Ever since the Rugrats babies were first introduced to us, fans have had fun thinking about how they would look once they grew up. Fan art of all kinds can be found in abundance on the internet, but one depiction has surfaced that holds a bit more weight over the rest. That’s because it was drawn by storyboard artist Eric Molinksy, who actually worked on the cartoon series. So if anyone would know how Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Dil, Kimi, Angelica and Susie would look once they reached adulthood, it’d be this guy.Molinsky, who worked for the animation studio Klasky Csupo from 1999 to 2002, drew not only “The Rugrats” but also “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rocket Power,” and “As Told By Ginger.” In a piece written for Studio360, he explained, first and foremost, what his job as a storyboard artist entailed:
What does that mean I was a storyboard artist? In our analog era, we’d get the script and a cassette tape of all the voices, already recorded. We’d imagine it playing out as a TV show, and draw every camera angle, every acting pose. Then the storyboards were shipped to Korea, where the animators blew them up on a Xerox machine, drew the animation based on our storyboards, and shipped the color footage back to us on videotape three months later.
He then touched on his annoyance at the super stylized, trendy, hip depictions of what the Rugrats would look like today:
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.
Finally, he went on to explain why he feels his version is the most accurate portrayal of what the adult version of our favorite lumpy babies would look like today:
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.
So there you have it! The wondering can now cease! You now have a bonafide reference as to what the Rugrats would look like all growed up, in all their lumpy glory.