said to have a blend of animation and live-action. Nickelodeon’s crossover film event is said to be similar to another live-action/cartoon blend from the ’90s, Space Jam.
Though the details are scant, Nickelodeon currently has SpongeBob: Sponge out of Water producer Mary Parent trying bring together all the copyrights for the individual shows. Parent will also produce the ’90s Nick inspired film, if it should come to fruition.
Nickelodeon and Paramount said to be corralling writers, and “looking for the perfect scribe to tackle a project balancing such immensely beloved properties.” The ’90s Nick cartoons that Nickelodeon might be releasing for this crossover film event will be Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Ren and Stimpy. At least, those are the Nickelodeon cartoons that have been name dropped so far.
As SlashFilm points out, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and The Wild Thornberrys have already been given the big screen treatment, so perhaps they will be left out of the crossover. Perhaps, of the aforementioned ’90s Nick cartoons, they will be the crossover toons.
Nickelodeon’s idea could go either way at this point, but nostalgia is certainly on their side, as the ’90s are all that has been going strong since its 2011 induction. A ’90s Nick crossover live-action/cartoon match-up might not quite have the same effect, as the original writers, voice actors, and characters could face alterations. With E.G. Daly’s passing, some voices would have to be recast.
a good number of ’90s Nick fans blew up the internet when Nickelodeon brought back their old programming, even if it was only for four hours every night, but a crossover film with live-action and new writers, may not be the success Nickelodeon and Paramount are hoping for. Nick fans will just have to wait and see.
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