The Rugrats MovieThe Rugrats Movie (1998) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film by Dave Koch
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- Klasky-Csupo, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Pictures, Viacom International
- Animated Characters: Ranger Frank, Ranger Margaret, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phillip DeVille, Lillian DeVille, Betty DeVille, Dylan Pickles, Angelica Pickles, Minka, Didi Pickles, Stu Pickles, Grandpa Lou Pickles, Chas Finster, Drew Pickles, Grandpa Boris, Rex Pester, Reptar Wagon, Air Crewman, Lt. Klavin, Newborn Babies, Howard DeVille, Igor, Susie Carmichael, Aunt Miriam, Charlotte Pickles, Dr. Lipschitz, Nurse, Dr. Lucy Carmichael, Circus TV Announcer, Serge, United Express Driver, Woman Guest, Male Guest, Reporters.
- Originally Released in 1998.
- Running Time: 79 minutes.
Cartoon Production Information:
In a nutshell, the TV series "Rugrats" explores the world from a crawling baby's point of view. The babies, naturally, can talk amongst themselves but not to their parents, so they have to make sense of the screwy adult world on their own. There's Tommy Pickles, the adventurous baby; Chuckie, who falls into Tommy's schemes while muttering, "I have a bad feeling about this"; Lil and Phil, the twins; and Angelica, the slightly older child who bullies the others. Oh, and the kids' hero is Reptar, the Jurassic Park-like dinosaur who embodies their fears of and triumphs over the adult world.
In The Rugrats Movie, Tommy's major conflict is with his newborn brother, Dylan. (Dil Pickles, get it? Neither did my daughter.) Naturally, Tommy feels threatened by the new presence in his family. And the peak of the movie is reached early on, when Tommy and his friends visit the hospital nursery, which is the site of an elaborate production number in which the newborns form a cascade of water by... well, just think of newborns and liquids, and you can guess the rest.
This early part of the movie best captures the spirit of the TV series- cozy domestica from the pint-sized child's point of view. After that, the movie takes huge contrivances to get the kids trapped in the woods all on their own, so that Tommy can bond with his brother and a happy ending is guaranteed for all. Yet even when the movie's seams are showing, I never had less than a happy smile on my face. For the movie, like the TV show, is that rare commodity: a cartoon that plays well for kids and doesn't insult their parents' intelligence.
That's not too surprising, since the Rugrats package comes from Klasky-Csupo, the cartoon company which first animated TV's "The Simpsons." The animation here is a nice step up from TV standards, with shadowy, smooth movement, but still with enough rugged edges to keep it from being too sophisticated. And as with the show, the voicework here is flawless, with quite a few surprising guest stars (Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, and David Spade).
If you're already a Rugrats fan, this is like preaching to the converted. If you're not, you'll be pleased to discover that people are still making cartoons that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
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