Do you remember Dino-Riders? If you do, then you are one of very few people, or you work for The NYRD, -in which case we are still waiting on your W-9 form.- Mattel is reportedly in the early stages of turning the late 80’s cartoon series into a live-action feature film, with a possible franchise option, because of course.

The Dino-Riders cartoon show was about two races of futuristic beings, the Valorians and the Rulons, whom crash land on prehistoric Earth. They are trapped and unable to get back to their own time so they use their technology and psychic abilities to harness the dinosaurs as pets, laborers, and massively cool weapons of war. Basically think, T-Rex with rocket launchers. Quite frankly, we are just surprised no one has though of making this movie sooner.

We are only weeks away from a disappointing Jem and the Holograms live-action movie, and Hasbro has announced their intention to keep pumping out crappy Transformer movies. So, with no sign of Hollywood slowing down on their 80’s nostalgia obsession, Dino-Riders, could be the next logical step. The premise is certainly no crazier than transforming robots from space, and with the success of Jurassic World, dinosaurs are in again.

The franchise was originally created by Carla and Gerry Conway, the same Conway who also co-created the Punisher for Marvel. The series only ran 14 episodes, -which is not something our prepubescent selves realized until just now.- Similar to Transformers or GI Joe, the show was developed primarily to sell toys, though it never shared the same amount of success as the former two. Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, was even part of the Dino-Riders original voice cast.

Alissa Phillips and Stephen L’Heureux are producing the movie for Solipsist, and are said to currently be searching for a writer to pen the adaptation’s script. If they are looking for any suggestions we have a few writers on staff who are actually very big fans of the original cartoon show and still even own some of the toys… Call us.


Photo courtesy: http://www.dinoriders.eu/index.php/dinosaurs/

According to rumors and bolstered by the existence of a Facebook page, Nickelodeon will soon be launching a channel dedicated entirely to 90’s cartoons, or Nick-Toons as they were known back in the day. Rugrats; Hey, Arnold; Ren & Stimpy; Rocko’s Modern Life; Ahh, Real Monsters; and more will air on The Splat.

Nickelodeon has already uploaded YouTube videos that confirms the 90’s cartoon nostalgia-fest will be coming, but there are now rumors that it may not happen as its own dedicated channel. There is a possibility that, instead, The Splat may be a block of ’90s shows that would exist within the already-established network. Think of it less like Boomerang and more like Adult Swim.

Ultimately, that may be a smarter way for Nickelodeon to go, as a full network established just to tug at the heart-strings of 90’s children may not be that successful. Yes, we want to watch Hey, Arnold again but nostalgia only goes so far. As any channel such as this would only be aimed more at recapturing older audiences, as opposed to garnering new ones. We would question how far that revenue stream could really extend. Yet, if The Splat is made a block of programming on the Nickelodeon channel, itself, then it could have the potential to entice both younger viewers and older ones to watch.

This is just the latest in a string of nostalgia grabs by networks who are trying to peddle childhood memories to older members of the Millennial Generation. Disney’s Girl Meets World, for example is a show with an entire premise that can be defined as: “Hey remember when this was a thing.” At least by replaying these older cartoons -instead of making updated versions- Nickelodeon is giving us quality programming, even if it is just another way to try and recapture the original Nickelodeon generation’s waning attention span for just another quick boost in ratings.

Yeah, we’ll still watch.


Photo courtesy: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/hey-arnold-is-coming-back-and-possibly-rugrats-too-10484293.html