Here it is, folks. The one you’ve been waiting for. With Nickelodeon well and truly on the old-series-revival warpath, it seemed merely a matter of time before they did the right and just thing by breathing new life into the blessed and hugely beloved Rugrats. At long-ass last, the day has come.
Nickelodeon bosses have reportedly ordered a brand new season of Rugrats, consisting of 26 episodes, with production on the show already underway in California.
Original executive producers of the series, Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain are all returning to work on the new iteration of the show, which will be the first new episodes produced since the original series went off the air in 2002.
In addition to that – and in something of a wild turn of events – Nickelodeon, Viacom, and Paramount executives have given the green light to an all-new Rugrats feature film as well. Remarkably, that film is reportedly set to be shot in live-action, utilising CGI characters from the show.
Paramount Players – a sub-division of Paramount Pictures – is producing the film, working off a script that former Futurama writer and producer David Goodman is reportedly penning.
This will (technically) be the fourth movie in Rugrats lore, following on from The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, and Rugrats Go Wild, which served as a crossover with The Wild Thornberrys.
Nickelodeon’s call to revive Rugrats follows a string of other revival projects which has already seen former popular properties like Hey Arnold!, Blue’s Clues, Legends of the Hidden Temple and others brought back to air.
But as far as this project goes, questions abound: Are we completely ignoring All Growed Up! and going back to a world where the babies are still babies, perilously locked in an ageless stasis despite the horrifying march of time around them? And just how in the hell is a live-action version of the series going to work?
Our suggestion? Cast Timothée Chalamet as Tommy Pickles – the lumpy-headed child – immediately.
No questions, just do it.