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The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and newborn baby Dil get lost in the forest.
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Tommy Pickles (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
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Chuckie Finster (voice)
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Philip Deville / Lillian Deville / Betty Deville (voice)
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Didi Pickles / Minka (voice)
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Howard DeVille / Igor (voice)
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Woman Guest (voice)
Kevin McBride ...
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Aunt Miriam (voice)
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Chas Finster / Grandpa Boris / Drew Pickles (voice)
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Stu Pickles (voice)
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Reptar Wagon (voice)
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Tommy faces responsiblity when Dil, his new baby brother is born. As with all newborns, the child becomes a bane to Tommy and the rest of his gang. Even Phil and Lil don't like them. So they decide to return Dil to where he came from, the hospital. But they get lost along the way, REALLY lost, and get into even more trouble with a circus. Can they find their way home and can Tommy and Dil just get along? Written by Quentin R.

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Nap Time is Over See more »


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20 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ipanat  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,321,470 (USA) (20 November 1998)

Gross:

$100,491,683 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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Trivia

Nickelodeon's first animated theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

When the Rugrats are riding away from the house in the Reptar Wagon, they are heading left away from the house, but a later zoom out shows that they are on the same street, heading right away from the house. See more »

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[first lines]
Chuckie Finster: This place gives me the juice bumps.
Phil: Maybe we should go back.
Lil: Very back!
Tommy Pickles: No! We can't go back now, you guys! Okey-Dokey Jones never goes back!
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No cartoon characters were hurt in the making of this film. See more »

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Followed by Rugrats Go Wild (2003) See more »

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Ready, Go!
by Busta Rhymes (as Trevor Smith)
Performed and produced by Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes performs courtesy of Flipmode Entertainment/Elektra Entertainment Group
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A decent film, but it has flaws.
4 June 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Taking place immediately after the "Rugrats" episode "The Family Tree" where Didi finds out she's pregnant. "The Rugrats Movie" is when Tommy's new sibling is finally born. The Rugrats are very excited about Tommy's new sister, but when the baby is finally born, it's a boy. Baby Dil practically does nothing, but cry, scream, and poop. Tommy thinks he can take him back to the hospital in exchange for a new baby brother, but soon they all get lost in the woods. This is their first time in actual danger, not just their imaginations.

This is certainly not the best story for a movie, but it is okay. Baby Dil, however is very annoying. More-so in the later episodes of the show than this movie, because he constantly interrupts their adventures and makes every episode about baby-sitting Dil.

While "The Rugrats Movie" is a decent film, it has flaws.

  • It's starts the downfall of a once great cartoon show.




  • Like in "Pokémon: The First Movie" this film tries a little bit too


hard to be darker and more dramatic than the TV show it's based on.

  • There are WAY too many jokes about poop, pee and other such gross


things. I'm fine with crude humor when it's in small doses (like on "Rocko's Modern Life"), or when it's actually made funny (like on "The Ren & Stimpy Show"). But this movie (and the later episodes of the show) just over-do it.

There are good things too though.

  • I loved the opening sequence of the film.




  • The animation is great, and perfect for the big screen.




  • The voice acting is top-notch.




  • Some parts were really funny. Like when they spoofed "Indiana Jones".




Overall this is a decent and mildly entertaining film. But it's certainly not one of the greatest animated movies ever. There are better movies of animated TV shows ("The Simpsons Movie"; "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"; "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm"), but there are also worse ones ("Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Colon Film for Theaters"; "Pokémon: The First Movie"). Funny, nicely animated, good voice acting, but a little bit too much potty jokes, and it added a horrible character to a great TV show.

Rating: 6/10 "Decent"


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