Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Netflix to Add Classic 'Rugrats' Seasons 1 & 2 on May 1

A baby's gotta stream what a baby's gotta stream!

Netflix has announced that the streaming service will be adding the first two seasons of Nickelodeon's beloved '90s animated series Rugrats to its programming library in the U.S. on Monday, May 1!

The original Rugrats series launched August 11, 1991 as one of the original Nicktoons, and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products, including books, and video games, and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó, and Paul Germain, Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It also launched a successful spin-off, All Grown Up!, which aired on Nickelodeon for five seasons between 2003 and 2008. 

More recently, Paramount+ launched a brand new version of Rugrats, with some of the returning voice cast as well as franchise newcomers, such as Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey, who voice parents Didi and Stu Pickles. "It's just so much fun," said Spillers when asked about her experience voicing Didi Pickles in the show. "It's so much fun and it's such an honor to get to say that this is something that I'm doing right now."

She continued, "I still can't believe it. It's just been so great. It's such a great show. The group of people, the writers, it's so well written. The material is just solid. It's not just a kid show. It's truly good writing and great people, real artists, all the actors on it are so great. It's like nothing short of a thrill. I love it."

Dewey later added, "I think it's so refreshing. The flaws are the key to the whole thing, I think. Because you tune in and you see that these are flawed characters and then you pay attention. I think when something is cloyingly sweet, you're like, 'That doesn't look anything like a world that I live in and so I can't relate and thus,  what am I going to get out of this?' Whereas these people are just such lovable messes and you're right, their hearts are in the right place."

He then concluded, "We should all aspire to the kind of family and community values that they aspire to, but man do I love playing up this kind of screwed-up corners of them."

While Netflix will only have the first two seasons of Rugrats, Paramount+ subscribers can stream the all episodes of the original series, as well as the brand-new reboot. Those interested in trying out a free trial of Paramount+ can do so by clicking here.

Stream the classic and the all new CG-animated Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!

Original source: PopCulture.com.

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