In news sure to send parents of a certain age into a gleeful nostalgia spiral, Nickelodeon has announced the launch of The Splat, which judging by the teaser they released, might be an entire channel devoted to the amazing cartoons we grew up on in the 1990’s. Sure, there are some fun options on television for our children now, but we all know there is very little that can top Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life. I know I’m extremely excited at the prospect of getting my kids hooked on the fantastic shows I grew up watching!
Check out this video released by Nickelodeon and get ready to squeal. It looks like they’re bringing back so many of our favorites:
Did you also shriek and jump up and down in your seat hearing those theme songs again? Just me? Alright, then. Anyway, so far, it’s only 1990’s cartoons being included and The Splat has not clarified yet if it will be a dedicated channel or just a few hours of programming, but I could see it turning into more if it’s popular enough. Nickelodeon knows it’s core audience from the 90’s is largely in their 30’s now with kids of their own. It is perfect timing for this generation to want to introduce their own kids to the shows they grew up watching.
These cartoons were so memorable because they were geared toward what kids actually wanted to see instead of what a group of adults sitting around a table thought they might want to see. It felt like Nickelodeon was run by a group of 11-year-old kids. It was a great era for children’s television and the idea of bringing it back for my kids is a very exciting one.
Looking back, these shows were pretty innovative and entertaining, even for adults. I have already bought my kids a DVD of The Rugrats Movie and it was far funnier from my adult perspective than I remember thinking it was as a kid. It’s like Nickelodeon left these Easter eggs to be discovered by us once we grew up and had kids of our own.
One of the best parts of being a parent is joyfully sharing things from your own childhood with your kids. Be it a favorite sport, a band you loved in middle school or cartoons you cherished, it all takes on a whole new meaning when you are introducing it to your own kids. Of course, Nickelodeon has its own fiscal interests in bringing back these shows, but I am so grateful to have the chance to share my fun memories with my school-age son and daughter. Seeing through their eyes something that meant a lot to me when I was their age only makes me even happier to be a parent.