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‘Rugrats’ Is the Latest Live-Action Reboot No One Asked For

If you’re a ’90s kid, you probably remember Rugrats, one of Nickelodeon’s original “Nicktoons,” along with Doug and Ren and Stimpy. It was a cute cartoon for kids with a lot of double entendres and adult humor designed to get a laugh from parents working with their children, something that was present in a lot of Nickelodeon shows at the time.

The premise of the show was that a group of babies left alone together while their parents did whatever (I think they were swingers, but I haven’t seen it in a while) could talk and go on adventures without their parents noticing. Nickelodeon has decided to revive the show with an order for 26 additional episodes of the show, which ended in 2002, not counting the spin-off All Grown Up! which imagined the babies as teenagers and ran for five seasons until 2008. That’s well and good, and Nick has been bringing back a lot of older shows to varying levels of success, and they’ve had a bit of trouble with their big-name creators being accused of pedophilia, so they’re kind of looking for programming at the moment, they can’t just air Spongebob all day, after all.

However, according to Variety, in addition to the revival series, Viacom is developing a theatrical live-action version of Rugrats, presumably with CGI babies. I mean, I’m assuming that’s what they’re using the CGI for, but if they use real babies on stunt wires to fight CGI monsters or something, that would be kind of worth seeing.

I don’t know where people keep getting the idea that things need to be remade or revived from. No one ever watched Rugrats and said “This is great, but you know what I really want to see? A live-action version of this with real babies.” Who is green-lighting this nonsense?

Of course, there is still hope for this project not to be a total train wreck, but only as long as there’s a live-action version of this iconic scene.

Get the guy who played Ted in How I Met Your Mother to play Stu and to do that scene and I’ll watch your terrible movie, Viacom.

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