The Splat: What to Know About Nickelodeon's '90s Cartoon Revival

Here’s a mystery of Shelby Woo proportions: What exactly is “The Splat”?

Earlier this week, a video featuring a montage of classic ’90s Nickelodeon cartoons — including Rugrats, CatDog, Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life — was posted to YouTube, promising that “The Splat” is coming. This was accompanied by a Web site (TheSplat.com), as well as an array of social media accounts.

Eager ’90s children immediately jumped to the conclusion that Nickelodeon was prepping to launch an entire channel dedicated to its classic animated programming — which, don’t get me wrong, I’d watch in a heartbeat — but our sister publication Variety offers an alternative explanation behind the mysterious marketing campaign:

“The Splat,” according to an insider, will be a block of programming featuring many of the network’s classic animated series. Though further details are being kept under wraps, including which shows will be featured, the block is expected to join Nickelodeon’s schedule in October.

The latest video to be uploaded to the block’s official YouTube account, seen below, features Tommy Pickles, making Rugrats a safe bet for “Splat” inclusion (as if there was any doubt):

Variety notes, however, that “The Splat” is unrelated to Nickelodeon’s previously announced desire to revive several of its classic series with new episodes.

As we wait for more information to be released, drop a comment below: Which classic Nick shows do you want to see on “The Splat”?