Rugrats was one of Nickelodeon’s top-rated shows back in the 1990s, and got a spin-off series titled All Grown Up! in the early 2000s, but there was a different spin-off planned before that. Created by Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó, Rugrats was one of the original Nicktoons, and followed a group of toddlers (Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil, and Angelica) whose day-to-day experiences were turned into extraordinary adventures thanks to their imaginations.
Rugrats became a big success and was key in building Nickelodeon’s reputation as a kid-friendly network. The characters resonated with the audience and became so popular that the series spawned three films (including a crossover with The Wild Thornberrys), comics, video games, tons of merchandise, and a spin-off series that followed the characters in their teenage years, appropriately titled All Grown Up! – but this wasn’t the first Rugrats spin-off planned by Nickelodeon.
Screen Rant’s newest video shares some of the moments that Nickelodeon and Disney, two of the biggest networks with mostly kid-friendly content, don’t want you to see (or know about). Among these is the original first spin-off planned for Rugrats, which didn’t go as far as to explore the characters as teens. Instead, the series was going to take a look at Angelica and Suzie’s pre-school days (and was literally titled Rugrats Pre-School Daze) and got a 13-episodes order. However, thanks to the success of the special episode “All Growed Up”, Nickelodeon decided to focus on the All Grown Up! spin-off and put Rugrats Pre-School Daze aside for years.
Aside from Angelica and Suzie, Rugrats Pre-School Daze featured Harold, a boy with orange hair who was introduced in the last seasons of the main series, and Savannah, Angelica’s frenemy. Both Harold and Savannah appeared in All Grown Up as part of Angelica’s circle. Rugrats Pre-School Daze finally saw the light of day in 2008, but the episodes were reduced to four. These were released on the DVDs for the direct-to-video specials Rugrats: Tales from the Crib, and although they were available on iTunes Store and Amazon Instant Video at some point, they are not available on any online service at the moment.
The concept of Rugrats Pre-School Daze would be a good one to explore in the planned Rugrats revival series, more so because many fans didn’t get the chance to watch the spin-off during its original run – although some episodes can be found online, along with clips from the pre-school episode from the main series.
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