The animated ’90s hit Doug is looking to return as a reboot.
News of the revival quietly broke in May. At the time, original creator Jim Jinkins hoped to bring Doug Funnie, Patty Mayonnaise, and the rest of the crew back to the screen. The project somehow went unnoticed for months. But after Dis Insider announced on Oct. 11 that Disney has its hands in the project, word started making its way around social media and major news outlets. As of now, there isn’t a lot of information about the show. But it is supposedly titled Doug’s Kids, and Jinkins is working on it as we type.
When Jinkins initially announced his plans on Bangin’ on the Trash Can With Jim Jinkins, he shared that he wanted the story to pick up in present day. Doug is grown, still living in Bluffington, and married to Patti. The couple has two children of their own, Yancey and Doug Jr. The viewers would watch episodes based around the kids’ lives.
“It’s a way for the kids to be the stars of the show, but [the OG characters are] all still there,” he revealed. “And they all, for various reasons, converged back to Bluffington.”
“Here’s what I wish would happen,” he continued. “Doug turns 33 years old [this year], something like that, so if you think about that, the fans of Doug have grown up. Maybe some of them have gotten married. Maybe some of them have kids. So, the idea of bringing Doug back now, I think has real power in it.”
The ‘Doug’ Reboot Would be One of Several Returns
The excited creator also teased that at least one Disney exec was helping him get the series going, and he showed off some artwork concepts. In them, we see that Doug’s kids have a puppy that looks like Porkchop. The drawings also show Doug, Skeeter, Patti, and more as adults.
Doug’s Kids would be the third reboot in the franchise. The first series, Doug, aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994. When the network canceled it, Disney picked it up and named it Disney’s Doug, and that version ran from 1996 to 1999 during the ABC Saturday morning children’s lineup. The cartoon characters also made it to theaters in Doug’s 1st Movie in 1999. All the variations covered common childhood and adolescent topics such as bullying, self-esteem, romance, and friendship.
Unfortunately, nothing is confirmed as of yet. The concept is still in development, and Jinkins is looking for someone to pick it up. Disney owns the rights and has seemingly offered to help produce the series, but it has not said whether it will play on its network or streaming platform, Disney+.
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