’90s babies, get ready for the shock of a lifetime. There’s going to be a live-action Rugrats movie, and it’s scheduled to be released in November 2020. And that’s not all, Nickelodeon has ordered a 26-episode revival TV series too.
Based on The Wrap‘s report, it sounds like the new show will still be animated, and it’s just the movie that will be live-action. It’s not clear exactly how much of the movie will be CGI, either. The Wrap reports that it’s being described as a "live-action film featuring CGI characters." After all, there aren’t exactly real-life talking babies who could play the part of all the Rugrats characters. So it would make sense if, say, the parents were live actors, while the tots were CGI-based.
As for the new show, The Wrap reports that it’s already in production. There’s no word on who might be voicing any of the Rugrats characters, though. E.G. Daily, who voiced Tommy Pickles in the original Rugrats run, hasn’t posted on Instagram or Twitter about the revival news. Daily’s original costars Kath Soucie, Melanie Chartoff, Julia Kato, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer, Tara Strong, Michael Bell, Phil Proctor, and Nancy Cartwright haven’t shared any social media messages about the report, either.
The news is a lot to take in, and fans already have thoughts about the revival. Plenty of fans responded to Entertainment Weekly‘s tweet about the news with Rugrats GIFs, which is only appropriate, really.
But other fans were more skeptical about the whole live-action thing.
And some people seem to have already made up their minds.
Of course, some people had jokes at the ready. One person referenced the 1999 movie Baby Geniuses, which was apparently called a "live-action Rugrats" when it was released.
In a statement provided to EW, Paramount Players president Brian Robbins said that "kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children," thanks to the revival and movie. Of course, the original Rugrats is currently streaming on Hulu, so parents can share the OG version with their kids too.
Rugrats, which ran from 1990 to 2006, followed the adventures of babies Tommy and Dil Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phil and Lil DeVille, and Tommy and Dil’s cousin Angelica. Tommy was often the ringleader behind the tots’ antics, while Chuckie, Tommy’s best friend, was more shy. Phil and Lil often got into sibling rivalry and mini spats, and Angelica was typically mean to her cousins and their friends.
And while there’s good reason to be skeptical of the new series, it does have a few things going for it. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain, the original Rugrats creators, are all executive producers on the new series. And the original characters will be back.
It will be interesting to see if any of the show’s original stars speak out about the revival, though. When news broke about the Powerpuff Girls reboot, Tara Strong, who voiced Bubbles in the show’s original run, as well as Dil Pickles in Rugrats, said it was a "stab in the heart." In a tweet about the reboot, Strong wrote, "I don’t remember ordering a stab in the heart today." It’s not clear yet if she and her former costars are involved in the new Rugrats, or if they might feel similar pangs of dismay.
Details about the Rugrats revival may be scarce right now, but that won’t stop fans from weighing in about the news. And the live-action movie sounds like an unusual idea at the very least, but you never know — maybe fans will be pleasantly surprised.
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