The Rugrats are returning, although with a bit of a different look from what you may remember.
A Rugrats revival is heading to streaming service Paramount+, the CBS All Access rebranding that’s going have a worldwide rollout in 2021 (including Australia, with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year). The babies are in CG-animated form this time around – and as you can see in the first-look clip below, it’s kind of… weird-looking for those that loved the 1991 animated series.
They’ve managed to gather the original voice cast of the beloved Nickelodeon series, including E.G. Daily as Tommy Pickles, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie Finster, Cheryl Chase as Angelica Pickles, Cree Summer as Susie Carmichael and Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille.
“Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognised by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” Nickelodeon Animation President Ramsey Naito said in a statement, “Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognisable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”
Check out a clip of the new Rugrats series below. It’s the second video; the first shows off more of the Spongebob Squarepants universe that’s heading to the service.
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Rugrats was quite the hit animated series for Nickelodeon, becoming a hugely popular brand that produced nine seasons, a massive range of products and merchandise, three movies, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Paramount+, which is to include a tonne of content from ViacomCBS’ portfolio, will be launching in the U.S. on March 4 with two pricing tiers: premium at $US9.99 per month and an ad-supported base plan at $US4.99 per month that will be made available in June. The service will also debut in Latin America and Canada on March 4, followed by the Nordics on March 25, and Australia later this year.