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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nicktoons, 25 Years Later

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nicktoons, 25 Years Later
The 25th anniversary of Nicktoons “Rugrats,” “Ren & Stimpy” and “Doug” has arrived! While these Nickelodeon cartoons stirred the imagination of many children, there are several behind-the-scenes tidbits that have gone mostly unknown.

Here are ten things you didn’t know about “Rugrats,” “Ren & Stimpy” and “Doug”:

All of the Babies on “Rugrats” Were Voiced by Women

Phil and Lil are voiced by the same actress, Kath Soucie, who also voiced their mother Betty. Chuckie was voiced by Christine Cavanaugh, who was also the voice of Dexter in Cartoon Network’s “Dexter’s Laboratory.” Angelica was voiced by Cheryl Chase and Tommy Pickles was voiced by Elizabeth Daily.

The Co-Creator of “Rugrats” Didn’t Like Angelica

Arlene Klasky, co-creator of Klasky-Csupo and “Rugrats,” confessed that she never really liked Angelica, finding her and her signature catchphrase, “You dumb babies!,” “too mean.” She admitted to the New Yorker that the original “Rugrats” creative team struggled to keep the
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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series

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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series
Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon. It's hard to believe, but just seven years prior, the network was a huge failure, operating at a $10 million loss in 1984. By 1985, they'd launched Nick at Nite; in 1988, the Kids' Choice Awards and Nick Jr. So when the network opened Nickelodeon Studios within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, all eyes were on them. And it didn't disappointment, launching three soon-to-be iconic original animated series - Rugrats, Doug and Ren & Stimpy - all on the same day: Aug. 11, 1991. Since the cruel passage of time is all that unites us these days,
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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series

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Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show Premiered 25 Years Ago: 15 Things You Didn't Know About These Groundbreaking Series
Twenty-five years ago Thursday, Rugrats, Doug and The Ren & Stimpy Show premiered on Nickelodeon. It's hard to believe, but just seven years prior, the network was a huge failure, operating at a $10 million loss in 1984. By 1985, they'd launched Nick at Nite; in 1988, the Kids' Choice Awards and Nick Jr. So when the network opened Nickelodeon Studios within Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, all eyes were on them. And it didn't disappointment, launching three soon-to-be iconic original animated series - Rugrats, Doug and Ren & Stimpy - all on the same day: Aug. 11, 1991. Since the cruel passage of time is all that unites us these days,
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Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dead at 63

Joe Alaskey, Voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Dead at 63
Joe Alaskey, an actor who provided the voices of some of TV’s best-known animated characters, has died of cancer, our sister site Variety reports. He was 63.

Alaskey voiced Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the 2000s. (Mel Blanc provided the original voices.) Alaskey also brought life to Duck Dodgers‘ title character, a role for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 2004.

His many other gigs included voicing Tiny Toon Adventures‘ Plucky Duck, Rugrats‘ Grandpa Pickles and Forrest Gump‘s Richard Nixon.

At the time of his death, Alaskey served as narrator for Investigation Discovery’s Murder Comes to Town.
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50 Things We Learned From Vince Gilligan’s The X-Files Commentaries

Perhaps best known as the writer of Will Smith’s Hancock, Vince Gilligan previously found success on a little television show that few people thought would succeed. The X-Files ran for nine seasons, and he wrote (or co-wrote) thirty of the series’ 202 episodes. 20th Century Fox’s recent release of the entire series onto Blu-ray — available via a beautifully-produced box-set or as individual season releases — features the show in gorgeous HD, and while it includes a handful of new extras the vast bulk of the special features are pulled from previous releases. Multiple episode commentaries are available including three from Gilligan — “Small Potatoes” from season four, “Je Souhaite” from season seven, and “Jump the Shark” from season nine and recorded with co-writers John Shiban and Frank Spotnitz. The X-Files returns in January for a six-part mini-series, but sadly Gilligan’s only role in the reboot will be as a fan. Also
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'Babe': 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Talking Pig Movie

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"That'll do, pig. That'll do."

It's been 20 years since the world fell in love with the sheep-herding pig at the center of the film "Babe," which opened August 4, 1995. The movie was hailed as a kids' movie that delighted viewers of all ages -- it was the rare children's film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar -- as well as an advance in effects magic that launched a wave of live-action, talking-animal flicks.

It's hard to imagine that the G-rated classic came from George Miller, the same filmmaker behind the ultra-violent, hard-r "Mad Max" franchise. That's one of many things you may not know about "Babe," here are 19 more:

1. In 1986, producer/co-screenwriter Miller became interested in the story during a long plane flight from Sydney to London, where the woman seated next to him was laughing uproariously at Dick King-Smith's book, "The Sheep-Pig." Upon landing, he found the book in
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Take Two: 'Babe' is still bah-ram-beautiful 20 years later

