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Who Were The ACTUAL Rugrats?: The Women Who Rocked the ’90s


Crank back the time to August 11, 1991 when The Rugrats aired for the very first time on Nickelodeon’s Nicktoon.  Women stole the spotlight that morning and continued to until June 8, 2004 when the 172nd, and last, episode of the Rugrats aired.  E.G. Daily, Christina Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, and Cheryl Chase voiced over the illustrious babies of Tommy, Chuckie, Lil, and Phil, and of course the malicious cousin, Angelica.  These women not only voiced over these characters, but took on many other roles as well.  So as summer rolls in, and Saturday morning cartoons with Dad become a regular again, flip to a Rugrats episode, laugh at the throwback, and give a round of applause for these four women for totally rocking the 90s with their voices.

Tommy Pickles (voiced by E.G. Daily)

Tommy Pickles was the leader of this four-man gang called the Rugrats.  He may have been the youngest, and even smallest, but he led his babies in and out of every situation imaginable.  His diaper was stuffed with his hand dandy toy screwdriver, his feet were turned in, and his hair on top of his head stood tall.  This baby lived by the phrase, “a baby’s gotta do, what a baby’s gotta do.”

E.G. Daily played the voice of Tommy Pickles through all 172 episodes.  She is an American voice actress, actress, singer, songwriter, and musician.  When she isn’t doing that, she is a mom to two daughters, and can be heard through different characters on the cartoon series Pound Puppies.  Did you know she did the voiceover of Jake Harper singing the Two and Half Men song up until 2011?     


Chuckie Finster (voiced by Christina Cavanaugh)

Chuckie is the red-headed nervous wreck every kid had in their childhood.  No stereotypes there.  His shakey knees, chattering teeth, and stutters could be heard for miles when Tommy led his gang down a wrong path.  Despite playing the cowardly lion role, Chuckie was actually the oldest of the four babies!

Christina Cavanaugh played the voice of Chuckie for about 11 years before stepping back from the spotlight.  During her “Chuckie” reign, she also voiced Dexter in Dexter’s Laboratory, Oblina in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, and three different characters in Recess.  After retiring due to personal reasons, Christina resided in LA.



Lil and Phil DeVille (voiced by Kath Soucie)

Phil & Lil are the famous twins who can be seen swapping boogers, eating worms, and shoving caterpillars down their diapers.  These two Rugrats loved to get down and dirty—Tommy led them to the “crime scene”, these two investigated it with their hands, and Chuckie shivered in the corner in fear.  Did you know Lil is a few minutes older than Phil?

Kath Soucie is an American voice actress whose roles have included Janine Melnitz in The Real Ghost Busters, Ingrid Krueger in Jem, Cindy Bear in Hanna-Barbera, Dexter’s mom in Dexter’s Laboratory, Mrs. DeVille in the Rugrats..and of course both Lil and Phil.  She is currently still in the business voicing characters such as Dusty in Handy Manny and Allie Campbell in the Famous 5: On The Case.


Angelica Pickles (voiced by Cheryl Chase)

Angelica was the girl everyone strayed from, until she brought out her dancing Cynthia doll of course.  This yellow pig-tailed, arm-crossing, grinning girl was the main antagonist, Tommy’s cousin, and the eldest of all through this series.  She loved to blame everything on the “dumb babies” and wanted nothing more than to be a princess in the eyes of her father.

Although Cheryl is best known for her voiceover with Angelica, she has also voiced characters in The Ren and Stimpy Show, Random! Cartoons, and Addams Family Values.  Fun fact: Cheryl initially auditioned to voice Tommy Pickles but got chosen for Angelica instead!

Jessica is a senior at Bryant University where she is majoring in management and double minoring in marketing and communication.  She holds the position as Editor-In-Chief of Her Campus Bryant and was actually one of the first founding members!  Beyond Her Campus Bryant, she is the Vice President of the Bryant Marketing Association and a MyPath Mentor.  She loves working at the Amica Center for Career Education where she manages their marketing and social media efforts but also enjoys her time at the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership and the school's bookstore. When at home in Connecticut, she loves to watch movies with her family, play with her dog, have bonfires with friends, sleepovers with her sister, and scrapbook! Jessica aspires to one day manage her own department of a fortune 500 company, or even run her own company with a little bit of writing on the side!  Upon graduating this coming May, she will jump-start her career at EMC as a Marketing Development Associate in the Marketing Development Program.
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