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Rugrats reboot trailer sparks backlash: ‘Abomination of an animation’

The first trailer of the Rugrats reboot has dropped, and the response from fans has been pretty mixed, to say the least.

The classic 90s Nickelodeon cartoon has been given a 3D reimagining for its debut on the Paramount+ streaming platform in the US.

Tommy and Angelica Pickles, as well as Chuckie, Susie, Spike the dog, and twins Phil and Lil are all present in the trailer – but something seems not quite right for some fans.

One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘As much of a Rugrats fan I am… this animation isn’t it!! They can keep this. And try again maybe.’

Another backed them up in the thread, typing: ‘No. It looks terrible. And i was the biggest Rugrats fan. Its time to stop bringing back old shows. Have writers/producers lost their creativity?’

One simply asked: ‘Why does everything have to be 3D?’

The iconic milk splat part of the original credits has made it into the reboot (Picture: JoBlo Animated Videos/YouTube/Paramount+)

Another declared: ‘No thanks, I’ll stick with the original’

One attacked the new animation style directly, saying: ‘While I do appreciate the reprise roles of the OG VA’s. I cannot STAND that abomination of animation. It looks way too creepy and just does not fit right.

‘I was raised on OG Rugrats and loved it so much. The animation back then could easily be identified as Nickelodeon.’

The Rugrats reboot is welcoming back original voice actors to the show, including Simpsons icon Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie, Cheryl Chase as meanie Angelica, E.G. Daily as Tommy and Kath Soucie as Phil and Lil DeVille.

Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, said: ‘Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognised by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand new audience.

‘Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognisable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.’

Rugrats reboot screenshot, Chuckie and Susie

The Rugrats’ original voice cast is back for the revival, including Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie (Picture: JoBlo Animated Videos/YouTube/Paramount+)

The revival of the series, which originally ran from 1991 to 2004, is being executive produced by the show’s original creators, Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupó and Paul Germain.

Rugrats also expanded into a film series towards the end of its run, with The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and Rugrats Go Wild, and a spin-off TV series called All Grown Up.

This is the second Nickelodeon show to get a CGI animation revival for Paramount+, following The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and new spin-off series Kamp Koral, which follows 10-year-old SpongBob and pals (yes, including Patrick) getting into various scrapes at a summer camp run by Mr Krabs.

Last week, a four-year-old fan managed to purchase more than $2,600 worth of SpongeBob SquarePants popsicles on Amazon – leaving his mother, a social work student, in a massive bind over how to pay for them. Noah Bryant had 51 cases with 918 popsicles delivered to his aunt’s home.

The Rugrats reboot is slated to arrive on Paramount+ on May 27.

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