I don't think any feminist voyage starts out perfectly; mine certainly didn't. It took me years to realize that I was oppressed as a neurodivergent woman, and even longer to realize I had privileges as an able-bodied white person. It's been a very topsy-turvy journey that has both empowered and humbled me.
Remember Nickelodeon's plan to reboot Hey Arnold! and Rugrats and other '90s-era Nicktoons? Apparently, the end goal of this slew of TV reboots is to turn the world of Nicktoons into a massive crossover tentpole film.
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.
Christine Cavanaugh, known for her role as Goslyn Duck from Dark Wing Duck, Chuckie on Rugrats, Oblina on Ahhhhh Real Monsters, Babe in the 1995 film, Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory, as well as live-action roles on Cheers, Empty Nest, Wings, and The X-Files, passed away December 22nd in Los Angeles.
What, you don't remember this conspiracy/urban legend about Nickelodeon's Rugrats? You said you were how old? Nevermind. Go away. Watch the rest of Cartoon Conspiracy here.
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It’s been a while since we lost our heads over Isaiah Stephens’ series of Disneycharactersdressed up asnon-Disney characters. But even once we finished with those posts, he was still drawing awesome things. It’s a Schrödinger’s artist situation. This time he’s done adult versions of characters from famous kid’s cartoons, like Doug, Pokémon, The Powerpuff Girls, and Hey Arnold!, in a series he calls All Grown Up. You can see individual shots of many of the characters on his Tumblr.
That kind of describes Tohad's, aka Sylvain Sarrailh's, previous illustrations as well. Badass: Baby Mario riding Yoshi into battle. Terrifying: Tohad's take on Rugrats, behind the cut. It will haunt your nightmares. Consider this your warning.
Previously in Reimagined Childhood
Celeste Pille's really all grown up redesigns of Rugrats characters have been getting a lot of attention lately, but a quick dip into her Tumblr reveals examples of her work for a massive swath of 90's kid nostalgia, from Pepper Ann to Hey Arnold!, The Magic School Bus, Recess, Kiki's Delivery Service and more.
The year was 1991. Metallica's Black Album had just been released, Terminator 2: Judgment Day was dominating the box office, and the children's TV network Nickelodeon aired the first episodes of three animated series -- Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy, and Doug -- collectively called "Nicktoons."
Rugrats proved to be quite successful. The adventures of the show's inexplicably loquacious infants spanned nine seasons, launched two spinoffs and three feature films. Likewise, Ren and Stimpy's often crude and outlandish toilet humor helped cement its status as a cult classic for adults and children alike. But the third show, Doug, didn't manage to make quite as big a mark on the hallowed halls of animation history.