STORY BY ELLEN CONVERSE
My favorite mornings as a kid were always on Saturdays. Coming downstairs to the scent of breakfast and hearing my brothers already watching our morning cartoons — just thinking about it sends a feeling of nostalgia through me.
Like all good things, those relaxing Saturday mornings didn’t last. Soon enough, our Saturdays began to consist of sports tournaments, work or even worse — homework. All too soon we changed the channel and forgot about our Saturday morning cartoons.
Ready to relive these mornings? It’s called “The Splat,” a block programming all your favorite classic 90’s Nickelodeon cartoons.
There isn’t much information being released at the moment, but it has been confirmed that cartoons ranging from “Hey Arnold”, to “CatDog”, to “Rugrats” will soon be available to be enjoyed all over again.
According to tvline.com, “The Splat” will not just be showing reruns, but will also be creating all-new episodes to be watched! Finally, being able to watch cartoons with your little brother or sister that you can both agree on, or having a better option than “Doc McStuffins” when babysitting.
Who am I kidding? We don’t need to have a younger sibling to enjoy these new programs. These are our cartoons! “The Splat” is launching in October, so I know exactly what I will be binge watching all of fall break.
You might be wondering: Why now? These shows haven’t been broadcasted or even popular for many years. Why is there all this sudden interest? As much as I’d love to say that the TV producers are doing this purely to make us happy, there is an ulterior motive.
Kids” programming has been losing viewers more and more each year because younger viewers are streaming shows from tablets or smartphones, according to variety.com. This maneuver is in hopes of regaining their audience and increasing views.
There are some people that are wary about the decision to bring back our old favorites, especially if there are new episodes being made. What if the shows aren’t as good as we remember? Or worse, what if all the new episodes are horrible, and ruin the show’s reputation?
I’m not worried about this. I have full confidence that our shows will continue to be hilarious and entertaining, and now they will be more up-to-date with current times.
My advice: keep an eye out for “The Splat.” Even if you end up disliking the newer episodes, re-watching some of your favorite cartoons will not only provide a great sense of nostalgia, but also be a great stress relief between study sessions.