Paramount's CGI revival of treasured Nickelodeon cartoon, Rugrats, has set a premiere date of Thursday, May 27 on Paramount+. The series will once again take audiences on the adolescent adventures of Tommy Pickles and his gang of friends, with original voice actors E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil) all set to reprise their iconic roles.
First airing back in 1991, Rugrats focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently Tommy, Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil, and Angelica, and their day-to-day lives, usually involving life experiences that become much greater adventures in the imaginations of the main characters. The series ran for nine seasons, spawning several big screen outings, The Rugrats Movie and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, as well as a spin-off titled All GrownUp!. The Rugrats franchise was a huge success, and is still very fondly remembered by fans, with Paramount's CGI reboot receiving a raised eyebrow and a sceptical response ever since it was first announced.
Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon, and much like the original series, the new Rugrats show will again focus on the experiences of a courageous, adventurous one-year-old baby named Tommy Pickles and his group of playmates and other infants and toddlers. Several recognisable names from the comedy and sitcom scene are also on board for the Rugrats reboot alongside the original voice actors, with Ashley Rae Spillers (Vice Principals) and Tommy Dewey (The Mindy Project) set to play Didi and Stu, the parents of Tommy Pickles. Tony Hale, who is best known for roles in the likes of Arrested Development and Veep will voice Chuckie's father, Chas, and Natalie Morales (Dead to Me) has signed on to voice Betty, the mother of twins Phil and Lil.
Anna Chlumsky (My Girl, Veep) and Timothy Simons (Veep, Inherent Vice) will voice Angelica's parents, Charlotte and Drew, with Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) and Omar Miller (Ballers) on board to provide the voices of Susie's parents, Lucy and Randy. Last but by no means least, Michael McKean, who is well known for his role in the classic comedy This is Spinal Tap will voice Lou Pickles, Tommy's beloved grandpa.
Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins has since addressed the decision to keep the original core voice cast as the voices of the kid characters while bringing in new actors for the grown-up roles. "First of all, we have all the original babies back, all the original cast back, which we are thrilled to have" Robbins said. "Some of the original actors - remember the show is 20-25+ years-old, and we thought there was an opportunity for new exciting comedic voices who grew up watching and being fans of the show and let them do cameos. So, we are really excited about our adult cast on Rugrats."
So, once again for those in the back, the Rugrats revival is due to premiere on Paramount+ on May 27, 2021. Are you excited to see the return of the diaper-wearing gang in CGI form?