It’s a good day to be a product of the ’80s, PopWatchers. Not only are some of us making scads of money, but Mikey from The Goonies (okay, Sean Astin, if you must) is going to voice Raphael in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series for Nickelodeon, and now the Cabbage Patch Kids, much like the Turtles, will once again be invading your living room.
Paramount Pictures confirmed to EW that Galen Walker, who is currently producing a live-action TMNT movie, will be also be producing the new Cabbage Patch Kids project. The Original Appalachian Artworks, owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids, sold their rights to the CWA Carlin West Agency, who will make the animated special. (West said in a statement, “I am excited that [creator] Xavier [Roberts] has granted us the rights to bring the magic of the Cabbage Patch Kids into the world of entertainment. I also am also thrilled to work on this project with Galen.”)
Yes, it’s true, those dolls with the perfectly round heads, yarn-like hair, unblinking gaze, and cutesy dimples that your parents fought to the death for to get you in the Christmas of 1983, are coming back. Though it’s hardly the first time the CPK (no, not the California Pizza Kitchen, thanks) will make a splash on the small screen, as they were front and center for mania-inducing commercials and 1985 animated Christmas special on ABC. But now the CPK, along with the Turtles, are ushering in a wave of nostalgia-heavy entertainment.
While the CPK and the TMNT get remade for the 21st century, the network The Hub has kept Jem in her original, truly outrageous form as they’ve been re-running episodes of the classic ’80s cartoon. Even the long gone, but hardly forgotten Nick sitcom Hey Dude is getting a DVD release this summer.
But, the return of CPK and TMNT to the small screen that really got us to thinking about what other ’80s toys or dolls that should have their own chance at a pop culture comeback with an animated series or special. My votes are for Glo Worm (complete with versatile day-to-evening night cap), Polly Pocket, Pound Puppies, and, perhaps, a back-to-back series from My Buddy and Kid Sister.
Anything but Teddy Ruxpin, really. We’re still not entirely convinced that thing didn’t come to life while you slept.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you excited by the return of the Cabbage Patch Kids or still too traumatized that you never got one? In addition to the CPK and the TMNT, which other ’80s toys should get their own animated television shows? Let us know in the comments section below!