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Rugrats Movie, the

Elizabeth Daily , Christine Cavanaugh , Igor Kovalyov , Norton Virgien    G (General Audience)   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Well, I tried... 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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rugrats Movie! Nov. 8 2003
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 let them enjoy it and I think any fan of the Rugrats should watch this movie at least once and if your child or grandchild likes it than it's probably worth buying it for them!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I can give it 0 stars!!!!! Oct. 11 2001
This movie stinks! The babies voices are so annoying! The plot was so bad, a bunch of kids getting lost in the forest. It was so overdramatic too. Tommy screaming for his mommy. BOO-HOO. This movie is a big flop and should have never been made.
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Format:VHS Tape
OK, now, if you are actually THINKING about taking a peek at this movie, DON'T!!!! This film is Rated G!!!!! What were the MPAA thinking???? There's this scene in a hospital where all these babies ... into the air to form a rainbow, and one where devil child "Dil" ... all over the babies while they're changing him. This is rated G????? I think that noone above the age of 2 should see this!!! I was 7 when I went to see it (although I didn't want to) and I was embarresed!!!! It's SOOOOOOOOOO BAD!!!! So, I think you shouldn't see this. If you want a good movie, go and see Halloween.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very funny Jan. 2 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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! Watch it alone or with your old Rugrats, I am sure ALL will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA LOVE BABIES Oct. 12 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars GR8 Butt Not As Good As Da 2nd. Sept. 15 2003
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. Finally, a nu addition 2 da Rugrats, babie Dil. This is a gr8 movie 4 kidz and any Rugrats phan!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars God, what is this world coming to? July 24 2003
By Molly
Format:VHS Tape
This cartoon is probably one of the lower class. Extremely annoying voices, trashy poor animation and never ending get-on-your-nerves potty humor. The potty humor is so old now it's so not funny anymore! The story is (well, there exactly is no story) these bratty losery over-dramatic chickeny kids (bawk bawk bawk)get lost in the forest. Their gullible parents find them. THE END. The point there, is no plot. So that's all I have to say for now.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The TV Cartoon Is Better!
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 more
Published on March 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining a cool movie
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
Published on June 21 2002 by Chiedu Ufoegbune
1.0 out of 5 stars BAD Go see Hey Arnold the movie or Thomas and the Magic R.R.
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 more
Published on June 21 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Rugrats Fan!
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 more
Published on May 25 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars If You Dont Like The Show Then You Wont Like The Movie
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 more
Published on May 23 2002 by iuhjio
2.0 out of 5 stars Well it's for kids right?
I agree with Roger Eberts Review in which case Old and Young Love the Rugrats, The old try to hide it but they still do. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2001 by A. Bullen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Fanastic but you have to admit it's pretty cute!
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001
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