Nerdful Things – Earthworm Jim
Ah, the nineties. What a brilliant time to be a kid. Awesome TV shows and games. Back before reboots were really a thing and before the internet was so…well, there. Kids’ shows were far better than the crap they have on now. Cartoons as opposed to all the CG nonsense that’s all the rage these days. The shows had a bit of a sick humour that would never be allowed nowadays because of the availability of social media and the means the internet provides for folks to complain.
‘Earthworm Jim‘ was one of those shows. A twisted show with its unlikely and absurd hero. This was what TV was made for. How bizarre is it then that the show was based on the incredibly popular videogame? In the nineties it was mainly the other way around – the sheer volume of games as a result of movie tie-ins were astronomical. But this went the other way.
The show ran for two seasons and consisted of Jim’s rogue gallery basically plotting to get their grubby little hands on his super suit. It featured the voice talents of Dan Castellaneta, Charlie Adler, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings et al. And it was glorious. As was the game.
In a world which is currently obsessed with reboots and remakes, and the number of which us fans accept with glee or deny with utter disdain, if any franchise deserved another go it’s Jim. Not with CG. Not with a complete makeover. A reboot which retains all that made it glorious but give it a new lick of paint and longevity. The possibilities are endless what with Netflix and Amazon becoming strong contenders with their original programming and exclusive rights. Bring Jim back to thwart evil and do it in such a way that every nineties kid can be transported back to their childhood and allow the rest of the world to bask in its glory.
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