The RUGRATS are back for a whole new reboot and my inner childhood is giggling with joy. I had the chance to interview original voices of RUGRATS as well as two of the new voice cast. It's always fun listening to voice actors voice their characters, yet, somehow unsettling when you see the person doing the voice and the animated character is nowhere to be seen! This post contains affiliate links.
Fun Facts About RUGRATS
Can you believe RUGRATS has been around for 30 years?
We don't need to talk about how old that makes me feel. When you work together as long as the voice cast of RUGRATS has, there are stories to tell and tea to spill. Interviewing this crew was a barrel of laughs.
Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Elizabeth “E.G.” Daily (Tommy), Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), and Cree Summer (Susie) were nothing if not verbose. New RUGRATS Ashley Rae Spillers (Didi Pickles) and Tommy Dewey (Stu Pickles) had plenty to share, including their experiences growing up with the series and how they feel about joining such an iconic show.
Keep reading to read the fun we had in our interview with the cast of RUGRATS on Paramount+.
Team Reptar Cereal or Team Reptar Bars?
We had to know, right? Iconic dinosaur-Godzilla parody leading to merch and actual Reptar Cereal and Reptar Bars you can buy? Did they prefer “Incident in Aisle Seven” or “Reptar Bar, Reptar Bar, the candy bar supreme!”
It was a unanimous vote for Reptar Cereal from Cheryl Chase and E.G. Daily.
Also, if you like Reptar Bars, you should check out this incredible Reptar Ice Cream Bar recipe from my friend Monica over at Popcorner Reviews.
Favorite RUGRATS Baby?
Newcomer Ashley Rae Spillers, who voices Didi Pickles, grew up watching RUGRATS. Her favorite? Chuckie. “I just want to take care of Chuckie and make sure he's okay.”
Kath Soucie, the voice of Angelica, said she's excited to see what the new cast will bring to the show.
“I'm excited to see what kind of spice the new parents are going to bring to the show,” Soucie said. “It's definitely adding some new elements. The core the babies will still have that same sound that y'all are familiar with, but then here comes this new flair, and I'm really looking forward to experiencing that.”
What the RUGRATS Cast Loves About Their Characters
Ashley loves Didi's kindness. “I think that she is just inherently kind and wants to do the best she can with everyone and everything,” Spillers said.
“I love Stu's unwavering optimism despite not having the best success rate in his trade,” Tommy Dewey said.
Daily said there are a lot of things about Tommy that she can relate to. “He's very loving. He's a leader and he roots for everyone. He just wants good things to happen, and I would have to say that I'm that way too.”
“What I love the most about Susie is she is a true depiction of a little brown girl, her hair, her family, how healthy and beautiful they are,” Cree Summer said. ” She is compassionate and a good friend. She's not afraid to stand up for what's right.”
What Nancy Cartwright likes most about Chuckie is that he's just like most children. “He's discovering things, and he's got some trepidations. He counts on his family or his little friends because he's got these fears he's trying to conquer.”
Soucie said she really likes the Lil is always ready for a good time. “Even when all the other kids are screaming and crying, she is laughing and wanting more adventure. She's a girly girl but she also loves to play in the mud. And I think she and Phil together teach kids how to have each other's back. Phil, I think his claim to fame is that he really is his own man.”
What Was it Like Bringing the RUGRATS Back to Life?
Returning to work on the RUGRATS was, “Like going to a family reunion where everybody loves each other,” Daily said.
“It's exciting,” Chase said. “I think the show's gonna be a huge success. And I really feel that the kids of today are going to embrace it. And the parents are going to embrace it. It's gonna be really fun to see the reactions because we've been living with this for 3 years, and now the world is going to see it. So it's going to be a big huge baby love fest.”
“The band's back together,” Summer said. “I think we were just excited. This is a show that has become iconic for us as actors…I just thought it was a gift.”
“What better gift that we could have than to be able to do something we enjoyed ourselves,” Cartwright said. “We get to experience it again with our families.”
Soucie said she was in agreement with all of that. One of the things that she loves about the show overall is that it's a truly collaborative effort. “Everybody gets to put in their own two cents to make this thing together. And that's a lovely thing for any artist to be able to experience.”
If They Could Voice Any Other RUGRATS, Who Would They Voice?
Daily said she'd want to be Angelica, ” So I can know it's like to be mean sometimes!”
Cartwright's retort was not unexpected: “I want to be Tommy because I want to know what it feels like to be a goody, goody.”
Summer said she'd choose to voice Chuckie if she were to choose to voice a different RUGRA, because, “He is just a bottomless pit of humor. I love his lines. But I also have to say, I love Lillian.”
Favorite RUGRATS Episode?
Chase's favorite episode is one called “The Trial,” where Angelica breaks Tommy's clown lamp.”She wants to pin it on the other babies, so she has a mock trial where Tommy is the judge, and she's going around prosecuting Phil and Lil and Chuckie.”
Daily really liked all the specials, like the Passover special. “Those specials showed a lot of beautiful things about different cultures & religions, and they put a spotlight on everybody.”
Summer's favorite is the first time Susie shows up. “She's flying through the house, and she bumps into Chuckie. I think she's in a panic and as soon as she sees Chuckie, she's cool.” Summer said in the episode when Chuckie loses his mama, “That really rocked my soul. I thought that was a beautiful thing that the writers decided to do. Because sometimes that happens.”
Cartwright said it's really hard for her to choose a favorite, “Because it's like trying to identify who's your favorite kid.”
Soucie's favorite episode is the “Big, Brave Dog” episode where Chuckie has to: I love the big brave dog episode where Chuckie has to gather up his courage to go up the slide. “I think the reason why it's my favorite is that it was my dad's favorite. He loved it so much.”
The all-new original animated series RUGRATS premieres Thursday, May 27th on Paramount+. Beginning May 27, the first 6 episodes of the RUGRATS debut season will be available on Paramount+, with the rollout of additional episodes to be announced at a later date. The premiere episode, “Second Time Around,” is a special double episode.
The series stars E.G. 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 are reprising 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).
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. Charlie Adler (“Rugrats”) serves as the voice director.
The original “Rugrats” series launched in August of 1991 and instantly became a groundbreaking phenomenon, spawning consumer products and three hit theatrical releases, cementing its place in pop culture history through its iconic characters, storytelling, and unique visual style. “Rugrats” was in production for 9 seasons over the course of 13 years. The series earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards, and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
How to Watch RUGRATS
RUGRATS premieres May 27th on Paramount+. Following the season’s run on Paramount+, the series will air on Nickelodeon on a later date. Additionally, Rugrats: The Complete Series is now available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment.
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