After teasing this odd video last week, Nickelodeon finally gave up the goods on what exactly they will offer with The Splat.
The AV Club lays out some details:
Arriving Monday, Oct. 5 on TeenNick and all around the internet, The Splat is being billed as a "multiscreen content destination… aggregating the most beloved Nick content from the 1990s and beyond." And while that summary is egregiously grating, what it essentially means is that shows like All That, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, and Legends Of The Hidden Temple are coming back to TV (again) in the near future.
The Splat will take over TeenNick nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but will also live online at TheSplat.com and via an Emoji keyboard, so CatDog loving 30-somethings can Snapchat each other silly cartoons, or whatever. Viewers can also weigh in on what programming they want to see on the channel, something that TeenNick SVP Keith Dawkins told The A.V. Club is really going to help build the channel. As he put it in an interview, "the multiple screen experience allows us to listen to the audience in ways we never could years ago," noting that while shows like The Adventures Of Pete And Pete might not be on the initial list of shows on the network, that doesn't mean they won't show up down the road—provided there's demand. "It'll all be based on what the audience tells us they want," says Dawkins.
The preliminary website is still only in its rudimentary stage, but surely it will have a list of what shows will be playing and at what times.
Alright 1990s kids, calm down and breathe deep. Nothing official has happened yet.
Still, there are credible rumblings that Nickelodeon might be launching a channel exclusively dedicated to cartoons from your favorite decade. You know, like Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy and The Wild Thornberrys.
Try not to hyperventilate. Again, nothing official has happened.
But let us tell you what we know.
A couple of days again, Nickelodeon put up a YouTube video promoting something called 'The Splat' with a collection of cartoon characters from the 1990s all singing about the joys of Nickelodeon. You can watch that here:
And then, to make things even more official, a website was launched, but unfortunately it only says that The Splat is coming. Still no word on when or how or what this Splat thing is.
Buzzfeed found more evidence during Brooklyn's '90s Fest over the weekend.
Pauly Shore was seen with the logo:
And so was Coolio:
And those are some 1990s celebrities if we've ever seen them.
At this point, yes, The Splat is probably a thing that will show 1990s cartoons. But without official word of the what/where/when, we're just left with uncomfortable waiting and the slow realization that our childhood has passed us by, underlining the ultimate fact of mortality.
Sit back and let me tell you about the 1990s, my children. It was a time when the Internet barely existed, when most soft drinks were transparent and when every popular movie had an accompanying Saturday morning cartoon.
That honor was almost bestowed upon 1993's classic Jurassic Park, based on original images released by William Stout on his website.
Check out these images:
"We made a trailer to communicate the look and feel of the series, also showing how we would combine computer animation with traditional animation. All we needed was Spielberg's approval.
"I heard through the grapevine that [Spielberg] never bothered to watch what we had done," Stout said. "By that time, the word was out that he was burnt out on 'Jurassic Park' merchandising and all of the film's commercial exploitation. So, it never got made. Too bad."
With the crazy success of Jurassic World, you'd almost expect them to be exploring this all over again.
Butch Hartman has a Tumblr! The man responsible for The Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom, and a great portion of your childhood entertainment, is blogging. If you want to get all nostalgic about Timmy, Wanda and Cosmo, he's got you covered with gifs, early animatics and even a Dinkelberg meme here and there.
Plus he updates on his new project, The Noog Network, an app for kids with games, cartoons and shows. Might be worth a peek at the app store.