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The Rugrats & Hey Arnold! Reboots You Didn’t Ask For Are Coming Anyway

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Nickelodeon plans to reboot two cartoon darlings from the 1990s: Hey Arnold! and Rugrats. “We are looking at our library to bring back ideas, shows that were loved, in a fresh new way,” said Russell Hicks, who’s the president of content and development at Nickelodeon. So, now that the people who grew up on Rugrats and Hey Arnold! have reached their child-bearing years, surely they’ll enjoy a nostalgic revisitation of their childhood memories/

I admit, I grumbled “who is this even for” until I remembered that I’m in my late 20s and a lot of my old high school friends have babies now. Thanks/yikes, Nicktoons, for that reminder about the inexorable passage of time!

Even so, seems odd to check out a reboot rather than all the original kids’ shows that exist now (e.g. Steven Universe, Adventure Time). I guess Nickelodeon needed to get an edge on Cartoon Network somehow. And maybe there’s an interesting modern twist to be found for the babies and tweens of Rugrats and Hey Arnold!.

What do you think? Would you tune in for these  with or without a kiddie in tow?

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Maddy Myers, journalist and arts critic, has written for the Boston Phoenix, Paste Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and tons more. She is a host on a videogame podcast called Isometric (relay.fm/isometric), and she plays the keytar in a band called the Robot Knights (robotknights.com).