Nickelodeon is reviving the animated kids series “Rugrats” with a 26-episode order and a live-action film from Paramount Players.
Production has already begun on the new series, though no premiere date or cast information has been announced. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, creators of the original 1991 series, will return as executive producers.
The movie, which is written by David Goodman and described as a “live-action film featuring CGI characters,” is slated for a November 13, 2020 release.
Both projects will feature the original characters Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille and Angelica Pickles, as well as introduce new ones. It becomes the latest Nick project to get a revival, following the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” and upcoming “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim” specials.
“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,” said Sarah Levy, COO, Viacom Media Networks; and Interim President, Nickelodeon. “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.”
“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, President of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”
Rugrat's Characters during World Premiere of 'Rugrats Go Wild' at Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Rugrats characters perform in a rehearsal for the new Rugrats Magic Show opening June 9th at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Photo by David Bohrer/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE -- Pictured: The Rugrats balloon during the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
Marlee Matlin at the 1999 premiere of The Rugrats movie in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Child actor Scott Chisholm who starred in the BBC license fee advert at Wembley Arena for a live action show of the animated series Rugrats, called 'Rugrats, A Live Adventure'. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
E 360849 00 4 25NOV99 NEW-YORK-CITY The Rugrats balloon glides down Broadway during the 73rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving day parade November 25, 1999 in New York City. Photo: Jeff Christensen / Liaison Agency
Angelica, from the children's television cartoon show 'Rugrats', enjoys a trip to Westminster Bridge in London, by the Houses of Parliament, to launch 'Rugrats - A Live Adventure'. The cartoon favourites are to become stars of the stage, with a nationwide tour. * Starts at Wembley Arena on October 28, 1999. (Photo by Tony Harris - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
From left: Chuckie, Angelica and Tommy step off a London bus on Westminster Bridge to launch 'Rugrats - A Live Adventure'. The cartoon favourites are to become stars of the stage when their nationwide tour starts at Wembley Arena on October 28, 1999. (Photo by Tony Harris - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Chuckie, gets a hug from the real Chuckie. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 1: Actor Bruce Willis arrives at the premiere and after-party for 'Rugrats Go Wild' at the Cinerama Dome on June 1, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Chuckie, Cathy Moriarity during premiere of 'Rugrats in Paris' at Loews Kips Bay Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 23: The Rugrats balloon floats down Broadway during the 74th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Cyndi Lauper with Chuckie. (Photo by Steve Azzara/Corbis via Getty Images)
Joely Fisher during World Premiere of 'Rugrats Go Wild' at Hollywood in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Greg Grunberg with his wife, Elizabeth and sons, Jake, Ben and Sam. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Spinderella, Pepa and Salt pose with Rugrats at the Nickelodeon sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival on September 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 23: Fans pose for photos with characters from Nickelodeon TV's 'Rugrats' cartoon on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Daniel Knighton/FilmMagic)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Coolio and Rugrats characters attend the Nickelodeon sponsored 90sFEST Pop Culture and Music Festival on September 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for 90sFEST)
SYDNEY, NSW - OCTOBER 11: A Rugrats character poses on the orange carpet at the fourth annual Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2006 (NSW) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 11, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)