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Take Two: 'Babe' is still bah-ram-beautiful 20 years later
I saw "Babe" 20 years ago when I was nine, and aside from the fact that it was a movie my grandparents tolerated, here's everything I remembered about it:  -The mice were cute. -Christine Cavanaugh, the late voice artist behind Chuckie on "Rugrats" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," voiced "Babe."  -It was nominated for Best Picture and Cavanaugh carried a pig-shaped purse to the Oscars. This was, of course, the beginning of my certifiable obsession with the Oscars.  -I was so, so embarrassed and sad at the part where the farmer's granddaughter hates the dollhouse she gets for Christmas. I wanted to reach out to Farmer Hoggett and say, "She's being a brat. I hope you know that, and I hope your feelings aren't hurt." Damn, remember when you'd evaluate kids in movies as your peers? -James Cromwell's face was a long, solemn, Easter Island-type granite block. Strangely,
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The Definitive Movies of 1995

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10. Waterworld

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive,
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Ratings: ABC, NBC Originals No Match for CBS Repeats, Univision on Slow Thursday

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Ratings: ABC, NBC Originals No Match for CBS Repeats, Univision on Slow Thursday
Happy New Year, CBS, which got a cheap, easy win to become the top-rated and most-watched broadcast network in the one-day-long 2015. Technically, though, it tied with Univision in the main primetime ratings demo, so there’s that asterisk.

CBS reruns tied with Univision atop ABC and NBC originals on Thursday, also besting Fox and CW repeat lineups. NBC and ABC aired originals up until 10 p.m. Everything else in primetime was a rerun.

Also Read: Axed Shows of 2014: The Ratings That Got Them Canceled

CBS and Univision each had a 1.0 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was
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Christine Cavanaugh, voice of Rugrats and Babe, dies at 51

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The woman who gave Babe and Rugrats' Chuckie their voices, Christine Cavanaugh, has sadly died.

Here's some horrible news that just came to light over the last day or two: Christine Cavanaugh has died at the age of 51.

Cavanaugh was a hugely talented voice artist, in particular lending her tones to the wonderful Chuckie from Rugrats, to Babe in the original film, and to Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory. She had an enormity of voice credits - as well as one or two live action appearances to her name as well.

She died on December 22nd.

News of her death - the cause of which isn't being disclosed - came via an obituary in the Los Angeles Times. Not much else is known, but what's clear is that she leaves a remarkable body of work, all the more impressive given that she effectively retired from voice work back in 2001.

Cavanaugh's obituary can be found here.
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Christine Cavanaugh Was The Voice Of Many Beloved Characters

The beautiful little 1995 film “Babe” featured actors and animals in a drama that shows the most unlikely of friendships and belief in someone goes a long way, and a big part of what made that film so sweet and lovely was the voice of said little pig Babe, done by Christine Cavanaugh.Babe was an animal saved from slaughter and turned over to a mama dog to school, against the wishes of the male border collie. Babe’s foster mother urges the little pig, “Bite them! Do whatever it takes to bend them to your will!” Babe tries this and barks […]
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Christine Cavanaugh Dies; Voiced Babe The Pig, Chuckie On ‘Rugrats’

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Christine Cavanaugh Dies; Voiced Babe The Pig, Chuckie On ‘Rugrats’
Christine Cavanaugh, an Annie Award-winning voice actor who brought to life such characters as Babe the Sheep Pig, Chuckie on Rugrats and the title kid in Dexter’s Laboratory, has died. She was 51. The Utah native died December 22, according to the Los Angeles Times; no cause of death was reported.

Cavanaugh started out as an actress in the late 1980s, appearing on such shows as Cheers and Empty Nest. In 1991 she landed a regular gig as the voice of Goslyn Mallard on Darkwing Duck, appearing in more than 70 episodes. Probably her most famous TV gig began that same year as she voiced Chuckie Finster, the scaredy-cat oldest baby on Nickelodeon’s Rugrats. Cavanaugh played the character for 135-plus episodes until 2002, when Nancy Cartwright took over. She also played Chuckie in The Rugrats Movie (1998).

During that time she continued working on TV, landing a regular voice role as Bunnie Rabbot in
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Rugrat’s Chuckie Dead at 51

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Okay, the headline may be a little misleading, as it is just the voice of Chuckie. Yes, with a heavy heart we report that Christine Cavanaugh has passed away at 51 years young. The funny lady had a long resume with many kid shows (Rugrats, Dexter’s Laboratory and Darkwing Duck) and also guest roles on shows like E.R. and Cheers. TMZ reported that she passe away on the 22 of December, the cause was rumored to be cancer.

We are sadden by this news. We loved her and her wide range of talent. She was a staple for many who grew up watching her and who she played on TV. She never received the credit that she deserved. She certainly should have been given more credit in her long career. However, we understand that she may have liked it better the way that she did choose to live it.

Are you
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'Rugrats' and 'Babe' Voice Actress Christine Cavanaugh Dead at 51

'Rugrats' and 'Babe' Voice Actress Christine Cavanaugh Dead at 51
Christine Cavanaugh, best known for voicing some of the most beloved '90s cartoon and movie characters, passed away Dec. 22 at the age of 51.

Cavanaugh provided the voice of Dexter from the Cartoon Network series Dexter's Laboratory, as well as the voice of Chuckie from The Rugrats and the beloved Babe the pig.

According to an obituary published by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001 after a 13-year career that also included roles in Aladdin, Darkwing Duck, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and The Powerpuff Girls, among many others.

Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014

She also performed in a number of live-action roles in television shows including The X-Files, Everybody Loves Raymond, and ER.

Cavanaugh died at her home in Cedar City, Utah. No cause of death has been released. She is survived by her brother and sister.
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Actress Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Babe, dies at 51

The actress who provided the voice Babe, Rugrats and Dexter’s Laboratory, has died at age 51 of unknown causes

Christine Cavanaugh, the voice actor behind children’s television characters such as Chuckie Finster from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, has died at the age of 51.

The actor, who died of unknown causes on 22 December, provided the voices for the titular character of the 1995 hit film Babe, as well as Dexter on Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory.

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Christine Cavanaugh, the Voice of Your Favorite '90s Cartoons, Dies at 51

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Voice actor Christine Cavanaugh has died at age 51 of undisclosed causes. Though her name may not ring a bell, if you grew up in the '90s, you've definitely seen - or heard - her work. She was the voice of Chuckie Finster on Rugrats, Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory, Babe the pig in Babe, and dozens of other TV shows and movies. She had retired from voice acting over a decade ago, but we'll always remember her for her work on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, The Wild Thornberrys, Darkwing Duck, and Aladdin.
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Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Babe and Chuckie from Rugrats, Dead at 51

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Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Babe and Chuckie from Rugrats, Dead at 51
Christine Cavanaugh provided the voice to many beloved cartoon characters, including Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory and Chuckie from Rugrats. Cavanaugh, who retired from her prolific voice acting career in 2001, passed away on Dec. 22, reports TMZ. She was 51. Having also provided voices for characters in The Powerpuff Girls, Recess, 101 Dalmations: The Series, and Sonic the Hedgehog, Cavanaugh also made live-action appearances in Cheers, The X-Files, Salute Your Shorts, and more. Similarly well known as the voice of the titular role in the movie Babe, Cavanaugh also won an Annie Award in 2000 for outstanding individual achievement for voice acting by a female
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Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Rugrats’ Chuckie Finster, Dead at 51

Unfortunately, another talented performer has passed away in 2014. Christine Cavanaugh, who voiced Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon series Rugrats and Babe the pig from the 1995 film Babe, died at the age of 51 on Monday, Dec. 22. According to TMZ.com, at this time, “the details surrounding her death are unclear.” In addition to her work on Rugrats and in Babe, Cavanaugh provided the voice for Dexter in the Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and also voiced roles in Disney’s Aladdin, The Critic, Recess, The Powerpuff Girls and The Wild Thornberrys. She retired from voice acting in 2001, and Nancy Cartwright, famous for voicing Bart Simpson on the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons, was brought in to replace her as the voice of Chuckie on Rugrats. Although she was primarily a voice actress, Cavanaugh also guest starred on several different television series throughout her career. She appeared on The X-Files (photographed above), Cheers,
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'Rugrats,' 'Babe' Voice Actor Christine Cavanaugh Dies at 51: Relive Her Greatness

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'Rugrats,' 'Babe' Voice Actor Christine Cavanaugh Dies at 51: Relive Her Greatness
Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who provided the scratchy, adorable coo of Chuckie Finster on "Rugrats" and Babe in the first "Babe" film, has died at age 51 according to TMZ. Cavanaugh dropped out of voice acting in 2001 due to unspecified personal issues, which was a pretty staggering upset for the voice industry since she was such a popular and respected performer. Her cause of death is unknown, though her Wiki states that she had Chronic myelogenous leukemia.  Let's revisit some of her most famous and beloved work as a performer. Cavanaugh ranks among the great '90s cartoon voices like Tress MacNeille (Babs Bunny on "Tiny Toon Adventures," Dot on "Animaniacs") and E.G. Daily (Tommy on "Rugrats," Babe in his second film, "Babe: Pig in the City"). It's also worth noting that Cavanaugh had live-action acting gigs on "The X-Files," "Cheers," "ER," "Everybody Loves Raymond," and the movie "Jerry Maguire." "Babe
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Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Chuckie from ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Babe,’ Dies at 51

Christine Cavanaugh, Voice of Chuckie from ‘Rugrats,’ ‘Babe,’ Dies at 51
Christine Cavanaugh, best known for her prolific vocal work — including memorable roles as the titular character in “Babe” and lovable scaredy-cat Chuckie Finster on Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — died on Dec. 22 of unknown causes. She was 51.

Cavanaugh broke into the business as an actress in 1988 after attending Utah State University and University of Hawaii. Her first prominent casting came in 1991 as Gosalyn Mallard on Disney’s animated series “Darkwing Duck.”

In addition to 1995’s “Babe” and her enduring role on “Rugrats” from 1991-2002, she also voiced Marty Sherman (“The Critic,” 1994-1995), Oblina (“Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” 1994-1997) and maniacal child genius Dexter on Cartoon Network’s “Dexter’s Laboratory” from 1996-2003. She also made live-action guest appearances on shows including “ER,” “The X-Files” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Cavanaugh retired from her voice career in 2001 in order to be closer to her family.

She was the godmother to Isabel Torres. Cavanaugh is survived by her father,
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