Why “Rugrats” Fans Will Hate the New Reboot and Live-Action Movie

Matthew Loffhagen
Nickelodeon
(Photo: Nickelodeon)

So here’s the thing: a lot of people are probably going to really, really hate the upcoming live-action “Rugrats” reboot.

It’s inevitable.

Apparently, the show’s revival is coming to us from a lot of the same creators that made the original cartoon series and its various movies so popular. Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain, who spearheaded the original series, are going to be involved as executive producers. Although I do expect there’ll be a bunch of new creators at the top of this show as well.

A new cartoon will be accompanied by a “live-action film featuring CGI characters”, which makes it sound like the babies are going to be computer creations while everything around them is tangible and real.

Rugrats Cartoon
Source: Nickelodeon

According to Brian Robbins, the president of movie studio Paramount Players:

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans. Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”

Hmm.

The Cartoon Fandom Problem

Brian Robbins, have you had any dealings in the past with the kids who grew up watching cartoons in the ‘90s?

Many of them are perfectly normal adult human beings now.

Some of them are awful. They pore over children’s cartoon programming, analyzing it on its relative merits.

When they find a show they like, such as “My Little Pony”, they flood the fandom with porn and disturbing cosplay.

If a show doesn’t meet their expectations, like “Thundercats”, they will burn it to the ground and kick off with a wailing, angry sobbing.

Just yesterday, the first pictures of a new “She-Ra” cartoon debuted online, and a subsection of the internet got in a massive shouting match because the character didn’t look sexy enough.

Under no circumstances should any children’s entertainment company be attempting to court the interest of the nostalgia crowd. Most of these people are lovely, but enough of us a vile dirtbags that ruin the fun for everyone.

If these charming individuals complain just because She-Ra doesn’t have enough bust, imagine what they’ll do when the Rugrats nestle snuggly into Uncanny Valley.

The CGI Baby Problem

There are legitimate concerns to be had with this upcoming movie.

CGI has come a long way in recent years. But the idea of making fully animated walking, talking baby humans that can interact with the real world? That’s a very ambitious goal.

I suspect that there’s a good chance the “Rugrats” live-action movie will creep a lot of people out. This film doesn’t sound like a great idea.

Here’s a completely unrelated still from a “Twilight” sequel, for no reason in particular.

Twilight Creepy CGI Baby
Source: Summit Entertainment

I think a “Look Who’s Talking” style approach, with real human babies, probably would go down a lot better than whatever CGI nightmare Paramount is looking to put together.

This is inevitably going to look terrible. Then, when footage is released, whiny manchildren like myself will tear it to shreds out of some misguided sense of nostalgia for the Rugrats of generations past.

There’s no way this ends well. Perhaps some cartoon revivals simply shouldn’t get made.

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