Left: Sample entries for Rugrats from the Long Island
(top) and San Antonio (center & bottom) editions of
TV Guide. The ones on top and
center are for the Spanish version on Telemundo (in this case,
WNJU ch.47 (top) and KVDA ch.60 (center)); the one on the bottom is for
the original Nickelodeon version. "Dibujos Animados" is Spanish
for a cartoon, or, literally translated, "animated drawings".
Some editions of TV Guide lists the Spanish version by its original English name, while other editions, and many newspaper TV listings, list the show by its Spanish name -- Aventuras en Pañales.
(Listings are ©1998 & 2000 by TV Guide, Inc.)
(logo ®, & © Telemundo Network LLC)
Aventuras en Pañales (Adventures In Diapers), the Spanish version of Rugrats, is seen daily throughout Latin America on Nickelodeon (Latin American service only), as well as many local networks (in Mexico, XHGC Canal 5 televises Rugrats; in the US, it's on Telemundo).
The following are names used for the characters in the Spanish version:
|English Name:||Spanish Name:|
|Chuckie Finster||Carlitos Baldoza|
|Chazz Finster||Carlos Baldoza (?)|
|Dean (from Angelica's In Love)||Nikki|
|Phil||Phili / Fily|
|Lil||Lili / Lily|
|Dr. Lipschitz||Dr. Aquilino|
|Dummi Bears||Los Ositos Bobos|
|Mr. Mucklehoney (from ...Baby In My Soup)||Sr. Carabote|
|Paul Gatsby (from Dummi Bear Dinner Disaster)||Pablo|
|Sticky (from The Last Babysitter)||Pegote|
|Billy "Strike" Maxwell (from King Ten Pin)||Pepe Chuzas|
|Hector (from The Shot)||Héctor|
|The Dog Broomer (from The Dog Broomer)||La estaquita de perros|
|Ilsa (from The Dog Broomer)||Lisa|
|Clarice (From The Case Of The Missing Rugrat)||Clara|
|Ben (from Let Them Eat Cake)||Alfonso / Poncho (for his friends)|
|Elaine (from Let Them Eat Cake)||Elena|
|Satchmo (from The Legend Of Satchmo)||Sasafrás|
|Milton (Tommy's "baby brother"'s name from The Stork)||Donato|
|Miltonia (Angelica's "baby sister"'s name from The Stork)||Donata|
|Mr. Friend (from The Mysterious Mr. Friend)||Señor Mambo|
|Mr. Fiend (from The Mysterious Mr. Friend)||Señor Sambo|
|Rhonda Rags (Lil's doll from The Mysterious Mr. Friend)||Altagracia|
|The Golden Wombat (Grandpa's trophy from Naked Tommy)||El Marsupial de Oro|
|Barnaby Jones (the subject of Angelica's story in Under Chuckie's Bed)||Tino Rufino|
|Melville (from I Remember Melville)||Nicanor|
|Megan (from Cradle Attraction)||Magos|
|Dylan / Dil (from The Rugrats Movie)||Dilan|
As for the voices, they don't sound the same as the original, though one exception may be the Spanish voice of Chuckie (Marina Huerta), which sounds just like Christine Cavanaugh's original Chuckie voice. Also, as in the English version, the Rugrats in the Spanish version are also voiced entirely by women. Here's who played the characters in the Spanish version:
|Character:||Spanish Voice:||English Voice:|
|Tommy||Laura Torres||E.G. Daily|
|Chuckie||Marina Huerta||Christine Cavanaugh|
|Didi||Monica Manjarrez||Melanie Chartoff|
|Angelica||Patricia Acevedo||Cheryl Chase|
|Phil||Rosy Aguirre||Kath Soucie|
|Lil||Monica Estrada (last few episodes of original 65 voiced by Rosy Aguirre; Monica returns for the new shows)||Kath Soucie|
|Susie||Rocío Garcel||Cree Summer|
|Grandpa||Alejandro Villeli||David Doyle (1991-1998); Joe Alaskey (1998-)|
Side Note: In yet another connection between Rugrats and The Simpsons, Marina Huerta (Chuckie) is also the voice of Bart Simpson in the Spanish version of The Simpsons; likewise, Laura Torres (Tommy) plays Martin on Spanish Simpsons, as well as Patricia Avevedo, who's Lisa Simpson. All of the voices in the Spanish Rugrats are also voices on the Spanish Simpsons, to some capacity.
As for the titles of the episode, some of these are the same as the English version, though there may be different titles for the Spanish version (click here; for another example, see the German Rugrats page). In all cases, the original English title is often displayed while an announcer reads what it says in Spanish; same goes for other text elements in the show (signs, headlines, captions, etc.); this is commonplace for most foreign, non-Spanish shows seen on Mexican television.
Evidentally, the dubbing of programs and movies from a foreign language to Spanish is a tough chore, but, in all animation the world over, it has to be done right. According to an interview published in Simpsons Comics (Spanish version), Laura Torres says that to do the dubbing, you have to concentrate on your voice in order to sound clearly.
In that same interview, another Rugrats/Simpsons voice (name unknown for now) is also a Rugrats fan; she was pictured wearing a Rugrats sweatshirt.
Finally, an interesting point regarding Naked Tommy: this episode was seen on ZAZ, a children's cable channel on DirecTV & on Multivision's cable systems in Mexico (when ZAZ carried Rugrats before Canal 5), but was never seen on Canal 5. Original suspicions indicate that there was too much nudity in that episode. However, through the summer of 1997, Rugrats was seen on Canal 5 at 6:30PM, right after Dragon Ball, which featured more nude scenes than Rugrats; this time around, though, Rugrats and Dragon Ball Z are divided by 2 hours. (Note: Keep in mind that Dragon Ball (and other Japanese imports) are more edited for violence, nudity and innuendo in the US and Canada than versions for other countries.)
TV Ratings Note:
Like the US & Canada, Mexico also uses a TV ratings system, though they go in alphabetical order, rather than assign different letters.
|Mexican Rating:||Meaning:||US Equivalent:||Canadian (AGVOT) Equivalent:|
|AA (used in movies & videos only)||Designed for kids||not applicable||not applicable|
|A||Family||TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-G||C, C8, G|
|B||For people 12 & up||TV-PG||PG|
|C||Adults only||TV-14, TV-MA||14+, 18+|
In Mexico, Rugrats is rated "A".
On a side note, when Rugrats first appeared over-the-air in Mexico on XHTV Canal 4, it was scheduled Saturdays at 9PM Central Time and rated "B", probably since the programming manager thought that Rugrats would be of the same caliber as The Simpsons.
In the US, Spanish Rugrats is rated [TV-Y], just like the original English version.
The Rugrats Comic Strip -- In Spanish
Some Latin American papers are now carrying the Rugrats comic strip in Spanish. To see an example, click here.
Spanish Rugrats Books
Spanish versions of selected Rugrats are now available in Latin America. For details, click here.
Rugrats -- A Mexican Adventure
Left: Spanish version of Rugrats -- A Live Adventure logo, provided to this site by Nick Latino, ©1998 Viacom.
Special thanks to Nicolas
Marinelarena, Ernesto Zelaya
Pflucker & Carolina Hernandez
Some of the voice information provided by "Nueva Pagina de Actores de Doblaje" (New Page of Dubbing Actors/Actresses)
For more interesting facts about Spanish "Rugrats", click here.
For a Mexican comparison between "Rugrats", "The Simpsons" & "Dragon Ball Z", click here.
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