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‘Rugrats’ Is Getting A Revival & I Don’t Know How I Feel About This

For people of a certain age, Nickelodeon’s classic animated series Rugrats will forever be a part of their childhood. The adventures of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil entertained millions of kids between the years 1991-2004 and sparked multiple films and a spin-off series (remember All Grown Up?). 

Well, if you miss the glory days of Nickelodeon and want to catch up with the Rugrats, you are in luck. 

Nickelodeon and Paramount has announced that Rugrats is getting a revival that will include 26 episodes and a new live-action feature film featuring CGI characters, with a tentative 2020 release date.

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. 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,” Sarah Levy, the interim president of Nickelodeon, said in a statement. 

Brian Robbins, President of Paramount Players, the group that will be handling the TV series and live action film, also felt positively about the decision. 

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans. Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children,” he added. 

And while Nickelodeon may be aiming to reach new audiences with this revival, fans of the original are making their feelings known. Even though there were a few individuals who appeared to support this plan, many are against the revival. 

I, for one, don’t think this is a good idea. Those of us who grew up watching Rugrats don’t want to see the iconic elements of the show changed and are bound to be disappointed when that inevitably happens. And today’s kids may not be able to connect with a show about talking babies in the same way the previous generation did.

Maybe we should just stick to watching reruns of classic Rugrats episodes and call it a day. 

Sarah Shevenock is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she served as a staff writer and Campus Correspondent for Her Campus William and Mary. Currently, she is a National Contributing Writer and Entertainment Blogger. In her free time, she enjoys reading voraciously, watching morning news programs, and keeping up with the latest television and movie news. She loves to talk about anything and everything related to theatre, cheer for her beloved Pittsburgh Penguins, and drink fancy coffee.