In unexpected news, Nickelodeon announced they have commissioned a new 26 episode of the series of their beloved 90’s hit ‘Rugrats’ along with their being a new Paramount CGI live action movie to be released November 13, 2020 and written by David Goodman.
This means ‘Rugrats’ joins the list of many popular 80’s and 90’s cartoons that have returned to television (with a new design) including ‘Thundercats’ and ‘Power Puff Girls’. The show is said to already be in production. The most interesting move will be the live-action movie and whether the characters (who are all returning) will look convincingly good. I imagine there will certainly be a big design difference from the original animation, but original creators of the show Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo are returning.
Sarah levy, interim president of Nickelodeon, said: “Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures.”
Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players said: “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share the experience with their own children.”
The show will be focusing on the main characters when they are babies like the original show did. There is no say on whether any original voice actors are returning. Sadly, voice actor for Chuckie and many other popular children’s characters, Christine Cavanaugh, died back in 2014 so there clearly be a new voice role for him.
It has been some time since the ‘Rugrats’ have been on our screens; around 10 years to be exact. The last we saw of the diaper wearing crew was in the spin-off ‘All Grown Up!’ which showed the characters as preteens going through high school and had a very catchy theme song. Tommy Pickles and the others had similar characteristics to the previous show but followed a ‘coming of age’ style where they were developed more with new interests and history such as Tommy’s fear of water from a past event. ‘All Grown Up!’ still had the heart of the original show with the classic resolve and life lesson that a lot of animated shows tend to get across.
The show has been praised over the years for its characters, not just the children but the adults as well as many believed they are all good role models in their respective ways with Charlotte Pickles, Didi Pickles and Betty DeVille all being described as feminist icons.
‘Rugrats’ is not the only Nickelodeon show to return as children’s show ‘Blues Clues’ will also be returning. The company also released a spin-off episode of ‘Hey Arnold!’ last year and is still working on the upcoming ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ movie.
‘Rugrats’ first aired in August 1991 and became Nickelodeon’s primary viewing show due to its immediate popularity. The show spanned three movies including a cross-over with Nickelodeon’s ‘The Wild Thornberry’s’, video games, books and a lot of merchandising such as Reptar cereal and chocolate bars; the latter seeing a return in previous years and happened to turn tongues green from its contents. It is the eighth longest running animated TV show with 172 episodes in 13 years and I am very excited to see the return of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angelica, Susie and Spike!