If you grew up in the ’90s, the Rugrats were definitely a part of your childhood. But what would they look like if they were around today?
Eric Molinsky, who worked as a storyboard artist on Rugrats (as well as other Nickelodeon shows like The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power and As Told By Ginger), has taken to Studio 360 to share his vision of what Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Angelica would look like today.
Molinksy was inspired by illustrations he’d seen of the ‘grown-up’ Rugrats floating around the web that, in his opinion, didn’t capture the “lumpy” spirit of the show.
“We referred to them as lumpy babies for a reason,” he wrote. “If we ever drew the Rugrats as being too cute, our executive producer would scold us. We were supposed to emulate the style of Eastern European animators… So no. The Rugrats did not all grow up to be fashion models or self-confident hipsters. Especially not Chuckie. They probably grew up to be average if not slightly lumpy looking people — just like their parents.”
So, what would the Rugrats look like today? Intro music, please…
That’s… kind of depressing, right?
Sadly, at least one member of the Rugrats cast wouldn’t be available for a modern day reunion — Christine Cavanaugh, who voiced Chuckie (as well as Babe the pig and countless other cartoon characters), tragically passed away last December at just 51 years of age.
Which old cartoon character would you like to see today? Let us know in the comments below!