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Rugrats in Paris - The Movie (2000)

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Critic Consensus: When the Rugrats go to Paris, the result is Nickelodeon-style fun. The plot is effectively character-driven, and features catchy songs and great celebrity voice-acting.

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The biggest babies in the entertainment business take their act to Europe in this sequel to the surprise-hit animated feature The Rugrats Movie. Chuckie (voice of Christine Cavanaugh) has been fretting over his father Chas (voice of Michael Bell) and his status as a single father, as he wants to have a mommy like all of his friends. Chas and his father Stu (voice of Jack Riley) were hired to create a bevy of electronic critters for the newly opened Euro-Reptarland theme park, but the robots are acting up, and park manager Coco La Bouche (Susan Sarandon) is hopping mad. So Stu and Chas are flown to Paris to do some repairs, with Chas bringing Chuckie and all his friends along. Their visit to the City of Lights proves to be one adventure after another, as Chuckie tries to find a suitable mother (with Coco leading the pack) and Tommy (voice of Elizabeth Dailey) somehow gets behind the wheel of the giant Reptar robot. Rugrats in Paris: The Movie features original songs from T-Boz from TLC, The Baha Men, and Mylene Farmer, while John Lithgow, Debbie Reynolds, and Mako contribute to the voice cast.

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Cast

Christine Cavanaugh
as Chuckie Finster
Cheryl Chase
as Angelica Pickles
Susan Sarandon
as Coco LaBouche
John Lithgow
as Jean-Claude
Tara Strong
as Dil Pickles
Debbie Reynolds
as Lulu Pickles
Kath Soucie
as Lil DeVille/Phil DeVille/Betty DeVille
Cree Summer
as Susie Carmichael
Joe Alaskey
as Grandpa Lou Pickles
Michael Bell
as Drew Pickles
Tress MacNeille
as Charlotte Pickles
Jack Riley
as Stu Pickles
Melanie Chartoff
as Didi Pickles
Casey Kasem
as Wedding DJ
E.G. Daily
as Tommy Pickles
Julia Kato
as Kira Watanabe
Dionne Quan
as Kimi Watanabe
Phil Proctor
as Howard Deville
Mako
as Mr. Yamaguchi
Tim Curry
as Sumo Singer
Billy West
as Sumo Singer
Michel Richard
as French Worker
Paul Demeyer
as Dogcatcher/Street Cleaner
Margaret Smith
as Stewardess
Phillip Simon
as Animatronic Bus Driver
Darryl Wright
as Cafe Owner
Lisa McClowry
as Princess
Charles Fathy
as Photographer
Elizabeth Daily
as Tommy Pickles
Charlie Adler
as Inspector
Roger Rose
as Finster Wedding DJ
Marlene Mitsuko Wamene
as Villagers `Princess Spectacular'
Darrell Kunitomi
as Villagers `Princess Spectacular'
Goh Misawa
as Villagers `Princess Spectacular'
Hannah Makragelidis
as Pre-School Kid
Shannon Stephens
as Pre-School Kid
Ben Sunderland
as Pre-School Kid
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Critic Reviews for Rugrats in Paris - The Movie

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (24)

Nauseating gags suggest the makers of this eclectically animated adventure... know their audience, though all the Godfather references will be thoroughly puzzling to at least half of it.

May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

This is one kids' film that's actually quite charming.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Musically ... the Rugrats sequel is a big step backward.

April 5, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

The family audience will delight in saying oui, oui to Rugrats in Paris.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4

The character work is strong, and the celebrity recruits are fun.

January 1, 2000

With its melange of poo poo humor and pop culture in jokes, Nickelodeon's Rugrats packs appeal for both kids and parents.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rugrats in Paris - The Movie

