If, like me, Rugrats was one of your favourite childhood treasures, you should love this. Funny or Die, well-known for their joke/parody videos, a lot of which star some brilliant celebrities, have filmed a live-action trailer of the original Rugrats cartoon, starring Alia Shawkat as Chuckie Finster, Mae Whitman as an even more evil Angelica Pickles, Michael Angarano as Tommy Pickles, and Sarah Ramos as the twins Phil and Lil DeVille.
As can be expected from Funny or Die, it’s dark, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s R-rated, so if you’re currently at work, be sure to check back in later to watch it then (unless your boss is pretty laid-back).
It has everything a good trailer needs. Murder, deception, addiction, baby-vs.-baby violence. I’m a big Arrested Development fan, so just seeing Alia Shawkat and Mae Whitman back together is a win-win situation for me. Whitman is pretty damn menacing as Angelica, and Shawkat plays Chuckie with real class; her hunkered-down humming of the main theme – which has been eerily playing throughout – whilst rocking herself in a dark corner is brilliant.
Shawkat and Whitman will be working together again soon with the return of Arrested Development, which really can’t come fast enough. Until then, here’s the great comedy trailer (with thanks to Collider for the tip-off), written and directed by Ryan Perez, with its dark and R-rated take on the original beloved kids’ TV series. Enjoy.