Phil and Lill’s mum is openly gay in the new reboot.

Betty DeVille was married to Howard DeVille in the original 1991-2004 series and was voiced by Kath Soucie.

The character has now been re-written and will be voiced by Natalie Morales who uses she/her and they/them pronouns.

The actor revealed to The AV Club that, “Anyone who watched the original show may have had an inkling Betty was a member of the alphabet mafia.”

Adding that the reinvented character could be an inspiration for young queer people today.

“Betty is a single mom with her own business who has twins and still has time to hang out with her friends and her community, and I think it’s just so great because examples of living your life happily and healthily as an out queer person is just such a beacon for young queer people who may not have examples of that.”

Morales also added how great it would have been to see Betty as the character she is now in the original series.

“And yeah, Betty is a fictional cartoon, but even cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”

Fans of the show will also be glad to know that Betty has ditched the sweaters with the female gender sign for ones with Gemini.

Rugrats is an American animated kids show which was originally created for Nickelodeon by Gabor Csupo, Paul Germain and, Arlene Klasky.

On Thursday, the diaper-clad superstars returned exclusively to US screens via the latest streaming service, Paramount+.

Nancy Cartright is back as the famously apprehensive Chucky, and E.G. Daily is once again leading the group as the adventurous Tommy.

But there are new additions too.

Nicole Byer from Nailed It is voicing Dr. Lucy Carmichael and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) is the voice of Chuckie’s dad, Chas.

But there are some changes that have ruffled feathers.

The switch from line animation to modern 3D computer animation has divided opinion.

Also, some fans were annoyed at Grandpa losing his grouchiness.

There is no news as to whether the new reboot will remain exclusive to the US, or make its way around the world.

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