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    Nickelodeon has continued showing interest in reviving some of their older properties as the long-running hit, Rugrats, will be returning for a 26-episode order from the network. Original series creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain will all return to the new series as executive producers.
    https://deadline.com/2018/07/rugrats-revival-series-nickelodeon-live-action-movie-paramount-1202427458/

    While I’m not sure how I feel about a live action film, I’m certainly onboard with the series itself returning to television. I’ve been watching episodes from the original run on Hulu, and as an adult, I still enjoy them.

    It should also be interesting to see which direction they go in because after the first three seasons, production went on hiatus, so Nickelodeon aired reruns every day in the early evenings, where the series then started to take off in pop culture. However, Paul Germain wasn’t involved with the last six seasons, evening admitting in interviews that he was not a fan of a lot of the direction the series took without him.

    So what do you think of Rugrats coming back? What direction do you think the revival will take? Do you think it’ll follow the first three seasons and ignore everything else that came after that or follow the original series overall?

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    I have a feeling a live-action (with CGI babies, presumably) movie is going to go over about as well as the attempt to make a live-action version of The Fairly Oddparents where Timmy is an adult, or the Rocket Power stadium show that closed after four performances.

    As for a series, it may depend on whether or not the animators are allowed to use the original designs. IIRC, Nickelodeon got tired of “the Klasky-Csupo look” and pretty much demanded that the characters be “cleaned up” at one point.

    I also notice that there’s no mention of Dil or Susie in the press release, although I find it hard to believe that they would be left out. Well, Susie, anyway, as she was in the original set of episodes; I am under the impression that there is a bit of a “Dil backlash” – not as bad as Poof, but still, it’s there.

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    In a recent interview with Broadcasting Cable, Nickelodeon Animation Senior Vice President Chris Viscardi talked about what they’re looking at in terms of the look.

    How will the new version of Rugrats look different?
    The characters and the style of Rugrats are very iconic, and it has an idiosyncratic quality to it that looked like nothing else in the era when it came out. So as we’re exploring that visual design, we’re looking at 2D, we’re looking at exploring CG, and we’ll play it out over the next handful of months and see what version of it feels best for our storytelling.”

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