Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (non-existent Nickelodeon TV film; 1998)

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The series' title card.

Status: Non-existent

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters is an animated series made by Klasky-Csupo (creators of Rugrats) that ran from 1994-1997 on Nickelodeon. The series stars juvenile monsters Ickis, Oblina and Krumm, who live under a landfill and attend a special school to learn how to scare humans. A year after the show's run ended, a rumor surfaced that there was a TV film in the works, but that it had ended up cancelled for being "too dark" for its intended audience.[1]

The Search

Whether the proposed film was to serve as a standalone production or perhaps the series finale is unknown, as no footage or any other production material has since surfaced. The few mentions of the project in fact come almost entirely from online forum users questioning its existence, with the earliest being a user from a 2004 Toonzone forum thread who claimed he read about it on the now-defunct website[2]

Another, rather confusing bit of info comes from a now-deleted section of the Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Wikipedia page, wherein a supposed animator on the project named Fredrick Zowski is quoted as saying:

"The film was cancelled because Viacom bought Paramount. The film wasn't dark, nor were we planning on making it in the first place."

As this was not sourced to any prior publication, and indeed no other trace of an animator by that name can be found online, the quote is almost certainly fake.

The only other possible confirmation of the project is a brief mention in a book released in 2010 titled Cancelled Films (Film Guide).[3] However, as one of a series that merely scrapes content from Wikipedia articles, it does not provide a solid lead.


In 2016, Klasky-Csupo was contacted via their official Facebook account and confirmed that such a film never formally entered production.[4] How far it may have gotten into the planning stage is unknown, but given the complete lack of any insider mentions or leaked materials it's doubtful it was ever more than unofficially discussed, if at all.


LSuperSonicQ's video on the subject.

See Also

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Anthology and Short Series

Bumpers and Promos


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Inaugural Series

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