A character in the upcoming Rugrats CGI reboot will be openly gay in the hope to be a “beacon for young queer people”.
The original voice cast will be returning to reprise their roles, including E.G. Daily as Tommy, Nancy Cartwright as Chuckie, and Cheryl Chase as Angelica.
They will be joined by Parks and Recreation star Natalia Morales who will be voicing Betty DeVille, the mum of Phil and Lil DeVille.
Speaking in a statement toThe A.V. Club , Natalia – 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.
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"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.”
The remake will follow the toddlers “they explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized and wildly imaginative point-of-view”.
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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."
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