We live in the golden age of reboots. A time where The Animaniacs, Daria, and that weird Jim Henson puppet movie from the ’70s are all given another shot at onscreen glory. Hell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting their third or fourth reboot this century. Given the prominence of reboots over the last few years, it should come as no surprise (especially to ’90s kids) that yesterday, Nickelodeon announced that it would be bringing back Rugrats, the extremely popular cartoon that revolved around a group of mischievous babies who break out of their playpen go on adventures.
According to Nickelodeon’s press release, the Rugrats will return as both a TV show and a movie. The new show has already received a 26-episode order from the network, although it is not currently clear when the new version of Rugrats will debut. Beyond that, very little is known about the show, though it seems unlikely that Nickelodeon will want to make too many changes from the original show, given the nostalgic appeal of the revival.
“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, COO of Viacom Media Networks and Interim President of Nickelodeon. “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 biggest surprise of the announcement might be the fact that the movie will actually be a ‘live-action film featuring CGI characters.’ What exactly does that mean? Honestly, we’re not sure. But the film, which is slated to hit theaters November 13, 2020, does seem like it’s in good hands, is expected to be penned by David A. Goodman, who wrote for Family Guy and Futurama.
At present, it’s unclear if the legendary musician, Mark Mothersbaugh will return to do the music for the new Rugrats or not. The composer and founding member of Devo wrote the theme music for the original show in 1991.