If you grew up in the '90s, boy, have we got some good news for you.
According to a report from Variety, Nickelodeon is bringing back Rugrats, the classic cartoon that ran between 1991 and 2004, chronicling the adventures of a group of talking babies: Tommy Pickles (E.G. Daily), Chuckie Finster (Christine Cavanaugh and Nancy Cartwright), and Phil and Lil DeVille (both voiced by Kath Soucie). More often than not, the group would be bullied by Tommy's older cousin (Cheryl Chase).
Twenty-six new episodes have already been ordered, as well as a live-action film, which will utilize CGI characters. Longtime fans of the series might find the idea of a CGI'd Tommy a bit of an alarming headscratcher, but we'll just have to wait and see how Paramount plans to handle said film, which will be written by David Goodman and released on Nov. 13, 2020. Paramount Players, Paramount's banner for inter-brand productions, is the overseeing body on the project.
In all, there have been three feature-length Rugrats movies thus far, produced between 1998 and 2003. The first one began with a parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which you can check out below. The infants' exploits were often inspired by their own imaginations, which were heavily influenced by what they misheard from the adults around them or saw on TV, like the Godzilla-influenced Reptar. In Rugrats in Paris, the crew fought against the giant lizard's archnemesis, Robosnail.
Over the course of all three movies, characters such as Dil (Tommy's baby brother) and Kimmy (Chucky's stepsister) were introduced. Even Bruce Willis was hired to voice the Pickles' dog Spike when the family met Eliza Thornberry in Rugrats Go Wild. Between 2003 and 2008, a series about older versions of the characters, aptly titled All Grown Up!, was produced for a total of 55 episodes, before the entire franchise (at least its life on TV) ended for good.
“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,” said Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon, in a statement published by Variety. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: Kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie, and pals.”
Original Rugrats creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain are all returning as executive producers. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the trio was also responsible for some of the network's most beloved shows, like Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, and Rocket Power.
“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”
This is the latest in a line of developments at Nick reviving one of its most iconic shows. Hey Arnold! finally wrapped up its storyline last winter with The Jungle Movie, while Jhonen Vasquez works hard on an upcoming Invader Zim TV movie. Rocko's Modern Life is also set for a resurgence in the form of a special.
What do you think? Is the world good n' ready for more Rugrats?