The toddlers are back, almost exactly 30 years after they first graced our screens. They haven’t aged a day — but they have grown into a new dimension.
Welcome to the Rugrats reboot, the first cg production in the franchise. The series is one of the flagship animated originals for Paramount+, ViacomCBS’s new streaming service. The first batch of episodes, which see the return of the main characters from the 1990s series, will debut on the platform on May 27. Watch the trailer below:
Those unsettled by the characters’ new incarnations can take comfort from knowing that the voices, at least, are unchanged. The main voice cast from the original are reprising their roles: E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael), and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille).
The series is produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Rugrats creators Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain are executive-producing alongside Eryk Casemiro and Kate Boutilier, producers on the original. Dave Pressler and Casey Leonard are serving as co-executive producers, Rachel Lipman as co-producer, and Kellie Smith as line producer. Production is overseen by Mollie Freilich, Nickelodeon’s senior manager, current series animation.
Rugrats premiered in 1991 as part of Nickelodeon’s first batch of original series (under the Nicktoons brand). The show ended up running for 13 years and spawning three features, as well as various specials. It won multiple Emmys and Kids’ Choice Awards, and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Paramount+ debuted on March 4 as a souped-up, rebranded version of CBS All Access. Established franchises are a cornerstone of ViacomCBS’s animation strategy for the service, which launched with the new feature The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Plenty more reboots and spin-offs are in the pipeline, including IP like Star Trek, Beavis and Butt-Head, and Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.