Eric Molinsky, a storyboard artist on Rugrats from 1999–2001, has penned a personal essay on Studio 360 about his frustration surrounding the babies being reimagined as grown-ups.
"It really bugs me," he writes. "Not the quality of the artwork, but the interpretation. We referred to them as lumpy babies for a reason. If we ever drew the Rugrats as being too cute, our executive producer would scold us."
"So no. The Rugrats did not grow up to be fashion models or self-confident hipsters. Especially not Chuckie. They grew up to be average if not slightly lumpy looking people — just like their parents."
And he would probably know; Molinsky worked on the famous Rugrats episode "All Growed Up" in 2000, which featured a slightly older gang.
Here's what Molinsky thinks the crew would look like today:
The crew doesn't look as sleek or polished as they have in past imaginings.
Tommy looks pretty much exactly like his dad, Stu Pickles:
His baby brother Dil is a terrifying teen:
Chuckie still looks pretty concerned:
Angelica looks like her mom's twin, business suit and all:
Susie also grew up to be all business, which isn't super shocking, tbh: