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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 5 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rugrats Movie June 11 1999
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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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"The Rugrats Movie", the feature film based on Nickelodeon's #1 cable TV series, hits the big screen with a BANG! This is one of the top movies of 1998, and is an excellent choice for the whole family. 1-year-old Tommy Pickles gets a little gift--a newborn brother named Dil--who seems to...get in the way. Feeling unloved and unappreciated, Tommy, his friend Chuckie and the twins Phil & Lil inadverently end up lost in a forest in Tommy's dad's invention with Dil. And Angelica, Tommy's bullying older cousin, even gets into the act--but only to retrieve her Cynthia doll that Dil had previously stolen. The adults, meanwhile, try to track down their little darlings. Filled with fun, wonder, and life from a baby's point of view, "The Rugrats Movie" is a pick everyone should enjoy...especially for those who still obtain that child within us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Cute June 2 2001
By A Customer
I am a huge fan of the Rugrats and I thought that the idea of a movie was really cool. When I watched it I tought it was very sweet. But when I watched it again I really enjoyed it. This movie is NOT an hour long episode that is considered a movie. This is pretty unique. It had a nice story. I think it even teachs you something (I know thats pretty lame but it does). I think it talks about that you should always trust your friends and not argue with them because they are the ones who will be there for you and you should stick with your family and love them no matter what. I used to watch this movie everyday and ruined three copies but I got a DVD copy which lasts longer and is much better. But I don't watch this movie as often but I still love it.
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Published 5 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny
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Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Dance Dance Dance
3.0 out of 5 stars Rugrats Movie!
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Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Calinira
5.0 out of 5 stars GR8 Butt Not As Good As Da 2nd.
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 more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by I'm hungry. feed me
1.0 out of 5 stars God, what is this world coming to?
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 more
Published on July 24 2003 by Molly
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 24 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 22 2002 by iuhjio
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