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Rob Harris

Video streaming giant Netflix continues to build on its already stellar line up of original programming, this time tapping into a little '90s nostalgia for your binge viewing pleasure.

Remember 1994? It was the year of Disney's timeless classic The Lion King, Forrest Gump and, of course, Macaulay Culkin's financial fantasy comedy, Richie Rich. Now, 20 years later, the aptly named child billionaire is back with his own brand new series - but what can we expect this time round? Well, according to Netflix:

Richie now lives the coolest life of anyone his age where his opportunities for fun and adventure are limitless. Whether its exploring Antarctica, making a movie with his friends, or meeting famous celebrities, there’s never a dull moment in Richie’s new life.

Epic! Let's take a look at the recently released trailer to see just how much the tycoon tot has changed in two decades...

Richie Rich Himself

Young star Jake Brennan replaces Home Alone legend Macaulay Culkin as the world's wealthiest kid, and from the looks of the trailer he's a rather changed character.

In the original film, Richie struggles to solidify friendships, estranged from fellow kids his age due to his inordinate fortune. Yet, in the new Netflix series Richie appears to be a lot less lonely, sharing his luxurious mansion with his two best friends, Darcy and Murray.

I think we can expect a slightly less serious tone, with the show focusing largely on Richie's money-infused hi-jinks, rather than wealth's side effects of social isolation.

The Hired Help

Culkin's trusty butler, Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury, makes way for Brennan's robot servant, presumably stuck on 'hot-babysitter-mode.' Technology really is taking all of our jobs!

Richie's Fortune

Whereas '90s Richie inherited his fortune from his philanthropic father, modern day Richie is a self-made man. In a very 21st century twist, the entrepreneurial adolescent used all the vegetables he never ate to create a new energy source (don't think about it for too long, or it all breaks).

Left with a trillion dollars, Rich moves his father and friends into his newly constructed house of hedonistic fun to bask in the vegetables of his labor!

The Toys

Being a young, impressionable and highly materialistic kid, my favorite part of the original movie was fantasizing about all the swag I could buy with a bottomless bank account. Richie had a private baseball coach, his own theme park and - most enviously - his very own McDonalds restaurant!

So what crazy new toys can we expect from the new series? Well, how about a fully functioning Back to the Future-esque hoverboard?! And if that's not enough, why not throw in a jetpack, cruise ship, sports car, space suit, and an indoor gorilla habitat for good measure.

Yep, his imagination truly knows no bounds. We'll have to wait until the show launches on February 20 to see just how outrageous Richie's luxurious lifestyle will be! In the meantime, make sure you check out the trailer below:


Which version of Richie Rich looks best?!


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