Rugrats Movie, the
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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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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I saw this in a movie theater filled with Rugrats. Even though I am probably too old to watch cartoons, I throughly enjoyed this movie! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
Ok this movie is definitely not as good as the Nickelodeon cartoon but it has it's moments and is a good movie for kids which is basically who this movie is intended for so just... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by Calinira
Eye loved it when Dil was introduced butt, Rugrats In Paris is bettah and Rugrats Go Wild is even betthah. Eye like this movie b-cuz it is da Rugrats and is a classic. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by I'm hungry. feed me
This cartoon is probably one of the lower class. Extremely annoying voices, trashy poor animation and never ending get-on-your-nerves potty humor. Read morePublished on July 24 2003 by Molly
Well I am a fan of the Rugrats cartoon, those babies are so cute so I watched this movie thinking it was going to be terrific like the cartoon is on TV but though the movie has a... Read morePublished on March 29 2003
This movie is funny, I even liked this motion picture when I was small, so if all of you people think this movie is stupid, you are stupid, cause I call this movie:
F is for... Read more
This is the worst film I ever seen at the movies. Do not take your child to see this... This movie is all about the babies get lost in the worlds. Read morePublished on June 21 2002
Rugrats is one of my favorite cartoons and I thought I would love this movie but I didn't and was disappointed, I didn't find it entertaining at all and was really bored, I have... Read morePublished on May 24 2002
I am not a fan of rugrats but this one wasnt so bad.When i went to go see it in the theaters,the little kids did not find it good,They where jumping all over the place and wouldnt... Read morePublished on May 22 2002 by iuhjio
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