Along with Ren & Stimpy and Doug, the carpet-crawling tales of Tommy Pickles and his diaper-wearing crew ushered in the era of original animation on Nickelodeon. The critically acclaimed series showed that the life of a “rugrat” can be as adventurous, treacherous, and gloriously ridiculous as anything in the adult world.
SOMETIMES A BABY’S GOTTA DO WHAT A BABY’S GOTTA DO
– TOMMY PICKLES
08/11/91 – 11/05/06, 176 EPISODES
The inspiration for Rugrats came when Arlene was working from home and taking care of her infant children. One day while working on concepts, she wondered, if babies could talk, what would they say? She shared the notion with Gabor and soon the visual world came to life. Gabor’s original drawing of Tommy was based on his own son; pigeon-toed, skinny legs, big head and no hair.