Great news for all 90s babies (pun intended) out there! Our favorite team of diaper-wearing troublemakers are coming back to the big and small screens for all-new adventures! Earlier this week, Paramount and Nickelodeon announced that they’ve already begun production on multiple Rugrats-related projects.
Nickelodeon and its parent company, Viacom, have started work on a new 26-episode revival of the animated series. The revival is set to star the original crew of Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica, as well as some new characters. The original series’ creators, Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain, all remain involved as executive producers of the new series.
The Strangest ‘Rugrats’ Movie Idea Ever
That’s not all, though! Paramount is doubling down on its 90s nostalgia strategy. An all-new Rugrats movie is in the works! This time, though, I have to admit I’m quite confused and a tad concerned. This new movie will, apparently, be live-action and feature CGI characters. This seems to indicate that the babies will be computer generated.
I couldn’t be more against this idea. Part of what makes Rugrats so special is its animation style. It’s so incredibly unique. The look of the animation is what makes it such a product of its time. It’s what makes it nostalgic. Not to mention the fact that the use of animation is what made the rather surreal world of Rugrats so much fun. It’s not real. It doesn’t need to look real. It just needs to look like 90s Nickelodeon insanity.
Perhaps even more importantly, I can’t think of how this could be anything but creepy. The uncanny valley is a real thing. I honestly have no clue how they could make a computer generated Tommy Pickles fit within a live-action world without making it look disturbing. At best, they could re-use the technology from Baby Geniuses or those E-Trade Commercials. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to watch two hours of animated mouths on babies. The people at Nickelodeon need to remember the wise words of Dr. Ian Malcolm: “They were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
Are you excited for the Rugrats revival and new movie? Which 90s Nickelodeon series do you want to see return? Sound off in the comments!