Animated TV classics of 90s to undergo revamp and make comeback
LOS ANGELES (US) – Welcome back to the world of Beavis and his sidekick Butt-Head, who are all grown-up.
First broadcast in the 1990s, animated comedies for adults are being revamped to suit the 21st century audience as television firms explore ways to woo old and new fans with content which is familiar and easier to produce in the wake of the pandemic.
“The Ren & Stimpy Show,” a dark Nickelodeon series about a Chihuahua and a cat known for its sexual and political humour, is the latest to be revamped for Comedy Central, said the network on Wednesday.
“We are going to give them the edgy, irreverent, comedic voice that defined them but we’re going to tell all new stories and bring in new characters,” Chris McCarthy, president of the ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, said.
This is the latest in the series of revamps, which include “Beavis and Butt-Head” on Comedy Central; MTV’s “Clone High” and a “Daria” spinoff series for Comedy Central named “Jodie”. This will feature Tracee Ellis Ross giving voice to a young black college graduate entering the workplace.
McCarthy said Beavis and Butt-Head will be featured in their 40s, struggling to come to terms with a new world.
“Adult animation is one of those genres that really works everywhere. It works on linear, it works on streaming and it works around the world,” said McCarthy, referring to the success of long-running “The Simpsons” on Fox and “South Park” on HBO Max.
“It’s almost pandemic-proof. We can build animation studios and set people up in their homes or individual units and they don’t have to work in big groups,” said McCarthy.
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