The new Rugrats cartoon reboot, which debuted earlier this year, was recently greenlit for a second season. New episodes are set to debut this Thursday featuring a slew of guest stars voicing characters from the original series, perhaps most notably Kimi Watanabe. Introduced in the feature film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Kimi became the stepsister of perpetual coward Chucky Finster after his father Chas Finister married her mother, Kira Watanabe. For the reboot, Kimi Watanabe is reimagined as Angelica’s eternally cheerful adversary at preschool. Kimi will be voiced by Charlet Chung.
New episodes will also voice Tommy’s Zayde Boris and Bubbe Minka voiced by Henry Winkler and Swoosie Kurtz respectively. Fans will note the drastic different character designs for Boris in Minka in the reboot compared to the original series.
Other new characters and guest stars include Raini Rodriguez as Gabi, Betty’s niece and the babies’ favorite babysitter ever, as well as Ben Schwartz as Lord Crater, the pompous but truly evil villain of The Final Eclipse movie franchise.
Does this mean that we can eventually expect Tommy’s baby brother Dil Pickles to be appearing next season?
Check out clips from the new episodes below.
RUGRATS CLIP – Escape From Preschool, featuring Charlet Chung!
RUGRATS CLIP – The Bubbe and Zayde Show, featuring Henry Winkler & Swoosie Kurtz!
RUGRATS CLIP – Great Minds Think Alike, featuring Raini Rodriguez!
RUGRATS CLIP – Final Eclipse, featuring Ben Schwartz!
Rugrats, the reimagining of the classic ‘90s series, is back with more adventures from the colorful imaginations of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil and Lil. The next eight episodes of season one will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ beginning Thursday, October 7. Ahead of the all-new episodes dropping this fall, the series was recently renewed for a 13-episode second season.
Joining the cast in this new batch of episodes are:
- Charlet Chung (Craig of the Creek) as Kimi Watanabe, Angelica’s eternally cheerful adversary at preschool, in “Escape from Preschool.”
- Raini Rodriguez (Bunk’d) as Gabi, Betty’s niece and the babies’ favorite babysitter ever, in “Great Minds Think Alike” and “Betty and the Beast.”
- Henry Winkler (Monsters at Work) as Boris, Tommy’s Zayde, in “The Bubbe and Zayde Show.”
- Swoosie Kurtz (Bless the Harts) as Minka, Tommy’s Bubbe, in “The Bubbe and Zayde Show.”
- Ben Schwartz (HouseBroken) as Lord Crater, the pompous but truly evil villain of The Final Eclipse movie franchise, in “Final Eclipse.”
In the all-new season one episodes, the babies will continue to find themselves in a variety of situations by using their wild imaginations, including defeating an “outer space villain,” traveling through Chuckie’s dad’s body, embarking upon a daring mission to break Angelica out of preschool and more. The new batch of episodes also includes a half-hour, Halloween-themed special where Tommy needs his friends’ help to save Angelica after she turns into a werewolf at a scary Halloween party as their parents seem to disappear one by one.
The series stars EG Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael), and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille), all of whom reprise their iconic roles in this new series.
The original adventurous babies’ voice cast is joined by new voices, including Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Tommy’s parents, Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chuckie’s father, Chas Finster); Natalie Morales, (Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Angelica’s parents, Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Susie’s parents, Lucy and Randy Carmichael); and Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles).
From Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the brand-new Rugrats series features rich and colorful CG-animation and follows the babies – Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, and Phil and Lil – as they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view.
This August 11th marked the 30th anniversary of the series. The original Rugrats series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, and cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling and unique visual style. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rugrats was in production for nine seasons (169 episodes) over the course of 13 years.
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the all-new Rugrats is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Eryk Casemiro (Rugrats) and Kate Boutilier (Rugrats) are executive producers and Dave Pressler (Robot and Monster) and Casey Leonard (Breadwinners) serve as co-executive producers, with Rachel Lipman (Rugrats) as co-producer and Kellie Smith (The Fairly OddParents) as line producer on season one.