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The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Elizabeth Daily , Christine Cavanaugh , Igor Kovalyov , Norton Virgien  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Melanie Chartoff, Phil Proctor
  • Directors: Igor Kovalyov, Norton Virgien
  • Writers: Arlene Klasky, David N. Weiss, Gabor Csupo, J. David Stem, Paul Germain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792155203
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rugrats Movie" on IMDb

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  • Bonus CatDog short Winslow's Documentary

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rugrats before the decline October 2, 2005
As I write this review I can't help but remember when I loved the Rugrats. It was once my favorite show in television as a kid. And when the movie came out in theaters I was more excited than anyone would've imagined. I was a huge fan. The TV show has decreased in quality, but the movie still remains solid. It introduced a new character to the series, and to this day still remains the greatest adventure that the rugrats have gone on.

Didi has recently found out she's pregnant, and that means Tommy is getting a baby brother. When Tommy's new brother Dil is born, things around the house change. Dil begins to receive a bit more attention than Tommy, and he's always loud and obnoxious... the way Tommy used to be when he was first born. Phil, Lil, and Chuckie can't stand him and neither can Angelica.

In the meantime, Stewie has made a new invention. A Reptar mobile (Reptar is the Rugrats version of "Godzilla" and the babies' hero). When Stu and Didi head out for a while, they leave the kids home alone with Grandpa. If you've watched the show you know Grandpa is not a good baby sitter... he always falls asleep, and that's what he does here.

The babies see this Reptar mobile and decide to hop inside and play around. Angelica (the rambuncious three year old brat) is trying to watch her show and so she is very annoyed. She gives the babies the boot (literally) and the Reptar wagon suddenly slides out the front door. Tommy has little idea how to control it, and neither do his friends. Phil and Lil, however, don't see it as such a bad thing. To them it's a chance to take new-born baby Dil back to the hospital.

With the babies gone, Angelica can finally find peace... except there's a problem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great But Not Bad! And At Least Kimi Isn't In It! September 15, 2004
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I love Rugrats its one of my favorite cartoons and I even think its better than The Simpsons which is also a good cartoon! The Rugrats movie the first of the theatrical movies is not as good as the original Nick cartoon but it is pretty cute and I hought that I woudn't like the new character Dil but even though he is not as good a chracter as Tommy, Dill is ok. I agree with the last reviewer that Kimi who was introduced in the second movie is not a good Rugrats character. I applaud that the makers of Rugrats decided to add an Asian character but why did they have to make her so irritating? And she is a copycat character too, she seems to me to be Tommy, Phil, Lil and Angelica all rolled into one super annoying person and instead of adding Kimi I wish they had just made Susie a more used character or had made Kimi less obnoxious!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Event in Rugrats History April 7, 1999
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Though the Rugrats started out on Nickelodeon they made a huge leap from when they started somewhere after 1990 to now. In the movie Angelica and Spike find out Angelica's favorite doll cynthia is missing. Angelica thinks the babies Tommy Chuckie Phil and Lil and Dil have her doll. Through out the adventure in the reptar wagon which was supposed to be shiped off to Japan The babies set out to find the wizard who lives in the woods. This story also makes a bad relationship between the babies. Phil Lil and Chuckie don't like Tommy as much because of Dil. This is a movie you don't want to miss.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good movie based on the Nickelodeon series April 7, 1999
By A Customer
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The Rugrats movie was fairly good. It was better than alot of animated movies. It was about Tommy,Chuckie,Phil,Lil, and the new baby,Dil. So the parents are giving Dil lots of attention and then the babies decide to take him back to the hospital to get their money back. They take Stu's new wacky invention called the Reptar Wagon. And on their way they get lost in the woods and facing obstacles on their way. Like I said it was fairly good for a kid's movie. I gave 4 stars out of 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first and the best Rugrats film! July 24, 2005
This is the first Rugrats movie ever to be made,and it sure is a good one!It`s got a WONDERFUL storyline,and is extremely funny and humorus!In this movie,Tommy has to handle one of the hardest points in life:being a brother(because Dill is born in this movie).It touched me cause sometimes I wasn`t really fully comfortable when my baby brother was born cause I was used to being an only child.I felt left out cause he was the center of attention.Every body thought he was so cute and funny.So thats what Tommy goes through,and it leads to him and his friends going on a big adventure!I`m sure you`ll love this movie or atleast think it was worth your time!Hope my review helped!Here`s a saying that they use alot in this movie:A babys got to do what a babys got to do!

P.s.-You also might want to see "Rugrats In Paris",which is the sequal to "The Rugrats Movie"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby loves it! July 12, 1999
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My thirteen month old sits in front of the TV smiling at the screen each time we put this movie on. The only time she moves is when the music begans and then she dances in a circle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS ONE August 29, 2004
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rugrats the Movie August 21, 2005
It's a wild ride as expected. Definitely requires

parental guidance for the preschool to preteen set.

Would recommend for the non-prudish, healthy family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My grandson loves it!
Published 2 months ago by Cutserly
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet to see it ;)
haven't really ever watched an entire episode or even this movie so I'll bet I'm in for a real treat! I'll give it 5 stars anyway. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mari LaFore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I work with children and it's difficult to find a movie that they will watch that is G rated. We all like it.
Published 3 months ago by lisalisacats
1.0 out of 5 stars so dumb
This film has underpants jokes in it and the babies pants are constantly falling off. Not good enough for my kid I would not buy it ever again.
Published 4 months ago by tara
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
my granddaughter wanted this movie for easter. she was very pleased to see it in her basket! She has watched it many times.
Published 4 months ago by nancy white
4.0 out of 5 stars family fun
Kids truly are happy that we got this movie. They've watched it over and over no matter the age this movie will always be liked.
Published 4 months ago by TMac
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves it.
Excellent movie for kids!! Well worth the $10. The only problem is its not upscaled in Hd. But its a great movie I actually like watching it with my son.
Published 4 months ago by Scott Guthrie
2.0 out of 5 stars Well, I tried...
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Published 5 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
My all my kids love this movie. I have a 19 yr old, 17 yr old and a 5 month old. The baby enjoys watching the babies and the music
Published 6 months ago by warplayer
1.0 out of 5 stars just the soundtrack! do not buy
It was not the movie, instead just the soudtrack on DVD. Very Dissapointing. Would do 0 stars if I could.
Published 6 months ago by Sarah Mae Harris
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