Rugrats Movie, The (1998)
Front Cover Actor
Elizabeth Daily Tommy Pickles (voice) (as E.G. Daily)
Christine Cavanaugh Chuckie Finster (voice)
David Spade Ranger Frank (voice)
Whoopi Goldberg Ranger Margaret (voice)
Kath Soucie Phillip DeVille/Lillian DeVille/Betty DeVille (voice)
Tara Strong Dylan Pickles (voice) (as Tara Charendoff)
Cheryl Chase Angelica Pickles (voice)
Melanie Chartoff Minka/Didi Pickles (voice)
Jack Riley Stu Pickles (voice)
Joe Alaskey Grandpa Lou Pickles (voice)
Tara Charendoff Dil Pickles [Voice]
Philip Proctor Howard De Ville [Voice]
E.G. Dailey (Voice)
Christine Cavanaugh (Voice)
Kath Soucie (Voice)
Melanie Chartoff (Voice)
Philip Proctor (Voice)
Cree Summer (Voice)
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Comedy; Family; Adventure; Musical
Director Norton Virgien; Igor Kovalyov
Producer Gabor Csupo; Arlene Klasky; Debby Beece; Eryk Casemiro
Writer David N. Weiss; J. David Stem
Studio Paramouont; Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating G
Running Time 1 hr 19 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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

Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1306
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/19/04
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder A
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 097363339977
Chapters
Release Date 1/8/02
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Animated Dolby