Monday, January 18, 2021

Nickelodeon Unveils First Look at CG-Animated 'Rugrats' and 'Big Nate'

Nickelodeon and Variety today unveiled a first look at the network's upcoming CG-animated Rugrats reboot and upcoming CG-animated series based on Big Nate!

The Next-Gen Nick ad campaign, showcasing Nickelodeon's upcoming programming highlights is currently running on, and will also grace the cover of the latest issue of Variety magazine.

Via Jim Mortensen.

The advertisement also showcases SpongeBob prequel Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under YearsBaby Shark’s Big Show!The Tiny Chef Show, and the recently launched Santiago Of The Seas.

The news that the new CG-animated Rugrats series is not too surprising: when Nickelodeon first announced that they were reviving the beloved series for a new generation of fans, the series was announced along with a planned CGI/live action hybrid theatrical movie from Paramount Players, which would of seen the babies reimagined in CGI along with live-action actors. However, the film has been shelved for the time being. Additionally, Nickelodeon Animation has been advertising job vacancies for CGI artists for the new Rugrats reboot on their jobs board.

Rugrats focuses on a group of toddlers, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, twins Phil and Lil DeVille, and Angelica Pickles, and their day-to-day lives that became adventures in their imaginations. The original Rugrats Nicktoon series launched in August of 1991 as one of the original Nicktoons and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products, three hit theatrical releases, various video games and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years, and also spawned three spin-off series, All Grown Up!, Angelica and Susie's School Daze and Rugrats: Tales from the Crib. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nickelodeon is slated to premiere their Rugrats revival during 2021, with most of the surviving original voice actors expected to reprise their respective roles. However, Dil Pickles, Tommy's younger brother who was introduced in The Rugrats Movie, is not expected to feature in the series until season two.

Update (12/24) - It's being reported that in addition to Nancy Cartwright reprising her role as Chuckie Finster, Melanie Chartoff will reprise her role of Didi Pickles and Cheryl Chase will reprise her role as Angelica Pickles. They'll be joined by Little Women star Terra Jolé. Please note that this news has yet to be announced.

Update (1/11/21) - Nickelodeon today (1/10) gave us a first look at the CG Angelica Pickles during the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon! Angelica was one of the cardboard cut-out Nickelodeon characters sitting in the stands:

Announced earlier this year, Nickelodeon is taking the misadventures of Big Nate from page to screen with an all-new animated TV series based on the best-selling children’s books written and drawn by acclaimed author and cartoonist Lincoln Peirce. The eponymous 26-episode series follows Nate, a precocious 11-year-old boy, and his best friends as they navigate sixth grade with humor and style. Big Nate is being produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, Calif.

Big Nate is a book title I've wanted to translate into a series for a long time, and I am so happy this awesome, super-funny character is coming to Nickelodeon," said Ramsey Naito, Executive Vice President, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon. “All of creator Lincoln Peirce's slightly unruly, but entirely relatable characters share Nick’s same creative DNA, and we can't wait for them to join our amazing family!"

The TV series will feature brand-new original storylines centered on Nate and his mischievous shenanigans that usually result in disaster, detention or both. Whether trying to convince everyone that their school is haunted to get out of a test, or accidentally setting the pet iguana free in the school’s air ducts, Nate and his friends cause trouble everywhere--and must keep their cool before they get caught.

The Big Nate TV series is executive produced by Mitch Watson (All Hail King Julien) and John Cohen (The Angry Birds Movie), with Peirce serving as consultant throughout development and production. Bridget McMeel is co-producer.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Reveals First Look of Characters in Original 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years' Animated Series!

Originally published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 21.38 BST.

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