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‘Rugrats' Revival Possible, Says Nickelodeon; Other Nickelodeon Classics To Follow?

By Dan Niel , Oct 07, 2016 02:32 PM EDT

After "Legends of the Hidden Temple," "Hey Arnold!," and "Rocko's Modern Life," "Rugrats" might possibly be the next animated series to return to TV screens, according to Nickelodeon's senior vice president of original movies, Michael Sammaciccia.

Speaking during the "Hidden Temple" panel at the ongoing New York Comic Con, Sammaciccia said the franchise is among the programs being considered for revival.

"What's happening with [Legends of the Hidden Temple] is that it's allowing Nickelodeon to look at the rich library they have, and not just Rugrats, all of them are being considered," Sammaciccia said.

"Rugrats," is an animated series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain aired in Nickelodeon from Aug. 11, 1991 to Sept. 28, 2002.The show features the unordinary adventures of courageous one-year-old baby Tommy Pickles and his friends. Chuckie is a bespectacled, redhead who is insecure and cowardly while Phil and Lil are eccentric twins with the hobby of eating insects and earthworms. The main antagonist in the story is Tommy's spoiled, bad-natured older cousin.

The story revolves around their day-to-day lives and common life experiences of the kids that adults in the show are almost always unaware of. Most of the episodes were set in Tommy's house and the adults were portrayed as easily distracted and would always leave the children to have wild adventures of their own.

"Rugrats" was so popular in the '90s that it aired for 179 episodes. Its films were also considered blockbuster hits. In total, The "Rugrats" film trilogy earned $299.6 million which makes it the 25th highest-grossing animated film series of all time.

The franchise has also conquered other media. "Rugrats" was made into a comic strip distributed by Creators Syndicate. Nickelodeon also published a total of 30 issues of "Rugrats" comic magazine. The show also inspired a total of 19 video games and a 40-minute live adaptation with two episodes, "Rugrats-A Live Adventure."

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