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  • Actors: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Melanie Chartoff, Phil Proctor
  • Directors: Igor Kovalyov, Norton Virgien
  • Writers: Arlene Klasky, David N. Weiss, Gabor Csupo, J. David Stem, Paul Germain
  • Producers: Albie Hecht
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Jan. 8 2004
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305310068
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,226 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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The first theatrical film from the popular Nickelodeon TV series became the surprise hit of the 1998 holiday box-office crunch, trouncing the highly competitive kids market. The key ingredient to the Rugrats' success is the writing. Venturing into their first theatrical movie, the pals--including the intrepid diaper-wearing Tommy Pickles, the nervous Chuckie, the twins Lil and Phil, and the wonderfully prissy Angelica--garble English into funny prose ("I want those fugitives back in custard-y!") and use movie references in their fantasy life. The opening here is a dead-on spoof of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The big news for the movie is that Tommy gets a new baby brother, named Dylan (or Dil for short). The rest of the film has no real plot but is a series of adventures as the clan gets lost in the forest riding an inventive Reptar wagon that is the '90s equivalent of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Parents search for the kids, the kids learn new lessons, everyone goes home happy. The Rugrats Movie is not as wildly appealing as A Bug's Life but is far goofier and wackier with its animation. There's also a tremendous sense of joy that is often missing from cartoons these days, and the songs used in the film--from such diverse musicians as Busta Rhymes, Iggy Pop, Lisa Loeb, Lou Rawls, Beck, and Devo--add to the fun. It's an acquired taste, but the creators' first efforts to take the 10-minute TV sketches into an 80-minute feature pay off.

The video contains a short (Winslow Doc) from Nickelodeon's series CatDog. Although the animation is similar, one can only hope the series does not reach the popularity of Rugrats. --Doug Thomas

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By Theo on April 19 2014
Format: VHS Tape
Opinion here on Amazon is divided as to whether it's okay to review a book or film you didn't make it to the end of. Personally, I'm of the view that if you gave it an honest shot but just couldn't make it all the way to the end, it's okay to say so.

I did sit down and try to watch this. Twice. Both times I got about 30 to 40 minutes in before I just couldn't keep going. From what I did see, it seemed almost a case study on how not to turn a TV show into a feature length film.

Basically, all the characters do exactly the same things they do on the TV show. It's just that the writers try to give them more "serious" problems to tackle. Something to try to put everyone a little out of their comfort zone. To create the illusion that this time, things might not quite work out. Or at least to give our heroes problems that might plausibly take more than half an hour (or 11 minutes) to resolve.

Somehow, like so many TV show to feature film conversions, it just doesn't work. Maybe half an hour (or 11 minutes) of watching the rugrats do their tricks is enough. A format that makes perfect sense as a half hour TV show doesn't often translate terribly well to feature length. I'm not even sure why myself. I'd welcome comments on this review from anyone with a theory about this.

But whatever the reason, somehow... it just doesn't.

Theo.
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By A Customer on Oct. 12 2003
Format: DVD
I've been a fanof the Ruggies since, since forever. But when this came out I was very impressionable, and I only liked htis more than the eps because it was a movie.
THe movie starts with a total spoof of Raider's of The Lost Ark, but it's really only a game the babies are playing.
Shortly afterwards, Didi goes into labour and has a new baby, Dylan, 'Dil' Pickles.
DIl's very annoying, and this annoyingness gets the troupe lost in the woods in Stu's new invention, The Reptar Wagon, with a wolf tailing them.
Angelica follows them to get Cynthia back, and the grown-ups go on a huge search for them.
It features catchy songs, some of which are proper songs with different words.
I still prefer the eps, but the very very first ones, the ones where hte animation was bad, and the babies were so much stupider and innocent. THe newer ones seem tomodern, and the plots are iffy, with the introduction of so many new characters.
I haven't bothered seeing Rugrats Go Wild, which is still in cinemas here in Australia.
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Format: VHS Tape
Being a big Rugrats fan who didn't get to see this in the theaters I bought this video when I saw it in a department store and I just watched it last month, well some of it was cute but some parts were boring and some parts just plain annoying but the annoying parts were the ones with those obnoxious Monkeys! I have the video but I think maybe I will give it to my cousin's children or anyone else I know who has little children, only some of the younger ones might get scared by the hyper monkeys and all the loud noises in the movie. What is with all the reviews from grown ups complaining about bathroom humor? I read several reviews by people all upset because the Rugrats said poop and poopy and were upset that Dill had gas, popped and had a diaper change, what is so offensive about that? it's not like you saw any animated poop in that animated diaper. I think only extremely conservative grown ups would get offended by stuff like that. Like come on, it's the Rugrats and the potty humor is in it's mildest form and it's a G rated movie so stop trying to make this kids movie sound like it's in the same league as a Rated R vulgar humor movie!
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By A Customer on March 5 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I love this movie!! My favorite part is when Susie and Angelica sing A Baby is A gift From Above. Chuckie is my favorite. This movie tells the story of young Tommy Pickles and his friends Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Susie and his nasty cousin Angelica. In one of the first scenes in the movie, Tommy's new brother, Dylan Prescott Pickles is born, being nicknamed Baby Dil. Tommy's household is very different after Dil is born because Dil cries alot and gets all the attention. Then one day, Phil and Lil decide that they think Tommy dosen't want Dil anymore, so they put Dil in the Reptar Wagon, Stu's newest invention and plan to drive Dil back to the "hopsicle" but Tommy spots them and right then Dil decides to steal Cynthia from Angelica. Angelica tries to stop him but Dil accidentally starts the Reptar Wagon and it accidentally rolls out of the house and into the woods. Luckily, all the Rugrats are in the wagon. Meanwhile, Angelica and Spike, her "butthound" try to find the babies so Angelica can get Cynthia back. It is a great movie which everyon of all ages should see!!
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By A Customer on June 11 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Well, This movie is Funny and Scary. Hi, My name is Osama. This movie adds another rugrat, Dylan Pickles (Dil is his nickname). Stu Pickles gives Tommy Pickles a responsibility to take care of Dil, his brother. He gives him a watch that is like a locket but it has a watch in it, then a picture of Dil. I think that this movie was, well... a little too wild! The Rugrats which are Chuckie, Phil and Lil. Lil comes up with an idea to take Dil back to the hospital (the call it a popsicle!). Tommy disagrees but too late, phil and lil are already putting Dil in the new Reptar Wagon stu pickles built. It takes them way far from home so hundreds of people see it on the news. At the end, the rest of the gang (phil, lil and chuckie) do not help Tommy look for his lost brother. Finally he found him and they slept. The next day they were home! Oh you should watch it! I rented it from a movie rental store. It is practically anywhere!
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