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A character in the upcoming Rugrats CGI remake will be openly gay and hopes the role will become 'a beacon for young queer people'. Here's the first look at the upcoming reboot:
The original voice cast will make an almighty comeback and reprise their roles which will include E.G. Daily as Tommy, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie and Cheryl Chase as Angelica.
Parks and Recreation star Natalie Morales will be voicing Betty DeVille who is the mum of Phil and Lil DeVille.
In a statement given to The A.V. Club, Morales - who is openly gay herself - said: "Anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia [a term used to refer to the LGBTQ+ community].
"Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it's just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.
"And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I'd been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future."
Nickelodeon Animation Studio said the revival will follow the toddlers as 'they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view'.
Ramsey Naito, president of Nickelodeon Animation, said: "Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognised by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand new audience.
"Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognisable and we can't wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again."
The news was announced by ViacomCBS as it prepared to launch Paramount+, its rebranded streaming service, in the US.
It also said live-action versions of children's TV favourites Dora The Explorer and The Fairly Odd Parents are in the works.
The show premieres today (27 May) on Paramount+.
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