Rugrats

Season 7 Episode 13

A Rugrats Kwanzaa

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Aired Daily 2:00 PM Apr 22, 2001 on Nickelodeon
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The Carmichaels get a visit from the "Great Aunt T" (voiced by Irma P. Hall), who came over to celebrate Kwanzaa with the Carmichaels. The holiday, which the Carmichaels normally don't celebrate, celebrates the honor and greatness of the African people. However, Susie feels that she isn't as great as her brothers and sisters, all of them examples of greatness in the Carmichael family. With a little help from the Great Aunt T. and the Rugrats, she learns that everyone is great in their own way, making "Kwonzo" a joyous holiday. We also go back in time, when Aunt T met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the most unusual place -- at the side of the road with car trouble, as well as the time Aunt T funded Lucy's tuition money for Harvard Medical School.moreless

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  • The first TV Kwannza episode.

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    This Rugrats episode not only served as the pilot for the abotvie spin-off known as The Carmichels starring Sussie, but it is also the very first TV show dedicated to the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. Sussie's Great Aunt T not only shows the holiday's traditions, but she also teaches Sussie a valuable lession that you don't have to be famous in order to be a great person. I feel that this could be one of the most educational episodes the series ever had. It is, therefore, going to be my pleasure to give this episode a well desevred perfect 10.moreless
Jack Riley

Jack Riley

Stu Pickles

Joe Alaskey

Joe Alaskey

Louis Pickles 1997-

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Chuckie Finster 2002

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Charlotte Pickles

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Randy Carmichael

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Suzie Carmichael

Irma P. Hall

Irma P. Hall

Great Aunt T

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Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Guest Star

Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor

Howard DeVille

Recurring Role

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Drew Pickles/Chazz Finster

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    • This special also serves as a pilot for a future spinoff featuring The Carmichaels. However, plans to make this spinoff into a series have been shelved. The reason being is that there are plans to make All Growed Up and Preschool Daze into series. The tweenage Susie will be part of All Growed Up, while the toddler Susie will be part of Preschool Daze, along with the main Rugrats series, which is expected to remain in production, alongside the 2 new series. If The Carmichaels went to series, the plan was to move the family to Atlanta, where they apparently have relatives. Klasky-Csupo and Nick have decided not to pursue The Carmichaels any further, as the only way The Carmichaels would work is if Preschool Daze didn't become a series, and if Susie leaves the main Rugrats series (if the series wasn't cancelled, which now seems unlikely). There were plans to make The Carmichaels into a series as early as the 1999-2000 TV season, but plans involving the toddler Rugrats had put the new series' plans on ice.

    • Near the start of this episode, Aunt T mentioned that the storm in the Carmichael's neighborhood reminded her of Hurricane Coco in Tahiti. This may be an indirect reference to Coco LaBouche, who was the tyrannical manager of Euro Reptarland in Rugrats In Paris.

    • For the unitiated, Kwanzaa is, according to Edwin, "...a cultural holiday established in 1966 commemorating the first harvest celebrations of Africa." Kwanzaa is a time when blacks give thanks and honor the legacy of themselves. Kwanzaa is usually observed right after Christmas.

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