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In what is certainly an effort to capitalize on both a new generation of kids unaware of the source material, as well as young adults thirsting for nostalgia, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures have announced a revival of '90s cartoon staple Rugrats. This will come via a 26-episode order for a new season, in addition to a CGI live-action film which sounds like nightmare fuel, but maybe it'll work.
While you probably assumed was the case, the show will feature some new characters, but it will still retain Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica, Variety reports. Production on the series has already begun, with the show's original creators (Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain) returning as executive producers.
As for the movie, that's set to be released on November 13, 2020.
"Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures," Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and Interim President at Nickelodeon, said. "What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals."
Rugrats is just the latest Nickelodeon property of yester-century to be strategically resuscitated, as the network previously announced the return of Blue's Clues, aired a new Hey Arnold! movie, and revealed their intention to bring back both Rocko's Modern Life, and Invader Zim in the form of upcoming specials.