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Deadline is reporting that Jared Hess (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, NACHO LIBRE) has been tapped by Paramount and Nickelodeon to direct NICKTOONS, a crossover movie in the vein of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT that will feature characters from classic 1990s animated series such as Rugrats, The Angry Beavers, Rocko's Modern Life, Ren & Stimpy and Aaahh! Real Monsters.

Parent at Disruption Entertainment's Ali Mendes came up with the idea for the flick, and besides directing, Hess will also co-pen the script with his wife and writing partner Jerusha Hess.

In case you were wondering about Hey Arnold! and Doug, a TV film is currently in the works for the former, while Disney owns the rights to the latter. Unfortunately, at this point there's no word on if the movie will also include characters from other '90s Nickelodeon cartoon shows.

As a huge fan of all these series (especially Rocko's Modern Life), I'm very curious to see how this will turn out. Does this news make you want to sing "Happy Happy Joy Joy," or do you think NICKTOONS is a bad idea?

Jared Hess' delayed-release comedy MASTERMINDS starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig will be in theaters on September 30, 2016.

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Source: Deadline

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3:51PM on 01/28/2016

Will Jon Heder be playing Eddie Valiant?

Even if it's closer to Looney Tunes Back in Action than Roger Rabbit, I'll be happy.
Even if it's closer to Looney Tunes Back in Action than Roger Rabbit, I'll be happy.
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6:29PM on 01/28/2016
Kenan and Kel as Eddie Valiant. And a cameo from Amanda Bynes if she's on her meds. And one of them has to get slimed at some point in the film.
Kenan and Kel as Eddie Valiant. And a cameo from Amanda Bynes if she's on her meds. And one of them has to get slimed at some point in the film.
11:55AM on 01/28/2016
I know shared universes are the in thing right now but this is ridiculous!
I know shared universes are the in thing right now but this is ridiculous!
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10:24AM on 01/28/2016
Hopefully this will be traditional animation rather than CGI. And by comparing it to Roger Rabbitt does that mean it will be also include live-action? Will we be seeing, let's say, Kenan and Kel stuck in cartoon land? And where the hell is Catdog?
Hopefully this will be traditional animation rather than CGI. And by comparing it to Roger Rabbitt does that mean it will be also include live-action? Will we be seeing, let's say, Kenan and Kel stuck in cartoon land? And where the hell is Catdog?
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9:37AM on 01/28/2016

This can work depending on the plot.

I don't think they should do it like ROGER RABBIT. The cartoons from the Golden Age were all surreal and absurd, so the idea that their characters would exist in the same universe wasn't unbelievable. Not all of the NickToons are absurd. I'm not saying they were realistic, but they stuck to their own logic. I think this movie should be like WRECK-IT RALPH, where the differences are acknowledged.
I don't think they should do it like ROGER RABBIT. The cartoons from the Golden Age were all surreal and absurd, so the idea that their characters would exist in the same universe wasn't unbelievable. Not all of the NickToons are absurd. I'm not saying they were realistic, but they stuck to their own logic. I think this movie should be like WRECK-IT RALPH, where the differences are acknowledged.
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9:13AM on 01/28/2016
Loved watching those shows in the 90s, especially Rockos Modern Life. Hope this turns out well.
Loved watching those shows in the 90s, especially Rockos Modern Life. Hope this turns out well.
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