“Susie was the kind of chick that you’d really want to be. Susie came at a time when I don’t think we were seeing a lot of little black girls in animation or a lot of little black girls on TV, period. I think she moved a lot of people and made us feel good about ourselves. She was articulate, she was kind, she was talented, she was smart.” -Cree Summer, the voice of Susie Carmichael on Rugrats.
In honor of Black History Month, our Nick archives team uncovered one of the original designs for Susie, one of the first African-American characters in Nick Animation, who made her debut on January 10th, 1993 with the episode “Meet the Carmichaels” in the clip above!
Yall remember that episode if Rugrats, where they almost died of heat exhaustion while the grown ups slept? (Yea we can unpack that dark ass shit later) BUT AM I THE ONLY ONE SAD WE NEVER GOT TO SEE THE BADASS BABY, AL-SABU AGAIN!? HIS NAME LITERALLY MEANS “HEART OF LIGHT!” THATS AWESOME!! LOOK AT THAT DOPE ASS INCH WORM THINGY HE RODE! SHOUT OUT TO BROWN BADASS BABY OUT HERE SAVING A GAGGLE CRACKERLINGS FROM DYING OF DEHYDRATION!