A Rugrats reboot has been announced, and you should be excited.
Every kid born in the ’90s knows the Rugrats – Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica. Later, Kimi and Baby Dil joined the gang.
The original series ended in 2004 after nine seasons and three theatrically released films. The series also spawned two spin offs: All Grown Up!, which ran for five seasons, and the much less successful Pre-School Daze, cancelled after just four episodes.
Now, after years of rumours and speculation, we are finally getting a Rugrats reboot.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Rugrats reboot so far.
The Rugrats reboot will consist of both a new animated series, and a full-length Movie
In news that is sure to delight fans of this classic show, the Rugrats reboot will bring us a double dose of brand new content.
As well as revival of the animated series, we will also be getting a brand new feature film.
This will be a Rugrats Movie unlike any we’ve seen before.
The new Rugrats movie will receive a theatrical release through Paramount pictures. This immediately sets it apart from other recent Nickelodeon revivals like Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, and the upcoming Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling, both direct-to-TV releases.
The announcement of a theatrical film shows Nickelodeon’s confidence in the continued popularity of Rugrats.
The original trilogy of Rugrats movies were traditionally animated. The final film, Rugrats Go Wild!, was intended as a finale for both Rugrats and The Wild Thornberries. In contrast, the new film will be a live-action/CGI hybrid intended to relaunch the franchise.
The movie will be written by David Goodman. Goodman is known for his work on Futurama and Family Guy. It is scheduled for release in November 2020.
The new Rugrats TV series will begin with a run of 26 episodes.
This is nearly double the length of episode orders of most new animated series. Once again, this shows Nickelodeon’s confidence in Rugrats.
Production on the series is already underway in Burbank, California. The show’s original creators, Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain will return as Executive Producers.
Klasky has previously shown interest in reviving Rugrats in the day of smartphones and parenting apps. Germain, however, would prefer to remain in the relative innocence of the ’90s.
It will be interesting to see which creative voice wins out.
Will the original voice actors return?
We won’t be surprised if Nickelodeon attempts to expand the movie’s audience with an all-star cast.
The series is a different matter. There’s a high chance that most of the original voice cast will return. In past interviews, all have shown interest in doing so if the opportunity arose.
Cheryl Chase, the voice of Angelica Pickles, was told to expect a call soon after news of the Rugrats reboot was announced. Chase was also present when Nickelodeon VP Chris Viscardi first entered negotiations to revive the series back in December, 2017.
The original Rugrats was often ahead of its time. It presented different family structures and gender roles as entirely normal. Boys could wear dresses. Girls could be superheroes. A mum could be the breadwinner while Dad worked from home.
It had a diverse cast. But no one was treated as different due to race.
And of course, the show had more than one naughty joke that flew right over the heads of its young intended audience. It was a show that could be enjoyed by all ages.
We can’t wait to see what Rugrats has to offer a new generation of children when it returns to screens next year.