When thinking of 90s (and early 2000s) nostalgia, one of the first things that often comes to mind is Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon seems to be fully aware that they have a strong hold on many people’s nostalgia, as they’ve recently made a few movies based on popular Nicktoons to continue stories that haven’t been visited in decades.
This trend began with Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie in 2017, which finally gave closure to storylines that fans have buzzed about for years, like what happened to Arnold’s parents and if Helga will finally tell Arnold how she feels. After the film’s success, Nickelodeon went on to create Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling in 2019 which saw Rocko and friends experiencing an even more modern world. That same year, they also released Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus which gave us a long awaited update on the evil alien Zim and his adversary Dib.
There are still several Nicktoons that could use this same treatment so that we can further celebrate our nostalgia and check in on some old beloved characters. Here are just some Nicktoons that deserve that same movie treatment.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was one of the more creative cartoons that Nickelodeon has ever put out. It followed the adventures of three young monsters attending Scare School. It’s witty and full of gross-out humor. It was one of Nick’s earliest shows with darker tones and illustrations, opening the door for the likes of Invader Zim.
90s Nick fans would absolutely love to catch up to Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina. Perhaps a new movie could give us a glimpse at their lives of scaring people after they’ve graduated. Maybe they are now teaching new monsters to be as scary as them. It would be a true delight to see a happy ending for this trio of friends.
One fine day, with a woof and a purr, a TV series was created and it caused lots of positive buzz. CatDog followed the lives of two brothers, simply named Cat and Dog, who were conjoined. It was an especially hilarious and clever cartoon that featured fantastic banter between the characters and well-animated slapstick as CatDog navigated life being different from everyone else and often being bullied because of it.
There was already a CatDog movie back in the day where the pair went in search of their long lost parents, but it ends with them still not knowing where they came from, why they are different from everyone else, or who their birth parents are. Yes, having them be content with meeting the people who raised them and dubbing them their true parents is important, but there are still questions left to be answered. Where did CatDog come from? Are there any others like them? Most importantly, how do they go to the bathroom?
The Angry Beavers
Another big comedy hit for Nickelodeon was The Angry Beavers. It starred two beaver brothers, Norbert and Daggett, who move out of their parents’ home to live on their own in the forest. The series had an “Odd Couple” vibe with Daggett being hyper and childish and Norbert being well-read and the voice of reason. Their banter was always humorous, and they often managed to get into some crazy hijinx. Their friends also added a lot to the wackiness of the show, like Stump who is literally a tree stump and Beary Bear who spoke and acted like Barry White.
There aren’t any unresolved plotlines or open threads left in The Angry Beavers, but a new movie to revisit these classic characters and their shenanigans would be an absolute blast. It could have a simple plot, like perhaps their forest and dam are at risk of being bulldozed to become an apartment complex, so they need to quit bickering to save their home.
Rocket Power was the final Nicktoon to release in the 90s, but it was one of the best. Otto Rocket, along with his sister and friends, competed in extreme sports like skateboarding, surfing, street hockey, and BMX while finding time to get into trouble and form close bonds with each other. It was funny, it was emotional, and it was rather entertaining to see them pull off cool tricks and see if they would win their various competitions.
Given how much more popular extreme sports were in the 90s, Rocket Power is often considered to be dated and a product of its time. However, a new movie would still be cool to see. Skateboarding was just added to the Olympics, so it’s still relevant enough. Plus, it could be an exciting throwback since nostalgia is still very popular.
My Life as a Teenage Robot
It’s no surprise that superhero entertainment is still extremely popular, and My Life as a Teenage Robot is one of the greatest superhero series that Nickelodeon has created. X-J9, or Jenny Wakeman, is a robot who uses her wide range of weapons and gadgets to battle evil, protect the world, and deal with everyday stresses of being a teenager.
A movie of My Life as a Teenage Robot would be Nickelodeon’s answer to the current superhero film fad. Plus, Jenny never actually defeated Vexus once and for all.
It’s true, Disney managed to tragically snatch Doug away from Nickelodeon so they could make a worse version of the show. That’s why it would be such a satisfying middle finger to the mouse if Nickelodeon retook control of the series for at least one movie. Nick still has the rights to air the seasons they created, so there’s some hope, right?
Nickelodeon being able to revisit the first animated series to air on their network would be the ultimate celebratory blast of nostalgia. Let’s not forget how exciting it would be to see Doug get nervous around Patty Mayonaise, hang out with his best pal Skeeter, and daydream about taking down Dr. Klotzenstein as Quailman one last time.
Each of the movies that Nickelodeon recently made based on their classic cartoons have been fantastic. Hopefully it’s a trend that we continue to see more of going forward. They do have plenty of iconic Nicktoons that are worth revisiting.