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The Rugrats Movie (1998)



Critic Consensus: Charming characters; loads of fun for kids and adults.

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Based on the popular Nickelodeon TV series Rugrats, this is the first full-length feature animated movie to star the little tots. It's the story of diaper-clad kids, told from a baby's point- of-view, and they were one of the hottest-selling toy franchises of the late '90s. The film features a hilarious musical number in the hospital nursery, where newborns have the voices of major rock stars that include Jakob Dylan (Bob Dylan's son), Iggy Pop, Lou Rawls, Lisa Loeb, and Patti Smith, to name a few. The story escalates when self-proclaimed leader Tommy Pickles is thrust into an impossible situation with the birth of his new brother, Dil Pickles. This new kid is grabbing all the attention and won't stop crying. With the help of other toddlers Lil and Phil, Tommy decides that the baby should be returned to the hospital for fixing. They all hop on their little wagon and take a high-speed ride straight into the deep woods where they realize they're lost. Chased around by animals (or so they think), the Rugrats clan must get home in one piece. Other celebrity voices include Whoopi Goldberg and The Rocky Horror Picture Show's Tim Curry, as well as Saturday Night Live's Andrea Martin and David Spade. ~ Chris Gore, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Television, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Weiss, David N. Weiss, J. David Stern, J. David Stem
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 30, 1999
Paramount Pictures


Elizabeth Daily
as Tommy Pickles
E.G. Daily
as Tommy Pickles
Christine Cavanaugh
as Chuckie Finster
Melanie Chartoff
as Didi Pickles
Cheryl Chase
as Angelica Pickles
Cree Summer
as Susie Carmichael
Jack Riley
as Stu Pickles
Joe Alaskey
as Grandpa Pickles
Michael Bell
as Drew Pickles
Whoopi Goldberg
as Ranger Margaret
Philip Proctor
as Howard De Ville
David Spade
as Ranger Frank
Busta Rhymes
as Reptar Wagon
Kath Soucie
as Phil DeVilleLil DeVi...
Michael Patrick Bell
as Grandpa Boris
Tress MacNeille
as Charlotte Pickles
Tim Curry
as Rex Pester
Tara Charendoff
as Dil Pickles
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Critic Reviews for The Rugrats Movie

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (13)

Makes little effort to reach beyond its target audience.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

The dialogue reproduces infantile idiom even as it parodies the baby talk of adults, and a touching, didactic scene involving a baby blanket that's become the object of sibling rivalry may appeal to a broad age range.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Those unfamiliar with the series will have a chance to marvel at Klasky and Csupo's refreshing innovations: their affectionate play with traditional presentations of 'sweet' baby behaviour and 'pretty' toddler looks.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Although it works on two levels, one thing makes it work for any age: the sense of the id unloosed.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a fun-filled oddity among G- rated animated movies. But some folks may conclude that the babies' creators have gone off the deep end to satisfy a '90s sensibility that favors edgy entertainment.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

What is most likely to impress adults is that the world of the Rugrats is not idealized or homogenized.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Rugrats Movie

Tommy Pickles: Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of yum! 

"An adventure for anyone who ever wore diapers."

When I was a little kid, my favorite cartoon on television was Rugrats. I could watch it all day long. I remember watching this movie when I was little as well. I remember liking it, but I also remember, even as a little kid, thinking it wasn't as good as the tv show. This movie is short, and that's one of its few positives. It's got a quick paced feel to it is as well, so the whole film just speeds by. After it does, you're left with a lot of disappointment, especially if you are a lover of the cartoon.

Tommy is excited for the arrival of his new baby brother. When he comes home, everything isn't as great as he thought. The baby cries all the time, and is extremely selfish. When an accident happens leaving the four friends and the new baby on their own in the wilderness with Angelica and Spike on their heels; a search team is put out to find them. The babies battle a wolf and a bunch of monkeys, in order to make it to the lizards house.

Most of the writing for this movie centers around the babies mispronunciation of words. It's cute a few time, but the extent to what it is used gets quite annoying. The songs are annoying as well. I guess that's the lasting impression of The Rugrats Movie. It's annoying. I was annoyed by the adventure, by the situations, by just about everything. It's just a big disappointment. 

If you want to introduce your kids to one of the best cartoons ever; do it through the television show and not this sorry excuse for a movie. This doesn't come close having the same fun feeling the series had. A lot of that may come from the television adventures only being fifteen minutes each. When you have to fit a plot into a feature length movie of an hour and twenty minutes, it gets a little harder. So, I'll cut them a little slack.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

An okay film version of an okay kids cartoon. It's nothing special, and it's a lot like the show too. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

its no masterpiece but it was pretty good

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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