Innie & Outie (found live-action Nickelodeon short film; 1996)

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Status: Found

Date found: 11 Nov 2016

Found by: misslizzie2007

Innie & Outie is a short film that is listed on the Nickelodeon Creative Lab Comp Reel. It may have appeared as one of the Nickelodeon's Short Films by Short People series; a program that showcased short films made by kids. It was created and aired in 1996 and may have been shown for a few years after that date, likely during the space between the Nick Jr. and the Nickelodeon programming block.

Its description is listed on the tape as a story "about two friends whose faces form a belly button, as they go to a movie for the afternoon". The short featured live actors with faces drawn on their torsos, likely in sharpie, with the live actors moving their stomachs to simulate speech and other actions like drinking soda from a straw and features a bit of pixilation. The main characters were archetypal 1990s teenagers, and the film was set in a city.

The Paley Center for Media[1] in California, were confirmed as having a copy of Nick's Creative Lab Comp Reel (containing Innie & Outie), and a screening was organised to take place on February 17th, but like that day's screening of the First Ever Short Films By Short People Festival, it went rather unsuccessfully. It's listing on their website is one of the only sources proving its existence, outside of a resumé for Howard Hoffman and a plethora of Yahoo Answers threads inquiring about the video.

On November 11, 2016, YouTube user misslizzie2007 uploaded a compilation of commercials that aired on Nickelodeon from May 10, 1998 and Innie & Outie was among the content shown. The short would later be officially uploaded by NickRewind a year later as part of Snick's 25th anniversary.


The short, uploaded by misslizzie2007 on November 11th, 2016 (sourced from VHS).

The short, uploaded by NickSplat on August 15th, 2017.

See Also

Anthology and Short Series

Bumpers and Promos


Game Shows

Inaugural Series

Live Action