In what is probably the biggest news to hit dorm room halls since two girls came out of that dude's room that one morning, Will Ferrell has announced, in character on last night's Conan no less, a sequel to 2004's sleeper hit comedy Anchorman. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we may be at the beginning of nostalgia for the 2000s.
Obviously this Anchorman movie is a sequel, not a remake or anything, but the movie was such an iconic precursor of the Apatow age, a hallmark of the kind of inner-circle club dynamic and absurdism mixed with specificity that would come to define comedy for the next nearly ten years, that the rapturously received news (well, rapturously by some, at least) feels a bit like going back to the beginning, back to study the source of it all. So if we're dredging up Anchorman, what else might we start rooting around for in the newer part of the attic, in the boxes marked "2000" and beyond?
Well, it's not quite the same thing, but the return of Arrested Development, which originally went off the air in 2006, is certainly an invitation to pretend it's not 2012. (Or to at least long for the days when it wasn't 2012.) And now that Titanic, which was released in 1997, is being brought back to the theaters in 3D, how long can it be until that new and shiny technology reanimates something from the '00s? Well, Disney/Pixar is re-releasing 2003's Finding Nemo in September and is planning on doing the same for 2001's Monsters, Inc. at some point. (Plus there are the Star Wars prequels, but no one was really asking for those, so they don't really count.) The children who enjoyed those movies in their original releases are now teenagers, and there's nothing an adolescent likes more than nostalgia (well, except for probably sex and parties and One Direction), because it makes them feel older and experienced and wizened. Plus of course it's nice to feel like your generation's stuff was really the best stuff, a sentiment perhaps borne out of our secret but near universal suspicion that history has been churning on for billions of years all in the lead-up to us, very special us.