‘Rugrats’ Return to Television

By Preslee Adams, Staff Writer

The Nickelodeon hit show Rugrats is anticipated to return to television screens after almost 17 years. Nickelodeon revealed that a CGI reboot of the cartoon is in the process of production and will be available later in 2021 on Paramount Plus, the rebranding of CBS All Access. Several nostalgic T.V. shows will be making a revival, such as the iconic shows Fraiser, Fairly OddParents, and most notably, Rugrats.


Rugrats first aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 2004 and centered its storyline on a group of toddlers and their exciting ventures. The series ran for nine seasons over 13 years, winning four Daytime Emmys and six Kids’ Choice Awards.


E.G. Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer, and Kath Soucie are expected to voice their original characters in the remake.


“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized 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,” stated Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon Animation President. “Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”


Paramount released a clip showing the new series and its new CGI technology, and there were mixed reactions. Some expressed their excitement for its reboot, while others said they were ¨terrified by CGI Chucky.¨


The production of Rugrats was paused in 1993 after only three series on the air, but after making two critically-acclaimed Jewish-themed episodes, Nickelodeon immediately revived the series following an increase in ratings. The show was noted as Nickelodeon’s longest-running cartoon on television before exceeded by Spongebob Squarepants in 2012. 


Rugrats was created into a film in 1998, along with the sequel Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) and Wild Thornberrys (2003). The show became so popular that it triggered a sequel called All Grown Up, following the famous children as they go through the struggles of being a pre-teen.


Paramount launched their service in the United States on March 4th, but Rugrats will appear on the streaming service later this year. With over 3,000 shows and movies to choose from, the streaming service costs $10 a month without ads and $5 with ads.