Rugrats:
The Complete Series                              review Bobby Blakey

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Over the years Nickelodeon has delivered some fun cartoons that have had a lasted impact over the years including Doug, Spongebob, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and Rocko’s Modern Life. One of their biggest series was Rugrats that ran from 1990 to 2004 and follows the perspective of a group of adventurous and imaginative toddlers, Rugrats transformed the most mundane activities into unforgettable adventures. Recently they just rebooted the franchise with an all-new series on Paramount + so what better time to revisit the classic series.  

 

Rugrats follows the secret life of babies Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Kimi, and Dil, plus toddlers Angelica and Susie, as they embark on misguided adventures (in reality and their vivid imaginations) right under the noses of their unsuspecting parents and grandparents. The series features the voice talents of E. G. Daily (“The Powerpuff Girls”) as Tommy, Tara Strong (“The Fairly Odd Parents”) as Dil, Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”) as Chuckie, Kath Soucie (“Danny Phantom”) as Phil and Lil, Cree Summer (“Robot Chicken”) as Susie, Cheryl Chase (“All Grown Up!”) as Angelica, and more who all brought their own special something to their characters to help them stand out.

There are few cartoons that seemed to have the popularity of Rugrats during its run. You could not go anywhere without seeing some sort of merchandise featuring these characters. Revisiting the series it is no wonder why as it holds up pretty well. I was never a huge fan of the show, but did watch it with my kids when they were younger and it was fun nostalgia to revisit. The entire premise of the show works great and still holds up for this next generation all while keeping the fun for the existing fans.

 

No matter what I ever thought about the series as a whole, I always loved the artwork and character designs. They offer up a unique look at each of the characters that help them to not only stand out, but match their personalities to perfection. Most of the charm here is how memorable and

relatable all of these little characters are despite them being babies. I found myself watching through these sets enjoying the show more now than I ever did with some of that being relatable as a parent to seeing how these silly kids behave, but also seeing how creative they got with the storylines and overall direction.

 

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the original series they have released this new collection featuring all 9 seasons on 26 discs as well as bonus content for fans to enjoy. Grab your copy of Rugrats: The Complete Series available now on DVD from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.