Rugrats is to return in 2019 for a brand new season, with a new film also in the works.
The animated show, which aired on Nickelodeon, originally ran for nine seasons from 1991 to 2004. The series was also the inspiration for three spin-off movies; the most recent coming with Rugrats Go Wild in 2003.
Nickelodeon have now confirmed that they are reviving Rugrats, with the network commissioning a 26-episode new season which is set to premiere next year. A host of the original characters – including Tommy Pickles, Chuckie, and twins Phil and Lil – will return, with a new set of characters also set to be introduced. The show’s creators, Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, will all oversee the revival.
A new Rugrats film has also been given the green light. Said to be featuring both CGI and live-action footage, the as-yet-untitled film has been pencilled in for a November 13, 2020 release.
Speaking about the return of Rugrats, Sarah Levy – the chief operating officer at Viacom Media Networks and interim president at Nickelodeon – hailed the show as “one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history”.
“We are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” Levy 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.”
Last year, a store in the US began selling real-life Reptar bars, the fictional chocolate bars from Rugrats.