A reboot of the classic animated series Rugrats is in the works at Nickelodeon, and Nancy Cartwright has announced she will be back to reprise the role of Chuckie Finster. Beaming in a new photo posted on Twitter, Cartwright notes her excitement about getting to voice the beloved baby once again. "How I feel when I get to reprise my role as Chuckie in The Rugrats reboot," Cartwright says in the caption, also telling her fans to "stay tuned." As of now, this makes Cartwright the only confirmed member of the classic Nicktoon to be returning for the reboot, although it seems likely others will soon follow suit.
Certainly, Nancy Cartwright is best known for providing the voice of Bart Simpson on the long-running, record-breaking animated series The Simpsons. Having voice the mischievous 10-year-old for over three decades, Cartwright's name will always be synonymous with the role. When not voicing Bart, however, the actress has lent her voice to a variety of other animated characters over the years. She notably took over the role of Chuckie Finster on Rugrats in 2001 following the retirement of Christine Cavanaugh, but was so good even diehard fans couldn't tell the difference. She would also voice the role in the movie sequel Rugrats Go Wild and the spin-off series All Grown Up.
Rugrats first premiered on Nickelodeon all the way back in 1991. Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain, the series follows the adventures of curious toddlers Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil, and Tommy's older cousin Angelica. It was highly revered in addition to being a bit hit with kids, with some of its most prominent accolades including four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The series would ultimately become one of the network's most popular shows of all time, spawning a franchise which saw the creation of movies, a spin-off, video games, and countless other forms of merchandise.
Last year, it was officially announced that Nickelodeon had ordered a 26-episode revival of Rugrats. Not much else is known about the upcoming reboot, but creators Klasky, Csupó, and Germain will all be returning to executive produce. It's not yet clear exactly when these new episodes will premiere on the network. Additionally, a live-action/animation movie adaptation of the series is also in the works, which will bring our favorite cartoon babies into the real world. Diary of a Wimpy Kid helmer David Bowers on board to direct, the movie is slated to be released in theaters on Jan. 29, 2021.
The best chance the Rugrats reboot has to be successful is to bring back as many of the same voice cast members as possible. The inclusion of Cartwright is certainly a good sign, so let's hope the revival gets everything else right as well. Having the same Chuckie is nice, but things just wouldn't be the same if anyone other than E. G. Daily provided the voice of Tommy Pickles. You can take a look at Cartwright's tweet announcing her Rugrats return below, courtesy of Nancy Cartwright on Twitter.