Rugrats is getting a TV reboot – and a live-action movie

Rugrats is getting a TV reboot – and a live-action movie
(Photo: Nickelodeon)

If you grew up with ’90s children’s cartoon Rugrats, you might be delighted to learn that a new animated TV reboot is in the works.

But you may also be alarmed to hear that a live-action film is being lined-up too.

The good news

Following the exploits of a group of toddlers – plucky Tommy, neurotic Chuckie, bickering twins Phil and Lil and the dastardly “dumb baby” deriding Angelica – Rugrats aired on Saturday mornings here in the UK, and originally ran from 1991 until 2004. A big screen outing for the carpet-crawlers hit cinemas in 1998.

The fun, quirky kids’ show boasted a voice-cast of notable ’90s stalwarts, including Bart Simpson vocalist Nancy Cartwright, and much of its appeal derived from its pre-school characters’ humorous assumptions and interpretations of the world around them, coupled with the hapless angst of their dysfunctional but loving parents.

Nickelodeon has revealed that 26 new episodes featuring the classic characters and some new faces are in the works, with the show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain on board.

Those who enjoyed Rugrats as children may well like the idea of their own kids being entertained by the reboot.

Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon said: “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.”

…the bad news?

Meanwhile, however, Paramount Pictures have announced plans for a feature film. Rather than being a cartoon animation though, the movie is being produced as a live-action story with CGI effects.

So brace yourselves for computer-generated babies and toddlers, and the possibility of some rather unintentionally odd ‘uncanny valley’ visuals.

Some are definitely not happy with the idea.

But the film will be written by David Goodman, who has experience with witty cartoon comedies such as Family Guy and Futurama.

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Paramount Players president Brian Robbins, echoing the sentiment of Levy. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”

The movie is expected to be released in 2020. Let’s hope it doesn’t follow in the unfortunate footsteps of other live-action adaptations of kids’ cartoons, such as The Flintstones and Yogi Bear.

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