25 years after its last episode aired in 1996, “The Ren & Stimpy Show” is being revived with new episodes. The show will be shown on Comedy Central, although the original show was shown on Nickelodeon and MTV.
The original seasons, which ran between 1991 and 1996, had a very loyal fanbase due to its idiosyncratic and dark style of humor. It starred Ren the wild and often crazy chihuahua and Stimpy, the more laid-back and dimwitted feline partner.
Many of the core talent who were involved with the initial run are expected to join the revived version. Billy West, who mainly voiced Stimpy but also Ren for a couple seasons, is all but sure to join the project.
However, the creator of the original series, Jon Kricfalusi, will not be returning to the new episodes. Although he was widely respected as one of the brightest minds in the industry, his name has been tarnished over the years for all the scandal that he has been involved in.
“The Ren & Stimpy Show” is one of the several projects that Comedy Central has taken on as they announced they will strengthen their animation sector. “Beavis and Butt-Head”, along with a spinoff of “Daria” are among the other highly anticipated projects.
This is not to say that the current list of Comedy Central animations are weak. Most notably, the channel airs “South Park”, widely considered one of the most controversial yet poignantly humorous series of all time. It is already in its 23rd season, and has been renewed for three more.
Chris McCarthy, who is leading the efforts in ViacomCBS, emphasized that they are not merely remaking the same shows. Instead, he believes that they are reimagining and renewing the materials for a whole new set of eyes.
ViacomCBS, the mother company of Comedy Central, has enjoyed great success by reinforcing animations across the different channels. From “Yellowstone” in the Paramount Network to Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek”, animated series have incited positive reactions from critics and audiences alike.
McCarthy said that the desire for animations that target adults have been increasing, mainly because of the way it allows us to laugh at un-laughable situations in our lives.
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