Rugrats may return to Nickelodeon someday, but there is a disagreement between the creators of the series about how to bring the characters back in a reboot. Paul Germain and Arlene Klasky spoke with Entertainment Weekly about their ideas for a reboot of the popular animated series.
Paul Germain helped create the series, but he left Rugrats after the first 65 episodes. He wasn’t happy with the direction the series took after his departure. He said the following:
“A lot of the direction that they took the show in after I left in 1993 – the second 65 episodes and then the All Grown Up series – I thought those episodes were poor. I thought they lost the spirit of it. I think the way to go [for a reboot] would be to take it back to where it was. I don’t know if we could really do that, but that’s what I would like to see. I think it’s possible.”
As for Klasky, he has his own ideas for a reboot, especially with the changes made in technology since then. He said:
“Life has changed 25 years later, so the technology has changed. Kids’ worlds have changed. Now kids are in kindergarten learning how to code. I mean, that’s amazing. Imagine [the Rugrats] going to pre-school and they’re coding and what could possibly come out of some kind of crazy thing they invented or did something viral. I think [a reboot] would need to mirror our time now. And it would be relevant with the fans, from what I hear. They like all the nostalgia. But I think at the heart of it, the core of this story is about these kids’ little souls and how they’re feeling. So I think if you have that, but skewed with all the technology and what the world is like now, all the pop culture and what’s current in psychology and raising kids, I think it can only be fun. It only gives us lots of stuff to work with.”
Germain doesn’t want to introduce today’s technology into the reboot. He wants to keep the 1990s feel of the series. He said the following:
“One of the things I think might be fun would be to just make the show a retro ‘90s show. I think that’d be cool. Cell phones can be interesting, but technology has a funny way of making it very difficult to write around because people are always in constant communication with each other in a way that works against drama. It takes a really fun writers’ obstacle away and makes it too easy.”
Who do you agree with? Do you want a present day reboot? Or do you want a Rugrats reboot set in the past? Tell us what you think.