Hold onto your diapers—Rugrats is coming back in a big way!
Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced that they will be relaunching the classic kids’ series with an animated 26-episode run and a live-action film featuring CGI characters. The original Rugrats crew including Tommy Pickles, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, Susie, Angelica, and yes, even Reptar will be back, along with a group of new characters.
The upcoming live-action movie, written by David Goodman, is scheduled to hit theatres November 13, 2020. This will be the fourth theatrical release in the Rugrats franchise, with previous movies including 1998’s The Rugrats Movie, 2000’s Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and 2003’s Rugrats Go Wild.
Rugrats originally premiered in August 1991 and follows a group of toddlers living their day-to-day lives through a series of adventures spawned by their imaginations and the world around them. The show ran for nine seasons on Nickelodeon followed by the spin-off series All Grown Up! from 2003-2008 which featured the Rugrats as pre-teens.
“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, chief operating officer at Viacom Media Networks and interim president at Nickelodeon, in a statement. “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.”
Rugrats isn’t the only show Nickelodeon is bringing back. In another blast from the past, Nickelodeon previously announced that they will be rebooting childhood favourite Blue’s Clues, along with other vintage titles Rocko’s Modern Life and Invader Zim to receive revival specials.