Friday, July 22, 2016

Arlene Klasky Hints At Possible "Rugrats" Revival During SDCC 2016 Panel - #NickSDCC

During Nickelodeon's "Happy Happy! Joy Joy!: 25 Years of Nickelodeon Original Animation" celebratory panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 on Thursday 21st July 2016, Arlene Klasky revealed that, following news that Nickelodeon has launched an initiative to reinvent its library of '90s content for a new generation of audiences, beginning with the revival of hit '90s Nick shows Legends of the Hidden Temple and Hey Arnold!, fans might get to see another beloved Nicktoon return in the future: Rugrats!

While speaking with co-creator Arlene Klasky at Comic-Con, CINEMABLEND's Nick Venable asked if a Rugrats revival could happen, and here's what she said:

"I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about that. Let's just say...We've been talking to Nickelodeon. And it's been a decade since Klasky Csupo went its way. So it's actually really nice to be embraced by Nick. I hope so."

Klasky mentioned the end of the production company Klasky Csupo, which she ran with her then-husband Gabor Csupo, but just because it isn't around anymore doesn't mean that he wouldn't be involved. Here's what Klasky said when Venable asked if she was down for more:

"I'm down for it. So is Gabor [Csupo], and I'm sure [other co-creator] Paul Germain is, too. I hope so."

"The only thing that would make me happy is more Rugrats episodes," Klasky said. "I want to do more episodes and it's great seeing people ask the network for that," Klasky added.

So if she already knows Csupo wants in on it, then those conversations with Nickelodeon must be pretty interesting! Klasky also told Venable how great the network has been recently, and how engaged its creative side is with not just Rugrats and Hey Arnold!, but many others in its vast library of children's, nay, all-aged people's programming. She also credits fans - who contact her and Nickelodeon very often about a Rugrats return - for keeping the interest alive, and what better way to justify more of something than getting hounded by the very people that will enjoy it. Will the year 2019 be one in which Phil and Lil are getting into new arguments while Ickis and Crumm hide from The Gromble? It's up to fans! (And also executives.)

Rugrats was created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain, and debuted August 11, 1991 as one of the original Nicktoons. It ran for 172 episodes, and spawned three movies and two spin-off series.

While fans wait to hear more about a possible Rugrats return - fans can take comfort in knowing that Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will head to a new location in search for Arnold's birth parents at some point during Thanksgiving 2017. Waiting is hard!

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