And here we are again with the inevitable sequel to the first average [i]Rugrats[/i] movie. This movie would see a dramatic shift in the series as new major characters were added that would carry on with further new series on TV. The main question yet again was, could this movie give us a better plot? Umm...well kinda, I guess, sorta. So what is the most tried and trusted plot line for a kids movie (adaptation)? Well we saw that in the first movie. Through a set of unusual circumstances the kids get lost in the wilderness and have to fend for themselves while the parents have to find them. So whats the second most tried and trusted plot for a kids movie (adaptation)? Usually its the old change of location gimmick, in other words stick all the regular characters in another country and voila! An Instant flood of safe and easy ideas suddenly present themselves with the obvious cultural differences and of course a brand new look. So for this new adventure the whole Pickles family (with the Finster's and DeVille's) are off to Euro Reptarland in Paris, France because Stu Pickles must fix the giant Reptar robot he built for the Yamaguchi company (parent company of the Reptar franchise). The head of Reptarland (a cold-hearted 'Cruella De Vil' type woman called Coco LaBouche) learns that Yamaguchi Industries president Mr. Yamaguchi is retiring and wants his replacement to be good with children as well as good at the job. So with some inside info from the naughty Angelica LaBouche sets her sights on Chas Finster. The movie follows a few mini plots as LaBouche tries to seduce Chas in order to gain Mr. Yamaguchi's favour and his job. Spike the dog gets lost (because of course) and ends up running into a French poodle and falling in doggie love. Chas accidentally meets LaBouche's assistant Kira who has orders to help LaBouche win over Chas, but ultimately falls for him. And Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil and Kimi (Kira's daughter) attempt to reach a Princess who, according to the Japanese Reptar origins, tamed Reptar. Said Princess is in fact an animatronic robot in the Reptarland amusement park. Chuckie believes the Princess would make an excellent mother for himself (in the [i]Rugrats[/i] world Chuckie's mother died of cancer just after he was born). Right so lets get stuck in here. Its unfortunate that this movie hasn't really cleaned up its act from the previous movie. Instead of going back to the franchises roots so to speak, they have doubled down on everything they did wrong (in my opinion). For starters we have numerous hideous songs again, again with the cringeworthy songs...ugh! Why oh why did they do this?? The cartoon didn't have songs, it didn't need songs...why??? Secondly, yet again we have more forced modern pop culture references aplenty along with the obligatory R&B/hip-hop song over the end credits, because of course we do. Apparently every single damn kids movie needs an R&B/hip-hop song on the end credits. Admittedly this movie does look quite sumptuous I'll give it that. Clearly a mark up on the original movie in terms of scope, detail and big bold vivid colours. Reptarland certainly does look wonderful with its blend of a typical amusement park (obviously a Disneyland Paris rip-off) with traditional Japanese stylings. That sounds odd I know but believe me its quite beautiful with all the pagodas, people in traditional Japanese attire, famous woodblock print art, giant Reptars etc...It really does make you wanna go to this park. Alas being a modern movie they couldn't help using CGI...a lot. Again its better and less obvious than the first movie but it still wrecks the whole artistic vibe if you ask me, it just doesn't fit in with these cartoons. Things take a turn for worst again though unfortunately with the pointless and god awful [i]Lady and the Tramp[/i] rip-off subplot with Spike. Spike gets lost and roams the streets of Paris eventually coming across a French poodle...that just happens to be female of course. Naturally they fall in love and venture off together through Paris sampling its delights which eventually cumulates in the predictable eating of pizza in an alley. Oh and yes they do rip-off that very famous moment where to duo accidentally kiss whilst eating, oy! In the meantime because Kira and Kimi are Japanese, and Reptarland is in partnership with a Japanese company, everything the families do in Paris is Japanese influenced despite actually being in France. Nothing against Japanese culture, bloody love it! but it just felt kinda weird ya know. But I suppose that did mean we didn't have to suffer a tonne of stereotypical French cliches and tropes. Although the entire Reptar thing is of course a [i]Godzilla[/i] rip-off and you just know they had to include a kaiju face-off (Reptar vs Robosnail). So in the end once again this movie is much like the first movie and gives us little imagination from the babies. Instead we get another reality driven plot which is merely in place to further the franchise for a new TV series, basically a lot of padding. In all honesty this could have been done in the cartoon series over an extended episode, something they have done many times before, there was really no need for a movie. So instead of something a bit more fanciful from the babies perspective (the whole original premise), its just a humdrum love story with too many mini plots and characters. Its definitely a bit more exciting than the first movie, definitely more gorgeous to look at and definitely has more movie star voice work, but its still lacking and just can't compete with the cartoon series.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

The Rugrats are at it again! This time... they're going to Paris! Just think about what's in the movie. Averagely good in 2 words.

EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer

Super Reviewer

½

a huge improvement over the first

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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