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11 Other OldSchool Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies

first_imgStay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’New ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot Teaser Hints at a Scarier Series Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling premiered on Netflix on August 9, drawing raves from both old-school fans and people newly introduced to Joe Murray’s 1993 Nickelodeon series about a naive young wallaby living in O-Town with his quirky friends.This week, Netflix will premiere another original movie based on a Nick property, Jhonen Vasquez’s Invader Zim.A whole generation of kids grew up on Nickelodeon’s original programming, as it was one of the few networks willing to take chances in the kids world without merchandising tie-ins and focus groups. They made shows like SpongeBob SquarePants that kids and adults could get into, and it’s not surprising they have a long tail.Here are 11 other classic Nick shows that we could see coming back for one last hurrah.CatDogOne of the best things about Nickelodeon is how they would run with the absolute weirdest ideas just to see what would happen. Cartoon animals were nothing new in 1998, but the airwaves had never seen anything like Peter Hannan’s CatDog. The titular character was a bizarre mutant conjoined twin featuring the front half of a fastidious cat grafted to the front half of a moronic dog. It’s such a bizarre and unique premise that it became an instant hit, and the show aired until 2005. There are still tons of stories you could tell with CatDog in an even more polarized cultural environment, so why not give it a shot?Stream it on NickHits on AmazonThe Adventures of Pete & PeteWidely considered one of the greatest kids’ shows ever aired, The Adventures of Pete & Pete began airing on Nick in 1989 as one minute interstitials between programming, but was spun off into a half hour show in 1993. The brothers Wrigley — known as Big Pete and Little Pete — deal with a variety of surreal situations in their home town of Wellsville. The show was wildly influential and boasted a hipster heaven of guest stars, from Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop to LL Cool J. Because it was live action, the stars have certainly aged since the show was first aired, but imagine the Petes coming back together and coming home again? We’re a little weepy just thinking about it.Stream it on AmazonPrometheus and BobRunning from 1996 to 2000, KaBlam! was a wild melange of sketch comedy, experimental animation and other weirdness. One of the show’s most unforgettable segments was Prometheus and Bob, an offbeat claymation story of a hyper-intelligent alien attempting to educate a clueless caveman, only to have things backfire in ridiculous ways. Created by Cote Zellers, who was also the primary voice actor, the bit was successful enough that talk of a full-length feature was already swirling, with Chris Farley and David Spade attached. Unfortunately, it wound up in development hell and nothing came of it. Zellers went on to work on HBO’s I Spy series but you know he’d like to bring it all back home and finally get that movie made.The Ren & Stimpy ShowNickelodeon ventured into the world of original animation in August of 1991 with three series, all of which would become massive hits. The one with the most crossover potential to an adult audience was John Kricfalusi’s gross-fest Ren & Stimpy, starring a cat and dog pair unlike anything the airwaves had ever seen. Kricfalusi’s studio Spumco pushed the envelope with disgusting close-ups, exaggerated action and demented plotlines, but after they started missing deadlines Nick seized the series and brought production in-house. Although John K. has been through some rough patches in the last few decades, he deserves a nice juicy Netflix budget to bring his most famous creations back to life.Stream it on AmazonSalute Your ShortsOne of the most beloved live-action Nick shows, Salute Your Shorts was an ensemble comedy about teens spending the summer at Camp Anawanna as they try to have as much fun as possible under the thumb of their strict counselor. The show only filmed two seasons, but the cast had such good chemistry that it remained one of the network’s most popular programs for years in reruns. Obviously summer camp is a great location for shenanigans, and with the original cast grown up it’d be easy to put a movie together that also served as a reboot, as they’re now parents bringing a new generation of kids to share the experiences they had.Stream it on AmazonDougThe third original Nicktoon along with Rugrats and Ren & Stimpy, Doug was a tale of a regular kid living in an irregular world. Young Doug Funnie grappled with early adolescence and all of the heightened emotions and social turmoil, with many of the storylines inspired by creator Jim Jinkins’ youth in Virginia. The series ran from 1991 to 1998 with a theatrical film, Doug’s 1st Movie, released in 1999 to wrap things up. But twenty years later, what is the world of Doug Funnie like? Things have changed a lot since the show aired, but pre-teen drama never changes. We’d love to see him wrestle with today’s information saturated, socially conscious world.Stream it on NickHits on AmazonThe Mystery Files of Shelby WooHulu’s Veronica Mars revival has won critical acclaim, so why shouldn’t Netflix go back to the teen detective well with their new friends at Nickelodeon? The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo starred Irene Ng as the titular sleuth, who lived with her innkeeper grandfather in Florida and worked as a ringer for the local police department, using her ingenuity and bravery to solve problems the police can’t. Nickelodeon aired four seasons of the show before it went off the air, but it still has a devoted fan base. Lead actress Ng left the acting game to teach at a preschool in Connecticut, so we might have to recast her.Stream it on AmazonLegends of the Hidden TempleIf they can do a live-action Dora The Explorer and a live-action Battleship, surely there’s room in this world for a fictional exploration of the mythology behind one of Nickelodeon’s most beloved game shows. Broadcast from 1993 to 1995, each episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple pit six teams of kids against each other and a selection of physical and mental challenges. Obviously we’re not calling for a movie-length game show episode, but rather something that takes the talking head Olmec and uses him as a guide through a mystical adventure of the fictional kind.Stream it on AmazonAaahh!!! Real MonstersAfter Klasky-Csupo struck gold with Rugrats, the network was antsy for even more cartoons from the studio. In 1994 they debuted Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, the story of three horrific best friends who attend a school underneath a garbage dump as they learn to terrify mere mortals. The visual design of protagonists Ickis, Oblina and Krumm was a lot of fun, taking inspiration from Tim Burton classics like Beetlejuice, and the show ran for four seasons. It was charming, silly and refreshingly lowbrow while still retaining a good heart. But the world of horror has changed a great deal since the 90s, and watching these guys try to freak out kids raised on YouTube would be a whole different ballgame.Stream it on AmazonThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy GeniusThe CGI animation used to make The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius back in 2002 looks terrifyingly dated today, but there’s a reason the show was one of Nickelodeon’s biggest hits of the decade. Jimmy is a brilliant inventor from the town of Retroville whose creations often go out of control with unwanted results. The plotlines were typically pretty formulaic, but the real fun would be to see what creators Keith Alcorn and John A. Davis would do with modern technology. Their relentless imaginations pushed the graphical technology of the era to the limit, and now with millions more polygons able to be pushed things could get really wild.Stream it on AmazonAre You Afraid of the Dark?With both Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark getting big-screen adaptations, the world of middle-grade horror is a very popular one. So why shouldn’t Nickelodeon cash in on one of its most beloved franchises? Are You Afraid Of The Dark? ran from 1991 to 1999, with each episode convening the mysterious Midnight Society to regale each other with tales of the unexplained and the unexplainable. The movie writes itself — just have the now-adult members of the group have to contend with a horrific incident in their past, coming together to face their fears in the process. Sure, it’s formulaic, but most ghost stories are, and there’s a reason that formulas work. Nick is also doing a miniseries this year around the original concept, but why not do both?Stream it on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Watch These Movies Before ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot Teaser Hints at a Scarier Series20 Years Later, How ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Still Feels Freshlast_img

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