The Rugrats are officially on their way back, with the original voice cast returning for the reboot 20 years on from the original- and the nostalgia is real.
We’ve had no shortage of terrible CGI designs in the past few years (Sonic, we’re looking at you), but this one has left fans a little divided, with some loving the look of the reboot and others wishing the original had been left well alone.
The reboot sees voice actors EG Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil) return to reprise their roles.
Nickelodeon Animation Studio said the revival will follow the toddlers as ‘they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view.’
Meanwhile, upcoming streaming service Paramount Plus shared a first look clip, showing Angelica attempting to enlist Chuckie in her latest scheme.
Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, said: ‘Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognised by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand new audience.
‘Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognisable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.’
Some fans are thrilled at the news, with some asserting that they’re ready to fight their younger relatives for the TV remote for this one.
In full honesty I think this was wrong way to go with Rugrats, I would have rather have like them to keep the 2D animation & make the new show about the babies of the original Rugrats, this looks bad & lazy, look at Blue’s Clues & iCarly they aren’t rebooting, so why should this?
— Earnest Raymond Fraz (@Ray10F04) February 24, 2021
With an updated, completely unoriginal, animation style*
Cartoons used to be awesome because of all the different styles used. It showcased creativity. Now every cartoon has to be this 3D style and prove to kids that creativity only gets you so far nowadays.
— Gooberdoober (@Gooberdoober9) February 25, 2021
‘Rugrats is trending… So, I click on it, AND THEY’RE REBOOTING IT WITH THE ORIGINAL VOICE CAST. I AM HERE FOR IT. GOING TO GO BINGE THE OLD ONE BEFORE THE NEW ONE COMES OUT! THIS IS THE BEST NEWS EVER!!’ one wrote.
Another added: ‘So the new animated #Rugrats reboot looks pretty neat!’ while one more said: ‘I can safely say I’m hype!’
However, others aren’t too convinced, with one saying: ‘Rugrats’ original artstyle is iconic, beautifully textured and oozes motion and personality even when standing still. How did we get here?’
Another asked: ‘You had me until “updated animation style” you couldn’t just do a higher quality cartoon? You had to make it look like fricken jimmy neutron?!’
The original series aired from 1991, for 13 years until 2004, with the episodes following Tommy and co and their adventures.
It became a hit, earning four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Meanwhile, fans have got plenty to get nostalgic about, with reboots of Dora The Explorer and The Fairly OddParents also in the works.
The Rugrats reboot is slated to arrive on Paramount Plus later this year.