90s nostalgia is at an all-time high, and Rugrats is more popular than ever. In fact, episodes are still in so much demand, that Nickelodeon launched a new programming block partially devoted to the disturbing babies back in October called The Splat. Ever since its debut in 1991, fans have wondered what the Rugrats would look like grown up. Now, we finally have the definitive answer, as former storyboard artist for the show, Eric Molinsky, shares what might as well be an official depiction of this ragtag group.
His painting captures Chuckie, Tommy, Phil and Lil as twenty somethings. And perhaps it is a little disturbing, but nonetheless, right on the money. Eric Molinsky thinks that some of the previous fan art bringing these characters into adulthood was a little too perfect. And he claims that everyone has missed the point.
The big problem with the fan art is that it has all been a little too clean. It is more realistic and not as rough as the original cartoon was. The element that is mostly missing is the aesthetic used to bring these characters to life by creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain. This is what Eric Molinsky had to say about some of the more polished characters appearing in fan art.
"It really bugs me - 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 all grow up to be fashion models or self-confident hipsters. Especially not Chuckie. They probably grew up to be average if not slightly lumpy looking people - just like their parents."
You can check out Eric Molinsky's interpretations of these characters as they make their way into the future below. There has been rumors that Nickelodeon is planning a revival of the Rugrats series, and it's possible that another movie may go into production before the end of this decade, but that has never been confirmed. If you want to see or hear more of Eric Molinsky work, you can visit his website, where you'll learn that he is now a public radio reporter and producer for Studio 360 at WNYC. He currently hosts the Imaginary Worlds podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. He also likes to sketch people on the subway. Perhaps that's where he drew some of the inspiration for this.